If you're seeing a show at The O2, there's no better way to start your night - head to Sky Backstage, our bar behind the main stage that's free for all Sky customers and their guests.
Walk the red carpet, pout and pose for our paparazzi, perform in our karaoke studio and grab a drink and a bite to eat.
Read our frequently asked questions for information about booking your free pass.
- Do I have to register to get access to Sky Backstage?
You can pre-register for a Sky Backstage pass at sky.com/O2 up until 5pm on the day of any evening event and until 12pm for day time events. If there's still capacity available on the day of the event you may be able to register when you get to The O2 by providing a Sky Studios staff member your details.
- What details do I need to register for a Sky Backstage pass?
As a Sky customer you need to sign into sky.com/O2 using your Sky iD, select the date that you'd like to visit the Sky Backstage area, register the number of guests that you'd like to bring (up to three guests per Sky customer) and download your pass. If you don't already have a Sky iD, you can Sign up for Sky iD.
- Do I have to be a Sky customer to access Sky Backstage?
Only Sky TV and Broadband customers can register and you’ll need a valid arena ticket for the date you want to go to Sky Backstage along with your printed pass. Your guests don't need to be Sky customers.
- Will my Sky Backstage pass guarantee entry into the area?
Due to our standard overbooking policy to account for no-shows, Sky reserves the right to refuse entry to pass holders in the event of insufficiency of room. Entry to Sky Backstage will then be granted to Sky Backstage pass holders on a first come, first served basis and on a one in, one out basis.
- I have arena tickets but Sky Backstage isn't available on my chosen date. Why?
Sky Backstage passes are usually available for booking at the same time as event tickets are released for general sale.
There may occasionally be a delay in release of backstage tickets for a particular event. If the event you are looking for is not available, we recommend you keep checking back on our website for a week or two after the general sale date.
Please bear in mind that The O2 reserves the right to close Sky Backstage for a very small number of events. If your event date is still not available up to two weeks following tickets going on sale, then please contact us via email SkyatTheO2@sky.uk.
- I have booked a pass and received an email from Sky to say that Sky Backstage is now closed. Why is this?
Due to circumstances beyond our control, there are instances including but not limited to venue requirements, operational changes or requests from the promoter when we need to close Sky Backstage at short notice. Sky reserves the right to close Sky Backstage at our discretion.
- Do I have to pay to get into Sky Backstage?
Sky Backstage is free to registered Sky TV and Broadband customers and their guests.
- How many times can I visit Sky Backstage?
Each Sky household may register for one Sky Backstage pass per customer and up to three friends per arena event. All persons must hold a valid arena ticket for the date they plan to enter Sky Backstage.
- How many people can I take with me?
You can normally take up to three family members or friends with you. There may be certain exceptions when this number is increased to five. When applicable, this extra availability will be highlighted when you book your passes.
- Do I need to show ID?
You’ll need to show ID if you've pre-registered for entry to Sky Backstage on our website so please ensure you take a valid form of ID. Bank cards will be accepted as a form of identification.
- How old do I need to be to access Sky Backstage?
If you're under 14 you must be accompanied by an adult when accessing Sky Backstage. If you're under 18 you won't be allowed to buy alcoholic drinks and if you appear to be under the age of 25, you may be asked for proof of age.
- What are the opening and closing times for Sky Backstage?
Access to Sky Backstage will be allowed one hour prior to arena doors opening and customers must leave the Sky Backstage area 20 minutes before the main act starts. Please see your arena ticket for further details. Opening and closing times are subject to change at short notice and at the discretion of the management.
- Where will I find Sky Backstage?
You'll see Sky Studios as you enter The O2. Please find one of our staff members who will direct you to Sky Backstage.
- Can I stay in Sky Backstage when the main performance is on?
You'll need to leave Sky Backstage 20 minutes before the main act starts, unless you have been given permission to stay.
