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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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A somewhat mixed experience...

The academy is not situated in great location, with little in the way of places to eat or drink in the vicinity. The venue itself isn't the cleanest and is distinctly shabby in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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69 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

UB40 tickets booked for ages, we arrived in Brixton and to the venue, to be greeted by very friendly staff, who chatted and even recommended which door to go into to get the best view. The building itself is beautiful and more stunning than you would imagine. UB40 were amazing they made it the evening of all evenings, and I... More 

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Oxfordshire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Tin-pot Hitlers start your evening by funnelling you past sniffer dogs. They remove you gum and will treat you as a common criminal. The acadey must have had many problems, the restrictions are ridiculous. One pet hate of mine is whe the bar Staff remove your bottle top and refuse to give it too you. Why? Will so someone throw... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The academy is not situated in great location, with little in the way of places to eat or drink in the vicinity. The venue itself isn't the cleanest and is distinctly shabby in appearance. However, that said, the acoustics and view were amazing...so all was not lost

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

Saw Sam Smith on Thursday and although he was amazing, the venue was far from it. Staff seemed to be disorganised and the bar was a complete joke and incredibly expensive, £2.65 for a small bottle of water! The standing in the stalls was totally overcrowded and totally ruined it for me. Constantly pushed by drunk people, who had been... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Went to see Sam Smith on Thursday. at this venue. This review reflects the venue and not his performance which was excellent throughout!!!! Decided, unwisely to stand at the right hand side near the wall because we are both short and thought it was less likely that taller people would crowd us out! Also having an ex husband as a... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Went there last night to see Sam Smith live - he was amazing, but the venue is the worst I have ever been to. The ladies toilets were awful, no locks on many of the doors. The standing stalls, were very overcrowded - felt like standing on a tube train during rush hour. But the main problem was that the... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

What an intense experience in such a small venue. Seeing Blink here was epic!!! It's a great venue for a gig.

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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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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 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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