Saw Blackberry Smoke on Monday night at this venue. It was rammed. Reminded me of The Marquee Club years ago. Loved it - and really loved the band. Stars of the future for sure. Sad they won't be playing small gigs like this in a year's time.
O2 Academy Islington
Time Out says
Posted: Fri Jan 25 2013
Located in a mall, the 800-capacity Islington Academy was never going to be London's most atmospheric venue. Still, the gigs are decent – fast-rising indie bands and cultured singer-songwriters, mostly – and the solid soundsystem ensures the acts get their message across. The adjacent Bar Academy holds a cosy 250 giggers and hosts an array of exciting new bands as well as the odd indie-focused club night. Saturday nights see pop and fancy dress-fest Club De Fromage take to the main room, while floppy fringes aplenty can be found in Academy2, as Old School Indie plays the best in indie, soul and rock 'n' roll. Highlights from its colourful history include ear-bleeding performances from the likes of Def Leppard, Horace Andy, the Kooks and Kasabian. It's a good place to go to catch the next big thing before they break.
What's on at O2 Academy Islington
Pop, Hip hop
Former child rap star Carter – now 26, but still bearing a strong resemblance to the teenager who struck gold with 'Aaron's Party (Come Get It)' – declared bankruptcy last year, which seems like a fair enough excuse to embark on a comeback tour.
New wave and post-punk
Mark Burgess, ex-frontman of renowned ’80s post-punk group The Chameleons, fronts a live band including original Chameleons drummer John Lever to perform his former band's hits as well as new material. They don't have the glowering majesty and energy...
Pop, Clubs, Chart pop, Britpop
- Critics' choice
It's always hard to keep everyone happy when selecting a NYE clubbing destination. But if the fault line in your crew is between the bubblegum pop addicts and be-fringed, dirty indie kids, then this is the night for you. Club de Fromage and Old School...
Subway in Brick Lane? Harry Styles at Alibi? Nope – the last nail in the coffin of the east London's cool cachet must be Kingsland Road, the 'X Factor'-losing boy band styled like a Welsh pensioner's idea of how London hipsters dress, and named after...
Def Jam's latest rap prodigy arrives to drop tracks from his recent debut album 'Under Pressure', a showcase for the rasping rhymes that have already earned him comparisons to Eminem.
Monsters of rock! The hilariously over-the-top Finnish metal band (and 2006 Eurovision winners) return to pillage London as part of the 'Scare Force One' Tour. Their catalogue boasts such gems as 'Would You Love A Monsterman', and their live shows are...
Alternative rock, Punk and hardcore
The noughties groove-punk favourites got back together in 2014, and now return to London for a two-night residency that'll be heavy on nostalgia, screaming and jagged riffs.
Pop and rock, Grime, Hip hop
- Critics' choice
Bow boy, chart-topper, streetwear entrepreneur, 'Prince of Grime' and now snakepit-diving jungle man: Kwasi Danquah (aka Tinchy Stryder) is a man of many facets. This evening it'll be his positive-vibing, airwave-consuming flow that's on show.