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.
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