The Forum

Music , Rock and indie Kentish Town
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Ash performing at the HMV Forum

Built in 1934 and nestled in Kentish Town, The Forum is a beautiful art deco building that has played host to some of the music industry’s biggest names since becoming a live music venue in the 1980s. With a capacity of 2,300, The Forum has seen performances by the likes of Rihanna, Kiss, Justin Timberlake, The Killers, Jack White, Noel Gallagher, Bobby Womack, Amy Winehouse, Rancid and tonnes more. As well as putting on live music events The Forum has also been the backdrop for movies and commercials as well as host to various club nights put on by the likes of Ed Banger Records & Guilty Pleasures.

Venue name: The Forum
Address: 9-17 Highgate Rd
Transport: Tube: Kentish Town
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Laura M

I hadn't been here for ages but when our gig got moved from Shepherds Bush Empire I was secretly glad of the change! I saw Pvris (pronounced Paris) here and we had balcony tickets so got to watch it without trying to see over someone's head who would inevitably be taller than me (am 5'4") if we'd have bought standing tickets. The night was sold out and I was expecting a mixed crowd but there were people of all ages, despite them being an emo-ish type band from the east coast.I don't think the venue has great acoustics but prefer it as an alternative to Brixton academy which has too big a capacity to be able to enjoy gigs there sometimes.


An ok venue. I've been a few times with the most recent one when I watched Simple Plan. It felt a bit disorganized with letting people in. By the time the first band was on the queue outside was still ridiculously long and we missed a big chunk of the first support. They could've opened more entries (which as we could see, had the staff for it) but didn't. Acoustics were good and overall a decent venue.


Great venue. My friend and I enjoyed a relaxing evening, also at the Lucy Rose concert. As both of us were warding off colds we were happy to sit upstairs with our glasses of whisky and foot tap the night away. Great show, great sound and effects. No queue at the bar. Friendly staff.


I saw Lucy Rose here last night (best artist EVER by the way, just saying!) and was in awe at how beautiful the venue was, if you ever visit PLEASE take a minute to look at the ornate ceiling etc. Just the right size so that the gig felt pretty intimate but also big enough to gather a large number of fans! It's only a couple of minutes walk from Kentish Town station which is serviced by the Northern line and National Rail services, plus the overground station is only a ten minute walk away. The sound was incredible, as was the lighting - both making the performance by Lucy and her two supports totally mesmerising. 


This is a beautiful venue, inside and out. I saw Fink here and will be seeing Eagles of Death Metal later this week, and I am so looking forward to it! The sound is really incredible and the venue lends itself well to lighting effects during shows. Drinks are your standard London pricing for the most part. Easy to get to from Kentish Town overground, though make sure you check when the last trains leave - we didn't and we ended up taking a cab home.