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O2 Academy Glasgow has made an outstanding contribution to Scotland’s vibrant live music scene since its arrival in the city in 2003. The venue made a fantastic first impression with a successful launch week that saw the stage christened by Deacon Blue on 26 March followed by Bryan Ferry and the Sugababes playing in celebration of the doors opening. The Grade B listed building was restored to its former glory, returning much of the original splendour after being closed for 10 years.

The history of the building and the site where O2 Academy Glasgow now stands is both fascinating and tragic. In 1825, on the same spot, was the Eglinton St United Secession Church, until it was converted to The New Bedford Picture House in 1921. It sadly burnt down and was completely destroyed just over ten years later in 1932 but rebuilt and opened on 31 December the same year. It finally closed on 18 July 1973, but it once again re-opened for business a few months later, this time as a Bingo hall until it was closed and boarded up in 1993 until the opening night a decade later.

In March 2003, AMG expanded to Scotland with O2 Academy Glasgow, following a multi-million pound development of the former New Bedford Cinema. The venue opened to a rapturous response, following a one-off performance by legendary Scottish band; Deacon Blue.

The New Bedford originally opened in 1921 as a cinema theatre venue and is now a magnificent live music venue, which retains the grandeur of the art deco period including original ceiling features, balcony and boxes, proscenium arch around the stage, paneling on the stairwell; as well as the original façade.

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O2 Academy Glasgow has hosted a diverse programme of events, from music and club nights to comedy, and attracted international musicians and home grown talent to the city. Since the first notes were sung and chords struck on the stage back in 2003, there have been numerous highlights including shows from Belle and Sebastian, The White Stripes, Frankie Boyle, The Prodigy, Motorhead, Foals, Stereophonics and Snoop Dogg.

The venue houses a state of the art sound and lighting system and a fully flexible capacity of 2,550 for full building usage to cater for live gigs and cutting edge dance events and club nights. The design emulates the success of AMG’s other venues, allowing O2 Academy Glasgow the option of converting to a short hall format for shows requiring a smaller 1,100 capacity that is production complete or alternatively, a fully seated configuration.

Venue Address

121 Eglinton Street
Glasgow
G5 9NT

United Kingdom

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Getting here

By bus

Full details can be found at First Group and SPT

Buchanan bus station is just under 2,000 metres way for wider connections.

The following bus stops are available nearby:

3 (Eglinton Street – O2 Academy side) to Govan through Shawlands

3 (Eglinton Street –opposite side) to Drumchapel, through the city centre and West End

4 (Eglinton Street – O2 Academy side) to Newton Mearns

4 (Eglinton Street – opposite side) to Knightswood, passes Glasgow University, to the city centre through the West End

38 (Eglinton Street – opposite side) to various locations in the east end

57 (Eglinton Street – O2 Academy side) to the south side through Kennishead and Silverburn

57 (Eglinton Street – opposite side) to the north of Glasgow through the city centre

Night buses (12.30am-4.30am) are also available on Saturday and Sunday.

N38 (From Eglinton Street - O2 Academy side) to Newton Mearns - Route through Shawlands

N57 (From Eglinton Street - O2 Academy side) to Pollok - Route through Shawlands

N57 (From Eglinton Street - opposite side) to Robroyston - Route through City Centre

N38 (From Eglinton Street - O2 Academy side) through Shawlands to Newton Mearns

N57 (From Eglinton Street – O2 Academy side) through Shawlands to Pollok

N57 (From Eglinton Street 0 opposite side) through the city centre to Robroyston

By train

Glasgow Central Station is about a 10 minute walk and has links to trains all over Scotland and services to various locations in England.

Glasgow Queen Street Station is about a 15 minute walk and has links to trains all over Scotland and services to various locations in England.

The closest railway station is Glasgow Central, a major mainline station; at around 1,100 metres and there’s Glasgow Queen Street station, slightly further along at just over 1,600 metres away.

For a handy guide to travelling by train visit TransPennine Express or National Rail.

Accessible facilities 

Glasgow Central station has a large concourse and step free routes, escalators and lifts,  and an accessible toilet (radar key).

Queen Street has staff assistance, ramp for train access, level access to the high level, lift access to low level platforms and RNIB REAT guidance system (fob required) and accessible toilet (radar key).

Parking and by car

We’re easy to get to by all major approach roads, including the M8 motorway.

There are options for on street parking in the surrounding area, subject to a voucher system operated by the City Council. These can be bought at local participating shops, but be sure to check, as some streets are free after 6pm or 8pm.

There is also a 159 space car park at Bridge Street subway station, around 300 metres away on Eglinton Street.

Please be aware that the car park at Eglington Court is residential only and isn't available to customers visiting O2 Academy Glasgow, at any time.  

Disabled parking and by car

We do not have our own parking facilities, but there are options with parking vouchers as well as being free in some streets after 6pm or 8pm.

There is also a 159 space car park at Bridge Street subway station, around 300 metres away on Eglinton Street.

We have a drop off point at the entrance of our venue.

By subway

The nearest subway station is Bridge Street, that’s around 300 metres away on Eglinton Street, please check the SPT site for opening hours.

Accessible features

Information for customers with access requirements, more information about stairs and escalators from the ground level to the platform (-1) can be found on the SPT site.

Accessible public transport

Get more details on accessible public transport in Scotland at Transport for Scotland.

By bike

Look out for bike racks in local streets if pedal power’s your thing.

Taxi

Always plan your journey in advance.

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.

Facilities

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).

Age restrictions

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 (16+).

Some shows are 14+ but if you're under 16 – we’ll translate – that means if you’re between 14 years and 16 years, you’ll need to come with an adult (someone 16+). 

Always look for admission age policies and signs such as 14+, 16+, 18+, 21+  before you book and remember to carry proof of age if you need it.

We only accept a full or provisional driver's licence as ID, and a valid passport is fine. Any fake IDs will be confiscated, sorry.

We have a breathalyser policy in place at the front doors and anyone under 18 suspected of consuming alcohol will be refused entry.