South London “super venue” Electric Brixton is celebrating its fifth anniversary in style with a series of landmark gigs from the likes of chart-toppers The Chainsmokers, along with Laura Mvula, Arab Strap, Rufus and Sampha.
Club events, meanwhile, will include Amnesia London, Tchami, Claptone presents The Masquerade, and Oliver Heldens.
The former site of legendary nightclub The Fridge, Electric Brixton opened in September 2011 following a £1 million investment. Declaring itself a “super-venue”, it showcases an eclectic programme of events across musical genres and boundaries, combining gigs and club nights.
“You are either perceived as a gig venue or a 1990s-style super club. We have fused these ideas together, mixed things up, creating a programme of massive DJ shows, late live gigs, where artists go on stage at 1.30am, collaborating with agents, managers and promoters directly,” said head of music Mike Weller (pictured). “This flexible approach has also focused on spectacular event production, which celebrates the unique, theatrical nature of the space.”
The Electric’s success - 90% of all live shows and 70% of its club shows have sold out in advance – is largely credited to co-owner Dominic Madden’s vision to create a new premiere venue for London.
Highlights so far in 2016 have included shows by Ants, Marco Carola’s Music On, David Rodigan’s Ramjam, Floating Points, Mystery Jets, Deep Medi’s 10th Birthday, Jake Bugg, Battles, Lee Scratch Perry’s 80th birthday party and Lukas Graham.