OVO Arena Wembley in Wembley Park

OVO Arena Wembley

You know you’re in London’s most iconic live music venue when the echoes of “Hello Wembley!” are ringing through your ears. OVO Arena Wembley (formerly The SSE Arena, Wembley) has been a destination for music and live entertainment for over 80 years and it’s not slowing down.

With over 100 events every year and over one million visitors each year passing through its legendary doors, OVO Arena Wembley (formerly The SSE Arena, Wembley) has something for everyone, from the most in-demand gigs from a hot new artist to classic once-in-a-lifetime performances from your favourite band.

OVO Arena Wembley events

If you want to know what’s on at OVO Arena Wembley (formerly The SSE Arena, Wembley) to help plan your next big night out, you can check out the programme of upcoming events and get booking your tickets online or at the box office in Arena Square. If you’re in the mood for a luxury upgrade, try out the Club Seats with prime views and access to a VIP lounge. Or go all out with a VIP Experience and get the best seats in the house as well as a dedicated host and time to chill before and after the show in a lounge. The OVO Arena Wembley capacity is 12,500 and over the years, this legendary London music and events venue has seen some of the biggest names in popular music walk its doors: Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Tina Turner, Madonna, ABBA, Stevie Wonder, to name but a few.

A Concert at The SSE Arena Wembley in Wembley Park

An iconic sports venue in Wembley Park

OVO Arena Wembley started out as the Empire Pool, built-in 1934 as a great British sporting venue that was used for the 1948 Olympics, the Wembley Professional Tennis Championships and indoor cycling competitions. These days you’ll find everything from darts to cage fighting at the OVO Arena Wembley, keeping Wembley’s sporting history alive and kicking, right next door to Wembley Stadium.

Empire Pool in Wembley Park
The Empire Pool inside the now-known OVO Arena Wembley

Music history

The OVO Arena Wembley is managed by ASM Global, the leading provider of innovative venue services and live experience. Its busy schedule includes Lenny Kravitz, Bryan Adams and The X Factor Finals. ABBA played six sold-out concerts, from 5 to 10 November 1979 and Tina Turner is the female artist with the most shows at the Arena. Sir Cliff Richard takes this title as the male artist with the most number of shows, whereas Status Quo hold the record for a rock band with 45 performances. American pop superstar Prince also played 35 concerts at the venue between 1986–1998.

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A Greener Arena

OVO Arena Wembley has officially completed its Greener Arena certification via AGF meaning, despite being the oldest arena in the UK, it also has the lowest embodied carbon impact, leading the way towards a more sustainable future for the entire events industry.Find out more here.


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