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I came across this venue whilst surfing the net for gigs and I am so glad I happened upon it.
I love looking thro different catagories on ebay (internet auction site) and Im a huge fan of Linkin Park - with this in mind I happened to find that they were playing at the Brixton Academy on March 5th 2003. Funny old thing tickets had been sold out almost as soon as they went on sale which was why they were doing a brisk business on Ebay.
I decided to have a bit of a research day before buying the tickets, just in case. I quite easily located the Brixton academy site, which gave very easy, concise gig information and so much more.
The Venue Built towards the end of the 1920s as a movie theatre and to this day still has the look of a old fashioned theatre. On catching my first sight of the academy, not a place to be forgotten. It boasts a huge semi dome lit up with neon bars, beneath this is the bill board with the band name in big bold letters.
We queued for around 45 minutes which isnt bad in my mind and the buzz running thro the crowd increases everytime we moved forward towards the circular steps.
Once inside you get frisked by the security - hey well this london and Ive no problem with that - there were both male and female security so no funny business.
Out from the lobby you enter what is termed the inner lobby - staircases to the left and right for the gallery, burger stand, toilets and merchandising stand. Thro the double doors and into the main body of the academy, 3 bars and the stage. There is no seating in this part of the academy (seating upstairs in the gallery) and has a fantastic sloping floor - brilliant idea for us shorties. No seating means you really can stand where you want and get as close to the pit as you want but sharpened elbows might be required to get real close.!!!!
Once inside the auditorium you notice the decor - dated but yet classic with columns in an italian style complete with 140ft dome!!!!
The acoustics in this venue really are amazing - I think with it being a theatre in its previous life must help this.
Travel Details Brixton Academy recommends that you use public transport to get to the venue but apparently there is a multi storey car park close by. Victoria line takes you within a 2 minute walk of the academy and these trains run until 12.27am throu the week and saturdays but on a sunday they stop before 12. There are a number of buses and stops in the close vicinity of the academy so if you are local that is also a good option.
Extra Info The academy has been awarded the NME best live venue award every year since 1995 and Live magazine Best UK venue 2000 - 2002 !!! And once you have been you can really see why they have these awards. Brixton Academy holds 4700 at full capacity.
The website gives you plenty of information on how and where to buy tickets - if your too late try ebay !!! Most of the tickets seem to be priced around £15 - 20 which is a blinding price.
Funky fact The most expensive pair of tickets for the Brixton Academy were sold on ebay for a Madonna show in 2000 went for an amazing £2204 !!!!!!!
If you want a good atmosphere, fantastic sounds at a great price its the Brixton Academy for you !!!
Thanks for reading - feel free to rate me and leave comments cheers Tazmac25 xx
The footage for this DVD was shot over three nights at Brixton Academy last August as part ... more
of the phenomenal Life For Rent tour, which saw Dido playing to over half a million people in total. The shows represented something of a triumphant homecoming for Dido as Brixton was one of the venues she visited regularly when she was younger. In addition to the DVD, the package includes a fantastic bonus audio CD featuring 12 of the 17 tracks from the DVD. This disc includes all the massive hits such as "White Flag", "Thank You" and "Here With Me". The DVD footage was shot and mastered in high definition and is available in 5.1 surround sound, whilst the audio has been mixed by Bob Clearmountain who is widely regarded as one of the most experienced and highly regarded sound technicians.