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

Friday 7th September, 19:00
Its All About The Music Presents: The Overload, Starbelly, Oakland Road, The Ziggs
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Friday 7th September, 19:00.
ADV TICKETS: £9.90 from WeGotTickets.
Friday 21st September, 18:30
Future Perfect Presents: Low Island
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Friday 21st September, 18:30.
ADV TICKETS: £8.80 from WeGotTickets.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.
Tuesday 25th September, 19:00
Future Perfect Presents: The Night Cafe
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Tuesday 25th September, 19:00.
ADV TICKETS: £11.00 from WeGotTickets.
RESTRICTIONS: 14+.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.
Thursday 27th September, 19:00
Future Perfect Presents: Airways
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Thursday 27th September, 19:00.
ADV TICKETS: £7.70 from WeGotTickets.
RESTRICTIONS: 14+.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.
Saturday 29th September, 18:30
Future Perfect Presents: Teleman
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Saturday 29th September, 18:30.
ADV TICKETS: £16.50 from WeGotTickets.
RESTRICTIONS: 14+.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.
Friday 5th October, 18:30
Future Perfect Presents: The Magic Gang
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Friday 5th October, 18:30.
ADV TICKETS: £14.85 from WeGotTickets.
RESTRICTIONS: 14+.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.
Friday 12th October, 18:30
Future Perfect Presents: Hollie Cook
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Friday 12th October, 18:30.
ADV TICKETS: £15.40 from WeGotTickets.
RESTRICTIONS: 14+.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.
Sunday 14th October, 19:00
Future Perfect Presents: Dermot Kennedy
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Sunday 14th October, 19:00.
ADV TICKETS: £14.30 from WeGotTickets.
RESTRICTIONS: 14+.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.
Thursday 25th October, 19:00
Future Perfect Presents: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Thursday 25th October, 19:00.
ADV TICKETS: £14.85 from WeGotTickets.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.
Monday 29th October, 19:00
Future Perfect Presents: Idles
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Monday 29th October, 19:00.
ADV TICKETS: £18.15 from WeGotTickets.
RESTRICTIONS: 14+.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.
Thursday 15th November, 19:00
Future Perfect Presents: Courtney Barnett, Laura Jean
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Thursday 15th November, 19:00.
ADV TICKETS: £25.30 from WeGotTickets.
RESTRICTIONS: 14+.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.
Tuesday 27th November, 19:00
Future Perfect Presents: Shame
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Tuesday 27th November, 19:00.
ADV TICKETS: £14.85 from WeGotTickets.
RESTRICTIONS: 14+.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.
Wednesday 28th November, 18:30
Future Perfect Presents: Beak
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Wednesday 28th November, 18:30.
ADV TICKETS: £16.50 from WeGotTickets.
RESTRICTIONS: 14+.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.
Friday 30th November, 18:30
A New View Promotions Presents: Little Brother Eli pls support
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Friday 30th November, 18:30.
Friday 21st December, 18:30
Future Perfect Presents: Dreadzone
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Friday 21st December, 18:30.
ADV TICKETS: £19.25 from WeGotTickets.
RESTRICTIONS: 14+.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.
Thursday 28th March, 19:00
Future Perfect Presents: Fun Lovin' Criminals
WHERE: The O2 Academy.
WHEN: Thursday 28th March, 19:00.
ADV TICKETS: £28.05 from WeGotTickets.
RESTRICTIONS: 14+.
PROMOTER: Future Perfect.

We try our best to compile accurate listings but OxfordMusic.XYZ is not the organiser of these events and there may be late changes to times, line-ups, etc, that we are not aware of. If in doubt, please ask the promoter. Where we show a link to purchase tickets in advance, these are tickets sold by WeGotTickets on behalf of the organiser, and the price we show includes any booking fees.

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.