5 more artists you need to start listening to
Written by Karan Teli
Based on the concert and live show experiences that I have had, ranging from small intimate venues watching upcoming artists to the biggest and best arenas, watching the world’s most iconic stars, these are the 5 best concert venues in London.
Birthdays is the perfect venue for a low-key or upcoming artist. With an American style restaurant above it, Birthdays is located underground, with a capacity of 350-400. I’ve been fortunate enough to see the likes of Col3trane, G4shi and Azusena perform their first ever London headline shows at Birthdays, to sold out and intimate crowds. It is the perfect venue for upcoming artists to have their first headline show and can get them used to the bigger and brighter stages.
4. Electric Brixton
With a capacity of 1800, Electric Brixton is big enough for a star, but still small enough to be intimate and for the real diehard fans. The Kali Uchis show at Electric Brixton, where she was supported by Cosmo Pyke, just so happens to be one of the best concerts I’ve ever been too. Her incredible talent and stage presence had a lot to do with that, but so did the venue itself. No matter where you stand, the stage will be in your sight. It sounds basic, but that is something that many venues lack.
3. O2 Academy Brixton
Just up the road from Electric Brixton. There are plenty O2 venues around London – Islington, Shepards’s Bush, Kentish Town, but Brixton is the stand out of them all. First of all, it has the biggest capacity; 5000. It is for popular and loved artists, who just haven’t reached that superstar status yet. My experiences at Brixton have included Travis Scott, Anderson. Paak and PARTYNEXTDOOR; some of the best and in Travis Scott’s case, wildest show I have ever been too. The energy of every Brixton show I have been to is crazy, maybe it has something to do with the area.
2. Eventim Apollo
While it is most famous for ‘Live at the Apollo’, over the years, music royalty has graced the Eventim Apollo stage. Oasis, David Bowie, Kanye West and Drake are just a few of the superstar names that have performed at Eventim Apollo. The capacity has risen over the years, and is currently at a total of 8500. It is famous for having a lopsided floor, so that even guests at the back of the venue have a clear and perfect view of the stage. The Eventim Apollo is the venue artists much conquer before they can be trusted with the biggest of them all.
- The O2 Arena
The granddaddy. One of the most famous venues in the world, those who have performed at The O2 Arena have put on some of the best shows of all time. My greatest concert experience occurred at The O2 Arena, when Jay-Z and Kanye West brought Watch The Throne to London. If it’s Jay and Kanye with 2 rising stages, Drake with his circular stage or a prison structure set up like J. Cole, The O2 Arena stage is where the biggest and best artists get the most creative. A concert experience at The O2 Arena is a once in a lifetime experience.