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The SSE Arena, Wembley has record 2018

The SSE Arena, Wembley had its busiest ever year in 2018 since it re-opened in 2006, welcoming one million visitors through its doors.

The venue hosted 157 performances last year, including the world premiere of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, three sold-out ‘in the round’ nights for Arcade Fire and The X Factor live final.

Other highlights included the first ever all-nighter from drum’n’bass artist Andy C, an exclusive Smashing Pumpkins show, George Ezra’s biggest headline concert to date and a sold-out show for Slayer as part of their final world tour.

Venue developments included the opening of the brand new 200-capacity Empire Bar & Grill and accompanying 50-capacity VIP Empire Lounge, and the launch of a new venue app. Five primary dressing rooms were also fully refurbished.

John Drury, VP and general manager of The SSE Arena, Wembley, said:

Our reputation as one of the UK’s most iconic concert and events venues rang true in 2018. With a stunning array of events across music, comedy, sport and entertainment, we helped to create memories that will last a lifetime. Any venue is defined by the people who run it and I’m proud that our dedicated team delivered such a strong and varied year.

Thanks as well to all the artists, agents, managers, promoters and our partners who have of course been a key part of our success. Our building is 85 years old this year, but constant reinvention and innovation ensure we are ready to hit more heights through 2019 and beyond.