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"Setting the bar high": BTS, Pink, the Who and Bon Jovi are among acts playing at London’s Wembley Stadium this summer for its biggest-ever programme of live music
By Anna Grace on 30 Apr 2019
London’s Wembley Stadium connected by EE is getting ready for a record-breaking summer of live music, with a line-up of 14 concerts expected to attract over a million music fans to the stadium.
The 90,000-capacity stadium, owned by the Football Association (FA), will host five weeks’ worth of concerts from 1 June. Nine headliners will play a total of fourteen shows, in the most music-focused schedule ever for the stadium.
The line-up includes shows from K-pop stars BTS, Bon Jovi, the Who and the Spice Girls, in their first set of shows since the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony. Pink will also perform at the stadium as part of her mega Beautiful Trauma world tour, which has sold three million tickets just over a month in.
The number of concerts surpasses the stadium’s previous record of 13, set in 1992, before the stadium was demolished and rebuilt. The best year for music since the 2007 reopening of the stadium came in 2016, when six headliners played across ten shows.
“We are delighted to host what will be a record-breaking year for music at Wembley Stadium,” says Wembley’s senior commercial manager, James Taylor.
“Holding music events and attracting more people to our venue are an essential part of our business and we are looking forward to hosting some of the world’s biggest artists this summer”
“Holding music events and attracting more people to our venue are an essential part of our business and we are looking forward to hosting some of the world’s biggest artists this summer. We are setting the bar high in 2019 and long may this continue.”
The stadium will also host performances from Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel and Eagles, as well as the Capital Summertime Ball, featuring Mark Ronson, Ellie Goulding, Jonas Brothers, Maroon 5 and Jess Glynne.
In 2016, Wembley Stadium achieved it best-ever turnover of £370m, driven in part by a busier live events calendar, with dates by Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Rihanna and Ed Sheeran.
However, last year the stadium recorded a pre-tax deficit of £9 million, compared with a £5.5m profit the year before, and a drop in sales by 13%. This slump in profit follows a scaling back of the music calendar in 2017 and a renewed focus on football.
More information and tickets for the shows can be found here.
A full list of concerts and dates are below:
Saturday 1 June: BTS
Sunday 2 June: BTS
Saturday 8 June: Capital Summertime Ball
Thursday 13 June: Spice Girls
Friday 14 June: Spice Girls
Saturday 15 June: Spice Girls
Sunday 16 June: Fleetwood Mac
Tuesday 18 June: Fleetwood Mac
Friday 21 June: Bon Jovi
Saturday 22 June: Billy Joel
Sunday 23 June: Eagles
Saturday 29 June: Pink
Sunday 30 June: Pink
Saturday 6 July: The Who and Eddie Vedder