One of the largest contemporary music venues in the city, the O2 Academy can hold as many as 1700 within its two performance spaces. Originally opening as the much smaller Lomax on Cumberland Street, it moved to its present location as the L2, before being drawn into a nationwide chain of concert venues known as Carling Academy. Finally donning its present avatar as the O2, programming at this venue is now eclectic, moving a long way from its one-time policy of only booking rock bands. O2 has a varied schedule of events including some excellent folk, jazz and reggae acts. See website for complete schedule of events.