SSE Arena, Wembley - the UK's flagship live music venue first opened in 1934 as the Empire Pool and Sports Arena hosting the 1948 Olympics and numerous sporting and musical events.
The venue is now synonymous with live music, welcoming scores of sell out shows and one off UK tour dates from major recording artists each year.
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Visited recently to see Jeff Dunham perform. The venue itself is next to Wembley stadium and looks somewhat characterless by comparison but no matter. It's easy to get here by London Underground and entry and exit from the venue seem well organised.
Food and drink prices, although at somewhat of a premium are more keenly priced that at The O2.
As it so happens, the Jeff Dunham show is a...more
You wouldn't think this venue could match up to its neighbour Wembley Stadium. It doesn't look nearly as impressive and the events put on there aren't nearly as popular as footballcup finals in its sibling rival.
But, I was treated to something truly magical in this building as a late birthday present. It's not for everyone, but I would see it over football anyday (mainly because I hate...more
I'm just not a fan of a venue that can pack 10,000 people inside a gigantic garden shed and still remain stuffy. I'm also not a fan of said venue having the weirdest seating ever. You know something is wrong when my Row F seat is worse than the top row of the very back seats. Note to all Londoners: Never get a seat in section S14. You will be facing the section across from you and will...more
Just saw Greenday at Wembley Arena. I may be biased towards my review of the venue because of how much of a Greenday fan I am, but the venue worked well. Qs for everything, even drinks, were very short, and even the Q for the tiny cloak room after the event was bearable. The transport out of the place wasn't a train wreck, even though the jubilee, bakerloo and metropolitan lines in the area...more
Nostalgia value 5 stars. Unfortunately, with the O2 Arena raising the standards so high, it's only loyalty that keeps some bands returning to the arena and the view of the fans?
The location seems almost odd now, in the middle of a residential area. No atmosphere around the venue. Good tune station but no parking and horrendous queues if you drive. Shabby inside compared to the O2.