The O2 Academy Oxford has been at the centre of the Oxford music scene for decades. Formerly known as the Venue and then the Zodiac, the 1,150-capacity venue hosted local bands like Radiohead, Supergrass and Ride and continues to attract international names to Oxford.
Prior to becoming a purpose-built music venue the Oxford Academy was a Co-operative Party hall which occasionally hosted live gigs. As the Venue it famously became the site of the music video for Radiohead’s debut single Creep, starting a long association between the band and the venue. The venue fell upon hard times, but thanks to investment and support from local music promotors and bands the building reopened as the Zodiac in 1995, playing host to future stars like Coldplay, Muse and Kings of Leon.
The Zodiac was taken over by the Academy Music Group in 2006 who gave the venue a £4 million refurbishment, expanding its main room’s capacity from 750 to 1,150 people. Now the Academy is Oxfordshire’s main venue for up-and-coming artists and has proudly hosted Foals, Ed Sheeran and Royal Blood in recent years. See and compare ticket prices for all events at the O2 Academy, Oxford to get the cheapest deals.