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O2 Academy venues

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  • Get tickets to gigs and events up to 48 hours before general release, and receive VIP treatment.
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About our O2 Academy venue sponsorship

In 2008 we teamed up with Live Nation, the biggest music promoters in the world, and Academy Music Group, to relaunch some of the UK’s most iconic and loved music venues, including O2 Academy Brixton, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and O2 Apollo Manchester.

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20 O2 Academy venues

You’re never far from a great live music experience.

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Feel like a VIP

Queue jumps, deals on drinks, free cloakrooms and more.


Priority Tickets

Get access to Priority Tickets for events and gigs up to 48 hours before general release. Only on Priority. Priority Tickets get you to the front of the queue. They're for fans. Not a side hustle. Can't go anymore? No worries. Sell your Priority Tickets safely through Ticketmaster or AXS's official resale site. Need help? Get in touch.


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Priority queue

Line-skipping and fast-track entry at our venues. Just ask an O2 Angel or the venue staff to show you the way, and look out for the Priority queue lanes. Plus, you can bring up to three friends with you –they don’t even have to be on O2.


At all O2 Academy venues you can put your coat in at no cost to you, so your hands are free for dancing, 

Just search Priority in your app store and you’ll find the offer in Our Picks, under O2 Venue offers.

Two for one drinks

You can get two Somersby ciders or Tuborg beers for the price of one. Or other drinks deals including soft drinks, depending on the venue you’re at.

Just search Priority in your app store, you'll find the offer in Our Picks, under the O2 Venues offers.

Unfortunately this offer isn’t available in our Glasgow venues – it’s the law.

Priority rooms

Get VIP treatment for the night. Hang out in our exclusive Priority rooms. Our O2 Angels will be circling the queue on the lookout for fans to upgrade to VIP status at selected shows and venues. Plus you can bring up to three friends with you to enjoy the experience.

O2 Angels

Look out for our Angels at an O2 Academy venue gig. They’ll show you how to make your night even better and keep you up to date with everything happening that evening.

Free charging

We’ve now got free charging lockers in our cloakrooms at selected venues, so you don’t have to worry about ordering a taxi home or uploading your photo to Instagram if your battery is running low. Ask an O2 Angel to show you the way, or speak to one of the venue staff.

O2 music social

For all the latest O2 music news, photos, gossip and ticket competitions, follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @O2music.


Find your nearest O2 Academy venue

20 O2 Academy venues across 13 cities in the UK - from O2 Academy Glasgow to O2 Academy Bournemouth. Find your local O2 Academy venue and see what’s on.


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O2 Academy TV

Check O2 Academy TV, to find exclusive artist performances, backstage interviews, and the best action from our venues.


Watch O2 Academy TV

More about sponsorship

England Rugby, The O2, and Priority. Take a look at our other sponsorship areas.

More about O2 Academy venues

The 20 O2 Academy venues

Where are the venues?

London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, O2 Academy Islington, O2 Academy Brixton, O2 Forum Kentish Town

Southampton – O2 Guildhall Southampton

Bournemouth – O2 Academy Bournemouth

Bristol – O2 Academy Bristol

Oxford – O2 Academy Oxford

Leicester – O2 Academy Leicester

Birmingham – O2 Academy Birmingham, O2 Institute Birmingham

Leeds – O2 Academy Leeds

Liverpool – O2 Academy Liverpool

Sheffield – O2 Academy Sheffield

Manchester – O2 Apollo Manchester, O2 Ritz Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester

Newcastle – O2 Academy Newcastle, O2 City Hall Newcastle

Glasgow – O2 Academy Glasgow

Help with O2 Academy

Where can I find more info about my nearest O2 Academy venue?

Find out all you need to know about O2 Academy venues.

How can I find out who is playing at an O2 Academy venue?

Find your nearest O2 Academy venue to see what’s on.

Can I buy early access tickets for venues that aren’t O2 Academy venues?

Yes. We’ve got tickets available for thousands of shows at over 350 venues across the UK, not just O2 Academy venues.