O2 Academy Brixton

Top choice live music in Greenwich & South London

It’s hard to have a bad night at the Brixton Academy, even if you leave with your soles sticky with beer, as this cavernous former-5000-capacity art-deco theatre always thrums with bonhomie. There’s a properly raked floor for good views, as well as plenty of bars and an excellent mixed bill of established and emerging talent. Most shows are 14-plus.

British electronic band Leftfield were once banned from the venue after their volume levels caused the ceiling to crumble. No selfie sticks or GoPros.