The O2 Academy, Bournemouth can always be relied upon to bring the jams to Bournemouth. A Grade II-listed theatre dating back to the 19th century, the beautiful 1,800-capacity O2 Academy attracts both national and international artists to the coast of this Dorset seaside town for great live performances.
The O2 Academy originally opened as the Grand Theatre and Pavilion back in 1895, quickly becoming a music hall which hosted singing, dancing, comedy and theatre productions. The theatre remained open for over 60 years until it reopened as the dance hall the Royal Arcade Ballrooms in 1956. In the 60s and 70s the venue quickly gained a reputation for attracting rockers such as David Bowie, Thin Lizzy and Pink Floyd to the south coast.
By 1982 the venue had transformed again to a disco, and in 1997 became the Opera House with the advent of rave culture. The Opera House closed for a large refurbishment in 2006 and re-opened the following year, and the venue joined the AMG family in 2009. Florence and the Machine and The XX were the first bands to play the new venue, and many other high-profile acts have followed since. See and compare ticket prices for all events at the O2 Academy, Bournemouth below.