Venue Guides

Venue Guide: O2 Academy Glasgow

You’ll struggle to find a better crowd than a room full of Glaswegians on their home turf. Here’s what you need to know about the infamous O2 Academy Glasgow.

Address: 121 Eglinton Street, Glasgow, G5 9NT

Telephone number: 0141 418 3000


Brief History:

Built in 1825, it’s been a church, a cinema, a bingo hall and now of course a music venue.

How many people does it hold? 2550

Who has played there?

Opening night had Deacon Blue but since then they’ve had Kraftwerk, Cyndi Lauper, Chic, Amy Winehouse, Ryan Adams, Kings  Of Leon, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey, James Brown, Massive Attack, Robert Plant, Biffy Clyro, Adele & Kanye West to name a few!

Have there been any “I was there” moments?

Biffy Clyro and Slash as part of MTV EMA’s on 2014, the atmosphere was amazing and when else will you ever see those 2 acts on a bill together not at a festival?


How do I get there?

The easiest way to get there is on the Subway, get off at Bridge Street and the venue is just beside it. You can also walk there in 10 minutes from Glasgow Central station and 20 minutes from Queen Street station.

Where to park:

Use the subway park and ride if you have to drive – there’s not a whole lot of parking around the venue!

Where should I eat?

There are so many places to eat that are a subway ride away from the venue, try Halloumi on Hope Street and get the halloumi fries, you won’t be disappointed!

Pizza Punks on St Vincent Street is also great:

If burgers are more your thing then head for the corner where St Vincent street meets West Nile Street where there are 4 or 5 different burger restaurants!

Where can I stay?

The closest 2 places are;

Jurys Inn on Jamaica street.

Euro Hostel on Clyde street 

TicketWeb Tip 

Try and get tickets for the Balcony booths – you’ll feel like royalty when you’re watching the show!

Where can you carry on the party?

If it’s a Thursday, Friday or Saturday then head up to Sauchiehall Street to the O2 Academy’s little sister venue the O2 ABC for their weekly club nights – you usually get in for free on a Friday and Saturday if you show your ticket.

Any other night then head for Bath Street where there are plenty of pubs open until 3am!

Buy tickets to shows at


Share post