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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. 'manchester Academy' was originally the name of the largest of these venues, but became an umbrella term for both itself and the union's other venues in 2003. It has hosted such names as Ian Brown, Super Furry Animals, Deftones, Pink Floyd, The Cure, The Coral, Blur, Oasis, George Clinton, Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers,The Libertines, The Ramones, Billy Talent, Fightstar, Lost Prophets, Babyshambles, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Supergrass, It Bites and Death Cab for Cutie.

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 in March 2007 when a major refurbishment and rebuilding programme began, and is expected to re-open January 2008. It had had a capacity of 1500 and hosted about 50 gigs a year prior to closure, though the capacity will be increased when work is completed.

Academy 2 is on the second floor of the Students' Union in the union's Main Debating Hall, which lead to the venue originally being advertised as the 'mDH', though the 'Academy 2' is now used instead.

Academy 3 is on the third floor of the Students' Union. It was formerly known as the 'Hop and Grape' and originally as the 'solem Bar.'

Club Academy is in the basement of the Students' Union. It was refurbished and opened to the public in September 2005, before which it operated under the title of 'Cellar Disco', and generally only hosted student-only events.

Prior to the construction of what is now their largest venue (and hence the name Manchester Academy) in 1990, the students' union has hosted a wealth of artists including Ray Ellington, The Coasters, The Yardbirds, The Who, The Moody Blues, Stevie Wonder, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Captain Beefheart, Pink Floyd, Slade, Fairport Convention, Joe Cocker, Hawkwind, Procul Harum, The Wailers, AC/DC, Dire Straits and The Cure over the last fifty years.

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