O2 Academy Brixton

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O2 Academy Brixton
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Brixton Academy

Built in the 1920s as a cinema at a cost of £250,000, Brixton Academy is London's most credible major rock venue. Although it's echoey when half-full, the 5,000-capacity space is popular because the raked standing area gives good sightlines. Pop acts such as Goldfrapp occasionally feature, but programming favours metal, indie and alt-rock. As one of the capital's largest non-stadium venues, Brixton Academy played its part in rock history – it hosted the Sex Pistols reunion gigs in September 2007, Leftfield broke the venue's decibel record in 1996 bringing showers of dust and plaster down around them, and The Smiths played their last ever gig here in December 1986.

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Brixton Academy: 10 classic gigs

Venue name: O2 Academy Brixton
Address: 211
Stockwell Rd
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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  • Punk and metal Thursday October 6 2016
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  • Rap, hip hop and R&B Friday October 7 2016
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  • Punk and metal Saturday October 8 2016 - Monday October 10 2016
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  • Wednesday October 12 2016
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  • Pop Thursday October 13 2016
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  • Pop Friday October 14 2016 - Saturday October 15 2016
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  • Rock and indie Tuesday October 18 2016
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  • Wednesday October 19 2016
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  • Bass, garage and D&B Thursday October 20 2016
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  • Hip hop and R&B Thursday October 20 2016 - Sunday March 26 2017
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