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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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Venue name: O2 Academy Brixton
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Address: 211
Stockwell Rd
London
SW9 9SL
Transport: Tube: Brixton

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  • Alternative rock Mon March 2nd 2015 - Mon March 2nd 2015
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  • Indie rock Fri March 13th 2015 - Fri March 13th 2015
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  • Alternative rock Sat March 14th 2015 - Sat March 14th 2015
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  • R&B Fri March 20th 2015 - Fri March 20th 2015
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  • Celtic music Sat March 21st 2015 - Sat March 21st 2015
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  • Pop Wed March 25th 2015 - Fri March 27th 2015
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  • Metal Sat March 28th 2015 - Sat March 28th 2015
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  • House music Fri April 3rd 2015 - Sat April 4th 2015
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  • Big-name talent Sat April 11th 2015 - Sat April 11th 2015
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  • Indie rock Mon April 13th 2015 - Mon April 13th 2015
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myownthememusic

i moved here from aus mid 98 and my first gig was the beastie boys here. 16 years later it's still my favourite venue. every band should play here (and invite me) imo. 

shaktibhakti

Ive seen many bands here over the years! A friend of mine also hired the foyer/front for her club house parties in the early 90s! Always find/see people i know here too. Probably the best largest venue before it gets less intimate! I first came here when it was the stockwell odeon for Trex in 70s..good views due to floor slopes down toward stage/front.

Vlad Cool

Nice atmosphere, good size venue and incredible views from the sloped floor, never missed a second! looks cool from outside, where I had a nice chat with a homeless guy and then gave him some spare change to help him out with his various addictions.