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Madonna to play London's O2 as Sticky & Sweet tour extends (2009)


Story by Jack Foley

MADONNA’S phenomenally successful Sticky & Sweet Tour, already the No.1 biggest grossing tour in history for a solo artist, will embark on another series of shows beginning on July 4 in London, with a show at the O2 Arena.

Stops will include appearances in never before played markets such as Werchter Belgium, Marseille France, Hamburg Germany, Oslo Norway, Helsinki Finland, Tallinn Estonia, Ljubljana Slovenia as well as stops in Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria.

Additional appearances by Madonna will include return visits after more than 15 years to Madrid, Gothenburg and Munich.

“This is a first for me. I’ve never extended a tour before,” explained the pop queen. “I’m excited to be going back on the road, visiting places I’ve never been and returning to places I love.”

In 2008, the Sticky & Sweet Tour was seen by 2,350,285 fans in 58 cities. With record breaking ticket sales everywhere, including 650,000 tickets sold in her series of South American dates, 72,000 tickets at Zurich’s Dübendorf Airfield (the largest audience ever assembled for a show in Switzerland), 75,000 tickets in London’s Wembley Stadium and four sell outs in New York’s Madison Square Garden (60,364 tickets).

“This new run of dates will further solidify Madonna’s position as one of the top selling touring artists of all time,” said Arthur Fogel, Live Nation’s Chairman of Global Music and CEO of Global Touring/Artist Nation.

Special guest for Sticky & Sweet 2009, Paul Oakenfold has long been one of the most important names in modern club culture.

He has remixed The Rolling Stones U2, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dog, Muse New Order, The Cure, Massive Attack and even Elvis Presley and produced The Happy Mondays.

The 2009 Sticky & Sweet Tour Dates are…

4 – London, 02 Arena
7 – Manchester, MEN Arena
11 – Werchter, Belgium Festival park
14 – Milan, San Siro
21 – Barcelona, Spain Olympic Stadium
23 – Madrid, Spain Vicente Calderon
28 – Hamburg, Germany Bahrenfeld
30 – Oslo, Norwary Vallehovin On sale Feb. 09

4 – Tallinn, Estonia Tallinn Song Festival Ground
6 – Helsinki, Finland West Harbour
9 – Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi
11 – Copenhagen, Denmark Parken
13 – Prague, Czech Republic Chodov Natural Amphitheatre
15 – Warsaw, Poland Bemowo Airport
18 – Munich, Germany Olympic Stadium
20 – Ljubljana, Slovenia Hippodrome

Tickets for the London and Manchester dates go on sale on February 6, 2009.