In September 2009, AMG opened its new Birmingham venue in Horsefair, B1, after nine years in Dale End, Birmingham. With a full building capacity of 3,859, it really is one of a kind in the Midlands with three venues under one roof. A £5.5m development, all rooms are unique, feature state of the art production, with outstanding facilities for artists and customers. The main auditorium has a capacity of 3,009 with a seated balcony and attracts the biggest touring artists to Birmingham. Academy Music Group is committed to supporting new talent and has two additional smaller rooms, O2 Academy2 Birmingham (600) and O2 Academy3 Birmingham (250), for emerging artists to play in professionally equipped environments and is perfectly positioned for artists to return, playing to a larger audience on their development path.
Birmingham was the first City outside of London, Academy Music Group chose to expand its venue portfolio over a decade ago.
To plan your journey by public transport use the Network West Midlands Journey Planner.
Birmingham has a huge bus network, connecting the city to the wider region, with lots of bus terminals including New Street and Broad Street. Full information and routes can be found at Network West Midlands.
From Bristol Street or nearby Smallbrook Queensway you can get any of these buses - 44, 66A, 82, 87, 144, 146, 62, 63, 64, 66 - numbers 61, 62 and 63 towards Birmingham city centre.
These stop directly outside our venue -
61, 63 – Birmingham, Selly Oak, Northfield, Longbridge
146 Birmingham, Redditch via Cotteridge
National Express operates coach services from other cities.
Birmingham has a number of train stations, the main one at the heart of the country being Birmingham New Street that connects all major cities in the UK. We also have Moor Street and Snow Hill for other local destinations around the Midlands.
Birmingham New Street station has recently undergone a long phase of development works and improvements, so do check regularly for updates to station access and exits.
O2 Academy Birmingham is only about 500 metres away from Birmingham New Street station. Just leave the through the Southside exit towards Smallbrook Queensway and we’re a stones-throw from there, please only follow the pedestrian access routes when crossing the busy roads.
Accessible facilities at Birmingham New Street can be found at Network Rail. The main entrance has step free access and lifts to platforms. You’ll also find details low level counters, indication loops, toilets (radar key) and staff support.
The Midland Metro operates between Birmingham and Wolverhampton via West Bromwich and Wednesbury from Snow Hill station through the city centre. All service times can be found at Network West Midlands.
Parking and by car
We’re easy to get to by all major approach roads, including the M6, M5 and A38, just follow the City Centre to Queensway, and our postcode for sat nav is B1 1DB.
There’s some street parking locally, so check the pay and display options on Bow Street and Irving Street at the back of our venue if you travel by car.
We also have a number of secure car parks in the area. There is a 24 hour NCP car park next door to the venue, just use sat nav postcode B1 1DW
The Mailbox car park is also close at Wharfside Street, enter B1 1RD or Royal Mail Street into sat nav and we’re around 600 metres away.
Always check times and prices as they may vary.
Disabled parking and by car
Our venue doesn’t have its own parking facilities, but there are bays and street parking locally, on Bow Street and Irving Street to the rear.
The Mailbox car park (600 metres away) has 16 accessible spaces and the NCP Cark Park, Horesefair, which is just a few metres away, has two. Standard car park tariffs apply and a blue badge (if you have one) should be displayed.
Look out for bike racks in local streets if pedal power’s your thing. The Mailbox has a secure bicycle lock up point, just 600 metres away.
Always plan your journey in advance. You can find and pre-book a minicab and find the cheapest fares with minicabit.
Venue opening times
We’ll have opening times and curfew times if they’re out of the ordinary for seasoned gig-goers (7pm-11pm) on the event page of this website and on our social channels, too. All timings are subject to change, so check before you travel.
We have bars (of course), a cloakroom to leave your stuff and if you’re visiting us for the first time, just ask any of our friendly staff to show you the way. Please try and travel light as cloakroom facilities are limited, so if you really need to bring a bag, please make sure that it is small (laptop size or small handbag).
It’s always best to check the age restrictions for each event in advance as they vary from show to show.
A few obvious ones:
No under 8s please (think about it), but feel free to contact us if you’re unsure and avoid disappointment.
8-13 years, you’ll need to attend with an adult (18+) but check the event details.
If it says 14+, 16+, 18+, 21+… be sure to check before you book and remember to carry proof of age if you need it.