O2 Academy Brixton
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Recommended Reviews for O2 Academy Brixton
42 reviews in English
Review from Chau G.
Review from Omoraka O.
I recently descended on Brixton Academy 02 for the first time to see Disclosure!
The ques into the venue were fast moving, the security were pleasant with the body and bag check's, I don't know how good their checks our when you can still smell the whiff of cannabis in the theater. The lady told me to watch my bag, so that was kind of her, I mean it is Brixton after all.
The venue has a cloakroom, which i decided not to use, because the ques was too long, so if you do want to use I suggest get in there early plus leave straight after the main act has finished because everyone is thinking the same as you concerning getting their jacket.
The main arena/stage I thought was great,(five stars) i could see my Disclose clearly without feeling i had to move to the front row, plus its not bad maneuver you're self to the front if you want to. The sound was excellent i could hear every bassline.
Be careful not to trip up on all the plastic beer cups plus spills that on the floor that could be easy when your getting your grove on.
I really like the quirky poster near the stage no crowd surfing ha ha!!
After the main act, was done it just turned into a rave, which i thought was great because its a great space for it, with the DJ doin his thang up on the stage.
The toilets were none to be desired plus i asked myself where is the African lady who normally sells or gives perfumes tissues chewing gum etc. The toilets are well kept when they are their.
Brixton Academy seriously need a revamp, i mean the cafe was so outdated and reminded me of something you get on a market stall, with people selling out of a hot dog van with brightly colored stickers on it saying "Tea for 50p".
The frontage before you get into concert space was atrocious so unclean with the drink spillage and cups ewwww!!
I'm sure ill come here again due to an act i want to see...but please 02 you make money don't you? From all the money you get from me over the years phone bill wise and the rest of your customers i don't see what the problem, i feel Brixton Academy is the ugly sister out all your venues.
Please show Brixton Academy the love she so desperately needs.
Review from Dan H.
I've been coming to this venue for 10 years and have to say it's the king when it comes down to live gig venues. I've seen all sorts of bands here Kasabian, The White Stripes, Wolfmother, Faithless, Rancid, Gomez, Ocean Colour Scene, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Mars Volta, Primal Scream, Death In Vegas, Feeder and the most recent Hot Chip and I have to say what ever genre of music the sound is always perfect. Another quality of this venue is that you can see the stage wherever you stand due to it's slooping floor, so whatever height you are, you can pretty much see (unless your stuck benhind me as I'm 6ft 3). Toilets are minging, but you find that with most gig venues. Bars are scattered all over, so it's not to difficult to grab a drink.
So if a band you like is playing here, go check them out, you won't be disappointed with this venue.
Review from brandon s.
Review from Lauren V.
Had a little visit to the Academy on a Friday night. By way of unique-ness I say it's a step above Shepard's Bush with its double staircase to a mezzanine level with a bar, and more steps to the balcony level. And not as large as Hammersmith Apollo (which is a good thing as it feels a tad more intimate). Let's break this down in easy to ingest review bites:
Bathrooms: Most stalls were in working order and sinks had hot water and soap. Even right after the show I waited no longer than five minutes.
Security: Friendly while doing their job; purse/bag checks went quickly and smoothly; they were polite about kicking sneaky sneakers out of the reserved seats upstairs.
Sound: Pretty good, considering the size. Mystery Jets rocks while also delivering some fantastic harmonic vocals, and I didn't feel cheated by one overpowering the other. My nit-picky complaint is that the vocals were a smidge too loud and had a faint high-pitch ring to them. Could have been worse.
Seating: Open on ground floor if you want to feel energized and the sweat of the guy inevitably pressed up against you. And even though it sloped, at 5' 4" I couldn't see enough to my liking from the very back. I liked that the balcony was where the older folks could sit down after a long work week and enjoy their favorite band without having their beer knocked around by an overzealous 16 year old.
The balcony is broken in half long ways by a big aisle, and those sitting closest to the edge had to stay seated, while those wanting the best of both worlds could stand/dance/rock behind the aisle. A great compromise if you want to get dance-y without having to deal with being pushed around downstairs.
Bar: There were about four or five going, and the ground floor one was busiest (about 10 minutes to get a drink). Go upstairs and the wait is far shorter. I think it cost about £3.75 for a Guiness, £15 for two double vodka drinks.
