Thursday, December 13, 2012

Lions, Tigers, and…Dragons!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Dragons
Feb. 13 - 18

Philips Arena and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are proud to present DRAGONS,  a once in a millennium event in honor of The Year of the Dragon! From February 13-18, Circus performers from across the globe will wow Atlanta with their breathtaking acts of bravery and athleticism. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson heads the masterpiece that brings together dragon lore with authentic circus blends of renowned spiritual and real life legends that can be found only at The Greatest Show on Earth!

The anticipation builds throughout DRAGONS as one phenomenal circus act transitions into another, featuring warriors, charging Cossack riders, and enormous animals, all paying tribute to the mystical dragon!

Purchase your tickets here:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Disney Live! Music Festival

Tis’ the season to celebrate and spend time with family and friends! Kick off the holidays with Mickey and friends when Disney Live! Comes to Philips Arena Sunday, December 16 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Mickey Mouse and his band of friends will perform songs from some of their feature films Including Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, remixed to a variation of different sounds from all different genres of music.

Come kick off the holiday season with a fun-filled family event at Philips Arena featuring a star-studded line-up of more than 25 Disney characters, beginning with a state-of-the-art video projection of the frenzy backstage, followed by Mickey welcoming his guests to his concert tour. The audience is then transported to a new world of music, dancing and fun from their favorite Disney characters.

To get your tickets today click here!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Nuclear Cowboyz Return to Philips Arena

We are thrilled to bring Nuclear Cowboyz®, the only high octane-fueled freestyle motocross touring production in North America, back to Philips Arena on March 2 & 3! The action-packed narrative is the legend of two powerful freestyle motocross tribes whose survival in their futuristic world is told through an amassed compilation of fearless freestyle aerial feats, gravity-defying stunts, and electrifying pyrotechnic and laser displays synchronized to an energizing soundtrack.

Nuclear Cowboyz 2013 has the greatest cast of freestyle motocross, trials and quad riders ever assembled, including recent X Games 2012 medalists Ronnie Faisst, Mike Mason, Taka Higashino and Winter X Games gold and silver medalist Colten Moore. The tour also includes former gold medalists Adam Jones and Matt Buyten as well as award-winning freestylers Derek Garland, Brody Wilson, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Wes Agee, Nick Dunne, Geoff Aaron, Keith Wineland and Marco Picado in this action-packed freestyle performance of pure danger and raw combat.

Friday, July 20, 2012

JLo Dishes on New Boyfriend, Love, and Touring With Enrique on GMA

On Tuesday, pop superstars Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias took a break from their rigorous cross-country tour to discuss love, relationships, and of course, each other, on ABC’s Good Morning America. In the interview, JLo candidly reveals what it’s like to work with her new-and much younger- beau, Casper Smart, who happens to hold the coveted position of Chief Choreographer on tour. JLo also gushes on her live show, one that she says captures all of the pivotal moments of her musical career in a nutshell. 

Watch the interview by clicking the link below, and be sure to check out JLo and Enrique (and Casper, too!) at Philips Arena on Wednesday, August 29th! To purchase your tickets, click here. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Philips Arena Flashback: July 12, 2000

On this day in 2000, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill came together for the sold-out opening night of their Soul2Soul tour. In fact, so many fans showed up that an extra section was opened up behind the stage!
Were you there? If so, go to our Facebook page and tag yourself in this photo!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena Give Back During June Service Day

Last week, the Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena team took a little break from our normal routine to give back to the community. Donned in the iconic “We Are The Highlight Factory” t-shirts, accountants put down their calculators, marketers stopped tweeting, and Harry the Hawk dropped the basketball for a few hours to pick up paintbrushes and screwdrivers. Our goal: to improve The Salvation Army William Booth Towers residences.

The sign in front of William Booth Towers welcomed the Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena to their June service day.
(Photo Credit: Brandon Lee,

The William Booth Towers is a home for the elderly, handicapped, and disabled. It’s owned and operated by The Salvation Army and provides people who qualify for a rent subsidy a great community in which to reside and participate.

When we arrived, many of the residents were low on furniture. Some didn’t have dressers or bookshelves; others needed a new bed. So, one team got to work building Ikea furniture: everything from dressers to bookshelves to a full kitchen table and chairs.

An intern works on building a dresser for one of the Booth Towers’ residents.

While they worked their fingers to the bone and did their best deciphering the picture book-esque instruction for the furniture, other teams painted the halls or transported new mattresses to appreciative residents.

