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One of east London's few purpose-built venues, Cargo launched with a clubbing-focused profile, but has since radically expanded its live remit, which now ranges from art punk through dubstep to psychedelic prog and wonk-pop. Its programme also includes plenty of underground artists building themselves a profile, provides intimate showcases to big-name artists ahead of their record releases and hosts label parties. The outdoor courtyard acts as a third room, away from the often over-stuffed performance space and lounge-bar area, and gigs are usually staged seven days a week.

Venue name: Cargo
Address: 83 Rivington St
Opening hours: Mon-Thur noon-1am; Fri, Sat noon-3am; noon-midnight
Transport: Tube: Old St; Rail: Shoreditch High St Overground
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  • Hip hop and R&B Until Thursday May 26 2016
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  • Hip hop and R&B Thursday February 11 2016 - Friday April 29 2016
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  • House, disco and techno Saturday February 13 2016 - Sunday February 28 2016
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  • House, disco and techno Tuesday February 16 2016 - Wednesday June 1 2016
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  • Rock and indie Thursday February 18 2016
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  • House, disco and techno Wednesday March 9 2016
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Average User Rating

2.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Marina j
3 of 3 found helpful

Had a great time celebrating my birthday at Cargo on Saturday made reservations so I booked a table for me and my guests...great night staff looked after us very well...I will be back for NYE !!!!

adam s
1 of 1 found helpful

Good Night here on the weekend definitely coming back for NYE! Good DJs loved the room with the great lights ......Had advance tickets and didnt have to queue for to long either

1 of 1 found helpful

At cargo... the night did not start great as I was told I had to put my bag in the cloak room, when I didn't want to.. so after 10min discussion with a female bouncer I finally booked it in, she did explain that there are a lot of thefts hence why they encourage the use of the cloak room to be honest I thought they were pulling a fast one. 

Overall good night I just make sure in future I don't bring a large bag with me next time

russell s
1 of 1 found helpful

Went to Cargo was having a great night until I was told I was drunk I had enough by the barman. I was not even drunk so I dont know what he was talking about so I left went somewhere else where I could drink freelyv

Sarah Smith
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Cargo looks amazing from the outside and when you enter the brick walls and archers are very very charming but soon after you realise its a very cold place. The staff are very uninterested and hardly smile , they looked tired and stressed and I visited during the day and a very quite time I did not feel welcomed by any of the numerous staff that were scattered around. I was asking the manager Renata about their food menu and was surprised to see that she spoke very bad English and had a very rude approach. I didn't even bother ordering anything as the atmosphere was so unfriendly . they seem to have very little respect for people there and by the way the staff behaved I'm sure it the same about the way they are treated also. I certainly wouldn't waste my money there .

Liane s

I was at Cargo on Friday... the queues was a joke. Then I was forced to put my bag in cloakroom, if the theft is an issue at the venue why not make the cloakroom free for customers as a good will gesture 


I was at Cargo last night for a birthday party, and I don't see myself going back. £15 entry is a lot for what this place is, and the drinks are pretty overpriced - £10 for a single vodka and Boost is a bit of a joke. But the worst thing about Cargo is its bouncers. Me and a friend were made to leave by a bouncer. While trying to get from the main dancefloor to the outdoor area, my friend was pushed hard from behind by a bouncer, which made him collide with a group of strangers. He asked the bouncer to not do that, the bouncer got angry and kicked him out. I asked the bouncer why my friend was kicked out, and he reacted angrily, saying "Don't test me, I'm an angry man", before grabbing my drink, throwing it onto the ground and making me leave the club. I asked other bouncers outside the club what this bouncer's name was, and unsurprisingly they refused to tell me. I asked to speak to the manager, and unsurprisingly he did not show up. While I and my friend were waiting outside for our friends to pass us our coats, we saw a steady stream of people being chucked out of the club - far more than would be expected. One person was complaining that his glasses were still inside the club. Clearly, chucking people out is something the bouncers really enjoy doing. In summary, there are much, much better places out there, with less overpriced drinks and, more importantly, better staff.