Academy Music Group (AMG) will reach a landmark occasion this November, reflecting on a decade since opening O2 Academy Bristol in the South West.
AMG’s 1,600 capacity venue was a welcome addition to the thriving local scene when it launched on Sunday 18th November 2001 with Ocean Colour Scene, further extending the Academy brand outside of London, representing AMG’s ethos of bringing top quality live music and vibrant club nights to key towns and cities across the UK.
In the last 10 years, O2 Academy Bristol has presented over 2,500 events and welcomed some 2 million customers through its doors. The list of celebrated artists to have played O2 Academy Bristol is endless; local heroes Massive Attack, Portishead, Roni Size, Tricky and Kosheen alongside international acts Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Arcade Fire, Pendulum, Vampire Weekend, Public Enemy and LCD Soundsystem, to arena selling artists, Snow Patrol, Elbow, Suede, Biffy Clyro and Gorillaz.
“We’re had so many wonderful gigs at O2 Academy Bristol,” says Josh Westaway, General Manager. “It’s impressive to look back and see the wealth of talent who were once second or third on the bill, and are now selling out their own headline shows. We remember the likes of Arctic Monkeys supporting Maximo Park in 2006, Estelle playing with The Roots in 2004, Devlin and Ed Sheeran with Example in 2010 and Kasabian supporting The Cooper Temple Clause in 2003… the list goes on!”
A firm favourite for promoters, O2 Academy Bristol is a must-play venue on the touring circuit. “The music scene in the South West is extremely buoyant and our artists often say the Bristol crowds are some of the best in the country” says Bob Angus, Managing Director of concert promoters Metropolis Music.
John Cornwell, promoter at SJM Concerts adds, “O2 Academy Bristol has hosted many a great show for us and is an ever present fixture for tours taking in the South West.”