A Philips Arena team member paints a hallway to make it look fresh and new.

Overall, the experience was humbling and rewarding. Not only did it provide the Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena team a chance to work together in a different capacity and get to know each other a little better, it also provided us the chance to give back to our much deserving fans and fellow Atlantans.

We can’t wait for the next opportunity to get out and make a difference in our city!

Some interns give a fist bump to one of the residents of Booth Towers.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour" Brings Two Atlanta Natives Back To Their Hometown

When Philips Arena welcomes Cirque du Soleil next weekend for its “Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour” show, it will be more than just another show for some of the Cirque du Soleil team. It will also be a homecoming of sorts for two of the tour’s members.

Travis Payne is an Atlanta native and graduate of Northside School of the Arts. He began working with Michael Jackson as a choreographer in 1991 for Jackson’s music video, “Remember the Time.” He continued to work with the King of Pop until his death in 2009, including working with Jackson on his “This is It” tour.

Now, Payne is working as a Principal Choreographer for Cirque du Soleil’s tribute to Jackson’s life. However, he doesn’t plan to go with the show to Las Vegas for its expected opening in spring of 2013. Instead, Payne is hoping to open a dance studio in Atlanta, a dream he has had for a long time. He has been in talks to take over the former Atlanta Ballet building in Midtown according to a recent Access Atlanta article.

The other member of the Cirque du Soleil team coming back to his roots is saxophonist Mike Phillips. As part of the live band that accompanies most of the 25 song show, Phillips has had a chance to experience the whole spectacle but actually names part of the show that he isn’t involved in as his favorite. He says the quieter moment with a video of young Michael singing “I’ll Be There” reminds him of Jackson’s childhood intentions and that they were the same intentions he had when he passed.

The show is undoubtedly one that any Michael Jackson fan won’t want to miss. According to Travis Payne, via Access Atlanta, “You will laugh, cry, cheer, and reminisce. You’re never going to see a Michael Jackson concert again, but this is a wonderful homage.”

We hope to see you all at Philips Arena to welcome back these fellow Atlantans as they bring us the life story and music of the iconic Michael Jackson!

Tickets are still available for the shows June 29 – July 1. Get yours HERE!

For more information on Travis Payne and Mike Phillips, please visit

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Philips Arena Flashback: June 11 & 12, 2010

Two years ago, on June 11 & 12, 2010, Maxwell brought down the house with special guests Erykah Badu and Jill Scott! Were you there? Go to our Facebook page, tag yourself in this picture, and add a comment about the show!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Maxwell Goes (RED) for his 2012 Summer Tour

Maxwell is coming to Philips Arena on July 27 & 28 with his special TWO NIGHT tour and he's gone (RED)!

Many people have seen the (RED) logo around, whether it’s on various products or commercials on tv, but do you really know what the iconic (RED) logo means? We decided to take a little deeper look into the organization behind the color so that you can know how Maxwell is helping millions of people who are affected by HIV/AIDS and how you can too!

Here’s a little background video:

So, (RED) wants to see an AIDS Free Generation by 2015. That’s great, but how can you help? The (RED) manifesto states that all you have to do is decide to buy (RED) products, and their partner organizations will donate some of their profits (up to 50%!) to fight AIDS. It’s that easy.

The money that (RED) collects goes straight to The Global Fund, an organization dedicated to eradicating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. All of the money that (RED) gives is spent directly on HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. Thanks to The Global Fund, 3.2 million people have received AIDS treatment! If you combine the AIDS, TB, and malaria programs supported by The Global Fund, a total of 7.7 million deaths have been averted. That’s pretty incredible!

What does this have to do with Maxwell?

Well, Maxwell is teaming up with (RED)ROWS to bring you a chance to see him live and UP CLOSE while also contributing to this great cause. All you have to do is go HERE for a chance to bid on tickets to his two shows at Philips Arena on July 27 & 28! But you better hurry, because auctions end on June 10!

Good luck & we’ll see you at Maxwell at Philips Arena on July 27 & 28!


If you’re interested in learning more about (RED) or The Global Fund, please go to or

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sneak Peek: Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour"

We are so excited to have Cirque du Soleil coming to Philips Arena in July with their new "Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour"! This spectacular show features more than 60 musicians, dancers, and acrobats from all around the world in 22 scenes surrounding the King of Pop’s life. Check out this video for a sneak preview of the show. It'll make you want to get up and dance!

