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Review of MK presents Area 10 NYE

Overall rating: 4 Verified review

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Review of MK presents Area 10 NYE

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Review of O2 Academy Brixton

Overall rating: 2

Went to see The Cinematic Orchestra last night (Sat 22nd Feb 2020) in a party of 4 and ended up utterly disappointed.

Mainly with the sound quality that reached us, all muffled and feedbacked, would say completely inaudible, from low to high pitches, from the support acts through to the main one.

We were on the left side of the balcony, perhaps the sound was better at the ground floor on in some other spots, yet would never imagine experiencing this in apparently one of the main live music venues of London and the UK, where there's basically events every night with top notch artists.

I could see some people not impressed from the main acts hanging on waiting for the main act, only to start leaving half way trough the set, and a great number of others taking the opportunity at the cliche encore to jump from their seats and leave.

For a musical project of the nature of CO, where subtleties and dynamics are key, you could not glimpse a fraction of what you do with the studio versions, which was a shame for fans going there and for the band.

Perhaps they could invest in improving acoustics in the room, as basically everything in there seems made of concrete, from ceiling to stands and floor, just saying.

Organisation wasn't the best either, with event start time advertised at 7pm, and once you get in you see a handwritten paper in the wall saying the main act will start at 9:45pm (that's almost 3 hours from the time written in the ticket)... not the best start when you had to book babysitter for the baby and realise you won't be home before 12am.

Bar wasn't too busy but drinks a bit over expensive (nearly £20 for 3 beers), and was shocked to see that there was no draught drinks, despite them pooring all bottles and cans on plastic glasses, which actually means they are producing thousands of unnecessary waste items every day. 2020, should this be allowed? Not to mention they would save money with tap drinks and could perhaps charge a bit less...

Overall, an awful experience, and would probably not be coming back anytime soon and look forward to see any fav artists in some other venue instead.

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Review of MK presents Area 10 NYE

Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

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Review of Beat Horizon

Overall rating: 3.5

Right. The night of what I remember , was sick in terms of music but, the crowd were too tense. Chill out and remember you only live once. It’s a multi arena venue. That was advertised. It’s an old building with management trying to make the most of what they have so cheer up and soak it in. All dayer arranged for you at a reasonable price. Say hello to your neig*bour next time and enjoy the people and music. Skank skank !

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Review of MK presents Area 10 NYE

Overall rating: 2 Verified review

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Would you recommended: No

Review of Beat Horizon

Overall rating: 3.5 Verified review

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Review of Beat Horizon

Overall rating: 1.5

I was wondering how Brixton Academy was going to manage four separate stages, and as soon as I walked in, I realised the night was going to be a shambles because the venue simply does NOT have anything other than one room. Essentially two corridors had been used for two smaller 'rooms' causing the DJs to play their sets at deafening and distorted levels in order to block out the noise from other areas. The worst thing was that some of the artists I was most excited to see (Jeru the Damaja of Gang Starr, Rodney P, Mala) were given the entrance foyer as a stage (what a joke) and were performing between the two main arena doors which meant that as soon as more than 40 or so people were attending that stage, it caused a huge bottleneck blocking people getting into and out of the main arena and ended in creating an angry atmosphere of people pushing and shoving. The next HUGE disappointment was the main stage, we turned up just as the warm up DJ was on before The Pharcyde's show. She was definitely playing some absolute bangers yet the sound quality was muffled and distorted to the point you could barely make out one track from the next. We moved around the arena, from being at the front, sides, very back and even upstairs in the balcony and the sound was still awful. It totally ruined the Pharcyde's set, I had been so excited to see them (a first for me) and could have cried at my disappointment :(
I even tried getting a message to the sound desk that something was really wrong with the sound, but nothing changed.. Huge huge disappointment, I even left before seeing two of my favourite DJs, Roni Size and Goldie as I couldn't bear to have their sets ruined by the awful sound quality. A massive disappointment on so many levels. The event organisers clearly made massive amounts of cash from this, I'd love to see their response to the feedback.

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Review of Beat Horizon

Overall rating: 2 Verified review

Very poorly organised crazily expensive and awful crowd

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Review of Beat Horizon

Overall rating: 2.5 Verified review

Strange crowd that made the environment a little strange. Venue was also not a festival venue.

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Review of Beat Horizon

Overall rating: 4 Verified review

The lineup kept changing. Damaja was meant to be a 10.30pm act, he was three hours early!

It felt like all of the rappers were doing half-song while the DJ played, rather than actually doing their full act. I don’t know what Pharoe Moche was doing at all - was anything he was saying actually his music?

I really couldn’t wait for Goldie and Roni Size and neither of them played their own music - you could have got any old act to DJ like they did.

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Review of Beat Horizon

Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

All good but really expensive drinks

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Review of Beat Horizon

Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

Great

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Review of Beat Horizon

Overall rating: 3 Verified review

Mos def replacement gave an odd and dull performance

Not much atmosphere

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Review of Beat Horizon

Had VIP tickets so got to meet a few people in the VIP area really enjoyed it no complaints

Review of Beat Horizon

Overall rating: 4 Verified review

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Review of Beat Horizon

Overall rating: 2 Verified review

The event runners at beat horizon should be ashamed. Charging half price tickets the day before the event, messing up on securing all the acts and managing the event itself was awful (nothing to do with the venue and it’s staff) purely the event runners.

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Review of Beat Horizon

Overall rating: 3.5 Verified review

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Review of MK presents Area 10 NYE

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

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Review of MK presents Area 10 NYE

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

Amazing time all round!!!

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