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O2 Academy Brixton

Back in August 2019, O2 Academy venues remained closed for the foreseeable future. There was a deafening silence and sense of despair from their music fans.

And so ‘This is just an Interval’ was born, a campaign to project an uplifting message of hope and reassurance that their much loved O2 Academy venues would reopen and turn up the volume as soon as it’s safe to do so.


Blank Walls had the pleasure of painting the iconic O2 Brixton Academy. Anyone in London knows this venue sits in the heart of the Brixton community so we were tasked to bring it back to life.


With O2 we identified Blank Walls’ artist Reves, an illustrator and muralist from London for the artwork seen on the venue. The commission utilised O2’s iconic blue colour palette to bring the venue to life.


“As an artist, I like exploring putting things in motion. Coming from a typography and illustration background, I now mix geometric shapes with deep portraits to create colourful neon composition,” REVES said. “For this artwork on O2 Academy Brixton, we wanted to give tribute to the sound of the community. The makeshift, stacked, loud blasting sound system represents the world of dub, bass, ragga and reggae, amongst other music genres that make up the vibrancy of the area.


“I created this uniform wall of sound as symbol of the life and experience that usually fills the venue, making it vibrate again, holding it until its next gig and giving the community hope that this is just an interval.”


Gareth Griffiths, Head of Sponsorship at O2, said: “We appreciate these continue to be extremely challenging circumstances for live music venues. As we gradually return to normality, it is so important we celebrate O2 Academy Brixton, a venue at the very heart of its community, loved for the many memories that it has created. The nation has experienced an extended break without live music, but this is just an interval and it will be back. We wanted to show our appreciation by ensuring fans remember the good times until we’re all able to enjoy live music together again.”