Our lovely Accounts Assistant, Kathryn ditched the numbers for a night to see Elbow perform live at the O2 Arena in London. Find out what she made our the show in her latest music event review…
1. What event did you go to see and why?
I went to see Elbow with my partner who is a big fan and has always wanted to see them live.
2. What did you think of the performance? Did it live up to expectations?
The performance was great, Elbow are easy listening so there was a lot of swaying in the crowd below and the good old Mexican wave made an appearance. Elbow got the crowd going with some of their classics like ‘Grounds for Divorce’ & as a final encore ‘One Day Like This’ where practically everyone seemed to join in with the singing.
3. Was this your first visit to The O2? What did you make of the facilities?
This is not my first visit to the O2, and it still amazes me each time I see the view inside and out.
4. Did you enjoy a meal or drinks out before the event? If so would you recommend the places?
We took some snacks to eat in the hotel before the event as previous experience of eating at the O2 involved grabbing a subway as they had the shortest queue. I enjoyed a couple of ciders at the event for just under £5 for a bottle which is kind of what I expected to pay. We did have a coffee at Starbucks after the show while the queue for the underground went down.
5. Which hotel did you stay in and what did you think of it? How far was the distance to The O2?
We stayed in the Ibis Styles Excel Hotel where Custom House Excel is the nearest station, opposite the hotel which is very handy. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the O2 by DLR and the underground. There was some building work going off at the station but it didn’t really affect the hotel. The double room was a good base for the night, basic but clean, comfy and quiet to get a good nights sleep.
6. How did you get to The O2? How did you find travelling around London?
We travelled down to London from York by Grand Central Rail, then on the underground northern line to Bank then DLR to our hotel, Ibis Styles. This time we decided to get the Emirates Skyline to the O2 from the Royal Docks. These cable cars take you directly over the Thames to Greenwich where the O2 arena is a 5 minute walk from. It has a fantastic view, a must for those who don’t mind heights but want a scenic view without the crowds of the underground. With our journey back after the event we waited for the crowds to go down for the underground, it was manic. The last tube towards our hotel was about 1am so we had plenty of time to hang back.
7. How does The O2 compare to other venues?
The O2 is huge I always love going there.
8. Have any other events caught your eye this year?
I will be going to Monty Python in July and Ed Sheeran in October.
Did you catch Elbow or any other music events at the O2 Arena too? Share your experience by using the comments box below.