Shepherds Bush Empire

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London, United Kingdom

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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 £2million 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 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), Oasis (8th October 2001), 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 of more than 375,000 on the Internet.

The Venue has six bars with all levels catered for plus hospitaqlity on Level One which also has a bar with a 300 maximum capacity.

Contact Information

Shepherd's Bush Green
London W12 8TT
United Kingdom
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+44 (0)20 8354 3300

Past Events

Thursday 14 April 2016
The Iron MaidensConcert Shepherds Bush Empire
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Saturday 20 February 2016
Come Find Yourself 20th Anniversary tour
Fun Lovin' CriminalsConcert
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Friday 5 February 2016
Mayday Parade
Have Mercy, Warm Bodies, The MaineConcert
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Friday 22 January 2016
Jason Isbell
John MorelandConcert
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Saturday 19 December 2015
Fields of the NephilimConcert Shepherds Bush Empire
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Saturday 12 December 2015
ClutchConcert Shepherds Bush Empire
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  • dannylovex

    I work here :D

    September 2011
  • ukgreaterlondon

    day one of this web site, day one of seeing these music groups.

    February 2011
  • IanAR

    the fact that you have to be on your toes the whole gig to see the band sucks, and the sound sucks, and the bouncers/staff were unfriendly and unhelpful [2]

    September 2010
  • Curfew_Music

    When is MSG ??

    January 2010
  • Aardvark_One

    Is it worth going to see the Buzzcocks on Friday if we can only get tickets for level 3? I've never been to Shepard's Bush and can hardly imagine how bad it can be. Thanks

    January 2009
  • dante696969

    I'm seeing Opeth tonight, height kinda makes a difference, cos if you're 4 foot nothing you're gunna see nothing anyways. personally, i'm either right at the rfront (maybe second row) or to the side of the stage, so he's not really a pussy, except the sound, would you rather it sound a whispering in your ear, or something loud you're gunna remember!

    November 2008
  • BerkMolla

    Anybody want a ticket for Mercury Rev tomorrow?

    November 2008
  • MaLaKoT

    2 tickets for TV on the Radio at Shepherds Bush Empire on 19 Nov. Level 2 Unreserved seats. are available. If interested, msg me.

    November 2008
  • Robalob

    it being too loud doesn't make you a pussy at all, everyone has their own personal enjoyment level :/ also there's only so many people who can fit down the front

    September 2008
  • greenthought

    The guy 2 below isn't a pussy. Well complaining about it being to loud is a little bit pussy... it's really not. But he's spot on about the view if you're standing. There are only a few good spots in this venue, but you have to get there super early to nab them. Otherwise you're screwed. Oh, and to giggower - not everyone wants to go down the front.

    September 2008
  • giggower

    the guy who commented below me is a complete pussy. um normally wen u go to a gig its goign to be loud. and if u cant see push to the front u tw@

    July 2008
  • nelsonphillipio

    went to shepards bush last night to see Stephen Malkmus... the seating was fine on the 1st floor, i had a good view. Saw broken social scene a couple of weeks ago, standing, couldn't see fo rthe life of me! The sound last night was too loud aswell, i felt deaf by the time it was over.

    June 2008
  • danwildey

    Saw my second concert here The Hoosier good Seats amd Sound Was Ok Security by the Seats were miserable fucks though

    March 2008
  • MrsSparkes

    Love this place. Saw Rooster here, absolute perfect seats.

    February 2008
  • LouisLloyd

    Does anyone GOOD ever play here!?

    November 2007
  • jonny_rubber

    Was there last night and i've gotta say i'm not going to be rushing back. Didn't like the venue much toilets downstairs were painful and they didn't have a smoking area so everyone was in the toilets smoking :(

    September 2007
  • middleclasssam

    SHIT venue the fact that you have to be on your toes the whole gig to see the band sucks, and the sound sucks, and the bouncers/staff were unfriendly and unhelpful SHIT!

    June 2007
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