Academy Music Group (AMG) has confirmed its expansion in Scotland with the announcement of O2 Academy Edinburgh, following the acquisition of the 3,000 capacity Edinburgh Corn Exchange.
The B listed building was built in 1909 and over the last two decades, Marco’s Leisure has transformed it into one of the city’s largest multi-purpose venues.
Its reputation for live music began with a sell-out show with Blur in 1999, leading to performances in recent years with headline acts including Foo Fighters, Oasis, Grace Jones, Radiohead and Pulp.
Graham Walters, chief operating officer at AMG, commented: “We see huge potential with this venue, it fits with our ethos of investing in heritage buildings, with the right capacity of 3,000 to bring world-class entertainment to the city.
“It also has a number of diverse secondary spaces, flexible formats and configurations that we’ll be looking at over the coming months to complement programming and events in the main auditorium.”
Paul DeMarco, managing director at Marco’s Leisure, said: “We are happy to pass on the baton to the top professionals in the live music industry who will ensure it continues to play a major role in Scotland’s events industry for many more years to come – Marco’s will continue to operate and expand its leisure business.”
AMG has had a partnership agreement with O2 since January 2009. The Edinburgh Corn Exchange will become O2 Academy Edinburgh from 1 September, adding to the existing UK portfolio of now 20 venues, including the O2 Academy Glasgow, the O2 Academy Brixton and O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Academy Music Group has already invested in new sound and lighting production facilities at O2 Academy Edinburgh ahead of its forthcoming shows, including: CHIC feat. Nile Rogers, Bicep (7 Dec), The Charlatans (21 Dec), CHVRCHES (13 Mar), The War On Drugs (18 Apr), Gary Numan (9 May) and Beck (14 Jun).
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