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Carling Academy Brixton

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Address: 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL, London, England
Phone Number: 020 7771 3000; 0905 020 3999
Description: Live music venue.

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Great venue

We came to the 02 academy to see the Decemberists, this is a big venue we were downstairs standing . It has a sloping floor so in theory you can see from any point. The venue was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
eddie b
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norwich
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norwich
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

We came to the 02 academy to see the Decemberists, this is a big venue we were downstairs standing . It has a sloping floor so in theory you can see from any point. The venue was well run with plenty of bars inside (not cheap) they also have a cloakroom service how ever even though it was a full... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Me and my friends just got back from seeing the NME awards at Brixton Academy, and just that alone would be 5* - we had one of the best times ever but, this the real world so I have to write down what wasn't upto standard however, we didn't let these factors get in the way of our experience. Bear... More 

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I've been to countless gigs at Brixton Academy over the last decade and maybe it's just my age but I don't like it anymore. Standing is always overcrowded now and you can't see the acts. long waits at the dated overpriced bars, for a plastic pint. dirty toilets with equally long waits. It's got to the point now that when... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Felt harassed and bullied by security staff, overcrowded, how this can be passed as fire safe I do no know. Inconsistent safety rules applied( or not) , very nasty staff, an accident waiting to happen, dirty, dingy, squalid, don't waste you time or money

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Just got back from seeing Gerard Way at Brixton. The staff/security are rude and sent us to three different queues, when inside on balcony, we were only told that we couldn't stand up, and the steward was very rude my friend. Because we couldn't stand and dance we were bloody freezing! The loos were swimming in water, and stunk of... More 

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
42 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

First visit here, venue looks very tired but also strangely beautiful. Toilets and bar queues were awful. Bar prices not great either. Overall however it was a great night and the staff were good.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The worst venue I've ever been to. An hour to cue for the toilet another hour to get to the bar. Filthy through and through. AMP was rubbish too (Annie Mac ) - DJs playing for themselves instead of the vibe.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is our fifth time at this venue , always enjoyed it , however this time it was oversold . Far to May people for it to be comfortable . Getting a drink was a nightmare , the toilets were discusting , overflowing and stank. Enjoyed the gig but had no room to move which has never been the case... More 

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London
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Wouldn't bother. At event peak 45 min queue for mens toilet. They were overflowing badly..... Over an hour to get a bar drink. Bad setup, sound quality is terrible. I mean really terrible. Not worth it compared to new venues..... Especially considering you are lucky to get away without bring mugged..... AVOID.

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Wiltshire
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9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Saw Kasabian here, my first time at Brixton Academy. I wouldn't normally bother writing about venues but I was pretty impressed with this one. The sound quality was excellent; it manages to be a big enough venue yet feel intimate at the same time. The sloped seating and floors helps those of us who are 'vertically challenged' to see the... More 

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