The O2 Academy

The O2 is the largest Oxford venue to stage indie gigs, and it is a venue regularly used by big name touring bands. It contains two performance rooms. The upstairs room (Academy2) is slightly smaller than the lower room (Academy1) but both are large venues in their own right, have raised stages, large sound systems and powerful stage lighting, changing rooms for performers, security staff and a wrist band system. It has a cloakroom on the ground floor, and a medical room for first aid. If you require ear plugs, they can be obtained from the bar. The box office is open during the day making it easy to buy tickets for events in advance. Please note, they now have bag and body searches on the way in which can mean long queues to get through the doors.

Location and Transport

190 Cowley Road
Oxford
OX4 1UE

The O2 Academy is on Cowley Road, a little past Tesco. It is 20 to 25 minutes walk from the town centre and there are plenty of buses along Cowley Road. The nearest car park is the Union Street pay and display car park behind Tesco.

Accessibility

The ground floor venue (Academy1) is completely accessible and there are no kerbs to negotiate. It also has a fully accessible toilet which can be accessed using a Radar key, or which staff can provide access to if required. The upper venue (Academy 2) can only be accessed by stairs and is currently inaccessible. Unfortunately, most of the indie gigs take place in this upper venue.

Dates for your diary

Coronavirus Update

In these difficult times of a coronavirus pandemic, sickness, self-isolation, and social distancing, gigs and social gatherings are not permitted right now. A lot of performances are being rescheduled for later in the year. If you have purchased tickets online and a gig is cancelled or postponed, the ticket agencies should contact you, usually by email, to let you know, and to arrange refunds etc.

To avoid confusion, we are no longer listing any events scheduled for the next 28 days, and for now you should regard all gigs listed as specualtive. We will continue to list events for later in the year, and hope that this crisis clears up soon and restrictions can be safely relaxed or lifted altogether. In the meantime, please keep yourselves, your friends, and your families safe. Our thoughts are with you. Take care of each other.

Friday 11/09/2020 @ 6:30pm
Buy tickets from GiganticThe Dualers
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Friday 11/09/2020 @ 6:30pm.
ADV TICKETS: £24.95 from Gigantic.
Thursday 24/09/2020 @ 7pm
Buy tickets from GiganticCast
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Thursday 24/09/2020 @ 7pm.
ADV TICKETS: £29.50 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: 8+ Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult.
Tuesday 29/09/2020 @ 6:30pm
Buy tickets from GiganticScott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Tuesday 29/09/2020 @ 6:30pm.
ADV TICKETS: £33.20 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: 8+ Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult 18+.
Thursday 01/10/2020 @ 7pm
Buy tickets from GiganticHayseed Dixie
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Thursday 01/10/2020 @ 7pm.
ADV TICKETS: £21.25 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: 8+ Under 14's to be accompanied by an adult.
Friday 09/10/2020 @ 6:30pm
Buy tickets from WeGotTicketsBuy tickets from GiganticDutty Moonshine Big Band
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Friday 09/10/2020 @ 6:30pm.
ADV TICKETS: £13.75 from WeGotTickets.
ADV TICKETS: £18.00 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: 8+ Under 14's to be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday 15/10/2020 @ 7pm
Buy tickets from GiganticTwin Atlantic
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Thursday 15/10/2020 @ 7pm.
ADV TICKETS: £23.75 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: 8+ Under 14's to be accompanied by an adult 18+.
Friday 16/10/2020 @ 7pm
Buy tickets from GiganticCash
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Friday 16/10/2020 @ 7pm.
ADV TICKETS: £17.25 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: 8+ Under 14s to be accompanied.
Friday 23/10/2020 @ 6:30pm
Buy tickets from GiganticFerocious Dog
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Friday 23/10/2020 @ 6:30pm.
ADV TICKETS: £20.00 from Gigantic.
Thursday 29/10/2020 @ 7pm
Buy tickets from GiganticLewis Watson
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Thursday 29/10/2020 @ 7pm.
ADV TICKETS: £11.50 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: 8+ Under 14s to be accompanied.
Saturday 07/11/2020 @ 6:30pm
Buy tickets from GiganticDefinitely Mightbe
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Saturday 07/11/2020 @ 6:30pm.
ADV TICKETS: £17.25 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: 8+.
Tuesday 10/11/2020 @ 6:30pm
Buy tickets from GiganticJoanne Shaw Taylor
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Tuesday 10/11/2020 @ 6:30pm.
ADV TICKETS: £32.45 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: 8+.
Thursday 12/11/2020 @ 7pm
Buy tickets from GiganticMad Dog McRea
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Thursday 12/11/2020 @ 7pm.
ADV TICKETS: £18.95 from Gigantic.
Wednesday 25/11/2020 @ 6:30pm
Buy tickets from GiganticHenge
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Wednesday 25/11/2020 @ 6:30pm.
ADV TICKETS: £17.25 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: Age restrictions apply-see info.
Saturday 28/11/2020 @ 6:30pm
Buy tickets from GiganticBlack Water County
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Saturday 28/11/2020 @ 6:30pm.
ADV TICKETS: £10.35 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: 8+ Under 14's to be accompanied by an adult 18+.
Sunday 06/12/2020 @ 7pm
Buy tickets from GiganticMystery Jets
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Sunday 06/12/2020 @ 7pm.
ADV TICKETS: £20.75 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: 8+ Under 14's to be accompanied.
Sunday 06/12/2020 @ 7pm
Buy tickets from GiganticMystery Jets
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Sunday 06/12/2020 @ 7pm.
ADV TICKETS: £20.75 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: Age restrictions apply-see info.
Tuesday 09/02/2021 @ 7pm
Buy tickets from WeGotTicketsBuy tickets from GiganticLarkin Poe
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Tuesday 09/02/2021 @ 7pm.
ADV TICKETS: £22.82 from WeGotTickets.
ADV TICKETS: £22.75 from Gigantic.
Thursday 18/03/2021 @ 7pm
Buy tickets from GiganticMark Lanegan
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Thursday 18/03/2021 @ 7pm.
ADV TICKETS: £27.75 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: 8+ Under 14's to be accompanied by an adult 18+.
Saturday 27/03/2021 @ 7pm
Buy tickets from GiganticGoldfrapp
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Saturday 27/03/2021 @ 7pm.
ADV TICKETS: £51.15 from Gigantic.
RESTRICTIONS: 8+ Under 14s to be accompanied.

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Did you know...?

Origins: The building which the O2 occupies was once the Co-op Supermarket, with the upstairs room rented out for functions which, in the late 1970s, included punk gigs. Since becoming a full music venue, it has had various names and was previously known as The Zodiac.