The 02 Academy Islington first opened its doors to the public in September 2003. Purposely built as a music venue in the heart of the desirable Islington district, the Academy boasts a large venue with a capacity of around eight hundred. A smaller adjoining venue is used primarily for showcasing prospective talents and has a much smaller capacity of just 250. Built by the Mckenzie Group, this venue is their seventh and third in London.
The buildings modern amenities make it one of the finest venues for recording live performances- both visually and sound recordings. Unlike many other live music venues in London, the 02 Academy Islington has been designed around the requirements of concert goers. There are more bars- one of which directly overlooks the stage from above. The facility is fully air-conditioned and is a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy the music. Giant Plasma screens are mounted around the venue meaning that you need never miss a moment. Extensive cloakroom facilities and clean crisp design make this one of the best venues anywhere in the country to enjoy live music.
The 02 Academy Islington can also be easily rearranged and is often used as a dance venue for famous DJs. ‘The Stage’ magazine said of the venue “It is always preferable when famous Rock venues fall into the hands of those with vinyl in their veins- like the Mckenzie Group for example”. The Academy Islington is also perfectly situated for transport routes, making it easy for everybody access.