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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby missbrodie04 » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:05 pm

Well said, Annie. I've never been to the O2 before, so have no idea how good/ bad/ indifferent a venue it actually is - but I find it hard to believe that 20,000 Leonard Cohen fans won't be able to create a pretty special atmosphere, no matter where they put us!
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Bela » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:15 pm

I agree with both of you. Even the atmosphere at the Barbican last year was amazing (and the concert hall sits, what, 1500 people?). The wave of 'love' that engulfed the place when LC appeared brought tears to my eyes, just from the sheer 'noise' of the clapping and cheering. I can't begin to imagine what it feels like when 20,000 people clap and cheer at the same time. (Note to self: bring a box of tissues.)
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Paula » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:58 pm

Bela you are confused the O2 is in England, it is a Leonard Cohen concert. No one should be clapping and cheering just a polite clap occasionally otherwise total silence. Thats the way it goes!
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Bela » Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:46 am

Paula wrote:Bela you are confused the O2 is in England, it is a Leonard Cohen concert. No one should be clapping and cheering just a polite clap occasionally otherwise total silence. Thats the way it goes!
You obviously weren't at the Barbican (London, England) last year. :lol:
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Mackay1 » Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:55 am

missbrodie04 wrote:Well said, Annie. I've never been to the O2 before, so have no idea how good/ bad/ indifferent a venue it actually is - but I find it hard to believe that 20,000 Leonard Cohen fans won't be able to create a pretty special atmosphere, no matter where they put us!
Believe me, the whole atmosphere at the O2 is horrible no matter who is playing there. It's just a huge space surrounded by a really tacky shopping mall. There is just no vibe or atmosphere there at all. Yes, the Barbican is also very big but it was built to appreciate music in and you can create a good feeling there which I just don't think would ever happen in the O2.
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Bela » Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:23 am

PBI, the Barbican is tiny in comparison with the O2 Arena, but I'm afraid you will not succeed in dampening my enthusiasm and anticipation. I firmly believe it will be AMAZING! We will make it so, regardless of the size of the auditorium. Have a little faith! :-)
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby A.Sukitu » Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:20 pm

Bela - I am with you on this. The 02 is grotesque yet we can make it amazing ... LC will be playing to us, and we shall be in the audience (I have decided to take binoculars). We can overcome the venue and stay in the moment. It is the only chance ... I feel that we have to transform the experience, else we shall be stuck in the mud ...
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby honeyrose » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:16 pm

Interesting that the o2 for 17 July is now totally sold out - and Ticketmaster released some seats there at level 106 yesterday as well (this is tier 1 - sited at around 6 o'clock related to the stage if the stage is 12 o'clock.) This means all the seats in Tier 4 have now sold out. They are a LONG WAY from the stage and you are advised to have a head for heights if you plan to sit there. I imagine it is like the top stands in Twickenham stadium, where I have sat and not enjoyed the experience.

More to the point most of these top tier seats only sold out this week and then in the last 48 hours. It makes me wonder if they are being bought by scalpers and touts who have seen how popular the shows are, rather than by diehard Leonard fans. Still if they do shift them it will be a good crowd for Leonard.

I am going to Manchester as I prefer a smaller more intimate venue anyway. Plus it is the first night in the UK and he will be fresh I hope.

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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Bela » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:21 pm

They actually released those tickets in BK 106 the day before yesterday and I got a couple of them. I had bought seats in Tier 4 on Friday morning, before I'd realised how high up they were (never been to O2). I was getting nightmares about it so I decided to see if I could get seats lower down, and I got lucky on Monday. I will try and get rid of the other tickets when I actually have them in my hands.

Thank you for posting that link in the other thread, honeyrose: it was a great help. :-)

I can't travel elsewhere, so London is my only option. I'm very happy. Obviously, not about the way Ticketmaster functions, etc., but things that can't be helped have to be accepted, I think.
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby linmag » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:52 pm

Just the thought of 20,000 Leonard Cohen fans together in one place is enough to send shivers down my spine. I thought I was the only one left for so many years before I found this place that I still have to pinch myself sometimes, even after meeting so many lovely people at the various meet-ups. I was lucky enough to get seats on row F (A2), so all I have to worry about now is coping with the emotion of having Leonard and the band performing on stage a few metres away from me. I'm going to need one BIG box of tissues!
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby bean » Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:35 pm

Never been to the 02 before.

I think I might get the rive bus down the Thames fom Embankment to the O2.

I see there is a Sushi bar at the 02 (Wasabi); might eat there. :D
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Paula » Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:29 pm

Bean a lady at work went to see Take That at the O2 and then got the river boat back. Take That were walking down the walkway to the river it was obviously their way of getting out of the area. She was so excited she got to meet and talk with them down by the river. There were no other fans there.
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Padma » Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:10 pm

Bela wrote:They actually released those tickets in BK 106 the day before yesterday and I got a couple of them. I had bought seats in Tier 4 on Friday morning, before I'd realised how high up they were (never been to O2). I was getting nightmares about it so I decided to see if I could get seats lower down, and I got lucky on Monday. I will try and get rid of the other tickets when I actually have them in my hands.


If you can't sell the tickets on Tier 4, see if ticketmaster will give you a refund - I managed to get a refund on similar tickets but it was on the same day that I bought them. I explained to them that I didn't realise they were so high up and I have a fear of heights!!! I think Paula may have done the same.....
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Paula » Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:04 pm

Yeah I did Padma. I booked them over the phone and there was no mention of height when I bought them. If you buy on-line it does say something but not on the phone. Anyway they gave me a refund no problem.

Apparently it is not just very high it is also sheer
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Bela » Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:43 pm

Oh, I never thought Ticketmaster might give refunds on anything, since they are so greedy. It's been a week now since I bought them and it's probably too late, but I might give it a try. They can only say no.

I don't think I'll have a problem selling those tickets nearer the time, anyway.
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