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In Ticketmaster’s Summer Stadium Shows guide, we’ve gathered together the hottest music stadium and arena concerts hitting the UK this year – and, trust us, it doesn’t get any bigger than this!
Our dedicated guide includes all the major tours for 2022, ranging from classic rock titans like Eagles to pop royalty Westlife.
The answer is a resounding yes! From rocking out to reminiscing, music stadium concert tickets are a must. That’s because stadiums are where legends are made. There are concerts to fit everyone’s tastes, from pop, rock, metal, hip hop and many more. The atmosphere at a large arena concert tours is electric and an absolute must for live entertainment and music fans.
Stadium concert ticket prices span a wide range (as well as include VIP and other special options) because the shows have such large attendance capacities. That means you can splurge and get up close to your favourite acts… or be more economical with your seating choice and still enjoy all the excitement that comes just from being there. After all, stadium concerts are the stuff of memories.
Stadium shows do tend to be bigger than arena shows, but that’s not always the case.
Generally speaking, there’s not a huge difference. However there are some differences when it comes to stadium concerts vs arena concerts. Stadiums usually have open or retractable roofs while arenas are typically enclosed. With their indoor environments, arenas are naturally made for concerts – for example, lighting can be hung from ceilings while sets and stages can be configured and changed in a multitude of ways.
Stadiums on the other hand, which are usually built to support sporting events, have some limitations in terms of weather and more staging challenges. However, at a stadium show, where thousands upon thousands of fans are gathered, something happens that’s just magical.
Wembley Stadium in London is the largest stadium in the UK with a capacity of 90,000. It was built in 1923 (originally named Empire Stadium) for the British Empire Exhibition, which was the largest exhibition ever staged in history. That original structure was demolished in 2003 to make way for the Wembley Stadium structure of today, which opened in 2007.
Wembley Stadium concerts are among the most revered, with this year’s Wembley Stadium BTS appearance during their LOVE YOURSELF: SPEAK YOURSELF world tour being the K-pop band’s biggest UK appearance ever.
Designed by architecture firms Foster & Partners and Populus, Wembley Stadium cost over £757 million to construct. There is a sliding roof, but it doesn’t close completely. However, this roof does cover every seat in the stadium, so that also makes Wembley Stadium the largest fully covered stadium in the world. Its other most iconic feature is the 133 metre tall arch.
Those interested in Wembley Stadium ticket concerts can head to Wembley, London HA9 0WS. The easiest way to get there is by London Tube. It’s only two stops from the Baker Street station on the Metropolitan Line and less than 10 minutes from London Marylebone station on the Chiltern Line.
If you’re wondering where to find London stadium concerts, there are lots of venues in the capital to host them. Along with Wembley Stadium, you’ve got Twickenham Stadium, London Stadium, Emirates Stadium, Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane. Plus, the space age Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, situated in the heart of North London, debuted in April – and it boasts 115 turnstiles and a microbrewery! All these stadiums are easily connected to Central London through bus and by London Underground and Overground stations.
Stadium concerts occur all around the UK – at incredible venues in England, Scotland and Wales. Live in concert Wembley Stadium is one iconic place to see your favourite artists, but it’s not the only one. You’ll find stadium concerts in London as well as in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff and Manchester.
Additional music venues include the O2 Arena in London, Mayfield in Manchester, Arena Birmingham, The SSE Hydro in Glasgow and the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield. See the full Ticketmaster stadiums guide to catch your favourite artists headline tours as they take to some of the biggest music venues in the UK this year.