Getting there: About five minute walk from Brixton Tube. We had a pre-drink/meal at Trinity Arms (see my review)
Review from Siobhan K.
I'm a massive fan of this place for live music! There is a large space for standing on the ground floor which slopes towards the stage, meaning, no matter how short you are, you are guaranteed to see the stage!
There is also space up stairs for watching too, which goes right around the venue.
Both upstairs and downstairs are generally the same price but I think downstairs is better. .
Great sound system and the place is a good size (not too big).Beautiful old building, old pillars & red velvet decor.
They show lots of alternative music here. THey also hold the NME music nights which are great fun, different bands playing in different rooms all night!
If you like your live music, you'll love this venue!
Review from Kat F.
What a bizarre night.
I saw Hot Chip play one of two nights here and my tickets were for the general admission balcony area (tickets can be for downstairs or upstars - one is cheaper than the other) where I was warned that standing was "absolutely forbidden" and under "no circumstances" was I to attempt standing. OK, fine. I get it.
How do you propose telling a thousand rabid, balcony-bound Hot Chip fans who want to get loose and dance their faces off to sit still?? The moment the music really kicked in, people started standing up and dancing. I thought, there is no way security is going to do anything about - but I was so, so wrong. Moments later they were tapping people on the shoulder, asking each person one by one to sit down. There were verbal disagreements but no pushing or physical force (in Canada anyone disagreeing with security would have been promptly tossed out of the venue - seriously). As soon as security turned its back the offenders would stand up and resume dancing. Then security would return. And repeat.
This went on ALL NIGHT. I couldn't believe it - someone told me that the reason you're not allowed to stand on the balcony level is that the building isn't 'structurally sound'. Very reassuring.
Review from Gareth H.
- 0 friends
If Goldilocks had been interested in live bands rather than sleeping and porridge she would most certainly have said that Brixton Academy was 'just right.' With a capacity at just under 5000, it's big enough to feel impressive but not so big you feel detached from the onstage action. In 2005 I witnessed one of the greatest gigs of my life when I came to see Faithless perform at this famous venue. On another occasion I was witness to a disastrous performance by Babyshambles (I didn't go through choice). Both gigs will be remembered, albeit for different reasons.
The venue itself is located only a short walk from Brixton tube station and is surrounded by a host of bars and restaurants where you can fill up before heading to the Academy. Inside you will find a massive inner arena overlooked by a smaller seating tier, dotted along either wall are several bars selling reasonably priced Carling's.
Over the years Brixton has hosted a wealth of talent including The Sex Pistols, Massive Attack, The Clash, Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails and Bob Dylan.
Review from Lizzie G.
- 1866 friends
If you're looking to see live music in London then this is one of the best places to see it. I've seen The Stray Cats here as well as The Mars Volta and both times the acoustics were superb and the gig fantastic.
The great this about this venue is not only is it HUGE but it has a personality. There is never a too long queue at the bar and there is even a place for you to grab some food if you're hungry. Granted it's only cheap snacks but they fill a hole and keep you going if you feel you have more beer than blood in your body.
I have had both sitting seats, which I found a bit frustrating as you really want to dance to the music but I got a great view and also standing at the bottom. Standing is by far the best if you can get them. This is what live music is all about, an exciting venue that is as passionate about the music as it's fans - this shows and make this place on of the top music venues of my choice in London.
Review from Ben Y.
- 110 friends
New York, USA
I've been here for a couple shows; Professor Green/Chiddy Bang and Foster The People/We Barbarians. Gotta say this venue is the biggest I've seen around here, but size has its advantages (aka GREAT acts come through here, not sexual innuendo).
I prefer the seating above because the crowds below can become animalistic. The stalls (standing ground floor) IS slanted which is very cool, allows you to far easier see the artist. However I've seen a couple fights break out and it gets SO body on body down there.
However in the upper level (called Circle Unreserved for some reason) the seating is ample and even in a sold out show, not every seat is taken. Both shows I've been to were sold out, the second of which (Pro Green) had lines wrapping ALL THE WAY around the area. But I still sat in the third row on the upper level! Crazy.
