Performing: Howard Jones
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
O2 Shepherds Bush Green, London, London, W128TT
The O2 Shepherds Bush Empire is a music venue in Shepherd's Bush, London, England, run by the Academy Music Group. It was built in 1903, as a music hall, and in 1953 became the BBC Television Theatre. Since 1991, it has operated as a music venue. The Shepherd's Bush Empire was built in 1903 for impresario Oswald Stoll, designed by theatre architect Frank Matcham. Ashly's Circus performed at Shepherd's Bush empire theatre and presented to George Strong a trophy for riding The Bucking Mule 'Sloper' on 8 September 1905. The first performers at the new theatre were The Fred Karno Troupe incl. Charlie Chaplin (1906). The Empire staged music-hall entertainments, such as variety performances and revues, until the early 1950s, by which time the popularity of these forms of entertainment was declining. During WW2 the Shepherds Bush Empire narrowly escaped being hit by a flying bomb, which in 1944 hit the neighbouring Shepherd's Bush Pavilion, destroying the original interior. The Pavilion did not re-open until 1955. In 1953, the Empire was sold to the BBC, which put it to use as a television studio-theatre, renaming it the BBC Television Theatre. Among the programmes produced there were Crackerjack, Hancock's Half Hour, The Old Grey Whistle Test, That's Life!, The Generation Game, The Basil Brush Show, Juke Box Jury, This is Your Life, Jim'll Fix It, almost all the BBC's light entertainment music shows, such as those starring Cliff Richard, Lulu, Cilla Black, Spike Milligan, Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey, Vera Lynn, Harry Secombe, Petula Clark, as well as the UK's Eurovision Song Contest preliminary heat, A Song For Europe. In 1985, the theatre was turned over for exclusive use by Wogan, which was broadcast 3 nights a week from the theatre. The BBC vacated the building in 1991. It was taken over again, this time in 1993 by the entrepreneur Andrew Mahler, who invested over 1m pounds in the building in improvements and refurbishments. In 1994 the building re-opened and again became the Shepherds Bush Empire. Since then, it has become best known as a music venue.
The nearest tube stations are Shepherds Bush on the Hammersmith & City line or Central line; or Goldhawk Road on the Hammersmith & City line.
The nearest train station is Paddington.
The venue is in central London so it is advised that you use public transport where possible.
There is a Licensed Cab Office next door to the venue where customers can book in advance: GREATER LONDON TRANSPORT SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN Telephone 020 8749 8000 or 020 8749 6000.
Us bus numbers - 49, 72, 94, 95, 148, 207, 220, 237, 260, 283, 272, 295, 607, N72, N94, N148 and N207.
The nearest car park is at Westfield Shopping Centre. Parking at Westfield London between 6pm-12am is just 3 pounds per vehicle for O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire customers. Please collect a follow-up ticket from the venue box office or from door staff in the foyer. When exiting Westfield London, insert original ticket to the pay machine before departure and immediately insert the follow up promotional voucher for the 3 pounds rate.
There are 4 wheelchairs spaces in the stalls area, these are situated three quarters of the way towards the back, on a raised area. Access is through a side door to the building which security will direct customers to and entrance is via a temporary ramp. There is a disabled toilet in the stalls area which is accessed via radar key.
Unfortunately, there is no induction loop at present.
The venue allows guide dogs but please contact them first.
General Access Info
Due to the building age the box office is not accessible and there is no induction loop at present. Security will assist when arriving at the venue from the front of the building. For disabled bookings and information, please call the venue directly on 020 8354 3300.
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. No refund will be issued for under 14s that are unaccompanied by an adult.
More Information about Howard Jones Tickets
Howard Jones will embark on a nationwide 8-date UK tour on Wednesday 11th April at the O2 Academy Bristol. The tour celebrates the first time since 6th November 2010, when Howard will perform his first two studio albums "Human's Lib" and "Dream Into Action" back to back, live in their entirety for the very first time on a full scale nationwide UK tour.
Tickets for what promises to be an unforgettable tour of ground-breaking, classic electronic pop, will go on sale to the general public on Friday 2nd December at 10am by booking online from www.ticketweb.co.uk or calling the 24 hour ticket hotline 0844 477 2000.
Fans that can't wait will be able to take advantage of two ticket pre-sales at 10am on Wednesday 30th November. The first pre-sale will happen with Absolute 80's radio via the following web links - www.absolute80s.com/tickets, www.absoluteradio.com/tickets and www.ticketmaster.co.uk. The second pre-sale will happen via www.ticketweb.co.uk.
The announcement of the tour dovetails with Howard's weekly radio series "Electronic 80s with Howard Jones" - a four-part hour-long show that starts at 8pm on Sunday December 4th. The radio show will see Howard playing his favourite electronic pop songs from the decade that spawned classic singles from the likes of Eurythmics, the Human League and Tears For Fears.
Click here for further info about the series - www.absolute80s.com/howardjones.
The tour also dovetails the release of 2-disc live DVD "Howard Jones: Human's Lib & Dream Into Action Live at The indigO2." The concert was originally filmed on 6th November 2010 at the indigO2 in London where Howard performed his multi-platinum albums "Human's Lib and Dream Into Action live in their entirety for the very first time.
The DVD, packaged in a specially designed slip case and individually autographed and numbered, can be ordered from http://shop.howardjones.com.
The special features on the Dream Into Action disc include VIP soundcheck, plus separate interviews with Robbie Bronnimann and Jonathan Atkinson. The special features on the Humans Lib disc include Rupert Hine and Stephen W. Tayler in the studio, an interview with Stephen W. Tayler, and `Making of the Film' featurette.
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