O2 Academy Birmingham

O2 Academy Birmingham
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Exterior of venue, c.2010
Former namesCurrent location:
The Night Out Theatre Restaurant (1975–1981)
Dome II Nightclub (1981–2003)
O2 Academy Birmingham (2009–present)

Original location:
Top Rank Ballroom (1964–81)
Hummingbird (1984–94)
Birmingham Academy (2000-02)
Carling Academy Birmingham (2002–08)
O2 Academy Birmingham (2008–09)
The Ballroom (2011–13)
AddressCurrent location:
16–18 Horsefair
Bristol Street
Birmingham, West Midlands
B1 1DB

Previous location:
52–54 Dale End
Birmingham, West Midlands
B4 7LS
LocationBirmingham City Centre
OwnerAcademy Music Group
Venue Website

O2 Academy Birmingham is a music venue located in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.

History and Former Venue (1964–2013)

The former venue on Dale End, 31 March 2005 before a Feeder show. The building later became the Birmingham Ballroom under different management. The venue however closed in January 2013.

Live music on the site of the O2 Academy Birmingham's former Dale End venue dates back to 1964 when the venue was first opened as the Top Rank Ballroom. By the 1980s and 1990s the same venue was known as the Hummingbird.

In the late 1990s, the venue underwent refurbishment and, in 2000, reopened as the Birmingham Academy. In 2002, it was then rebranded as the Carling Academy Birmingham.

On 6 November 2008, it was announced that O2 had purchased naming rights for all Live Nation's AMG venues, in a £22.5 million sponsorship deal, lasting until 2013. As a result, in line with O2's branding, the venue became the O2 Academy Birmingham.[1]

In September 2009, the O2 Academy moved to the site of the former Dome II Nightclub located on Horsefair, Bristol Street.[2] The decision to move to a brand new venue was decided twofold. The former venue was unsuitable for the needs of a modern music venue and the building complex it resided in, along with the Oasis Centre above, was scheduled for demolition as part of a project called Martineau Galleries.

The Used played the last ever Academy listed show at the old Dale End Academy location. However, due to the credit crunch and reduced investment in buy-to-let projects, the Martineau project was put on hold and the location continued as a music venue under the name Birmingham Ballroom from 2011 until January 2013 when the venue closed it's doors for the final time.[3]

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