academy music group

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and operator of live music

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Latest news

Academy Events expands with three new promoters


Academy Music Group’s (AMG) promoting division, Academy Events adds three new promoters to the team; Sean Ryman, Joe Splain and Joe Schiavon alongside established promoter, Sean Morgan and Head Promoter, Ian Richards. [Read more]

NEWS: Staff appointments


Nikki Miles has been appointed General Manager at O2 Academy Leeds (cap. 2,300) from O2 Academy Oxford (cap. 1,020), Annelyse Paquet joins O2 Academy Islington (cap. 800) and James Freeland at O2 Academy Bournemouth (cap. 1,800). [Read more]

Super Furry Animals are back!


Super Furry Animals return to active service this spring with a deluxe 15th anniversary reissue of their long out-of-print album ‘Mwng’ and a series of hugely anticipated UK gigs; their first since 2009. [Read more]

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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.