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Hard-Fi headline the Electric Brixton reopening party, 20th Sept 2011

It’s great to see the old Brixton Fridge (now the Electric Brixton) back in business, and last night a charity performance by indie popsters Hard Fi had the place packed out.

Outside view. The tatty old fridges that were stuck on the façade have thankfully gone, and the building now looks much smarter.

I took a good look inside the venue when the refurbishment was still taking place, and although it’s still not quite finished, you can see that a lot of work has gone into restoring the former glory of this south London venue.

There was still a strong whiff of fresh paint everywhere though!

The ground floor bar was very, very slow. Here’s a few comments from our bulletin board:

Possibly employing more than 5 bar staff for the huge main bar, and also people who have previous bar experience (and not more interested in talking about their new nailpolish than serving punters) might be one improvement [Gabi]

Gabi’s point about the bar is entirely true. I guess that’s why they’ve done 2 soft launches but I can’t see how they’re going to improve much by the weekend. It was nearly as bad in the upstairs bar, and considering that was largely free, it should have been a lot quicker. [nipsla]

The smoking area upstairs.

Balcony view.

The lighting was incredible, and the sound was pretty good too (although others will disagree on that score).

Looking up to the top bar.

Roof detail showing some pleasing attention to detail.

The band played The Clash’s ‘Guns of Brixton,’ which was a nice touch.

End of the show.

Leaving the venue.

Discuss the venue on our bulletin board:

More about the Electric Brixton/Brixton Fridge:
A look inside the Electric Brixton, formerly the Brixton Fridge
Fridge history in photos
Palladium Cinema/Fridge (1915)
Palladium Cinema/Fridge (1945)
Brixton Ace flyer (1983)