- I don't have a printer to print my Sky Backstage pass
We have a printer at Sky Studios at The 02 you can use to print your voucher. Sky Studios is in the main entrance foyer and open between midday and 8pm every day.
- I’ve received a Sky Backstage pass confirmation email but cannot download my pass from the link supplied. Can you help?
- I’ve downloaded the Sky Backstage pass but I’d like to give it to someone else in my household to use. Will they be able to get it?
Yes, anyone from your household can use the pass to enter Sky Backstage as long as they hold a valid arena ticket for the event.
- If I want to someone in my family/household to use my pass what happens if they get asked for ID but the pass is in my (the account holder’s) name and I am not attending the event?
Don't worry - the pass is transferable to family and household members so as long as the account holder’s address can be verified this will be sufficient.
- My Sky Backstage pass is in my maiden name. Will it still be valid and what ID will I need to show?
Yes, the pass will still be valid for you to use as long as the account address you have booked the pass with can be verified.
- My friends have tickets for an arena event but I don't. Can I still visit Sky Backstage with them?
Unfortunately not, only people who hold a valid arena ticket can enter Sky Backstage.
- I’ve bought tickets to sit on the Sky Backstage balcony, so do I still need a Sky Backstage pass?
No, if you’ve bought Sky Balcony tickets this guarantees your entry into Sky Backstage.
- I haven't received my Sky Backstage booking email so I can't print my pass. What happens now?
Please make sure that the email address you're checking is the same as the one that you confirmed as part of the booking process. Please also check your spam folder to see whether the email was sent there by mistake. If you still haven't received your Sky Backstage Pass booking email, then please email SkyatTheO2@bskyb.com.
- I've deleted/lost/never received my pass confirmation email, can it be re-sent?
Although we are unable to re-issue passes, we do hold a back-up list on the door for preregistered customers. When you arrive at The O2 please see the staff in Sky Studios who will check you and your guests off the list.
- I've booked four passes for an event but would like an extra pass, is this possible?
Unfortunately we are unable to offer additional passes to our customers but do appreciate why you would want to go into Sky Backstage as a group. With this in mind, we ask our staff to use their discretion on the day of the event and if they see a group that is slightly over the pass number to allow the full group access, however we can't guarantee this as we limit passes to a maximum of four.
- I've booked a Sky Backstage pass for an event that has been cancelled and re-scheduled to a new date. Is my pass still valid?
You will need to book a new pass for the re-scheduled date to ensure entry into Sky Backstage.
- I've tried to download my Sky Backstage and/or Sky Studios photo or video and it’s saying that my code is invalid, please can you help?
Please check that the format of your 9 character unique code is correct. It should be SS00XXX00, where 0 is a number and X is a letter. The code is case sensitive. If you have the letter I or/and the number 1 in your code please ensure that these are entered correctly. If it still doesn't work please send an email to support@skyatTheO2.com.
- I'd like to download my Sky Backstage and/or Sky Studios photo or video but it is over 30 days since I had it taken, can I still access it?
All photos or videos are stored on our server for 30 days and then automatically deleted, so we will be unable to retrieve your photo.
- Once I have entered Sky Backstage can I leave the arena and come back?
Sky Backstage is inside the arena bowl and subject to The O2's re-admittance policy. Once you have entered the arena via Sky Backstage you cannot leave and then re-enter the arena. You can, however, access the food and drink outlets and bathrooms available throughout the arena.
- Can I take food and drink into Sky Backstage?
Sky Backstage is inside the arena bowl and is subject to The O2’s food and drink policy. Any food and drink bought outside The O2 cannot be taken into The O2 arena. Please call The O2’s customer service team (020 8463 2000) if you need to bring food or drink with you for medical or religious reasons. For more information go to The O2 arena FAQs.
Any other questions?
If you have any questions about Sky at The O2 or any other Sky products or services, you can email SkyatTheO2@sky.uk and we'll respond within 24 hours.