O2 Academy Sheffield information

For a great night out in Sheffield head to the O2 Academy. With various club nights and live performances from a huge range of bands there is something to appeal to all tastes.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

12:00 - 16:00


12:00 - 16:00


12:00 - 16:00


12:00 - 16:00


12:00 - 16:00


12:00 - 16:00



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O2 Academy Sheffield reviews

By Clive R.

Without any shadow of a doubt, this is an ideal venue to see a Sheffield band. Heaven 17 had the Saturday night crowd bouncing, singing and partying the night away, playing their Luxury Gap album, including their favourite, Let me Go, and Temptation with Billie Godfrey's soaring vocals filling the auditorium. Professor Martyn Ware wowed us with his Roland synth skills on the Human League classic Being Boiled, and the audience singing sent the love in the air back at Glenn Gregory on You've Lost that Loving Feeling, A crow and a baby, I'm your Money, Penthouse & Pavement, and Fascist Groove Thang. Interspersed amongst these feet trappers were the soulful cover of the Associates classic This Party Fears Two,a tongue in cheek acoustic cover of the love ode Electric Dreams sang by Glenn to Martyn, and Who'll Stop the Rain. After the final encore, a special Sheffield remix of Temptation with Donna Summer grooves, they took their bows and we left into the cold night air, aware we had been privileged to have enjoyed what Glenn described as their best Sheffield gig. Power to the O2......a top night.

By Matthew B.

Small venue but good atmosphere as even if you're at the back you're close to the stage. Doormen are friendly. Parking is easy underneath venue. Follow signs for station and then Arundel Gate and it's easy to get to. Floor is a little sticky though nothing to worry about. Had a great night.

By Julie D.

Wish I had done my homework on this venue before we went last night. Didn't realise there were two separate queues. The main one was 3 miles long so we went for a drink and came back later. Our tickets were for the balcony we found out was a much smaller queue round the back. Resulting in, as you said, not being able to see a thing unless you are over 6ft tall. So disappointed gave up and came out after 1/2 an hour!

By Maggie S.

Went to the Academy yesterday, Sunday 20th December. I was very disappointed on all count. When we went in you could not see a thing due to the smoke they pump out, it was even in the toilets. When you walk over the carpets your feet stick, really stick, pulling your shoes off! And it was cold, no heat whatsoever, even though it was such a cold day! The tickets were not cheap and were advertised as x factor xmas, but only 3 finalists were there, the night was paned out with second rate dancers and a group from bootcamp who I thought were good. Lucy was excellent, thank goodness. The sound was atrocious and you could even hear engineers talking over the artists. I'm surprised that O2 allow their name to be connected with such rubbish. Won't go near the place again.

By Alison M.

Saw Placebo there on May 9th, They were spectacularly good but I have one word of warning.

Don't buy a ticket for the balcony, unless you get there early enough to be 1st or 2nd in line (or are over 6ft) you have no chance of actually seeing the band.

Plus there is very little organisation when queueing to get in which resulted in a lot of people getting to the front of the queue, only to be redirected to the back of another one!

By Matt K.

Live music and club venue, formerly called the Carling Academy, now known as the O2 Academy.

The Venue
The O2 Academy occupies the former Roxy nightclub building, and indeed the building is still known to many as ‘the old Roxy’ despite being several years vacant before reopening as the Academy. The building sits on Arundel Gate, one of the main thoroughfares encircling the city centre, with Sheffield bus station directly behind it (indeed the building pretty much blots out the sky from the station) so it’s easy to find. It looks like a large square box, covered in fading silver tiling, from the outside and it is equally large and box-like on the inside. There are actually two separate venues inside, Academy 1 – a large hall holding about 2,500 people, incorporating the main stage, and Academy 2, with a capacity of about 600, which is used for smaller bands and events. There are a number of bars throughout the place, as well as a balcony and a couple of side rooms.

The Atmosphere
The Academy is primarily a gig venue, with a number of concerts each week (check their website for listings) though it also doubles up as a club every Friday and most Saturdays, with rotating club nights both organised by the Academy themselves and guest promoters. The hugely popular Gatecrasher – once housed in legendary Sheffield nightclub, the Republic, before it burnt down – is now staged at the Academy on one Saturday every month, as is the 60s themed Brighton Beach. Fridays is Pet Sounds (as with many of the other resident nights, it is a club night staged at a number of venues throughout the country). The crowd varies depending upon the night and who has appeared on stage, but by and large it attracts fans of indie, Northern soul and Britpop with rock, dance and electronica at the peripheries. The bands themselves are really the best guide to the kind of crowd you’re likely to encounter.

The Drink
Big name brands such as Strongbow and Guinness are available, as are an immense range of spirits, shooters, alcopops and cocktails. Prices vary considerably depending on the event – there are always numerous drinks offers available (such as pints of Carling £1.80, shooters £2, doubles with mixers £3, selected cocktails £3.50 and so on). Away from the offers, though, prices are pretty steep. There are always offers on, though – even on gig nights – but these do vary so check the prices before you order or you might find yourself paying more than expected, even if you’ve been before.

The Last Word
Great venue, but as with all such places it’s only the bands and club nights that make it worthwhile.