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.
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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Feb 6 2013
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.
What's on at Cargo
Forward-thinking Austrian duo Klangkarussell break out their uplifing, irresistible strain of house.
Alternative rock, Indie rock
- Critics' choice
With their energetic, full-tilt mix of post-punk and slacker pop, nodding to Pavement, Dinosaur Jr and The Wedding Present, Let's Wrestle are back in town to play songs from their new (third) self-titled album.
Alternative rock, Rock 'n' roll
Post-rock mood builders Nordic Giants don war paint and feathered-masks for their live show, which they always perform alongside a series of short, silent films.
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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 .