One of east London's few purpose-built venues, Cargo launched with a clubbing-focused profile, but has since radically expanded its live remit, which now ranges from art punk through dubstep to psychedelic prog and wonk-pop. Its programme also includes plenty of underground artists building themselves a profile, provides intimate showcases to big-name artists ahead of their record releases and hosts label parties. The outdoor courtyard acts as a third room, away from the often over-stuffed performance space and lounge-bar area, and gigs are usually staged seven days a week.
83 Rivington Street
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thur noon-1am; Fri, Sat noon-3am; noon-midnight|
|Transport:||Tube: Old St; Rail: Shoreditch High St Overground|
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