Electric Brixton

Electric Brixton
Joe Okpako

After a £1m refit, former rave palace The Fridge reopened in 2011 as Electric Brixton. The converted cinema building has a capacity of 1,700 for club events and 1,500 for live shows, a size which – according to its new owner – fills the gap left by the closures of the Hammersmith Palais and the Astoria on Tottenham Court Road. In its former life as The Fridge, the building hosted legendary hip hop, funk and synth-pop nights for 25 years. Nowadays it has a full calendar of live music and club events, both of which take advantage of the brand new sound system and the venue's classy art deco interior design.


Venue name: Electric Brixton
Address: Town Hall Parade
Brixton Hill
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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  • Bass, garage and D&B Saturday May 26 2018 - Sunday May 27 2018
  • Bass, garage and D&B Sunday May 27 2018 - Monday May 28 2018
  • Rock and indie Wednesday May 30 2018
  • House, disco and techno Friday June 8 2018 - Saturday June 9 2018
  • House, disco and techno Friday June 8 2018 - Saturday June 9 2018
  • Rap, hip hop and R&B Saturday June 9 2018
  • Pop Thursday June 14 2018 - Friday June 15 2018
  • Latin and world Saturday June 16 2018 - Sunday June 17 2018
  • Dance and electronic Saturday September 8 2018
  • Rock and indie Wednesday October 17 2018
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London is blessed when it comes to music venues housed in former theatres or variety halls dating back to Victorian era. So in a way if you've been to one, you've been to all. And so the layout of Electric Brixton felt very familiar: the stage, dancing area and the main bar on the ground floor, balconies and galleries reachable via stairs and hosting some seating (offering an unobstructed view of the stage) and a second bar at the very top, original Victorian features left largely intact. But instead of the overused crimson red the walls are royal blue with golden gilt work. They look striking! We came for Sunfall festival afterparty, and the venue suited Larry Heard's performance style perfectly. The sound system is more than decent. Electric Brixton is also steps way from Brixton tube station, making it easily accessible all night long thanks to the night tube.

But there were negatives too. The layout inside is quite confusing and not symmetrical as one would expect in a former theatre hall. It took effort and determination to reach the smoking area on the rooftop (the signs were either absent or misleading). The door stuff were also extremely inefficient: there was a huge bottleneck at the entrance so once we were in after a lifetime of queuing it really came as a surprise that the venue is actually spacious with plenty of space for all.


I've been to two gigs here - one was a DJ night with Tube & Berger, and the other was the gig of Australian dance group Rufus. I really like the idea of the venue - the two levels, the way you can get a good view of the stage from the balcony. But I've just ended up getting frustrated both nights that I've been here. Maybe it attracts a different sort of crowd? People always seem to be jostling for a space on the dance floor, and the queue for drinks at the bars is usually ridiculously long. However, the sound is good, and they do host some good DJs. It just wouldn't be my first choice of venue to go to.