The O2 Institute is a live music venue that features 4 different stages and hosts a wide variety of performances including big-name bands and local musicians from varying genres. Performances are frequent, with shows being held just about every week, so there's bound to be something exciting to see during your trip.

    With the different stages available, all sorts of people can find fun at this venue. The big stage is useful for those looking for a traditional sit-down show among a large crowd, while the other stages offer a more intimate kind of experience.

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    O2 Institute highlights

    The primary feature of this music venue is the multitude of stages. The main stage has a 1,500-person capacity complete with 2 seated, upper balcony levels. You'll find an additional room downstairs with room for 600 spectators. Upstairs, there's a smaller 250-capacity stage. Finally, the cellar is home to a 400-capacity stage primarily used for more intimate acoustic shows called Un-Plug.

    You'll find historic value in the building itself, with an impressive interior that dates back more than a century. Red brick and grey terracotta make up most of the exterior, and you'll also find intricate carvings and allegorical figures.

    Good to know when visiting O2 Institute

    It's generally best to travel to the O2 Institute via public transport. Birmingham's bus network can get you here directly with a stop right outside. Alternatively, the Birmingham New Street train station is a little more than a half-mile away. If you do drive yourself, there's parking at the Bullring and Mailbox car parks, but those spots will cost a fee.

    Keep in mind that some shows will have an age restriction. If you see something like 14+, 18+ or 21+, you'll know that you have to be a certain age to attend. If you're younger than 16, you'll always have to come with someone 18 or older.

    02 Institute in Birmingham

    Location: 78 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DY, UK

    Open: Most shows begin at 7 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1214 374150

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