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“Unique venue” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carling Academy Brixton

Carling Academy Brixton
211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL, London, England
020 7771 3000; 0905 020 3999
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Ranked #153 of 1,197 Nightlife in London
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Clubs
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Owner description: Live music venue.
Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Unique venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

First time here and it was great. Sloping floor from when it used to be a theatre give it an edge in being able to see the act. The door / entrance system was quick and painless in terms of searches and queueing and the door staff were funny as a bonus.

Don't be put off by maybe the "Brixton" element from when your parents were around, there was zero atmosphere outside or nearby. Great venue.

Visited December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Great bands, top DJ's,awesome venue.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I have lived in or near Brixton for the last five years and this is the venue I have had the most fun in by far. For two years we lived in one of the flats just round the corner from McDonalds so this was the obvious place to go out. We actually got a bit lazy and didn't go to any other big nights other than here for a while.

I have been to see Leftfield, the Specials, Hot Chip, Groove Armada various dance nights, the B Boy Championships and many other nights over the years and they have all been great. I've spent a NYE here and Soulwaxmas is a regular Christmas blow out. It is a good sized venue and seldom gets too busy to enjoy yourself. The only time it gets rammed is when there don't separate upstairs and downstairs and everyone ends up on the main dance floor.

The sound is good and it never takes too long to get in. The queues at some of the bars can be a bit painful so it's worth stocking up when you go.

One thing I would say is that if you are going to see a dance act, make sure you get your tickets early so you don't end up at the back upstairs. You can have a bit of a dance up there but it's not the same and you will lose a lot of the atmosphere.

There are regularly good acts playing and plenty of decent places to go for a drink in the local area. Can't big this place up enough.

Visited May 2013
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“One of the best venues in London”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Love this place! Great location and easy to get to from almost anywhere in London. Been to quite a few gigs here over the years, and always enjoyed had a great time. The interior has a definite character to it: it feels intimate but never packed. Sound quality is great and you get a good view of the stage wherever you are. Also (always a plus point) there are quite a few bars so you never have to wait that long to get served (even if the lager normally is the rubbish swill they serve at gigs)!

Visited May 2013
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
“Our favourite venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

This really must be one of the best venues in the world.

The acoustics are top quality and the layout with the sloped floor means that most people can see the gig from wherever they stand.

We've been lucky to see so many great bands there over the years from The Specials to the Editors and most recently (the amazing) Green Day.

If you're lucky to get tickets for any gigs there, then enjoy yourself... we always do!

Visited August 2013
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Truro, United Kingdom
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“Brixton Academy has that certain quality to it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Perhaps it's the great location which stands it apart from other music venues, or maybe it's because it's a decent size - not overwhelmingly massive, but not cramped either. Maybe it's because the acoustics are great, and the interior has warmth and character, unlike some of the more boxy, institutional-like venues. Whatever the reason, it's still my favourite venue after all these years- I've been going to gigs here since I was a teenager living in Streatham Hill. It does cost a bloody fortune to drink in there (nothing changes), but have a few pints across the road before you go in and you're sorted. Brixton rocks!

Visited February 2013
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