The acoustics in here are great; as good as they can be for a place so large. The place really is epic inside. There is this balcony surrounding the entire place that looks like a small Italian village sitting above the arena. Complete with faux-foliage and facade-like features as if this place used to be a coliseum. Half-expecting a man named Maximo to emerge from one of the structures and yell "MAMMA MIA PIZZA PASTA."
Security year is very strict about the no-sitting in the first three seated rows rule. A guy 5 feet from me got into a fight with the guards and got booted because he wouldn't listen to them about sitting down. DRAMA.
Overall this is a sick venue, one of the best and brightest in London. They handle their stuff like pros.
O2 customers get bonus stuff on the line! Like pretzels, hand warmers, and stuff like that!! So bring your O2 phone people.
Review from Matt S.
- 8 friends
Am I one of a dying breed who doesn't crave huge lighting rigs, enormous stages, organised multi-beer dispensers, identikit staff, non-sticky carpets, acoustically designed ceilings, crowds of 20,000, massive merchandise stalls or a soulless, corporate venue?
In that case get down to the Academy quick before it's new corporate sponsor (O2) ruins everything I love about the place! It's a bit of a dirty dive but let's be honest - that's what rock'n'roll is all about!
Let's Rawk! Rawk! Rawk! Rawk! Rawk!........ and get those lighters in the air....
Review from Thomas A.
Oh Brixton! You've got the best of the Academies but so far away! I love the setup, you can get a good view no matter where you stand and there's those anti-shove-bars in the middle for those that don't want to get bum-rushed to the stage and trampled. I have to say it's probably one of the better venues of its size and has some amazing acts coming through.
There's some great pubs and bars closeby for some pre-gigging...but hopefully you'll leave the venue with *just* enough wherewithal to find your way home on the night buses or catch the last tubes.
Overall, it has great sound, great vibe and not terribly expensive ticket prices. Win!
Review from Danielle S.
Gooooood music venue for sure! the staff here are so good at getting thousands of people into the venue quickly and with minimal disruptions. the sloping floors mean that no matter where you stand you will always get a good view of the stage. sound wise, i've never been to a gig here where it has been off, but i have been to gigs here where the crowd are very off...lacking in energy and enthusiasm.
the toilets are pretty manky - they are definitely not in the best shape, however, there are plenty of them. there are enough bars to ensure you never really have to wait for a drink..although to be honest, most of the gigs i tend to go to also seem to attract quite a few...children, so getting to the bar is never really an issue!
when you are here to see a band who are on form, and have an audience watching who are also on form, it's a pretty special experience.
Review from Molly R.
- 139 friends
Brixton Academy is one of the better venues in London, because of the INCLINE. It doesn't matter if you're standing in the waaaaaaay back of the main floor... you'll still be able to see the stage! That is key.
But I could seriously do without the sticky floors. It seriously inhibits my dance moves when I can barely pick my feet up off the floor without a bit of residue each time. YUCK.
And I love how close it is to the Brixton tube station! After a great gig, the last thing you want to do is spend ages maneuvering your way through city streets trying to find your way back home, and lose your post-gig buzz.
P.S. The Specials show was PHENOMENAL last night.
Review from Joe H.
- 62 friends
So you have an idea of start times, the time on the ticket was 7pm, the opening act went on at exactly 8pm, and the headliner went on at about 9:15pm. Arriving at around 7:15pm, I was able to get a spot very close to the stage, but the entire downstairs had filled up by the time the opener went on.
Coat check was £2, and there was a very long queue at the end, so pop up before the end of the show if you want to get out of there early.
Review from Joseph P.
- 0 friends
The Carling Brixton Academy has good transport links as it is a 5 minute walk from Brixton tube station (leave another 5 minutes for queues). When you get inside, the entrance hall is quite grand with two sweeping staircases either side of you leading to a bar (drinks prices are typical gig prices i.e. quite expensive and queues to the bars are usually very long), toilet and seating area.
The downstairs area has a pricey merchandise shop (it's better to wait until after the gig when merchandise sellers set up stalls outside the venue) and a bar. The concert arena is one of the largest indoor venues in London (fitting nearly 4000) Every one from Kylie Mynouge to The Killers have played at this venue its an amazing atmosphere.
