New venue for the Academy

News just in from the Academy Music Group (AMG) who have just acquired the ‘Dome’ on Bristol Street, Birmingham, for development as a premier live entertainment venue.

The club built in the 70’s is to undergo a £4m refurb of its 45,000sq feet. Meanwhile the Dale End site – which is undergoing a £600m development by the council in 2009 turning it in to a mixture of retail, leisure, office and residential spaces – will continue to trade as usual until the development of Martineau Galleries starts

“We’ve known of the proposed development at Dale End for a number of years and have been actively looking for a new venue for some time. The site of the former Dome nightclub ticks all our boxes, it’s a landmark building in a City Centre location, it’s the right size and space to develop our strategy of a multi-room format and we can really push the boundaries to create Birmingham’s very best concert venue,” says Academy Music Group’s Chief Executive Officer, John Northcote. “Birmingham is very important to the Group as it was first City I chose outside of London some eight years ago to expand our Academy brand. From the off, it was a real success and without a doubt, is our busiest venue in the estate and it marked a true footprint for the roll-out of Academy venues nationwide.”

License is granted for an overall building capacity of 3,836 at 16-18 Horse Fair, Bristol Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 1DB. Full details of the development programme and formats to be released in due course.

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