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O2 Academy Bristol celebrates a decade

Academy Music Group will celebrate 10 years of O2 Academy Bristol this November, a landmark occasion for the UK’s leading South West venue, writes Paul Watson.

Ocean Colour Scene was the first act to play at AMG’s 1,600-capacity O2 Academy Bristol (pictured) in November 2001; and this November will mark the popular South West touring venue’s 10th Anniversary. 

Over the last decade, O2 Academy Bristol has presented over 2,500 events for some two million customers. The list of artists to have played there includes local heroes Massive Attack, Portishead, Roni Size, Tricky and Kosheen, as well as international acts Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Arcade Fire, Pendulum, Vampire Weekend, Public Enemy and LCD Soundsystem.
 “We’ve had so many wonderful gigs; it’s impressive to look back and see the wealth of talent, who were once second or third on the bill, selling out their own headline shows” says Josh Westaway, O2 Academy Bristol’s general manager. “We remember the likes of Arctic Monkeys supporting Maximo Park in 2006, Estelle playing with The Roots in 2004, Devlin and Ed Sheeran with Example in 2010, and Kasabian supporting The Cooper Temple Clause in 2003… the list goes on!”
 A popular venue for promoters, O2 Academy Bristol is often included on the touring circuit. Bob Angus, managing director of concert promoters Metropolis Music, says: “The music scene in the South West is extremely buoyant and our artists often say the Bristol crowds are some of the best in the country.”