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O2 ABC under threat as investigation continues 

1 July 2018
O2 ABC Glasgow

The future of the 1,300-capacity O2 ABC Glasgow is in doubt after a fire in an adjacent building caused extensive damage and destroyed its roof.

The Academy Music Group-owned venue, which hosts around 400 events per year, was caught up in a blaze that began at Glasgow School of Art (GSA), Mackintosh Building on 15 June, and spread to neighbouring premises venue, which is owned by the Academy Music Group (AMG).

An AMG spokesperson said the company was unable to ascertain the full extent of damage to the venue, as the area surrounding the building remained cordoned off, while the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) continued to investigate the cause of the fire.

SFRS assistant chief officer David McGown saod the service has launched an appeal for images and footage of the blaze.

“We will cast a forensic and expert eye over it – and it could prove crucial to our investigation,” he says.

AMG has moved or rescheduled forthcoming concerts at the theatre to alternative venues, with many going to its 2,500-capacity O2 Academy Glasgow. Others have been transferred to venues including SWG3 (1,250), The Garage (700) and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (300).

The venue, which opened at The Diorama in 1875 and was later the site of a circus, an ice rink and a cinema, before re-opening as a music venue in 2005, has seen performances by Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Belle & Sebastian, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine and George Clinton. It also houses the O2 ABC2 (350).

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