One of the northern city’s cherished spots for music lovers, the O2 Academy was formerly a picture house but now hosts several club nights and music events. The venue has two rooms to cater to its versatile menu, and promoting its ability to attract big names such as Adele, Blondie, The Libertines, and the late Amy Winehouse. The second room, known as O2 Academy2, holds up to 400 visitors, and is generally frequented by clubbers or newer artists.
The Academy is considered the North East’s most prominent music venue, having transformed from a bingo hall, cinema and the Majestic Ballroom, which is famed for the Beatles’ performance in 1963 that inspired the track ‘She Loves You’. Other stars to have graced its stage include the Kinks, Van Morrison and The Moody Blues. It finally became the Academy in 2005, but its historical heritage can be seen in the architectural remains of the original ceiling features, balcony and stairways.