academy music group


the uk's leading owner


and operator of live music


and club venues

Latest news

The Big Cheese UK Tour announced

30/07/2014

Marmozets and Lonely The Brave to co-headline with support from Allusondrugs this October. [Read more]


Ryan Adams announces short UK tour

30/07/2014

Ryan Adams will hit the road this September with a performance at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. [Read more]


MTA Records set to celebrate 5th birthday with star studded line up

30/07/2014

Metropolis team up with MTA Records for a double birthday bash this autumn, as MTA Records turns five years old. [Read more]


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Thu 31 Jul

Venue focus

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

The West London, award-winning O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire has been a prominent landmark on London’s entertainment scene for over 100 years, often chosen by artists for its extraordinary level of intimacy and historic importance on the touring circuit.

Architecturally the venue is stunning, still retaining the original 1903 design with the grandeur of its early years. Designed and built by Frank Matcham as the flagship of the “Empire” chain of variety theatres, it was taken under the wing of the BBC in the 1950s and converted into a television theatre. Shows such as Crackerjack, The Old Grey Whistle Test, That’s Life, Hancock and Wogan were transmitted from there. 

O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire averages some 200 shows, attracting some 300,000 persons, per year and has been loved by artists, music industry executives, the media, and music-lovers alike for generations.