Academy Group music venues announce new partnership

New sponsorship deal with O2 confirmed

The Academy Music Group, who run a series of venues throughout the UK, has announced a new partnership with the O2 phone network that will see customers of the company receive priority access to tickets at the venues.

The new deal will see eleven UK venues renamed O2 Academies from January 1 next year.

From 2009, O2 phone customers will be able to buy tickets to gigs at the O2 Academies up to two days before non-O2 customers in the UK.

As part of the deal the following venues will now be called:

O2 Academy Brixton

O2 Academy Islington

O2 Academy Birmingham

O2 Academy Bristol

O2 Academy Glasgow

O2 Academy Liverpool

O2 Academy Newcastle

O2 Academy Oxford

O2 Academy Sheffield

O2 Academy Leeds

O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire