Squeeze, the first socially distanced live music event due to take place at The O2 arena on Saturday 5 December, has been rescheduled to Saturday 27 February 2021 due to the current lockdown in England which has created logistical concerns.
The gig, which would have seen the venue’s capacity reduced from 20,000 to 4,700, was due to be the first live music event with fans since the venue closed in March. Extensive planning and a number of new safety measures had been put in place to welcome fans back to the arena safely.
Steve Sayer, VP & GM of The O2 said: “Our arena is the beating heart of The O2 and we hugely miss the live experiences that we’re used to sharing with our fans. It’s disappointing to have to delay this show but I would like to say how grateful we are for the support we’ve received from the industry, fans and our partners and we look forward to Squeeze performing in the arena next year.”
Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze commented: “I was really looking forward to the show at The O2 in December, to be back on the stage with our wonderful band, but of course everyone’s safety is paramount. With the show being rescheduled for February, that allows even more time to make this a very special evening. I wish you all well during these uncertain times. Stay safe.”
Chris Difford of Squeeze added: “At first I was sad to hear the show had to be moved but I’m now very excited that the show is rescheduled for February. It gives us all a chance to stay safe and focus on the future, when things I hope will start to open up again.”
From Thursday 5 November, in line with government measures, The O2 temporarily closed its doors until Wednesday 2 December. This includes; Icon Outlet, bars and restaurants, Oxygen Freejumping, Hollywood Bowl and Up at The O2. The O2’s car parking facilities remain open during this time.
In the build-up to The O2 arena’s first socially distanced gig, TPi’s Jacob Waite checked in with Vice President and General Manager of The O2 arena, Steve Sayer and Hawthorn Group Director of Hire, David Slater. The article originally appeared in issue #255 of TPi, which you can read here.