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O2 Institute Birmingham has been attracting internationally celebrated artists through its doors for almost four decades. The venue has been at the beating heart of the local community in Digbeth since opening in 1908, hosting famed club nights, musical megastars and seismic sporting events. Originally built as a methodist congregational chapel at the turn of the 1900s, in 1955 it was bought by Birmingham City Council and used as a civic hall. It later became a music venue and has become an essential part of the city’s live music and club scene, as the original home of Godskitchen and other leading club brands.
In 2010 the building underwent a full £4 million refurbishment, restoring some of the buildings original grand architecture and increasing the total capacity of the venue’s three rooms to 2,400. The exterior of the building boasts six statues situated on columns across its façade, with each statue a mighty 1.65 metres tall.
Compromising of three venues, O2 Institute Birmingham has the power to house the brightest and biggest acts, and over the last 30 years this legendary venue has seen performances from Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Arctic Monkeys and The Cure and more recently hosted shows with Lapsley, PVRIS, Bear’s Den and Kano.
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Upper Balcony 100
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.
The Venue operates a strict 10pm curfew with a club turnaround on Friday and Saturday nights. The house racks and stacks must be used and touring lighting kept to a floor package.
There is a purpose built booth in the main entrance foyer, the venue imposes a facility fee of 12p/head + VAT to sell merchandise. This does not include a vendor, though with notice this can be arranged.
Security is provided by Showsec International Ltd. and booked through the Venue, please contact the general manager for details, or to discuss any specific security requirements.
Local crew is provided by All Alliance and booked through the venue.
There are 3 dressing rooms, 1 production / promoter’s office, and 1 WC / shower backstage.
Please contact venue in advance.
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. The FOH position is also protected with Mojo at the front of the position and at the sides and back by a purpose built barrier.
Please see attached parking document.
Up flight of stairs onto the venue floor, stage left. There is a storage area for empties at the bottom of these stairs.
For further Technical Specifications please contact our venue production team on firstname.lastname@example.org
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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