And as a bonus, here's another video! This just goes to show how universal Michael Jackson truly is. Not only do the performers from "Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL" enjoy dancing to MJ's tunes, but so do ALL Cirque du Soleil employees! Look at this fun video for a chance to see Cirque du Soleil performers from across the globe all dancing in a choreographed routine to "They Don't Care About Us."


 Get your tickets here to see this THRILLER at Philips Arena June 29-July 1!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Spotlight On: APASSIONATA's Sylvie Willms

Philips Arena is thrilled to welcome APASSIONATA “The Beginning” to Atlanta on June 23* for two performances! This show features over 40 horses from across 13 breeds that are trained and handled by an extremely diverse group of people. Here’s an inside look at what it takes to become an internationally acclaimed equestrian:

Meet one of APASSIONATA’s stars: Sylvie Willms! Sylvie was truly born to ride. She comes from a family of horse experts, including father Alex and mother CĂ©line, who have been training and riding thoroughbred horses in Belgium and France for more than 300 years. The family is often touring with their horses, but when they aren’t, you can find them at their castle in Burgundy, France, training horses for film productions. This year, however, Sylvie will be hitting the road to join APASSIONATA “The Beginning” on their North American tour. She will be performing several numbers of freestyle Liberty Dressage and Friesian Quadrille.

Sylvie works with her horses every day, which has lead her to develop special relationships with them. Her 18-year-old Lusitano (an ancient Portuguese breed developed for war, dressage, and bull-fighting), named Litador, is no exception. Litador joined the Willms family when he was three years old and was extremely timid from being ridden at too early of an age. Sylvie remained patient and, by taking his training slowly, gradually persuaded Litador to trust her. Now, the Lusitano allows Sylvie to ride him with no reservations.

Though Sylvie’s numbers in APASSIONATA “The Beginning” make dressage and quadrille look easy, it is anything but. She works with each of her horses every day, even if she’s only watching sometimes. According to Sylvie, “You need an incredible amount of patience and time for every single horse.” It’s clear that she provides this, too. All you have to do is watch her Arabian, Friesian, and Arab-Welsh horses gracefully dance through the arena to know that her passion and patience have truly made her a star!

*APASSIONATA “The Beginning” at Philips Arena on June 23 has been cancelled.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Roger Waters - The Wall

You've seen the pictures, watched the video clips, and read the reviews all confirming that Roger Water's The Wall tour is a masterpiece production not to be missed. But do you know what goes into this amazing production? Here's some facts for you:

  • The Wall is 240' wide, 35'6" high, and 18" deep
  • There are 424 bricks in the wall
  • 3,000 bricks will be used for the US and European tour (all bricks are made from recycled sources and will be re-recycled after use)
  • The tour has 12 touring crew building the wall and 8 local crew assisting
  • It takes 45 minutes to build the wall
  • The tour has 21 trucks
  • Length of all electric cables including lighting and sound and power is over 100,000' (almost 20 miles!)
  • The tour uses 23 projectors (see video clip below)

 Tickets are still available for the June 13 performance here at Philips Arena.  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Wall Returns

After selling out in 2010, Roger Waters is back with an encore performance on June 13, 2012! Don’t miss your chance to see this masterpiece production, The Wall 2012. Roger Waters, co-founder and principal songwriter of Pink Floyd will perform one of the most influential albums in history, The Wall, in its entirety featuring a full band and state-of-the-art production. 

We are counting down the days until the return of The Wall! For the next few weeks we'll be featuring videos and photos of this amazing production. Check out the interview with Roger Waters on the Wall Tour and a preview of what you can expect.

Tickets are still available, get yours today before this extraordinary event sells out.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Maxwell Announces 3 Stop Summer Tour
Maxwell announced plans for a three city tour this summer including Los Angeles, Newark, and Atlanta. In each city he will perform two albums in their entirety on two nights. We are honored to be one of the three arena's chosen to host Maxwell's exclusive tour. On July 27 & 28 Maxwell will take the stage here at Philips Arena. The first night, he will perform his albums 'Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite' and 'Embrya' and the second night he'll perform 'Now' and 'BLACKsummers'night'. In addition to the songs you know and love, Maxwell and his eleven piece band will be debuting tracks from all four albums that have never been performed live. 

The Maxwell tour will also offer fans a way to help President Obama's re-election campaign. Custom Obama-Biden 2012 merchandise will be available for purchase at select tour stops. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Obama for America. 

