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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  • Rap, hip hop and R&B Tuesday February 16 2016 - Friday April 15 2016
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  • Rock and indie Wednesday February 17 2016
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  • Pop Friday February 19 2016
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  • Dance and electronic Saturday February 20 2016 - Sunday February 21 2016
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  • Rock and indie Tuesday February 23 2016
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  • Friday February 26 2016
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  • Rock and indie Saturday March 5 2016 - Wednesday March 9 2016
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  • Pop Thursday March 10 2016
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  • Rock and indie Friday March 11 2016
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  • Reggae and dancehall Thursday March 24 2016 - Friday March 25 2016
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tiago a

It was my first time in this O2 Academy (and I live minutes away) and having visited other great venues in London this is definitely one of the best in terms of sound.

I'm already coming back in December to see the great Lianne La Havas and looking forward for it.


For a venue of its size, it's okay, given the sloping floor that is helpful for short gig-goers. And the no-crowdsurfing sign and some weird neoclassical sculpture are amusing. However, it's not a particularly atmospheric or interesting place to see a band. 

Pavlos G
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Went there to watch a standup comedian. The show was sold out. I was sat upstairs and had a nice view of the stage.  It was a great night out. Laughed a lot. 


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.

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.