The O2 Brixton Academy has a history of hosting established and up and coming artists from an eclectic mix of genres, and 2018 looks to be no different.

This year the iconic venue will host shows including The Streets' reunion tour, Franz Ferdinand's comeback tour and Garbage's 20th anniversary show.

They will also see sets from rising starts like Rat Boy and MØ, as well as the likes of Wiley, Friendly Fires , Camila Cabello and Plan B.

Find out all you need to know about the O2 Brixton Academy's biggest music events coming up in 2018, and how you can still get tickets.

Niall Horan

Niall Horan is heading out on a solo UK tour in 2018

When: Thursday, March 22

Tickets: Currently sold out, check Twickets for secure secondary sellers

In support of his debut album Flicker, the singer-songwriter is embarking on his biggest solo tour to date.

Niall Horan will stop off at Brixton Academy as part of the tour, to perform hits including Slow Hands and This Town.

Fans will get the chance to catch the popstar at intimate venues in 2018, a world away from the huge stadiums he plays with band One Direction.

The Stranglers

The Stranglers will play Brixton Academy in March

When: Saturday, March 24

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Legendary punk group The Stranglers are heading out on tour again in 2018.

They will stop off in Brixton for a headline show in March as part of The Definitive Tour.

It coincides with the re-release of the band's first seven studio albums including their 1977 debut Rattus Norvegicus, one of the highest selling punk albums of the era.

Sub Focus

Sub Focus will bring his latest live show to the Brixton Academy

When: Thursday, March 29

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Sub Focus is returning in 2018 with a brand new live show.

His Brixton Academy gig will see stunning visuals and production alongside new and exclusive music.

Since his breakthrough the DJ has achieved commercial success with singles Turn It Around, Tidal Wave and Turn Back Time.

MØ is returning to the UK for a six-date UK tour

When: Wednesday, April 4

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

After postponing the original dates of her UK tour, MØ is finally heading back to the UK in March and April, including a Brixton show.

Although the release date for her highly anticipated second studio album is yet to be announced, she released a six-track EP When I Was Young in late 2017.

Plus tracks including Drum, Nights With You and Final Song were unveiled across 2017, teasing the upcoming album.

Since 2013 the Danish artist has collaborated with the likes of Snakehips, Charli XCX, Iggy Azalea and Major Lazer with whom she co-wrote and featured on 'Lean On', which went on to achieve one billion streams.

Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires will perform at O2 Brixton Academy in April

When: Thursday, April 5

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Back in September Friendly Fires announced their anticipated return with a headline Brixton Academy show.

They announced the news on social media in a post that says: "It's been a minute, but the time is right for us to come back.

"This show's going to be a profoundly special occasion for us, and we hope for you too. We're looking forward to seeing friends old and new there."

A new album is expected to follow in 2018, marking their third in total and following up the acclaimed self-titled debut and Pala.


Macklemore will perform two dates at Brixton Academy

When: Friday, April 6 & Saturday, April 7

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Following huge demand the rapper added a second Brixton Academy date to his UK tour.

Macklemore will head here in 2018 with the Gemini Tour, in support of the album of the same name.

It features lead single Glorious and collaborations with Kesha, Skylar Grey and Lil Yachty. The solo effort follows up his huge success with producer Ryan Lewis, which saw them release tracks Thrift Shop and Can't Hold Us Down.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis went on to win four Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist.

The Streets

The Streets will play three Brixton Academy shows on reunion tour

When: Wednesday, April 25-Friday, April 27

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

For the first time in seven years Mike Skinner and co. are heading out on a UK tour.

The Streets will play three dates at Brixton Academy as part of The Darker The Shadow, The Brighter The Light Tour, which will see them perform their greatest hits.

Skinner announced the news on social media saying: "spoken to my band! told them we need to sing the old songs!". (sic)

Plan B

Plan B will perform UK headline shows in 2018

When: Thursday, May 3

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

This headline show marks Plan B's return to the live stage for the first time in five years and will support his upcoming LP.

His fourth studio album entitled Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose, is due for release on April 13.

It follows up his number one records The Defamation of Strickland Banks and original soundtrack Ill Manors.

