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VIP Treatment at the O2

VIP treatment at the O2. We had a rare child free night away recently when we went to see a band play at the O2 Arena Roxette had come back together to perform at their 30th anniversary XXX tour.

This was a memorable event for us because when my husband and I first started seeing each other 25 years ago we both loved Roxette and when we moved in together and pooled our cassette tape collection, the ‘Look Sharp!’ album was the only tape that we both had and therefore got duplicated! When we upgraded to CDs later we ended up buying it again! (I know, cassette tapes, right?!)

VIP Treatment at the O2

To celebrate our anniversary we managed to wangle one night in London as the kids stayed at Grandmas. It gave us the chance to enjoy a drink, the concert, eat a meal and top it off with a hotel stay where we could lie in the next day. Bliss!

Roxette on stage

A concert is a great idea for a special occasion as you create more happy memories in a way you don’t get with a wrapped gift. We bought our concert tickets from Ticketmaster and I have a feature within my account on there where you can list all your favourite bands and when they are performing you can easily see tickets for sale. When I’m stuck for a birthday idea I log in to see who is performing and when and if anything works then I buy it. It was during an account log in a few months ago that I saw the Roxette tickets!

Us at the Sky Bar

It was the first time I’d been to The O2 and I wasn’t expecting it to be as spacious and uncrowded as it was whilst it was also very busy. We knew we’d be able to eat a meal and have a drink but what we weren’t prepared for was Sky Backstage. As we walked through the venue, a guy handed us a lanyard each which granted us access to the backstage bar which is only open on arena nights and is situated behind the main stage. You access the bar by walking the red carpet and there are plenty of photo opps along the way. You can pose for the paparazzi and have a sound-check in the Sky studio.

Simon Game of Thrones

My husband loves Game of Thrones so had to have his photo taken on the throne! Apparently you are not supposed to look happy on the throne which is why he didn’t smile!

The Sky News Studio

I wanted to be a newsreader and was given the chance to read the days’ bulletin in the special studio. Have a look at me in action!

Sky Backstage is free for Sky customers and their guests and you can pre-book your place. It’s worth going for the experience of it all, and it really added to the fun of our night.

Roxette were fantastic that night. Marie was seated for the whole performance due to her health. She had surgery in 2002 to remove a malignant brain tumor and took some time out of the spotlight to recover, so the fact that they were back and performing at all is incredible. She couldn’t belt out the high notes on ‘It Must Have Been Love’ the way she used to but bandmate Per Gessle made up for it with an energetic performance on stage. My husband and I really enjoyed the night, and singing along with the old songs.

Next on my concert bucket list is to go see a band overseas. I’d love to hop on a plane to Amsterdam or Dublin to see someone, so I’ll keep an eye on Ticketmaster to see what comes up!

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Comments to VIP Treatment at The O2

  • Oh I used to love Rosette, going to have to search for them on Spotify now lol I’ve only been to the 02 once to watch Disney on Ice and it seemed really well organised x

    Sonia @ This Mummy Loves 21st August 2015 1:06 pm Reply
    • I am always singing ‘Dressed for Success’ or ‘Listen To Your Heart’ when I see the word Roxette… They are so good.

      Nadine Hill 21st August 2015 4:01 pm Reply
  • Wow, it looks and sounds like you had a great night and wow VIP treatment too. We have been to the O2 once and had a fab time

    Jen 21st August 2015 2:08 pm Reply
    • We had such a nice night away – especially as it was precious time alone.

      Nadine Hill 21st August 2015 4:00 pm Reply
  • We’ve been to a few things at that Sky Studio space, they’ve always been great. And free too!

    Liz Burton 21st August 2015 5:31 pm Reply
    • Yes- completely free of charge! I thought it was brilliant!

      Nadine Hill 22nd August 2015 5:28 pm Reply
  • Love the news reporting, you’re a pro! Wheres your top from please?

    Gemma 21st August 2015 7:33 pm Reply
    • Ooh glad you like my top! It’s STAR by Julien Macdonald (Designers at Debenhams) – I love his stuff!

      Nadine Hill 22nd August 2015 5:28 pm Reply
  • Oh wow it sounds like you had an amazing time, love the picture of the throne 😉 x

    Sarah Bailey 21st August 2015 8:37 pm Reply
  • Sounds like you had a great time. I really like Roxette too, never seem them live though. Being a Sky Sports Newsreader looks fun.

    Anne 21st August 2015 10:55 pm Reply
    • I was really tempted to ‘go rogue’ and say whatever came into my head but I was too scared to go off script!! Maybe next time!

      Nadine Hill 22nd August 2015 5:27 pm Reply
  • I’d almost forgotten about Roxette, I used to love listening to their music. This looks like an amazing visit. I’m glad to see that you both enjoyed it, apart from the GoT chair, of course 😉

    Bek Dillydrops 21st August 2015 11:40 pm Reply
    • haha he does look as miserable as sin in that chair but he was super excited when he first saw it!!

      Nadine Hill 22nd August 2015 5:26 pm Reply
  • This sounds like a fab evening – glad that you had such a good time. I didn’t know about the Sky lounge, I’ll have to see if we can go there some time.

    Mums do travel 22nd August 2015 7:05 am Reply
  • We loved the Sky Studios tour, such fun isn’t it. I am so jealous of you seeing Roxette too – loved them

    Kara 22nd August 2015 8:26 am Reply
    • They were fab, weren’t they?!

      Nadine Hill 22nd August 2015 5:25 pm Reply
  • I love that the O2 is a concert venue – we’ve seen so many great acts there over the years. We did the Sky Lounge once – it was all and nothing to be honest >_< This was about 4 years ago now, so it may have improved!

    Michelle 22nd August 2015 12:42 pm Reply
    • I never knew it existed until this occasion! I’d not been to the O2 before but I will go again for sure!!

      Nadine Hill 22nd August 2015 5:25 pm Reply
  • Aw looks like you had a great time.
    I never knew about the Sky Studios tour will have to tell the mr about it.

    Rachel 22nd August 2015 1:16 pm Reply
    • We didn’t know about it either until we turned up at the O2!!

      Nadine Hill 22nd August 2015 5:24 pm Reply
  • Everytime I hear Roxette I think of Pretty Woman x

    Rachel 22nd August 2015 9:00 pm Reply
    • I saw that movie again a few weeks ago – it’s a classic!

      Nadine Hill 23rd August 2015 10:20 am Reply
  • It looks amazing. I’ve not been to the O2 either so found this very interesting.

    Erica Price 23rd August 2015 8:07 am Reply
  • Such a fun night! I can think of a few people who’d love a photo on the iron throne.

    Adele 23rd August 2015 9:29 pm Reply
    • There was rather a long queue on the night!

      Nadine Hill 23rd August 2015 10:34 pm Reply
  • Wow, what an amazing experience. One you won’t forget in a hurry I bet

    Zena's Suitcase 27th August 2015 9:41 pm Reply
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  • wow what a great experience, and great concert too. Didn’t know about this other what fun.

    mummy little blog 6th September 2015 9:42 pm Reply

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