Bournemouth Academy is a Grade II listed live music venue based in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth on the south coast of England. It has a rich musical heritage, period features, yet state of the art facilities. Originally opened in 1895 as the Boscombe Grand Theatre, it has had many guises since as a Hippodrome and Ballroom In the 1960s as Starkers Royal Arcade Ballrooms it was graced by David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
In 1982, the building was refurbished and became the Academy Nightclub hosting acts such as The Sisters of Mercy, Hawkwind, Deep Purple and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Another change came about in 1997 when the venue became the Opera House nightclub. At this point it featured more dance and rave nights rather than the traditional rock nights though since it rebranded as the O2 Academy Bournemouth in 2009 it has now moved toward those more traditional acts once again.
Please visit the venue’s website for up-to-date travel and facilities information.