This iconic south London building began as a cinema and theatre in 1929, but by 1972 had been converted into a rock venue. Despite economic troubles resulting in plans to demolish the structure and redevelop the space, it was reopened in 1983 as Brixton Academy, taking advantage of the flourishing local reggae scene and soon started to attract artists across all genres of music to perform. Since then, it has maintained popularity due to its position as one of the largest non-arena venues in London and regularly hosts top artists throughout the year.
Live Events at O2 Academy Brixton
Despite its roots in cinema and theatre, the building's successful reinvention as a concert hall in the '80s has seen it become a staple venue for some of the best names in contemporary music ever since - resulting in some iconic artist performances over the years. The Smiths played their last ever gig there in December 1986, while Madonna played a special show to promote her 2000 LP Music, which was streamed online to nine million people. In addition, countless acts have recorded live albums on site, including Motorhead, Chase and Status, Pixies and Franz Ferdinand.
Venue Information for O2 Academy Brixton
The concert hall is easily accessible via train, tube and bus services. For more information about the venue, visit StubHub UK's O2 Academy Brixton page.
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O2 Apollo Manchester - North West Live Music Hot Spot
One of the most exciting concert hot spots in the UK, this popular North West venue has a reputation for putting on thrilling gigs night after night. Located in Ardwick Green in the heart of the music-loving city of Manchester, this top rated venue has space for around 3,500 people and is known as The Apollo to locals.
Live Events at O2 Apollo Manchester
Originally built as a upmarket cinema and variety hall in the 1930s, the O2 Apollo Manchester is a Grade II listed building decorated in modernist art deco style. It was a cinema until the 1970s, when the industry began to decline and decided to focus on hosting live events instead. Most famous for its eclectic live music offering, the O2 Apollo Manchester has hosted concerts by a vast array of artists, from local rock heroes like Johnny Marr to global pop superstars like Kylie Minogue.
Venue Information for O2 Apollo Manchester
Split into two levels, the O2 Apollo Manchester has vast amounts of standing space and the upstairs contains permanently fitted seating - the whole building has capacity for 2,693 seated guests. Noted for its distinctive red ceiling and raked floor, spectators can expect superior views of the stage from all angles in the auditorium.