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The award-winning Academy Theatre was built in 1929 as the flagship of the Astoria Group’s chain of atmospheric variety theatres. The venue boasts a magnificent Art Deco interior, with a grand entrance hall and sweeping double stairway in the foyer. The main auditorium contains Europe’s largest fixed stage, framed by an elaborate proscenium arch based on the design of the Rialto Bridge. It was the first truly atmospheric English theatre where built-up forms were combined with colour and plasterwork to produce the illusion of an auditorium with the atmosphere of the outdoors.
O2 Academy Brixton is a celebrated venue on the European and UK tour circuit with acts such as Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Radiohead, The Clash, N*E*R*D, Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Missy Elliot, P!nk, REM and the Pixies choosing to play there because there isn’t an atmosphere to touch it.
In November 2007, O2 Academy was delighted to host five outstanding sell-out Sex Pistols shows to celebrate three decades since their seminal debut album was unleashed. 2009, also saw one of the most important bands in the history of popular music, The Specials, perform five sell-out nights at O2 Academy Brixton, 30 years since the release of their debut single 'Gangsters'.
The xx recently followed this success in 2017 with seven sell out shows.
The venue has the capacity to transform from a gig space into a club and dance environment using its unique ‘level dance floor’; also suitable for awards ceremonies and dinners, including the legendary NME Awards which has become an annual event at O2 Academy Brixton.
O2 Academy Brixton can also be fully seated and has welcomed comedy shows from Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr and The Mighty Boosh.
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Standard: 4921 +150 guests
Stalls only show: 3820 + 150 guests
Club Flat Floor format show: 4300 / 4500 + 150 guests
Disabled Platform: 6 plus carers
Please note the use of follow spots is deductible from saleable capacity;
There is space for 4 follow spots, 2 either side of the circle. On unreserved seated shows, they take 32 seat kills. On reserved seated shows, this will be 104 due to sightlines. Touring production must advance the positions to ensure the space is held.
We operate our own house guest list and box office from the venue entrance and provide staffing for this from 2 hours before doors. Promoter to staff own guestlist run at stage door.
Friday and Saturday: 11am – 4am
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 6am
The merchandise area is based in the foyer in a self-contained area. Please contact our designated agent CMI Ltd. to discuss merchandise arrangements for your show. Tel: 0121 683 0901.
Security is booked by the venue through AP Security. Please contact the General Manager and Assistant General Manager to discuss any specific requirements.
Promoter is to supply local crew. The venue can book on your behalf if requested through Stage Miracles. All crew costs are based on a 5 hour call.
All crews must have relevant insurance and Health and Safety risk assessments sent to the General Manager and Assistant General Manager in advance on the show
2 x Promoter Offices
WC, Stage Manager’s Office, Security Control and First Aid room
6 x Dressing Rooms
VIP / Aftershow Bar
Kitchen and dining area are situated next to stage right with seating for up to 18 people.
2 x large upright fridge freezer
2 x Stainless steel workbench
2 x 13amp sockets
6 x double 13amp sockets
1x large extractor
1 x large industrial double side sink
1 x 6 ring gas hob
Any touring catering company wishing to use the venues facilities must fill out and return the ‘Visiting Caterers Agreement’ form available from the technical manager.
Included with the hire of the venue and fixed at a distance of 1.2m is a Mojo-style ‘blow through’ front of stage pit barrier, for audience safety we insist this be used on all standing format shows. FOH control is also surrounded with secured barrier.
We can provide parking if booked in advance for up to 4 cars in our car park. (2) Trucks and busses can apply for dispensation a minimum of 5 days in advance for the rear parking bay. Other vehicles are advised to tip and leave. We can provide 2x 16x1 c-form power.
The load in to the stage is a flat push from Stockwell Park Road onto upstage centre. It is approximately 10m from the back of the truck to the stage. There is a fair amount of storage for empty cases, but any extras will need to go back on the truck / trailer.
For further Technical Specifications please contact our venue technical manager:
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An internationally renowned, award-winning venue, O2 Academy Brixton can be hired as a concert space for events with a capacity up to 4,921, or as a fully seated format for 2,315 people. The Grade II listed building is one of the most celebrated venues in the UK, having hosted live music and comedy from some of the world’s most esteemed artists.
O2 Academy Brixton is available for award ceremonies and currently hosts the NME Awards. It’s also possible to hire the building as a rehearsal space, for exhibitions and corporate functions, such as conferences.
An iconic building with stunning architectural features, O2 Academy Brixton offers an impressive backdrop for a variety of shoots. It’s possible to hire the venue as a location for filming or photographic purposes and it has previously featured in films, music videos and commercials.
For more information or to make an enquiry – contact us