O2 Academy Islington

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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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  • Rap, hip hop and R&B Thursday July 27 2017
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  • Friday July 28 2017 - Saturday December 23 2017
  • Rock and indie Saturday July 29 2017
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  • Pop Saturday July 29 2017 - Sunday October 1 2017
  • Folk, country and blues Friday August 4 2017
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I like this venue. Been here many many times to see gigs, staff and security are fairly friendly. Acoustics sound good. As a gig photographer the way I view venues is different to the standard event attending person, and I quite like the layout of the venue. 
It's nice there's a venue that's not in Camden, yet easy to get to, very close to Angel tube station, plenty around, and isn't in the end of the world.

Daniel L

This is one of the most convenient music venues as it is fairly centrally located and has good transport links. This is one of the smaller academy venues but this makes for a more intimate performance. You can really feel so close to the performers it is great. I really love the fact that there are so many good food and drink places around the area before and after the show. Can't wait for the next concert there! Although having said that most of the big names dont really play there anymore...


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

Awesome !


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!


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.