Venue Guide: O2 Academy Brixton

O2 Academy Brixton is undeniably one of the most recognisable music venues in this country.  Performing at the south London venue has become a career defining achievement for the thousands of artists who have graced its stage. Planning on going to a show there soon? Here’s what we think you need to know.

Address: 211 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London, SW9 9SL

Telephone number: 020 7771 3000


Brief History: Originally opened as a cinema and theatre in 1929. Simon Parkes wrote this excellent book about it.

How many people does it hold? 4921


Who has played there?
ALL THE BANDS!  Kings Of Leon, Coldplay, Florence and the Machine, Pixies, The Clash, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, The 1975, Kasabian, Blur, Noel Gallagher, Sam Smith and literally thousands more of the world’s biggest artists.

Any “I was there” moments?
The Smiths played their last ever show at the iconic venue in 1986, with Morrissey swinging a noose around his head. (Classic Moz)

How do I get there?
Take the tube! Victoria line down to Brixton, turn right out of the station and follow the crowds.

Where should I eat?
Brixton Village is around the corner from the tube station and has a huge range of bars and restaurants to satisfy your pre-gig appetite. If you’re a burger fan, Dip & Flip is a personal favourite.

TicketWeb Tip:
The venue is built with a sloped floor so everywhere you stand you’ll get a pretty decent view of the action. Take a picture of the famous sign outside, post on Instagram and watch the likes roll in.

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Where can you carry on the party?
Hootenanny is a Brixton staple and a firm TicketWeb favourite. It’s open until late, the music’s amazing and their Tacos are the perfect late-night snack. Our pals Electric Brixton are around the corner, check out their listings HERE

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