The O2 Arena has come out tops on a poll which ranks the top 10 live music venues in London licensed by the Performing Right Society.

The 2007 figures, published today, were calculated using the royalty payments to PRS members arising from live performances.

"The success of the O2 Arena has been nothing short of astonishing," comments a PRS spokesman, "and, with audience figures increasing year-on-year, just goes to show what a thirst the people of London have for live music."

The top ten, in order, are O2 Arena, Brixton Academy, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Shepherds Bush Empire, Jazz Café, Ronnie Scotts Club, Barbican Centre and London Astoria.

AEG's 23,000-capacity arena opened in June 2007 on the site of London's Millennium Dome. According to Billboard Boxscore, the venue grossed almost $30 million last year on attendance of 431,300, including Prince's $22 million, 21-night run, a multi-date Spice Girls stretch, and the one-off Led Zeppelin performance, in honor of the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.