Review from Glen S.
- 9 friends
The Carling Academy Brixton tends to have slightly more interesting acts booked in than its Carling Academy cousins, but it really is a bit of a nuisance to get to if you're not based in South London. I've taken many an epic bus ride from the bowels of the south end, wasted on overpriced Carling, at the end of good night. Not the most pleasant.
As far as the venue, it's really fantastic, and its past is storied, giving the sticky floors and sweaty masses that much more of a glow. The sound could be better, but I don't suppose many people notice many nuances when packed like sardines into the stalls. That's just not what this place is all about, and I can't say I care too much, either.
Review from Richard M.
- 3 friends
The Brixton Academy is probably the best venue, of its size, in London. Its main advantage is its sloping floor, which enures a decent view, wherever you are (why don't they do that in all venues?).
It also puts on some pretty top names. All the above are the reasons this venue's managed to stay at the top, where others have come and gone.
Review from Craig M.
I'm not complaining in the slightest that this little gem is a mere walk from my abode. It's bloody brilliant here and seems to attract the right bands and acts to suit me.
The sloped floor downstairs, the surprisingly engaging seating upstairs, the large lobby, the heritage from decadent days gone by, the easy transport access, pre-gig drinking options in Brixton and Clapham, the reasonably priced tickets.
Good lord, get some more bar staff! You've got more bars than I have t-shirts! A couple more of the friendly staff on each bar and cloakroom would see those queues dissipate so much quicker. My main gripe about this place.
Well bloomin' 'eck it's in Brixton ain't it. Try not to get shot, mugged or involved in low level drugs crime on your way home yeah?
Review from Wayne H.
Caught Ferry Corsten, Dash Berlin, Richard Durand amd Sied Ven Riel here on NYE 2012.
The venue is just a few minutes walk from the Brixton tube station. ATMs and liquor stores conveniently line the way.
I have concerns with the way the venue was managed, especially in regards to rubbish removal and general cleanliness of public areas. Floors were slippery all night, with rubbish strewn about everywhere. The smoking area is also quite small for a concert hall this size.
The sound system on the main floor was decent, and the lighting was intelligent enough to keep up with the base line. Though I find it unforgivable that the triple LED panels (screens) behind the DJ were set up incorrectly, shattering what could have been a contiguous graphic display into three disconnected images.
In all an above-average rave experience at the O2 Academy.
Review from Paul F.
- 22 friends
Oh Brixton how i love you, let me count the ways;
1; The sticky floor ensures I have traction in the event of a stray mosh.
2; The sloping theatre setting, all the better to see your bountiful acts.
3; The lights and sound, so perfectly balanced, so precise.
I've seen several bands here and have loved it every single time, I've got a drum stick from Black Stone Cherry, split down the middle from the excessive rock that ensued!
Brixton is the perfect size which means tickets are well priced. It's a good proper old school rock and rool venue and long may it continue!
Review from Phil R.
- 44 friends
Another great show (The Specials), another sticky bunch of people and even stickier floor... yum.
Not enough either way to change the rating.. I'm still a fan!
Review from Stephanie P.
- 150 friends
#542 This is the music venue that all other music venues should strive to be. Short story, I had the BEST time here for their Bass Culture concert on March 2nd. Long story, this place really knows how to bring it. Despite the fact that the line into the concert practically wrapped around the block, the professionals at this O2 Academy had no problems getting all of us safely inside with minimal disruptions. Sure, there was the occasional underage kid and sketchy guy sniffed out by the police dog, but they were so professionally escorted out that I had no concerns of a riot breaking out or mayhem raining down upon us. The security back in the states at concert venues should learn a lesson or two from these guys and back off the in-your-face intimidation tactics. Respect can go a long way whether you're the thief or the victim.
As for the inside, the main dance floor is HUGE. Yet, the stage seems so intimate from every corner. I suppose it was the set up that night or the fact that the DJ's were so far out on the stage that it seemed like everything was much closer. But, you shouldn't have any problems with seeing the show regardless of where you stand. Though, make sure you wear some hardy shoes that you don't mind tossing out because my feet were drenched by the end of the night. The bars, thankfully, are set far away from the stage and there weren't any of those massive lives you get back in Hollywood. People worked their way through and everyone left happy, with drinks in their hands within 15 minutes. We also made sure to pick out the friendliest bartender and tip him regularly so he would handle our orders much more efficiently. Of course we know it's not the norm, but it's nice to be nice.
