O2 Academy Bournemouth

The O2 Academy Bournemouth is a Grade II listed building in Boscombe. It first opened in 1895 and was famed for its circus acts. There is a local legend that a tunnel running from the theatre to King’s Park was used to transport lions, tigers and polar bears to the theatre. In 1899 it became the Boscombe Grand Theatre, and in 1902 a music hall called the Boscombe Hippodrome.

By the 1960s it was a music venue called Starkers, and in 1982 re-invented itself yet again as the Academy nightclub, which featured the first karaoke bar in the UK. From 1997 until 2009 the venue was called the Opera House nightclub.

A three million-pound refurbishment between November 2006 and June 2007 saw the venue restored to its former glory, replacing some of the original features, and upgrading the facilities. In 2009 it became the O2 Academy Bournemouth and now hosts a wide range of world-class live music.

Here’s a list of What’s On at the O2 Academy Bournemouth for 2017 and 2018

‘Hometown Glory’ Professional Boxing Sat 16 6.00pm
Ryan Adams Tues 19 7.00pm
Rock & Roll Darts Thurs 21 7.00pm
HTID: Genesis Sat 23 9.00pm
Lewis Watson Wed 27 7.00pm
Amber Run Fri 29 6.30pm
Tom Grennan Sun 01 8.00pm
Gary Numan Mon 02 7.00pm
The Hoosiers: The Trick To Life (10th Anniversary Tour) Wed 04 7.00pm
The Smyths: Strangeways Here We Come Tour Fri 06 6.00pm
Dua Lipa: The Self-Titled Tour Fri 06 7.00pm
Dead Kennedys Thurs 12 7.00pm
Bedlam Sat 14 10.00pm
Nick Mulvey Sun 15 7.00pm
Bars and Melody Mon 23 7.00pm
Marmozets Sun 29 7.00pm
Konvict Kartel with Akon Wed 01 7.00pm
J Hus Sat 04 7.00pm
DD Allen Fri 10 6.30pm
Festival Of The Dead Fri 10 10.00pm
Definitely Mightbe (Oasis tribute) Fri 17 6.00pm
Scouting for Girls Fri 17 7.00pm
Big Country Fri 24 7.00pm
The Selecter/The Beat feat. Ranking Roger Fri 24 7.00pm
Future Islands Sat 25 7.00pm
Dr John Cooper Clarke Sun 26 7.00pm
The Twang Wed 29 7.00pm
Newton Faulkner Thurs 30 6.30pm
The Divine Comedy Thurs 30 7.00pm
Bowie Starman Sun 03 7.00pm
Garage Nation Sat 09 10.00pm
Shed Seven Tues 12 7.00pm
From the Jam – The Gift 35th Anniversary Tour Thurs 14 7.00pm
The Damned Sun 11 7.00pm
Bars and Melody Wed 14 7.00pm
Absolute Bowie: Greatest Hits (Full Tribute Band) Fri 16 7.00pm

Find out more about the O2 Academy Bournemouth.

The Arlington is just a short drive from the O2 Academy Bournemouth, and welcomes guests coming to shows and concerts in Bournemouth. Call the Arlington on 01202 552879 to book or use the  Arlington Hotel online booking form