Venue guide: O2 Academy, Birmingham

The O2 Academy is a 3859-capacity venue in Birmingham’s city centre, comprising of three separate venue rooms. The main room has a capacity of 3009 (including 600 seated capacity in the balcony area), while O2 Academy2 and 3 have capacities of 600 and 250, respectively.

The Academy has been in its current location since 2009 and in that time has hosted Black Sabbath, Ocean Colour Scene and Parliament Funkadelic, as well as the regular Propaganda club night.

Venue information

Each of the three rooms has dedicated bar and toilet facilities. There are lift-accessible wheelchair spaces on the balconies in the main room and O2 Academy2. O2 Academy3 is on the ground floor, and does not have a dedicated viewing area. The O2 Academy works alongside several groups and details their accessibility options on their site’s access page. Cloakroom services are available, for a small fee.

What’s on

The O2 Academy plays host to a broad range of acts and events- a full list can be found here.

Getting to the O2 Academy

By car

O2 Academy Birmingham is near New Street train station and a ten minute drive from Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Heading north on the A38, you can be dropped off directly outside the venue.


There is limited street parking on Bow Street and Irving Street. The nearest car parks are NCP Car Park Horsefair and The Mailbox.

By public transport

If travelling by bus, the 61, 63, X64 and 146 services all stop directly outside the venue. Other services will stop in the city centre, a short walk away. The venue is also a short walk from New Street and Moor Street stations.

By foot, from the south exit of New Street station (or the Debenhams end of the Bullring), head south down Smallbrook Queensway to the roundabout. Use the pedestrian underpass to get to the far side of the A38 and walk south a little more and the venue will be visible.

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