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In March 2003, AMG expanded to Scotland with O2 Academy Glasgow, following a multi-million pound development of the former New Bedford Cinema. The venue opened to a rapturous response, following a one-off performance by legendary Scottish band; Deacon Blue.
The New Bedford originally opened in 1921 as a cinema theatre venue and is now a magnificent live music venue, which retains the grandeur of the art deco period including original ceiling features, balcony and boxes, proscenium arch around the stage, paneling on the stairwell; as well as the original façade.
The venue houses a state of the art sound and lighting system and a fully flexible capacity of 2,550 for full building usage to cater for live gigs and cutting edge dance events and club nights. The design emulates the success of AMG’s other venues, allowing O2 Academy Glasgow the option of converting to a short hall format for shows requiring a smaller 1,100 capacity that is production complete or alternatively, a fully seated configuration.
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Guests 50 (non-saleable)
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 an 11pm curfew.
There is a purpose built booth at the rear of the hall. Please contact our designated agent CMI Ltd. to discuss merchandise arrangements for your show. Tel: 0208 543 7986.
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 by Scotia Events Services and booked through the venue. Additional charges may apply for crew calls starting between midnight & 6am.
There are 3 dressing rooms, 1 production / promoter’s office, 5 shower and 3 toilets backstage.
Our catering facilities are located in the basement. The venue has 3 trestle tables and 14 chairs available for dining. The kitchen has a gas range, pantry and a room for setting up the buffet. Catering power is a selection of 13A sockets. Any touring catering company wishing to use the venues facilities must fill out and return the ‘Visiting Caterers Agreement’ form available from the technical manager.
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 also protected with Mojo at the front of the position and at the sides and back by ped barrier.
We have a loading bay for 1, 45’ truck, on Bedford Street, adjacent to the load in door. We can also accommodate 3 sleeper coaches, in the private parking area at the rear of the venue. We may be able to accommodate more vehicles given advance notice, and plenty of parking is available on Bedford Street in the early morning and after the evening rush hour.
The load in door on Bedford Street next to the truck bay provides a flat load in to main floor. Stage can then be accessed via the house ramp. Access to FOH involves lifting up 6 stairs. Catering is accessed via the staff door on Eglinton Street and requires a push round the building and lifting any equipment down a staircase.
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.
For more information or to make an enquiry – contact us