The O2 Academy Oxford's iconic Cowley Road venue is a landmark spot in Oxford's entertainment scene with two venues hosting the best live music and club nights in the city. Its previous names include the Coop Hall, the Oxford Venue, the Zodiac and the Carling Academy Oxford. The Academy Music Group launched the venue on Thursday 20th September 2007, with New Young Pony Club, followed by the Magic Numbers and local heroes, Young Knives to an ecstatic full house each night.
The site was developed over four months to create three separate, flexible performance spaces for live music and club events with a total building capacity of 1,350. Designed to the highest specification, O2 Academy Oxford attracts a strong calibre of international touring artists due to its larger capacity in the city and technical capabilities. O2 Academy Oxford, the main venue downstairs, has a maximum capacity of 1,020, and alternative configurations. The secondary venue is the upstairs area of the building, O2 Academy2, with a capacity for up to 436 persons, continuing AMG's policy for encouraging and developing new bands and artists to play in professionally equipped venues.
As well as live music, club nights are a focal point, with regular events from homegrown and national promoters.
O2 Academy Oxford
190 Cowley Road
Tel: 01865 813500
We’re lucky that we are well connected.
City 5 starts at Oxford railway station, through the city centre and straight to Cowley Road, very close to our venue, around 100 metres.
Stagecoach run night buses between Blackbird Leys, Templars Square, Cowley Road and the city centre.
All these buses have an ‘N’ in front of the number and are cash fares.
Oxford buses are equipped with bus lowering systems and steps, or easier access.
Oxford railway station is around two miles away, with lines for London, Reading, Didcot Parkway, Banbury, Birmngham and further afield, with First Great Western, CrossCountry and Chiltern Railways.
All details on accessibilty features of rail stations, entrance and exits, services including ramps, height adjustable counters, indication loops, toilets (radar key), and and staff support can be found at National Rail.
Parking and by car
We’re are easy to get to by all major approach roads, including the M40, A40, A34 an A44.
If you’re driving, the local streets have limited options. There’s Union Street car park, behind Tesco Metro, opposite to our venue for pay and display parking. Use sat nav OX4 1JP. Charges vary, so check when you park.
Disabled parking and by car
We do not have our own parking facilities, but there’s bays reserved around the local streets. Council car parks (Union Street) has 74 spaces, but click here to find out about the blue badge scheme and parking options nearby.
Look out for bike racks in local streets and on Cowley Road, Oxford loves cyclists.
Always plan your journey in advance.
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+).
Some shows that are 14+ but -16 – we’ll translate – that means if you’re between 14 years and 16 years, you’ll need to come with an adult (someone 18+).
Look for these signs, 14+, 16+, 18+, 21+… before you book and remember to carry proof of age if you need it.