Located in vibrant North London, O2 Academy Islington hosts live music and club nights from established acts looking for an intimate performance atmosphere and new and emerging artists cutting their teeth in the capital.
Opening on 19 September 2003 with an immense show from US rockers Alkaline Trio, an impressive list of acts followed in their footsteps onto the stage with Muse, The Cure, Eminem, Beck, KISS, Biffy Clyro and The Script all playing at the venue in its early years.
O2 Academy Islington hosts a varied event programme but it’s become renowned for its rock and metal shows. Multi-platinum and Grammy nominated band Fall Out Boy played an intimate show here in 2013, INME chose the venue for an exclusive gig where they played two classic albums in their entirety, Sugarcult played their first UK shows following a short hiatus here in 2011, founding Bon Jovi member, Richie Sambora brought his world-class guitar playing to the venue for a sold out show in 2014 and Funeral For A Friend filmed and recorded live album ‘Hours’ in the same year.
Famous in the city for its club residencies, O2 Academy Islington has become a weekly hit with both Londoners and visitors to the city, especially premier pop party and disco like no other, Club De Fromage, which has seen cult theme nights and celebrity icons take to the wheels of steel.
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The nearest London Underground stations are:
Angel (on the Northern line and about 150 metres away)
Highbury and Islington (on the Victoria line and around 1,450 metres away down Upper Street)
King’s Cross St Pancras (lines various and around 1,450 metres away)
Night Tube services are now running on the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines, offering a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays. Find out more here.
Accessible public transport
There’s an escalator, but no lift from the platform at Angel station, Highbury and Islington has a lift, ramps and escalator (0.9 miles away) and King’s Cross St Pancras station; also further away (0.9 miles) has lifts, escalators and accessible facilities.
For information on which London Underground stations are accessible, download the step free tube guide
Get more details on accessible public transport in London from Transport for London.
More on travel and other accessibility information for O2 Academy Islington can be found on our Access page.
Full information of bus services in Islington can be found at TfL.
The following bus stops are available nearby:
X (Angel Station) towards Essex Road (38, 56, 73, 341, 476), Dalston Junction (38) or Clapton Pond (38 or 56) Newington Green (73), Stoke Newington (73), Seven Sisters (476)
Y (Angel Station) towards Highbury Corner (4, 19), Archway (7), Holloway Road (4), Finsbury Park (4, 19), Tufnell Park (4), Hackney Wick (30), Dalston (30), Hackney (30)
W (Chapel Market/Liverpool Road) Finsbury Square (153), Shoreditch (394)
F (Angel Station) Hyde Park Corner (19, 38), Sloane Square (19), Battersea Bridge (19), King’s Cross (30), Marble Arch (30), Haymarket (38), Piccadilly (38), Euston (476)
G (Angel Station) Clerkenwell Road (4, 56), St Pauls (4, 56), Waterloo (4), Old Street (43), Liverpool Street (43), London Bridge (43)
U (White Lion Street) Hackney Wick (30), Northumberland Park (476)
B (Islington Green) Victoria (38, 73), Hyde Park Corner (38), Waterloo (341), Euston (476), King’s Cross (476)
J (Angel Station), Marylebone (205), Paddington (205), Kentish town (214)
H (Angel/City Road) Finsbury Square (214), Bow (205), Waterloo (4)
Night buses are also available from the following bus stops:
X (Angel Station) Walthamstow (N38 and N73), Essex Road (N38), Dalston (N38), Marble Arch (N73), King’s Cross (N73) Stoke Newington (N73) Tottenham Hale (N73)
Y (Angel Station) Finsbury Park (N19), Tottenham Hale (N41), Crouch End (N41)
F (Angel Station) Hyde Park Corner (N38 and N73), Victoria (N38 and N73), Piccadilly (N38), Oxford Circus (N73), Trafalgar Square (N41), Leicester Square (N41), Tottenham Court Road (N41)
U (White Lion Street) King’s Cross (N73), Marble Arch (N73) Stoke Newington (N73), Tottenham Hale (N73)
B (Islington Green) Piccadilly Circus (N19), Sloane Square (N19), Battersea (N19), Clapham Junction (N19) Tottenham Court Road (N41), Leicester Square (N41), Trafalgar Square (N41)
D (Islington Green) Clerkenwell (N38), Piccadilly (N38), Hyde Park Corner (N38 and N73), Victoria (N38), Oxford Circus (N73), King’s Cross (N73)
Remember that you can’t pay with cash on buses anymore, so don’t forget your Oyster Card/contactless bank card.
One of the nearest Overground train station is Highbury and Islington rail station (0.9miles away). There’s the East London line and the North London Line with typical services up to every 10 minutes in both directions during operational hours (reduced services on Sundays).
There’s also Kings Cross and St Pancras, national and international rail stations. A similar distance away (0.9 miles) with lines various; so it’s always best to check running times and departures before you travel.
Accessible facilities are at all of these stations, Highbury and Islington, Kings Cross and St Pancras, lifts boarding ramps, escalators; please use the links above for more detailed station information.
Parking and by car
There is a 100 space car park in Angel Central, Parkfield Street, just off Upper Street and accessed via Berners Road (next to the Business Design Centre).
There are facilities and bays in Angel Central car park.
A number of bays can also be found on Liverpool Road (outside Sainsbury’s).
We’ve got plenty of bike racks nearby, outside Angel Central, on Upper Street, Liverpool Road and other local streets.
More information on self-service bike hire stations at TfL.
Venue opening times
We’ll have opening times and curfew times if they’re out of the ordinary for seasoned gig-goers (7pm-11pm) on the event page of this website and on our social channels, too. All timings are subject to change, so check before you travel.
We have bars (of course), a cloakroom to leave your stuff and if you’re visiting us for the first time, just ask any of our friendly staff to show you the way. Please try and travel light as cloakroom facilities are limited, so if you really need to bring a bag, please make sure that it is small (laptop size or small handbag).
It’s always best to check the age restrictions for each event in advance as they vary from show to show.
A few obvious ones:
No under 8s please (think about it), but feel free to contact us if you’re unsure and avoid disappointment.
8-13 years, you’ll need to attend with an adult (18+).
Always look for admission age policies and signs such as 14+, 16+, 18+, 21+ before you book and remember to carry proof of age if you need it.
Find out more about age restrictions and what we accept as ID in our FAQs.