O2 Academy Islington

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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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.

Venue name: O2 Academy Islington
Address: N1 Centre
16 Parkfield St
Transport: Tube: Angel
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  • Reggae and dancehall Thursday June 30 2016
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  • Rock and indie Monday July 4 2016
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  • Folk, country and blues Tuesday July 5 2016 Free
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  • Rock and indie Saturday July 9 2016 - Sunday August 14 2016
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A gig in a shopping centre in posh N1. Not at all where I expected to see The Cadillac Three. Those redneck boys rocked the place. I just wish we could have taken them outside and opened the gig up to the Islington toffs and The Camden massive. Great night even if the venue is a little sterile.

I sense next time The Cadillac Three hit London they will be playing a bigger venue

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Cookie Monster
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Cool little venue in the heart of Angel. The added bonus on a hot night is their great air conditioning!

Holli B

For a tiny venue, this place sure packs a punch. Drinks are pretty reasonably priced, and the fact you can get almost within sweating distance to some amazing bands is a great plus! 

The Man on the Street

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.