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.
Brixton Academy: 10 classic gigs
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Bullet For My Valentine
The biggest Welsh rock band since the Manics, Bullet For My Valentine take more inspiration from ’80s metal than from hardcore or punk. Tonight they play their melodic metal hybrid to a huge crowd of screaming, headbanging devotees.Punk and metal Saturday December 10 2016Read more
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South London poet, rapper and playwright Kate Tempest plays from her Mercury Prize-nominated album 'Everybody Down'. Her punchy flow is halfway between rap and straight-up spoken word, as she spins out absorbing tales of urban malaise, hope and 'beigeness'...Literary events Sunday December 11 2016 - Saturday May 27 2017Read more
Having worked with Danny Brown, A$AP Rocky, Macklemore, fellow Black Hippy member Kendrick Lamar and even man-of-the-moment Pharrell Williams, LA MC Schoolboy Q is starting to become pretty big news. Here he drops tracks from his first major-label album...Rap, hip hop and R&B Wednesday December 14 2016Read more
Bobby Gillespie’s ragtag bunch sounded fully revitalised on their last album ‘More Light’, which – like much of their best stuff – straddled scruffy rock anthems, baggy house, Stones-y blues revivalism and grubby electro.Thursday December 15 2016Read more
Shaffer Chimere Smith was initially best known as the prolific writer of tunes for the likes of Beyoncé, Britney, Whitney and Usher, but he leapt into the limelight himself back in 2006, and he’s remained a contender for pole position in the great R&B...Pop Friday December 16 2016 - Friday April 7 2017Read more
Musical comedy from the cast of the BBC sitcom based on London pirate radio station.Musical Saturday December 17 2016Read more
RAM NYE 2016: London's Biggest New Year's Eve Party
Kicking off the celebrations for their 25th anniversary year, RAM NYE features a stellar cast of artists including Sub Focus, High Contrast, Camo & Krooked, Friction, Delta Heavy, Loadstar B2B Rene La Vice, Teddykillerz B2B June Miller, Frankee, and very...Bass, garage and D&B Saturday December 31 2016 - Sunday January 1 2017Read more
The Swedish metal heads embark on a huge European tour to promote their new album, The Last Stand.Punk and metal Saturday January 14 2017Read more
Cage The Elephant
The exuberant Kentucky quintet crack out their bluesy boogie in celebration of their latest album, 'Melophobia'. It's a chaotic listen that draws on psychedelia, ’70s southern rock, glam and contemporary indie: just the thing for a rollicking live sh...Rock and indie Friday January 20 2017Read more
The Flaming Lips
Wayne Coyne's veteran psychedelic pop nutjobs make a welcome return to London, dropping tracks from their 30-year career. Be prepared for unbridled joie de vivre and onstage antics, and bring someone to hug for 'Do You Realize?' (the official rock song...Rock and indie Saturday January 21 2017Read more
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Best gig place in London - I love the graded standing so you are guaranteed a great view, the atmosphere outside the venue and the friendly staff inside!
I've seen a lot of acts here now, and always manage to get standing tickets for downstairs, but for the most recent show I wasn't so lucky - if I wanted to see Grimes performing live, I was going to have to do so from the circle. I really, really wasn't sure about that - I saw FKA Twigs at Hackney Empire from the nosebleeds and spent most of the event jealous of the people on the ground. Luckily, it was still a really cool experience at Brixton Academy.
They really poshed this place up last night for the NME Awards. Always a strange venue its never going to feel anything other than a gig in an old but grand cinema. As property prices in the area rocket , one also has to ask how long new residents will tolerate live music audiences. Leaving all that aside, it was an interesting place to have dinner in the company of a few Rock and Roll giants. Yoko Ono and Coldplay were in the house. However, the band that absolutely owned the night was Bring Me The Horizon. They smashed it on stage and smashed up Coldplay's table too - proving that rules and tables are there to be broken. Great night in a strange venue - but one I hope survives gentrification.
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.
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.
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.
If you're in London you can check out Brixton 02 Academy, which recently hosted Weezer. Check out an exclusive drumming video from that gig here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB5lLcwZK1E