The 2,500 capacity Glasgow Academy is set to open early next year...

A new music venue is to open in GLASGOW – run by the same company who own the BRIXTON ACADEMY in LONDON.

The 2,500 capacity Glasgow Academy will be housed in the New Bedford Cinema, 121 Eglington Street, Glasgow. The company who have bought it, McKenzie Group Limited, hope the venue will be open by March 2003.

They also own London Brixton Academy, Birmingham Academy and Bristol Academy, as well as the London Shepherds Bush Empire.


Before becoming the Glasgow Academy, the New Bedford was a cinema, opening in 1921. It has been closed for the last ten years.

Managing Director John Northcote said: “The latest Academy will deliver the same exciting and vibrant diary of rock, pop, jazz, indie and dance, plus we will be working closely with leading Scottish promoters DF Concerts who have an excellent local knowledge.”

Geoff Ellis from DF Concerts added; “We are very excited about the Glasgow Academy and feel that it will be a very successful and welcome addition to the buoyant concert market in Glasgow. We look forward to the opportunity of bringing more concerts to Glasgow and feel that the venue’s capacity is ideal and fills a significant gap in the market.”

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