The restrooms, unfortunately, aren't in the best shape. Doors don't lock and toilet paper isn't replenished as quickly as it should. The ground floor women's restroom is definitely one to steer clear from because of its tiny size. It was obscene how many girls were trying to make their way inside. I usually opted for the first floor restroom as there were many more stalls and the staff seemed to stay on top of most of the materials there. I also appreciated the superfluous amount of seating that's offered throughout the entire place and it was great to rest the legs whenever needed. Plus, you have the entire balcony to chill out and (possibly) take a nap. Altogether, all of the factors say you should attend a concert here at least once in your lifetime, as long as that's your scene.
Review from Cari S.
- 29 friends
I am missing out one star for Brixton Academy because they could have more bars and toilets inside the venue, but apart from that it's pretty damn perfect.
My other gripe with Brixton Academy is that the security are so damn miserable. They must realise that we are there because we are all seeing our favourite artists/bands, so we are all very excited to be there; but then we have to go through security and it sometimes feel like a job interview - and if we don't pass, we don't get in!
Back to the bars - there need to be more! Also, call me a purist, but I wish that there were not bars in the actual stage bit - sometimes I have stood at the back and not been able to hear the gig properly because people are standing around and... chatting! Could they not do this at a pub?
The venue is by far the best in the standing section. I saw Goldfrapp here, The Strokes,and Massive Attack, and the acoustics were phenomenal. I don't mind the ringing in my ears for days after when the music is this good.
Recently, I was the luckiest girl in the world and was given VIP passes to see Velvet Revolver play here. One of the best bits was getting to see the back bit of the Academy; it is like a labyrinth of stairways, corridors and rooms. The other best bit was getting to meet Slash, but that's another story....
Review from Glen M.
Brixton Academy. Live music. It's one of the places you'll end up at if you're into live music in London.
The funny thing about this place? They've got it sussed.
£1 coat check, and they are keen to let you put multiple coats on a hanger. They're generally nice, as though they need to win your business. Sure, the beer's iffy and overpriced, but that's what you get at a live music venue.
This one's got sound, talent, and a generally spacious, decent experience.
Review from Lysh J.
Excellent venue for live performances. I recently went here to see Jill Scott and she was amazing. A long list of top acts have performed here and I await to see another fantastic artist.
This venue is also used for club nights which I have yet to experience. The capacity is excellent, the sound system is powerful and live instruments sound beautifully clear.
The toilets are situated near the far front right of the stage and also in the lobby area.
There are three bars with all the top brands, a double Jack Daniels & coke will set you back under £10.
There is also one cash machine near the entrance which is super as they only accept cash at the bars.
The only downside is the ridiculous queue that forms outside the venue. However, those of you who are on an O2 phone contract are lucky enough to queue jump.
All in all, a fantastic local venue in the buzzing area of Brixton!
Review from Tisha B.
- 190 friends
I came for the Papa Roach concert. I was impressed with how big the venue is. We got there a little late after pre-partying at a pub nearby. But we had no problem getting a good spot in the middle of the floor. The floor is sloped downward which was good if you are in the back because you can see. However it sucks if you are pissed and trying to head bang. Although to be fair, it's pretty hard to head bang while pissed and not fall over :-). The sound was excellent and I didn't have any issues with the sticky floor as other people have complained about.
The only thing that sucks is getting out. There was a stampede for the doors and unfortunately all of the exits are quite narrow. There was a lot of pushing and shoving to get out with little security around to ensure a riot didn't occur. Other than that I would come back to see another show.
Review from Aleksandra B.
- 4 friends
Brixton is the perfect live gig venue to see bigger bands as it is not TOO big, but will hold a substantial crowd. It is also pretty legendary, I remember going to my first gig there and being very excited simply by its name.
The venue itself is very wide and the main standing part is sloped, making sure that punters at the back still have a good view of the stage. There is also balcony seating above, but I prefer to stand at gigs, I find seating frustrating as you cannot quite get into the swing of things. I saw the Mars Volta play here- they played for three hours and my legs were killing, but luckily I could lean on the crowd barriers- a good rest spot as well as a safety precaution for slighty more violence indusing bands.
