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Number 9: Roundhouse

No question, London’s live music credentials are rock solid. But which venues can turn a concert into a mind-blowing night out? Time Out readers pick the best places to see gigs in London.

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Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8EH

The Grade II-listed Roundhouse was built in 1846 as a turntable shed for steam engines, and the venue has married beautiful looks with beastly behaviour ever since.

It made its name as a venue in the ’60s, when the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and The Doors graced its stage.

But the Roundhouse was also the scene for the infamous Greasy Truckers Party, pretty much the official death knell for hippydom’s positive ideals. The New York Dolls further lowered the tone with their first UK shows.

After a couple of fallow decades and a total refurb, the venue reopened in 2004 with a show from the Chemical Brothers so loud that it almost rattled the bolts out of the building’s girders. Fortunately, the flaw was fixed – as the  re-formed Led Zeppelin ably proved.

Buy tickets for gigs at Roundhouse

  • The Damned

    Sat Dec 15, Roundhouse

    Seventies goth-punk stalwarts (with a line-up that includes Dave Vanian and the good Captain Sens...

  • Mika

    Thu Dec 13, Roundhouse

    Camp, falsetto-voiced invocation of '70s studio rock - think Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Harr...

  • Paul Kalkbrenner

    Fri Mar 29 2013, Roundhouse

    German techno producer plays to promote his fifth album 'Icke Wieder'.

  • The Flaming Lips

    Recommended Mon May 20 2013, Roundhouse

    Wayne Coyne's long-running psychedelic pop nutjobs make a welcome return with a new album for 20...

  • The Flaming Lips

    Recommended Tue May 21 2013, Roundhouse

    Wayne Coyne's long-running psychedelic pop nutjobs make a welcome return with a new album for 20...

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