Slap bang in the city centre, this is the place for the biggest live gigs – from international superstars and homegrown UK talent alike
Bristol’s go-to space for large-scale live gigs and the occasional club night isn’t the city’s most charming or credible venue, but it is one of the biggest – both in terms of size and the acts it attracts. And when the Academy is full to the rafters with dedicated followers of whatever band or artist is performing that night, thanks to its massive stage and huge balcony, this stonking great shed of sound takes some beating in a city seriously lacking in big venues.
The days when the Academy was the spot of choice for massive house and D&B raves on a weekly basis are long gone, and it now focuses firmly on live gigs, with the ever-popular weekly Ramshackle indie night the closest it usually gets to the raves that were once its staple diet.
From rock royalty and of-the-moment pop to reggae superstars, hip hop heroes and dance acts preparing for the festival season, if there’s a Bristol gig on their tour list, the Academy is where you’d usually expect to find them.
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