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Birthday balloon suspended over The O2 for 10th birthday

Birthday balloon suspended over The O2 for 10th birthday

The O2 in London has had a giant '10' inflatable suspended above it to mark the venue's 10th anniversary.

More than 60 million people have visited the 20,000 capacity arena since it first opened in 2007 and this week a series of special shows will be performed on the iconic stage including Alt-J, Celine Dion, Ed Sheeran and Jamiroquai later this year.

The first ever show at the venue was back on June 24, 2007, and saw rock legend Bon Jovi hit the stage.

Other artists to appear have included Sir Rod Stewart, Noel Gallagher, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Chris Martin and Timbaland.

It comes after Take That won an award for breaking the record of performing the most shows and selling the most tickets at The O2.

The group - Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald - have completed 25 headline shows, two performances at the BRIT Awards in 2011 and 2015, a set at Capital's Jingle Bell Ball in 2014 and O2's Wear The Rose in 2015 at the London arena since it opened its doors 10 years ago and have sold over 385,000 tickets, more than any other artist.

The 'Back For Good' hitmakers received a glass sculpture of the venue at the end of their final night of six consecutive shows at The O2 on June 10.

Programming Director Emma Bownes said: "To outsell every other artist at this venue is a huge achievement. We had the pleasure in presenting Take That the keys to The O2 in 2015 to mark hitting the magic 21 shows - a record first established by Prince in 2007 - and this award recognises their phenomenal popularity with fans. Every show they've done here has been fantastic and we'd like to thank them and their team. We look forward to breaking even more records."

The band first performed in 2007 at The O2 and a decade later as it celebrates its 10th birthday, they marked their 29th performance.