The old Millennium Dome might not be your first thought when planning drinks out with your mates. You’d be excused for thinking the now ‘o2 complex’ was more reserved for die hard Beliebers and hordes of females in feather boas, celebrating the Take That reunion tour. It’s even understandable if you’ve never ventured there because of this. That is until you know what actually sits beyond its doors. Not too many people know it actually also serves as a nightclub and smaller concert space, often throwing exciting after parties as the O2’s little counterpart. Well now you do. Looks like you’re gonna have to move some things around in the diary now, eh?
The venue? Well it’s practically a star in it’s own right. A TV star more specifically, providing the location for the old school X Factor bootcamp sessions. Think of all the ‘almost-celebrities-that-had-that-one-single-out’ that would have stood on that stage. Uh-maazing right? It’s also been used previously to host the NME awards, which is a suitably cooler use of the venue. Obviously. The layout is split level with standing downstairs, and seats on the balcony overlooking the stage just above. Upstairs they’ve actually provided live screens just incase your view is slightly obscured, so it’s fairly difficult to get a ‘bad’ view wherever you are. Downstairs there is a bar running along the whole of the back wall, serving all your standard bar things, y’know: Beer, wine, hotdogs..Okay that’s not a bar standard, but it’s certainly a welcome addition to any bar selection if you ask us. The space is also pretty massive. Perhaps not in comparison to the arena itself, but in isolation, Indigo2 can in fact hold up to 2,400 people and has more than twenty VIP booths. Think what you could do with all that space. When you were little there was little more exciting than running amok in a big open field, right? Yeah, well, this is your adult alternative.
Music: Live, Hip Hop, RnB, Pop, Rock, Motown, House
Dress Code: None
Train Station: North Greenwich
Address: IndigO2, The O2, London, SE10 0DX
As you can imagine, the music varies depending on the event calendar, but IndigO2 is probably best known for its amazing RnB and Hip Hop nights. They’re also pretty partial to a tribute too it would seem, dedicating nights to all the late greats like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and King Freddie Mercury of Queen. Aside from that though, they’re also great for more intimate gigs by some of your musical faves. Favourites of course like Miley Cyrus, Brandy, Barenaked Ladies, Public Enemy, Busta Rhymes, Mos Def, Boys II Men, Ja Rule, Nelly, Faith Evans, So Solid Crew, James Arthur and - hold the phone - Jason Donovan and Rick Astley. What is it with these old romantics? First Jason tells us ‘Nothing can divide us’ and then Rick never wants to give us up. It’s been 30 years you guys, stop calling. We’ve moved on.
After a big concert at the O2, everyone makes a beeline for Indigo2. It’s the done thing, and as it’s literally a two minute walk door to door, it provides the perfect backdrop to any glamorous o2 afterparty. We say glamorous, but nobody really looks their best after jumping up and down and sweating for 3 hours at a concert do they? Just as well really, as Indig02 don’t operate a dress code policy so you’re free to look as clammy as you like, in fact, if you’re particularly sweaty anyway, this would be the ideal place to hang out because no one would bat an eyelid. Certain events may request you scrub up a little though. Events like their monstrously successful Kiss FMs club nights, Comedy evenings, Garage Nation nights or anything by badboy broadcaster and radio regular Mr. Trevor Nelson. Not only that but the stage has also been graced by A-list names such as The Black Eyed Peas, Rita Ora, Timberland and Ne-Yo. Oh and also, ‘An audience with Bill Clinton’… for some reason.
It’s easy to forget quite how massive the O2 is, until you remember that Indigo2 is actually it’s much, much smaller cousin. It’s got a really incredible party atmosphere. Plus, they sell actual hot dogs at the bar. Granted, our mates weren’t really expecting this when we said ‘dinner and drinks’, but frankly, in such a hectic modern day world we welcome anything that buys us some more precious time. Music spans everything from Motown, Rock-Pop, Burlesque, Brit-Funk, House, Chart and Hip Hop so whatever you’re in the mood for, Indigo2 have it in the pipeline if you keep your eyes on the events page. With that, and the air of excitement you get just from the sheer size of the place, it’s safe to say that Indigo2 really has us raring to Indi-go. But if you run into Rick Astley, tell him you’ve not heard from us. Deal?