What's On: January at O2 Academy

What's On: January at O2 Academy

Posted on: 27 Dec 2022

As one of the prime destinations for the biggest acts from the UK and abroad, O2 Academy is one of the city's most popular venues for students and Bristolians alike.


LA rockers, anonymous metal collectives and celebrated indie groups are all appearing at one of Bristol's biggest music venues next month with an array of music events begin the new year between Sunday 15 (after the venue's well earned New Year break) and Monday 30 January.



January sees O2 Academy kick off 2023 as it means to go on with a selection of the biggest acts from the UK and beyond. While next month may have a more limited programme than normal, the central Bristol venue have a vast array of musical talent scheduled throughout the year. But first, January at O2 Academy Bristol...


Wallows: Tell Me That It's Over Tour | Sunday 15 January, 7 PM (SOLD OUT)

Kicking off 2023 at O2 Academy Bristol is a visit from Los-Angeles-based three-piece Wallows, who are supporting their brand new sophomore album, Tell Me That It's Over Tour, with a massive tour of the UK. 


Dylan Minnette, Braeden Lemasters and Cole Preston broke into the public conscience when they were in their teens and have not looked back since with Minnette and Lemasters also becoming known for their various high profile acting roles. This event is listed as sold out, however, there are currently limited resale tickets available on the Ticketmaster page.

Sleep Token | Saturday 21 January, 7 PM (SOLD OUT)


Next up at the venue is a very special show from annonymous and rock collective, Sleep Token. The fully masked band are said to be united in their worship of an ancient deity identified by them as "Sleep", who appeared to the band's lead singer and spriritual leader, dubbed 'Vessel', in a dream.


Known for their melodic post-metal sound, the group recieved critical acclaim in the heavy rock community for their second album, This Place Will Become Your Tomb. This event is listed as sold out, however, there are currently limited resale tickets available on the Ticketmaster page.

Circa Waves | Tuesday 24 January, 7 PM


It may not quite be t-shirt weather but there is sure to be a celebratory mood in the air when Circa Waves come to town on Tuesday 24 January. Known for a melodic brand of indie rock that is reminiscent of bands such as The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys, the Liverpudlian four-piece will be in Bristol to celebrate the release of their fifth studio album.


Never Going Under is the latest project in a long career that has seen Circa Waves play massive shows all over the world and release a slew of critically acclaimed releases including hit single 'T-Shirt Weather' from Top Ten album, Young Chasers.

Second Speed | Saturday 28 January, 10 PM


The January edition of Second Speed, as alway, features an array of exciting electronic music that will run early into the morning. Hard techno DJ blk. will play the event as will Cera Khin, the Tunisian disc jockey known for her mix of industrial hardcore techno, mind bending acid, fast hard trance and gabber.


Completing the lineup is Northern Irish DJ/producer and a selection of artists from Reboot. More DJs are yet to be announced.

Apocalyptica & Epica | Monday 30 January, 7 PM


Completing the O2 Academy Bristol lineup for January 2023 is an extra special double-bill featuring Finnish cello masters Apocalyptica and Dutch Symphonic titans Epica, with support from Helsinki prog metallers WHEEL.


Apocalyptica are a Finnish symphonic metal band from Helsinki, formed in 1993, known for their dynamic and highly original approach to their craft and Epica, who hail from the Netherlands, create epic and cinematic death metal that has proved immensely popular with music lovers the world over.

To keep abreast of what's coming up at O2 Academy Bristol in 2023, head to the venue website.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturday’s are spent watching his team both home and away.