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Metallica smash The O2 attendance record

The heavy metal legends' two O2 shows dethroned Muse with a new record attendance of 22,211 for the world's most-visited venue

By Jon Chapple on 26 Oct 2017

Metallica, Andy Copping, Christian D'Acuna, John Jackson, The O2, 24 October

Metallica with promoter Andy Copping (3rd left), D'Acuna (centre) and agent John Jackson (2nd right)

image © Ross Halfin

Metallica last night made history by playing to a record-breaking 22,211 people at The O2 in London, smashing the previous record of 21,000 set by Muse in 2016.

The ‘in-the-round’ format allowed for an extended seating capacity for the US rockers’ two O2 shows, part of the UK leg of their WorldWide tour, which now heads to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

To mark the occasion, Metallica were presented with a specially commissioned illustration by The O2’s head of programming, Christian D’Acuna.

“It was an honour to host the heavy metal rock gods at the venue and they did not disappoint”

He comments: “Metallica smashed the highest attendance record during both of their shows at The O2. It was an honour to host the heavy metal rock gods at the venue and they did not disappoint, delivering an incredible show in the round, full of hits spanning their whole career.

“It’s been a great year for rock bands at The O2, with the likes of Green Day and Foo Fighters gracing our stage and Queens of the Stone Age and Deep Purple still to come. We hope the epic shows continue with our new 6k-capacity standing floor.”


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