I also saw Babyshambles play there in there hey day, in fact I think it was there first gig togther and it was an extremely riotous and aggresive crown- security stopped the gig three times and even turned the house lights up! This shows however, that they are very efficient and trouble does not go unoticed.
When the Mighty Boosh did a gig there they converted the academy into more of a theatre space with seating downstairs as well, this worked very well too, so go and see comedy acts there too. The Prodigy have just announced a big gig there, so if you can get tickets it should be an awesome night.
Drinks prices are pretty steep, I always sneak stuff in through the bag search or just have a couple of drinks in one of the many pubs in the area beforehand.
Review from Sean O.
My review will be a little biased, since the 'Card just played here two nights in a row, but we had an amazing time. Unbelievable place to play a show, the Brixton is just massive and sounds bitchin. Staff were all nice and friendly.
I'd love to come see a show here sometime. Brixton is the stuff of legends.
Review from Jennifer H.
- 151 friends
As I am a concert freak I have been to plenty of venues and the o2 Brixton is really nice. The medium sized (bigger than Islington or Shepherd's Bush though) and old like most of the o2 Academy's.
The sounds was great and you can see from all levels and angles! The venue is easily accessible via buses or the northern line and the shows are never over later than 11pm, so plenty of time to catch the last tube!
The venue is not small, even though I would say its medium, cuz to me the o2 Stadium is big, but nonetheless the cue can get pretty damn long. If you have an o2 phone though, you can get into the priority line and skip the cue :)
The only thing why I am giving 4 and not 5 stars are the prices for beer. Since it is a concert venue I am accepting a higher price, so £4 would be ok, but £4.05 is simply annoying!! why the hell would you charge that! A) I don't have coins and B) I don't wanna get that many coins back! So, just charge me maybe £4, but £4.05 is just retarded!
Review from Chris T.
- 30 friends
I realize that many people would want to lynch me for not giving Brixton Academy five stars because, as Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses said at the gig there recently, it's basically hallowed ground for anyone who has listened to any popular music in the last forty years.
It is certainly full of character, and even sitting right at the back upstairs you get a decent view of the stage - just be sure that you're seeing a band that will fill the space. I could barely hear the support act the other day, while Band of Horses could probably have been heard from the Hammersmith Apollo.
My main reservations are that the drinks are expensive and there's usually a queue at the bars. Also, people there are keen, so I turned up pretty early and could hardly make it into standing. Plus, the main pit has this slightly crazy raked floor which makes for weird surges in the crowd. Maybe this is just a question of taste, but for some reason I just prefer being squished in a crowd at the Shepherd's Bush Empire than the Brixton Academy.
Review from Michael F.
- 10 friends
Waited years to see one of my favourite bands, four songs in I had been pick-pocketed and I wasn't the only one. Seriously, five people had phones and cameras stolen inside about 15 minutes. Now, the staff weren't bad but I was the first down there to report it and they kept me waiting around for half an hour before I could report it to them and they said I then had to go to the police station. My night was ruined and I trudged off to Brixton police station. Next week, I read that there has been a spate of pickpocketing in the venue going back months and yet, from the way they handled it, you wouldn't have known that this happens even once a month, let alone five times in 15 minutes.
I've wanted to see other bands at the Academy but now I feel like I can't trust the place.
Review from Samuel M.
- 19 friends
Having been here only once, (admittedly for one of the greatest bands ever Alexisonfire). I wasn't expecting much however this place surprised me great look and classic decor immediately drew me in. Admittedly when I saw the cue I thought this is gona take ages however luckily we had a friend who is on 02 and got us a queue jump result! The bouncers and staff are well organised and friendly unlike certain employees of venues in manchester. The place inside is huge several bars, toilets etc and a cloak room which is great considering the freeze outside and the sweat box in. Inside the room itself the floor is ramped upwards towards back which is great for small ass people like my mate and girlfriend. (Not so much for me and my other friend :)) The band was simply epic and I soon forgot about the rude ignorant people bashing past me and spilling beers on me which isn't the venues fault but yet another reason why I hate people. The staff were great on the exit also organising sternly but fairly with queues to the cloakroom and the evacuation out of the building. Cant wait to see another gig here in the future.