Since his breakthrough Plan B has been nominated for Mercury Prize, won three Ivor Novello Awards and a BRIT Award.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora will head out on her first European tour in five years next May

When: Friday, May 18

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

In 2018 Rita Ora is embarking on her first UK tour in five years.

The singer will play material from her forthcoming second studio album, including singles Anywhere and Your Song.

Since 2012 Ora has become one of the most successful British female solo singers in recent years, after achieving four number singles and a debut number one album.

Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman will play a headline show at O2 Brixton Academy

When: Wednesday, May 23

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Ezra Furman who currently tours with Boy-Friends, will head to Brixton Academy in May.

They will release their latest album Transangelic Exodus on February 9 marking Furman's sixth overall.

Their previous effort Perpetual Motion People received acclaim from critics and reached year-end lists on the likes of Guardian, Rough Trade and Gigwise.

Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello will perform three UK dates this June

When: Tuesday, June 12

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Camila Cabello will head to the UK for her first ever solo headline tour in 2018. She will perform three dates on the Never Be The Same Tour including the O2 Brixton Acadmey.

The dates are in support of her solo debut album Camila, which was released back in January and reached the number one spot in the US and number two in the UK.

Camila joined the likes of Gwen Stefani, Beyonce and Lauryn Hill who've all achieved a solo number one album after leaving a group. During her time in Fifth Harmony she reached number four on the albums chart.

Billy Idol

Billy Idol will stop off at London's O2 Brixton Academy in 2018

When: Saturday, June 23

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Billy Idol will perform his greatest hits at Brixton Academy as part of his 2018 European tour.

Idol first gained recognition in the 1970s as part of Generation X, before going solo and becoming a part of MTV's Second British Invasion in the early 80s.

He has sold 40 million albums while scoring numerous platinum albums worldwide, nine Top 40 singles in the USA and 10 in the UK including Dancing With Myself, White Wedding and Rebel Yell.


Garbage will perform at O2 Brixton Academy in September 2018

When: Friday, September 14

Tickets: Ticketmaster here.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Version 2.0, Garbage are performing two shows at Brixton Academy.

The group's second studio album reached the number one in the UK albums chart and has since sold almost two million copies worldwide.

The record has found a legacy after being nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys as well as eight MTV VMA nominations for the innovative Push It.

Tom Grennan

Tom Grennan has featured on BBC's Sound of... and MTV Brand New lists in 2017

When: Tuesday, October 16

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Tom Grennan will play his biggest headline show to date at the Brixton Academy.

Since his breakthrough the singer has been listed on BBC's Sound of and MTV's 'ones to watch', and collaborated with Chase & Status on a huge dance track.

He's also released three EPs and more recently in 2018 tracks I Might and Sober.

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith has announced a 2018 UK tour

When: October 17

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Jorja Smith will finish her seven-date run of shows at the O2 Brixton Academy.

The independent artist has had huge success since the release of Blue Lights in 2016. She has supported Drake on his arena tour and won the BRITs Critics Choice Award for 2018.

In an interview with Get West London she said: "I'm very lucky to have my team around me who all have a genuine love for music. Navigating through the industry as an independent artist has been testing at times because you are doing everything yourself without a label, there are times of doubt especially when big decisions come about.

"But having belief in what I'm doing and seeing all the support and love from fans is so worth it."

Meanwhile her full debut LP is due for release later in 2018.

Where is the Brixton Academy?

211 Stockwell Road



United Kingdom

Getting there

By tube

The nearest London Underground stations are:

  • Brixton (on the Victoria Line and about 800 metres away)
  • Stockwell (on the Victoria and the Northern Line and is about 1,400 metres away)
  • Night Tube services are now running on the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines, offering a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays.

By bus

The following bus stops are available nearby:

  • B (Stockwell Road) for Peckham (345), Tooting (333), Crystal Palace (322) and Norwood (2 and 196)
  • D (Brixton Road) for Marble Arch (159) Oxford Circus (109), Piccadilly (3) and King’s Cross (59)
  • E (Brixton Road) to Liverpool Street station (133) and Old Ken Road (415)
  • F (Brixton Road) for Tulse Hill (415), Mitcham and Bromley (355), Crystal Palace (3)
  • G (Brixton Road) to Streatham (59 and159 and 133), Croydon (109) and Morden (118)

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