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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  • Rock and indie Saturday December 3 2016
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  • Punk and metal Wednesday December 7 2016 - Saturday December 10 2016
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  • Literary events Sunday December 11 2016 - Saturday May 27 2017
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  • Rap, hip hop and R&B Wednesday December 14 2016
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  • Thursday December 15 2016
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  • Pop Friday December 16 2016
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  • Musical Saturday December 17 2016
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  • Bass, garage and D&B Saturday December 31 2016 - Sunday January 1 2017
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  • Punk and metal Saturday January 14 2017
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  • Rock and indie Friday January 20 2017
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