A Music Guide To... South London and Surrey
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The realms of the M25 surrounding Greater London is the underdog when it comes to live music. Being host to inexpensive and accessible gigs from the best new bands as well as frequent visits from international acts: those in the know head South. The South London music scene has rapidly produced new acts, with grime artists like Stormzy emerging from Croydon, indie artist Jamie T putting Wimbledon on the map for reasons other than tennis, and Fat White Family initiating an unconventional rock scene from Peckham. Here's your rundown of the best venues, record stores, clubs, and festivals. Venues The Boileroom, Guildford is a destination venue for intimate gigs, having a reputation as one of the South East’s most established and respected independent venues. The 300-capacity site punches way about its weight, with now established artists such as Ed Sheeran and Bastille having performed early shows here. Address: 13 Stoke Fields, Guildford, GU1 4LS. Comparable to the previous venue but with a capacity of 600, SUB89 is Reading’s best underground club and live music venue. According to the website: ‘opening in October 2009 with a live show from Chase and Status, the venue has gone from strength to strength covering all aspects of live music, comedy and club nights’. Other previous acts have included: Jake Bugg, Buzzcocks, and DJ Fresh. Address: 110-117 Friar St, Reading, RG1 1EP. On a larger scale, O2 Academy Brixton is an internationally renowned, award-winning concert venue. Only a short walk from Brixton underground station, the O2 Academy is a brilliant venue with an intimate vibe despite the larger scale (5000 capacity). The building has hosted a range of leading acts since becoming a venue in 1983, including The Killers, Amy Winehouse, The Clash, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Blur; the list is endless. Address: 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London, SW9 9SL. Record Stores
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