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.

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Venue name: O2 Academy Islington
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Address: N1 Centre
16 Parkfield St
London
N1 OPS
Transport: Tube: Angel
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tastemaker

Club La La Land featuring Massaoke at Islington Academy:

It just sounds so naff. Karaoke but not karaoke. Everyone joins in but no one gets up on stage. No one choose the songs, at best you get to vote a few times during the evening. The band dress like The Darkness (back to around the first time it wasn't cool to like them anymore). And yet it bloody works an absolute treat.

If you're not familiar with the concept, massaoke lets everyone sing at the top of their lungs to lyrics on big screens while a ridiculously talented live band plays every song you could want (including some mega mixes to ensure you get more than just one track from the biggest artists) from a cheesey night out. This isn't cool but it's more feel-good than rolling around on a fluffy bed playing with puppies before eating your mum's Sunday roast with all your best friends.

Every song has been carefully chosen for maximum impact, meaning it constantly feels like that last song of the night where everyone comes together - but throughout the entire evening.

Massaoke is an absolute blast.

Tastemaker

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.

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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 !


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-ujanX6CoU

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

Tastemaker

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! 


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.