The O2 Academy Newcastle (formerly the Carling Academy Newcastle) is a music venue in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It was opened on October 14 2005 to an evening headlined by Sunderland band The Futureheads.

The venue was converted from a bingo hall in the summer of 2005 at a cost of four million pounds. Its two-level auditorium has a capacity of 2067 (standing and seating). The venue is operated by the Academy Music Group and sponsored by network operator O2. The venue was formerly known as “Carling Academy Newcastle”, being rebranded following a multi-million pound deal between O2 and music promotor Live Nation.

There is also a smaller venue dubbed O2 Academy Newcastle 2. This venue is used for lesser known and up-and-coming acts. The smaller venue has a capacity of 400.

Edited by george-dance on 27 Feb 2010, 13:03

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