O2 Academy Birmingham

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In September 2009, AMG opened its new Birmingham venue in Horsefair, B1, after nine years in Dale End, Birmingham. With a full building capacity of 3,859, it really is one of a kind in the Midlands with three venues under one roof. A £5.5m development, all rooms are unique, feature state of the art production, with outstanding facilities for artists and customers. The main auditorium has a capacity of 3,009 with a seated balcony and attracts the biggest touring artists to Birmingham. Academy Music Group is committed to supporting new talent and has two additional smaller rooms, O2 Academy2 Birmingham (600) and O2 Academy3 Birmingham (250), for emerging artists to play in professionally equipped environments and is perfectly positioned for artists to return, playing to a larger audience on their development path.

Birmingham was the first City outside of London, Academy Music Group chose to expand its venue portfolio over a decade ago. All venues can operate independently, or simultaneously.

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We operate our own guest list and box office from the venue entrance and provide staffing for this from 30 minutes before doors. We will happily deal with all your guest lists from our box office.

Curfews apply on club nights, please contact the General Manager for further details.

Merchandise arrangements for Academy 1 are made through our designated agent CMI Limited Tel: 0121 683 0901

Showsec International Ltd - booked through venue.

We have an in-house crew who can be called through the venue - please contact the technical manager for costs and numbers needed.

2 x Production Offices
3 x En-suite Dressing Rooms
Catering (kitchen/dining room)
Additional showers/WCs for touring crew

Catering area provided for touring caterers, the area backstage is used as a kitchen, serving area is to be set up in the main room, therefore must be struck before doors.
Room 5.9m x 4.5m
1 x large upright fridge freezer
1 x Stainless steel workbench
2 x 32Amp/3phase sockets
6 x double 13amp sockets
1x large extractor
2 x large industrial sinks
Tables and chairs to seat 24.

There is an in-house front of stage barrier that is included with the hire of the venue, which must be used on all standing shows. FOH control is also surrounded with Mojo at the front of the position and the rest surrounded by ‘bike rack barrier’.

We have parking spaces for 2 trucks on Irving Street and 3 buses on Bow Street.. Bow St has power connections for buses. ( 2 x 32A 3 phase/4 x 16a single phase) We also have use of 5 spaces in the church car park nearby for cars only. This parking is shared across all 3 venues and the needs of Academy 1 are met first, so please contact the venue prior to your event to discuss your parking needs and the cost incurred. One truck can park in the load in area of Academy 1 on private property.

The load in to the stage is a ramp down from Bow Street through double doors 2.4m wide x 2.2m high to floor level and then a ramp up onto stage level. It is approximately 10/12m from the back of the truck to the side of the stage.

Technical Specifications
For further Technical Specifications please contact our venue production team on production@o2academybirmingham.co.uk

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O2 Academy and O2 Institute Birmingham are available for private hire, with wide ranging capacities and varying formats suitable for bespoke events of all sizes. Our venues are available as rehearsal spaces for upcoming tours or festivals, filming locations and exhibition spaces, as well as private hire options for corporate events, parties and conferences. 
Both venues are perfectly positioned within the city, located close to Birmingham New Street station and Birmingham International Airport easily accessed by car and public transport links. 
Our experienced team are available to assist with all aspects of private hire and with their local knowledge can ensure you find the local connections to make your event a success. 
For more information or to make an enquiry – contact us

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O2 Academy Birmingham
16-18 Horsefair
B1 1DB
Tel: + 44 121 622 8250
Email: mail@o2academybirmingham.co.uk
Web: academymusicgroup.com/o2academybirmingham