Tickets are available now! Get your tickets early, with only three cities on this tour, these tickets won't be around long. 

 Here's a taste of what you have to look forward to this July!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

UFC 145

UFC is Taking Over Atlanta!
We've got you covered on all the activities leading up Saturday's main event
Follow @PhilipsArena on Twitter and use the #UFCinATL for up-to-date news!

Wednesday, April 18
UFC 145: Jones vs Evans Press Conference
Park Tavern
1:00pm - 3:00pm
*Closed to public, but available via satellite & live on &

Friday, April 20
UFC 145: Jones vs Evans Weigh-In
Fox Theatre
1:00pm - 3:00pm - Media & Fight Club Members Only
3:00pm - 4:30pm - Open to Public

Saturday, April 21
UFC 145 Tailgate Party
Centennial Olympic Park
3:00pm - 7:00pm
Come out to the party before the main event! Interact with the Octagon Nation truck, UFC sponsors and UFC fighters. Get autographs from Chael Sonnen and Forrest Griffin from 3:00pm -5:00pm and Jake Ellenberger and Josh Barnett from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.
Saturday, April 21 - The Main Event!
UFC 145: Jones vs Evans
Philips Arena
6:45pm (Doors open at 5:45pm)

Monday, April 16, 2012


Europe’s most successful live entertainment show
“The Beginning”
featuring more than 40 horses of 13 different breed


APASSIONATA, Europe’s most successful live arena show, featuring more than 40 horses of 13 different breeds, is coming to Philips Arena on June 23, 2012 for 2 performances, 3pm and 8pm.   

Tickets go on sale April 20 at 12pm at the Philips Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at, or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.  

However, you can purchase tickets BEFORE the general public AND save $10 on select tickets! 

Now in its ninth year in Europe, APASSIONATA has played to an audience of more than five million people in over 15 countries and now comes to North America with a new show, titled “The Beginning.” This theatrical sensation, with original music scored specifically to work with the horses, enchants families and horse lovers alike with the finest horsemanship, including magnificent dressage and exhilarating stunt riding.  The natural elegance, nobility, speed and agility of these animals is captivating.  Thirteen different breeds – from Bretons to Friesians – have been brought together from Europe and North America to create this evocative yet thrilling event.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Living the Green Life

On Thursday, April 5, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena team members, as well as a few Hawks players, joined The Home Depot and Trees Atlanta at Freedom Park to plant trees. This was the second year in a row that the Atlanta Hawks teamed with Trees Atlanta and The Home Depot for this project. Together, we planted 40 trees. A generous donation from The Home Depot was used to fund this project and the Atlanta Hawks Foundation made a donation to Trees Atlanta to facilitate future projects to prevent Atlanta's tree loss, create increased green space, and conserve our city's trees.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday Tunes

This week, Aerosmith announced that they are back and ready to rock America's soul! Aerosmith's Global Warming Tour 2012 kicks off this summer and stops here at Philips Arena on July 26. Tickets for this summer's sizzler go on sale March 31 at 10am. Check out the Philips Arena Facebook page this week for exclusive pre-sale information.

So rock out and get ready for July 26 with today's Tuesday Tunes! Here's a clip of the band performing "Walk This Way" live.

Friday, March 23, 2012

This Day in History

March 23, 2004 - The Queen of Pop, Britney Spears, brought her "Onyx Hotel Tour" to Philips Arena. Were you there? Visit the Philips Arena Facebook Page and tag yourself and leave a comment about the show!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lucky Harlem Globetrotters Sweepstakes

The legendary Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Philips Arena Saturday, March 17! This year fans will witness history on St. Patrick’s Day when Fatima “TNT” Maddox takes the court with the Harlem Globetrotters at 7:00PM.  TNT will lead an impressive rookie class as the first female Globetrotter since 1993 and the team’s ninth in its 86 year history.  TNT joins other standout Globetrotter rookies, including Jacob “Hops” Tucker. At 5-10, Tucker sports a 50-inch vertical leap, and his YouTube videos have garnered over five million views. His Internet fame helped him secure an invite to the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest, which he eventually won on ESPN.

To celebrate this lucky day, we’re giving you the chance to win 4 VIP tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters and their incredible rookie class, plus: 

  • 4 Meet and Greet Passes
  • 4 Game Programs
  • 2 Autographed Basketballs
  • Free Parking at the Arena
  • AND a Pre-game Dinner for 4 at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria!

Enter to win before Thursday, March 15.