Review from Amanda M.
- 0 friends
This venue has hosted some of the most iconic musicians known to man such as Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, and Bob Dylan. I saw one of the best shows of my life here, Above & Beyond (British trance trio). We had confetti dropped on us twice and I cried multiple times from their amazing set and interaction with the audience. Moments like those are why I love life!! Check anyone out here because only great gigs are hosted here.
Review from Monica R.
- 27 friends
I love this venue, I just went there this week to se Goldfrapp, who by the way is quite amazing live, and it was such a joy, for the first time I did not have to stand on the tip of my toes to see the stage! Every time I go to a concert all I see are the napes of the people in front of me, or the not so exciting screens. At the Brixton Academy I even moved around the place, to see if I could see the stage from a different angle, and it was the same from every angle, a good view, this is democracy for the short ones like me. One other aspect I like is the size of the place; it's small but not too small. Another plus is the sound system, definitely prime grade A stuff. To wrap the whole package they always have good acts here. I'm ready for my next gig... what will it be.
Review from Sinan O.
- 14 friends
The Brixton academy has at times been a great venue, and other times been just too backed to breathe. It depends on what gig it is, and just pop luck. The last time I went there, I saw the Hives perform, I had free ticket and thought why not.
It clearly has a huge name as plenty of megastars have performed her. It has a huge dance floor and a great sound system. It has all what any club/ venue needs to be great.
It is a great setting, even when you are buying your drink, you still have a good view of the stage, and on top of that, drinks are reasonable, about £3 a pint. One downside is that the staff seems to dislike you, they are usually rude. It has such a reputation that they don't need to be nice, at the end of the day, it will always sell tickets.
All in all, it depends who is performing and what you do. I have had great times here, but my recent trip to the Hives concert was not that great. I just noticed everybody having a problem. The walk from the station just brings people trying to sell you drugs and people asking for spare change.
Review from Adam B.
- 72 friends
Diamond Bar, USA
I wouldn't say that the O2 Brixton is in the greatest condition of any music venue, but going to an event in this venue is epic.
We were here for UKF BassCulture and when we arrived the line was down the side and around the corner. The patrons were all quite respectful and were not being overly rowdy at all and even better the security staff were being firm but not combative.
The venue is quite large inside and easy to navigate.
The huge main floor lends itself to a good time. Faux buildings line the edges giving it a theatre vibe. The sound was very clear and lent itself well to the djs.
On the top floor there is access to stadium seating, comfortable and a good place to sit down, relax and catch your breath.
The bartenders are very diligent and very hard working. Some of them worked the full night non-stop which earned them quite a bit of respect.
I would return to the O2 Brixton for a show in the future as I believe that it serves a performer and a crowd well.
Review from Michael L.
- 65 friends
Went here to see the uk bboy championships and Phoenix. Big venue. There is a standing area and balcony area (never been). The standing area is different in that it slopes. This in theory gives you a good view no matter where you stand unless someone really tall is in your way. Good sound system ensures that you will definitely feel whoever is playing that night. This is a gem of Brixton.
Review from Haley F.
- 82 friends
this please was amazing. you can have a good view from anywhere due to the incredibly slopping floor. it felt like i was in an outside "bowl" type venue like the Greek Theater in Berkeley, Ca, or The Hollywood Bowl in LA.
but it was Inside!!! the show will go on weather be damned!
i saw Interpol there last week and it was an awesome show. it felt small and cozy, but i was well aware that it is a huge space. the sound was great as well.
it was pretty chilly inside though. not 'testing your breath indoors' chilly, but took me an hour to want to take off my coat.
also remember that slopped floor? yeah. trust me ladies. dont wear heels. your feet will hurt by the end of the gig anyway. heels on that extra angle is painful.
take it from me.
Review from Melissa L.
- 3 friends
Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
A great place to see live music. The only drawback is that it is not in the best location and is hard to get to from where we live. Because of that, we got here late for a show and only managed to get seats all the way in the back row. But, it was still a good place to see the show and hear the music. Great acoustics and small enough to really get a great show from all the way in the back.