Manchester Academy, built in 1990, is a name for four concert venues used by the University of Manchester Students’ Union. Sometimes it is also referred to as Academy 1. The latest renovation in 2007 boosted the Academy capacity to 2000 people. Currently, it has a reputation for being UK ‘greenest venue’. This is mainly due the fact that a third of the budget was spent on decreasing the environmental impact from the venue. Manchester Academy has hosted music concerts for singers such as Kylie Minogue and Ellie Goulding
Academy 1 is located on Moss Lane E, Manchester, UK.
By train and tube: Catch tram number 192 from Paton Street to Ardwick Green stop, then walk about 15 minutes to Manchester Academy.
By bus: Buses 14, 16, and 86 are available every 10 minutes from Piccadilly bus station. Exit at Manchester Academy just outside the academy itself.
By car: Take A6 towards Chatham Street, and then take left towards Oxford Street.
International: Take Transpennine Express Glasgow Central from Manchester Airport to Manchester Oxford Road. Then walk about 20-minutes to the academy. Alternatively, take M56 towards Moss Lane E, the drive by car will take about 20 minutes.
On-site car park is available with limited spaces. You would need pound coins to open the barrier at the entrance. More parking can be found on side streets leading to the Academy. Free limited disable parking is available on-site. A barrier operator at the gate to the parking lot will issue a pass.
Accessibility for people with special needs
A passenger lift is available to give physically challenged people easy access to all floors. Designated toilets are operated using a Radar scheme; this means you will have to get a key at the reception. Unless stated otherwise for an event, all functions are in an unreserved manner. To book a special wheelchair seat, please contact the Events team: 0161 275 2930.