O2 Academy

570 Christchurch Road Boscombe BH1 4BH

One of Bournemouth’s top music venues, what is now the O2 Academy originally opened in 1985 as a theatre and has subsequently been used as a circus, ballroom and disco. Nowadays it hosts various events, from big name bands to fashion shows, televised football and party nights. Much of the original art deco interior survives, including the royal boxes and three levels of seating around the central stage.

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