When the SSE Arena, Wembley (formerly Wembley Arena) reopened in 2006 after a swanky new makeover and refurbishment, the Square of Fame was created in front of the venue to celebrate the most popular, well-loved performers that have made their mark on stage here over the years.
Visit the Square of Fame
No other than Madonna was the first artist to have a plaque in the Square of Fame. Bronze plaques imprinted with the names and handprints of other music icons followed. As the Square of Fame has grown, it’s become an unmissable part of any visit to the SSE Arena, Wembley, not just to celebrate the great music history of Wembley Park but to get the feeling of being a little closer to your favourite stars of the music industry. You can find handprints and bronze plaques from Kylie Minogue, Dolly Parton, George Michael, Westlife, Lionel Richie, Bryan Adams, the guys from Status Quo and, in a nod to Wembley Arena’s sporting history, seven time World Snooker Champion Stephen Hendry. To celebrate the fact that he’s the only solo artist to have headlined the SSE Arena, Wembley for each of the past five decades, Alice Cooper had his bronze plaque unveiled in 2012.
Reach for the stars
The latest singer to help Wembley Park and the SSE Arena, Wembley celebrate its music heritage was Dame Shirley Bassey, who unveiled her plaque to cheering crowds in 2019 while remembering her performance at the Empire Pool, Wembley (now The SSE Arena, Wembley) which was the venue’s first ever live music concert. Now, along with many others, her part in Wembley’s music history is paved in bronze.