Upcoming Music and Sporting Events in London

London will welcome some of the biggest names in music and sport over the next 12 months as it prepares to host the prestigious Olympic Games for a third time. More than ever, visitors and locals alike can make the most of the fact that no two London nights are ever the same.

There truly is something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of Dolly Parton, the Arctic Monkeys or the NFL.

The Olympics, which is regarded as the greatest show on earth, returns to the English capital next summer and excitement levels are already building. The rush to buy tickets to see the likes of Usain Bolt potentially break his own 100m Olympic record is well out of the starting blocks. Even if you don’t get any tickets, you can still enjoy the unique atmosphere and be part of what promises to be a fortnight to remember by simply being in the capital itself.

Between now and then, there’s a packed schedule of gigs and sporting fixtures to get excited about.

The O2 Arena, which is inside the Millennium Dome, is one of the largest multi-purpose venues in Europe and a stellar line-up will perform beside the River Thames over the next few months. There are ‘golden oldies’ like Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton and Cliff Richards and recent chart toppers like the Arctic Monkeys and Rihanna. Top comedians like Jason Manford and Lee Evans are also expected to perform in front of capacity crowds at the O2, while the top eight tennis players in the world will compete in the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.

A series of huge outdoor gigs are planned in Hyde Park to celebrate the start of summer, with Pulp, the Chemical Brothers and the Black Eyed Peas appearing as the headline acts for Wireless Festival.
Sports fans should prepare for a bumper few months, too. Manchester United and Manchester City will be in London in August to compete for the FA Community Shield, which signals the start of the English football season.

All the glitz, glamour and razzamatazz associated with American football returns to Europe when Wembley Stadium hosts the NFL fixture between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears at the end of the October. A crowd of nearly 84,000 turned up at England’s national stadium last year to see the San Francisco 49ers beat the Denver Broncos, with another large attendance predicted this time around.

England’s Test series against India and the start of the rugby union Six Nations in early 2012 are two other forthcoming sporting highlights in London.

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