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Since 1903, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire has been a prominent landmark on London’s entertainment scene. Designed and built by Frank Matcham as the flagship of the “Empire” chain of variety theatres, it was taken under the wing of the BBC in the 1950s and converted into a television theatre. Shows such as Crackerjack, The Old Grey Whistle Test, That’s Life, Hancock and Wogan were transmitted from there. After a £2m refit, which retained the BBC’s technical infrastructure, the Empire opened in March 1994 as a 2000 capacity live venue. The music industry embraced it from the opening concert, Soundgarden (March 12th 1994), and has consistently provided a wealth of talent in music, comedy and club nights ever since.
The O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire has frequently hit the headlines with its classic concerts by internationally acclaimed stars such as David Bowie (11th and 12th August 1997), Rolling Stones (June 8th 1999), The Who (22nd and 23rd December 1999), Prince (9th February 2014), Oasis (8th October 2001), Pearl Jam (11th August 2009), Elton John (16th and 17th December 2002) and Bon Jovi (18th September 2002); who were also the first band at the Empire to simultaneously broadcast their show to twenty cinemas across Europe via satellite and to a global audience online.
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We operate our own guest list and box office from the venue entrance and provide staffing for this from 30 minutes before doors. We will happily deal with all your guest lists from our box office.
The Venue operates a strict 11pm curfew for all events.
There is a purpose built booth in the main entrance foyer and a smaller concession in the house right stalls. Please contact us directly to discuss merchandise arrangements for your show.
Security is provided by Showsec International Ltd. and booked through the Venue, please contact the general manager for details, or to discuss any specific security requirements.
We do not supply stage crew
There are 4 dressing rooms, 1 production / promoter’s office, 3 showers and 4 toilets backstage.
Please note there are no laundry facilities available at the venue.
There is a room available on level 3, which is used as a catering area. It has a double sink, hot and cold water, a fridge and some stainless steel work surfaces. This room has various 13amp sockets and 2 x 3phase 32amp (Red) Cee-form supplies. Please note, there is no gas supply and gas bottles are not allowed in the building.
Please ensure caterers have only electrical appliances and the necessary electrical distribution equipment. There is also a small room behind that is used as a dining area with trestle tables and seats.
Included with the hire of the venue and fixed at a distance of 1.2m is a Mojo-style ‘blow through’ front of stage pit barrier, for audience safety we insist this be used on all standing format shows. The FOH position is also protected at the front, sides and back by a purpose built enclosure.
The venue can be found HERE. Please note we cannot provide landlines for buses or coaches. There is absolutely no parking at the venue, everything must unload and go. Parking is extremely limited within the area. The roads have confusing parking regulations and are regularly patrolled by wardens and clampers. For cars and small vans the Westfield Shopping Centre car park is reasonably priced and close by. Westfield website https://uk.westfield.com/london/centre-info/getting-here
Below you will find suggestions for larger vehicles.
Coach/Lorry parking is available 1.5 miles from the venue at Bayswater Road Euro Park, W2 4RT. You can book ahead at a minimum of 24hrs notice on 0207 563 3000.
Heston Road Services (TW5 9NB) is about 8.5 miles from the venue
The K-West Hotel & Spa can provide parking with power for 1 x bus w/trailer. We recommend this is pre-booked, check with the hotel for prices - www.k-west.co.uk
The loading bay is on Shepherd’s Bush Green, on the left hand side of the building down a slight incline. We have a relatively easy load in. No load in or out is permitted from Pennard Road. There is no parking at the venue. Drop and Go. There is a lift to the dressing rooms and catering area, the dimensions are approx. 1 x 1.2 meters and approx. 2.2 meters high, the weight limit is 1000kg
For further Technical Specifications please contact our venue technical manager:
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For over a century O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire has been welcoming people through its doors, cementing itself as one of the capital’s most important entertainment venues. The building can be hired as a concert space for events with a capacity up to 2,000, or fully seated for 1,098 people. O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire can be hired to host award ceremonies, as a rehearsal space, for exhibitions and corporate functions or for private parties.
An iconic building both inside and out, its trademark tower is a well-loved part of the Shepherd’s Bush skyline and the venue is available as a location for filming or photographic purposes.
For more information or to make an enquiry – contact us