Manchester Academy is a brand name used by the University Of Manchester Students' Union for its four concert venues in Manchester, England, which reside on Oxford Road both within and adjacent to the main Students' Union building. It has hosted acts such as Kylie Minogue, Ian Brown, The Stranglers, Super Furry Animals, The Cure, Blur, Oasis, Meshuggah, George Clinton, Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers, The Libertines, Supergrass, Lady Gaga and Prodigy among others.'Manchester Academy' was originally the name of the largest of these venues (see picture), but became an umbrella term for both itself and the union's other venues in the early 2000s.
The main venue Manchester Academy (sometimes referred to as Academy 1) is just south of the Students' Union. It opened in October 1990 and was first performed in by the Buzzcocks. It was closed completely between March and October 2007 when a major refurbishment and rebuilding programme began, completed in early 2008. It had had a capacity of 1900 and hosted about 50 gigs a year prior to closure, the capacity having been increased to around 2300 since expansion.Academy 1 or just Manchester Academy is the main part of the venue. It has a capacity of around 2300.