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In March 2009, Academy Music Group became the majority stakeholder in O2 ABC Glasgow.
Situated in Sauchiehall Street, the O2 ABC occupies the distinctive Art Deco building and is spread over four floors, incorporating two live music venues – O2 ABC (1,300 capacity) and O2 ABC2 (350 capacity). Originally built in 1875, it became one of the first buildings in Glasgow to be fitted with electricity in 1888 making it the ideal site for city’s first public film showing in May 1896. It later converted to the Hippodrome and became the home for Hengler’s Circus from 1904-1927, with films being shown out of season. The building was largely rebuilt around this time to become Waldorf Palais Dance Hall until November 1929 when it was re-named The Regal, ABC’s flagship cinema in Glasgow. Designed by CJ McNair, the huge auditorium sat 2,359 in stalls and balcony, decorated in autumnal colours, with three arches bays on the splay walls, each with painted landscape scenes. The cinemas changed owners and names numerous times, to Cannon, MGM, and of course the ABC, which eventually closed its doors in 1999. O2 ABC Glasgow is spread over four floors incorporating two live music and club spaces and four bars. The venue launched as a concert venue in June 2005, with live music from Roddy Frame and the Trashcan Sinatras, following an extensive £2m conversion.
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We operate our own guest list and box office from the venue entrance and provide staffing for this from 30 minutes before doors. We will happily deal with all your guest lists from our box office.
The Venue operates a strict 10pm curfew with a club turnaround on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The house racks and stacks must be used and touring lighting kept to a floor package. Please contact the technical manager for more details.
There is a purpose built booth in the main room, the venue imposes a facility fee of 12p/head + VAT to sell merchandise. This does not include a vendor, though with notice this can be arranged.
Security is provided by Showsec International Ltd. and booked through the Venue, please contact the general manager for details, or to discuss any specific security requirements.
Local crew is provided in-house and booked through the venue.
There are 3 dressing rooms, 1 production / promoter’s office, 2 showers and 2 toilets backstage.
Unfortunately we are unable to offer in house catering, but a wide variety of restaurants are in the surrounding area. We can recommend local catering suppliers on request.
Included with the hire of the venue and fixed at a distance of 1.2m is a Mojo-style ‘blow through’ front of stage pit barrier, for audience safety we insist this be used on all standing format shows. The FOH position is protected with bike rack.
The best route in is via the M8: if coming westbound from UK leave the motorway at Junction 18 onto A804, keep in the left lane and take the first available left onto Sauchiehall Street, the venue will be on your left immediately after the second set of traffic lights. If coming eastbound from Stranraer & Troon Ferry Ports Exit at junction 19, take 2nd available right and continue onto Sauchiehall Street. There’s a loading bay outside the main load in door to the building, but please be advised any vehicle parked here 8am – 4pm may receive a parking ticket. The venue will not take responsibility for any parking fines incurred during your visit. Parking fines will range from £30 to £60 depending on how quickly they are settled. There is 16A single phase power available for busses.
From the loading bay at the front of the venue, there is a short push across the public pavement to the foyer where the lift is located. Please be aware that this door is also our main entrance and box office. An area of the foyer will be sectioned off to be used for loading and we insist that only this area is used for load in purposes.
There is a push from the lift to the stage via two ramps which have a width of 0.9m (3’).
Lift dimensions; Door = 1.1m wide x 2m high (3’7” x 6’6”) Carriage = 1.45m wide x 1.29m deep x 2.2m high (4’10” x 4’3” x 7’2”) Max load = 500kg
For further Technical Specifications please contact our venue technical manager:
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O2 Academy and O2 ABC Glasgow are available for a variety of private hire options, with wide ranging capacities and flexible formats. Our venues can be used as exhibition spaces and with a wealth of history and original architectural features; both buildings can also be used as a location for filming or photographic purposes.
Alongside their primary use as concert venues, O2 ABC and O2 Academy Glasgow can also be hired for corporate events, awards ceremonies and conferences, and used for lectures or presentations.
Both venues hold prime locations within the city, close to major transport hubs and are easily accessed by car.
Our experienced team are available to assist with any questions relating to private hire.
For more information or to make an enquiry – contact us