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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The earliest recipe for apple pie is from fourteenth-century England, so maybe a better phrase would be 'as American as Pentatonix'. They've got it all: the Texas upbringing, the high school beginnings, the 'Glee'-inspired acapella tunes, the rise to...Pop Thursday May 26 2016Read more
Nick Cannon: Wild N Out Show
Conventional improv comedy with a hip hop flavour, made famous through the TV show and presented by the American rapper, comedian and presenter.Improv Friday May 27 2016Read more
The Legends Of Reggae Festival 2016
The second annual celebration of reggae features elder statesman Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, I-Octane and Junior Reid, who is best known for the anthem One Blood.Reggae and dancehall Sunday May 29 2016Read more
The former whooping and clattering King of the Wild Frontier continues his successful return to the stage, playing Adam And The Ants' breakthrough album 'Kings of the Wild Frontier' in full.Rock and indie Friday June 10 2016Read more
Dope-promoting LA veterans Cypress Hill return for a one-off UK show, delivering equal parts nasal hip hop and nu-metal from the 22-year-long (!) back catalogue, as well as a brand new five-track EP, which they recorded over six months with dubstep DJ/producer...Sunday June 19 2016Read more
The first Colombian artist to win a Grammy award with his reinvention of traditional cumbia and vallenato musical styles makes his first foray to UK shores.Latin and world Friday June 24 2016Read more
Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Gold, Ultimate, Greatest Hits Tour
Unlike most ’70s rock bands, not many comedians can play a 'greatest hits' tour. But sharp, edgy one-liner merchant Jimmy Carr has such a back-catalogue of gags he's packaging his funniest joke together for these 'best of' dates. The TV regular is one...Stand-up Friday June 24 2016 - Saturday November 11 2017Read more
A giant of weird pop, alt rock and anti-folk since the early ’90s, Beck Hansen makes a welcome return to London for his first straight-up, no-bullshit headline show here in years. He’s still hands down our favourite Scientologist.Rock and indie Tuesday June 28 2016Read more
Gary Clark Jr
Supernaturally talented Texan rock guitarist Clark plays really sultry soul and dirty Deep South blues. In the past he's jammed with stars from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Beyoncé and from Foo Fighters to Alicia Keys. He sells out headline shows every time...Folk, country and blues Wednesday June 29 2016Read more
Walk Off The Earth
Five Canadian semi-acoustic pop-rockers who covered Autotune The News's 'Backing Up' with a uke-filled Tiki feel.Rock and indie Friday July 1 2016Read more
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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