Superbreak’s Contracting Support Assistant, Tony Manning made a trip to The O2 to see The Moody Blues perform last week! Here’s what he made of the show…
What event did you go to see and why?
The Moody Blues on the 22nd June. It’s music from my era and a band I have followed from a toddler. I was very surprised to find out that they had started touring again.
What did you think of the performance? Did it live up to expectations?
The performance was somewhat disappointing. A 22,000 capacity arena with only 5,000 spectators made it feel less than atmospheric. Furthermore, the acoustics were very quiet (probably as a result of a small audience). It sounded more like background music in a local public house, and as a result, I came to realise how tone deaf I am as I was singing along and out loud!
Was this your first visit to The O2? What did you make of the facilities?
It was my first time at the O2. The facilities were very good indeed, but, as expected being in London refreshments and food were very expensive.
Did you enjoy a meal or drinks out before the event? If so would you recommend the places?
I had an early meal in the hotel restaurant/bar. It was quite reasonable (around £9 for a basic pub meal). There was nothing to complain about and I would recommend that you should eat before arriving at the O2 unless Visa/Mastercard has a big credit limit.
Which hotel did you stay in and what did you think of it? How far was the distance to The O2?
We stayed at the Ibis Styles London Excel which was very reasonably priced considering a full English breakfast was also included. The room was above basic standard and I was pleasantly surprised. Being an ex hotel manager, I looked for cleanliness as soon as I walked in. To be fair, this was of an above average standard. The bathroom however, was very cramped, and those of a large disposition would be severely impaired. That said, the shower was quite powerful and toiletries were supplied.
The beds and pillows were very comfortable indeed and a decent sleep was had. Air conditioning was also supplied so ideal for the warm weather. A big tick on that score.
A full English self-service breakfast was included in the price, which was of a reasonable standard considering the amount of guests that were in the hotel. The continental option looked very appealing, with plenty of choice. For the coffee lovers, there were various complimentary options to choose from.
The hotel staff were very friendly, courteous and check-in and out went without any problems whatsoever.
Ideal for the O2 Arena as the hotel was adjacent to the DLR and only about 15 minutes travel with one only one change.
How did you get to The O2? How did you find travelling around London?
I used the East Coast main line from York and as a veteran weekend commuter between York and London expected delays and the like. There were no problems going to London, but the return journey was a nightmare. Very advisable to book your seats.
As I had to meet someone at the other side of London prior to checking in at the hotel, I did prepare my route. 5 minutes of pre-planning can avoid the frustration of looking at Underground maps trying to find the best route etc especially if you arrive during peak times. Very advisable to pre-book your seats and purchase an Oyster Card.
How does The O2 compare to other venues?
The venue was great, but sadly a small audience spoilt the event. I’ve been to several other concerts throughout the country and would say that it was a well above average venue.
Have any other events caught your eye this year?
Yes – I’ll be hosting Mrs Brown’s Boys, Iron Maiden and the Stereophonics in the near future and hoping that there will be a better atmosphere then, which I’m confident that there will be.