O2 Academy Islington
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The O2 Academy Islington, formerly known as the Carling Academy Islington, is an indoor music venue situated in the N1 Shopping Centre accessible via Upper Street and Liverpool Road, in the London Borough of Islington. It is run by the Academy Music Group. The main venue has a capacity of 800, and the adjacent O2 Academy 2 holds 250.
The venue was purpose-built and opened in September 2002. The original occupant was the short-lived Marquee N1, a music and dining venue backed by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and club promoter Mark Fuller.
The venue re-opened in its current form in September 2003 and is the smallest of the three London venues within the O2 Academy Group.
American punks Alkaline Trio performed on the venue's opening night. Other notable performers who have played at the O2 Academy Islington include The John O'Leary Band, Roger Chapman & The Shortlist, Big Country, Magnum, Riverside, Satyricon, FM, KISS, Nobodies Birthday, Train, 7 Day Weekend, Matt Stevens, The Damned, MaNga, Melanie C, Zebrahead, Funeral for a Friend, Hugh Cornwell, Tarja Turunen, Jello Biafra, Gackt, Girugamesh, Hikaru Utada (under her US stage name 'Utada'), The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Coheed and Cambria, VAMPS, Max Milner, The Script, The Rasmus, Paramore, East 17, Morbid Angel, Dimmu Borgir, Sarah Harding, Tokio Hotel, Vanmity Draws Blood, R5, My Chemical Romance (who recorded the music video for their single Planetary (Go!) there), The Rutles, Stephen Dale Petit and Mick Taylor.
The Academy also hosts the weekly club nights Club de Fromage and Old School Indie every Saturday.
- Venue History (official site) accessed 19 August 2008