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The Glasgow O2 Academy

The Glasgow O2 Academy
121 Eglinton Street, Glasgow, G5 9NT

The O2 Academy, opened in 2003 (known as the Carling Academy until 2008) is a music venue situated on Eglinton Street, in the Gorbals area of the city. The venue is owned by the Academy Music Group and is one of their most popular arenas which include the London Brixton Academy and its namesake, the 02 Academy in Birmingham. While the building retains its historic and charming exterior, refurbishment of the inside was a multi-million pound project to develop the building into a 2,500 capacity (700 seated), 5 bar venue with quality front-of-house and backstage facilities.

The venue, each year provides a varied schedule of rock, pop and dance concerts as well as seated comedy shows. In recent years the venue has played host to most of the popular names in modern music including the Killers (who sold out in a record 3 minutes), Bloc Party, Snoop Dogg, The Prodigy, The Script as well as comedy acts such Russel Brand, Jimmy Carr and Glasgow’s own Frankie Boyle. Acts booked for the second half of 2010 include Chris Brown, Wu Tang Clan, Limp Bizkit, Bare Nakes Ladies The Manic Street Preachers, Motorhead, Ocean Colour Scene The Goo Goo Dolls, Bowling for Soup, Goldfrapp, Dance Nation, Alice in Chains, Grove Armada, Plan B and Mumford & Sons amongst others.

The venue is also the home to officially the world’s biggest burlesque club, Club Noir, which although visits Edinburgh and London on occasion, is a Glasgow creation and primarily based at the Glasgow O2 Academy. The club is held 4-6 times a year and each night has a theme to which attendees have to adhere to in their dress code - the outfits can be jaw-dropping and tickets usually sell out weeks in advance. The organisers ensure that each show put on for those that attend is more innovative than the last, and the DJs provide live music through the night for the 2,000+ in attendance. For more information on Club Noir, please click here

From the McLays Guest House, public transport or a taxi would be advised although there are parking facilities within the vicinity if guests have access to a car. Taxi fare from the hotel would unlikely be more than £5-6.

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