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.
83 Rivington Street
|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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Midnight Riot: Sunday Terrace Party
Diverse sounds of house, techno and electro with a summer vibe courtesy of Yam Who? Judge Funk, Sean Innit & Jaegerossa and guest, 80s Child.House, disco and techno Monday August 1 2016Read more
Resident DJs spin R&B and hip hop.Hip hop and R&B Wednesday August 3 2016 - Thursday December 29 2016Read more
Secluded All Day Terrace Party
Soulful house, deep disco and classic garage from Kirk Paten, James Essex, Louis Jones, Vicki Etherton, Fi La'Funk, Jake Baker, Francois Jean, Emma Knight and Danny Ryan to take you through the afternoon and into the night.House, disco and techno Saturday August 6 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016Read more
Makin Moves Summer Series
Residents Jamesey and Matt L-S play deep soulful house and exclusive music from their label. Plus a performance from soul-house musician Monique Bingham and DJ sets from Martin Lodge and DJ Soulprovyder.House, disco and techno Sunday August 7 2016Read more
Things to do
An all day festival featuring a female-only line-up of musicians and performers. Box Park will host a free stage with up and coming acts during the day before the fun makes its way over to Cargo. Highlights include Hollie McNish, Mahalia and Roxxxan....Festivals Tuesday August 9 2016Read more
Midnight Riot: Sunday Terrace Party
Diverse sounds of house, techno and electro with a summer vibe courtesy of Yam Who? Judge Funk, Sean Innit & Jaegerossa and guest, Pete Herbert.House, disco and techno Monday August 22 2016Read more
Cargo X Defined: Summer Closing Party
London-based DJ/Producers and residents from Cargo and Defined spin house and dance music through the afternoon and into the early hours.House, disco and techno Sunday August 28 2016 - Monday August 29 2016Read more
Defined. Summer Closing Party
Wait…does this mean summer is over? Before that thought really sinks in get down to Cargo for a massive terrace party in the day that then opens up into the main arch for a straight club night. Alongside Cargo and Defined. resident DJs there’s promise...House, disco and techno Sunday August 28 2016 - Monday August 29 2016Read more
Cargo Presents: End Of Summer Party 2016
Enjoy entertainment, food and music as DJs spin club classics, pop, house and hip-hop.House, disco and techno Sunday August 28 2016 - Monday August 29 2016Read more
Locker Room Sundays
Antonis Rafael, Charlie Grumbridge, Danny Cook, Dev Rox, Dmarco and many others will be providing the tunes for the all day terrace party.House, disco and techno Sunday September 4 2016 - Monday September 5 2016Read more
Average User Rating
2.7 / 5
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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 !!!!
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
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
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
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 .
One of the worst nights in my life...
We booked a table for 15 people in this place for a birthday.
We arrived quite early, at 6:30pm, but they had forgotten to reserve a table for us.
They settled us temporarily at a table and after 3 hours a manager came to us “asking” (he started to shout in a nervous way) to move us to another place because that table was “reserved” (exactly the same kind of reservation that we had made). They moved us to a table outside, where we had to spend the rest of the night at 0 degrees and just a couple of heaters for all of us.
Apart from this, the quality of the service of this place is unacceptable.
At the bar you can just choose between three quite expensive beers (5-6 pounds), even before the night club time started, which has nothing to do with the prices that you can see on their website.
The staff in general is very rude. In addition, the security of the venue is not so good. Every hour came out someone bleeding due to fights between drunk animals.
I really advise you absolutely not to book at Cargo for any kind of celebration, if you don't want them to spoil your night.
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.