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Prince, Take That, 1D, Michael McIntyre, Drake and now Bublé, as the singer reaches a landmark 21 performances at London's O2 Arena
By Jon Chapple on 11 Dec 2019
Michael Bublé has been presented with a symbolic key to the O2 after reaching a milestone 21 performances at the London arena.
The Canadian crooner becomes the fifth artist to join the O2’s ‘21 Club’, and the most recent after Drake earlier this year.
Bublé first performed at the O2 (20,000-cap.) in 2008 as part of his Irresponsible tour, later returning in 2010 for two Crazy Love tour dates. In 2013, his To Be Loved tour ran for ten nights, and Bublé returned in 2014 (for two shows) and 2018 (one show).
His latest tour, An Evening with Michael Bublé, sees the artist hit the magic number, joining the 21 Club alongside Drake, Prince (the first member), Take That, One Direction and comedian Michael McIntyre.
“Since the very first time he played the arena back in 2008, Michael Bublé has brought some incredible performances to the stage”
Designed by the O2, the key is finished in gold, mounted over pleated blue velvet, and has the initials ‘MB’ engraved in the circle and an outline of the O2 within the key’s teeth. In addition to being presented to Bublé, the award will also be displayed on the venue’s backstage ‘walk to stage’ wall, visible to all future performers.
Emma Bownes, VP of venue programming at the O2, comments: “It’s great to welcome Michael Bublé to the 21 Club, as one of only three solo artists to headline the O2 21 times. Since the very first time he played the arena back in 2008, Michael Bublé has brought some incredible performances to the stage and we congratulate him and his team on achieving this milestone.
“We hope to see him back again soon.”
Pictured L–R: Carl Leighton-Pope (LPO), Bruce Allen (Bruce Allen Talent), Emma Bownes, Michael Bublé, Steve Sayer (the O2), Toby Leighton-Pope (AEG Presents)
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