The Forum (O2 Forum Kentish Town)

Music , Rock and indie Kentish Town
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The Forum (O2 Forum 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 big club nights and other parties. Since early 2016 it’s been officially known as O2 Forum Kentish Town.

Venue name: The Forum (O2 Forum Kentish Town)
Address: 9-17 Highgate Rd
Transport: Tube: Kentish Town
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I saw a stand-up here and it was my first time at the venue, despite it being just 2 miles from my flat! The building itself is beautiful and in some ways it seems wasted as a gig or comedy club; the stunning art-deco style would really well suited for use as a theatre, dance or other performance space. It could then be polished up a little, a nicer bar created and loos updated. However, with O2 as it's owners and music, I imagine, bringing in more revenue, that won't happen.

Still now I've been reminded it's here, I won't hesitate to go there if someone I want to see is playing as it's a lovely space, with a great big stage and, best of all, for miniature people like me, I can choose to sit in the balcony area so I can dance in my seat but still actually see the performance!  

Corina B

I recently just went to the venue a couple of days ago fro the first time, my initial reaction was that The space is a lot bigger on the inside than it seems like it. I thought security was a little ridiculous seeing as I was going to a graduating event and it was not even 8pm yet, I even got patted down which doesn’t even happen in big clubs. The alcohol was very expensive, in my opinion too much for he area and the prestige of the venue. Overall though, I had a good time, but it was nothing special.

Sarah R

I like Kentish town area, has that nice relaxed north London feel , with just right amount of hipsters and cool pubs. That is why I was quite pleased when the concert was moved from Shephards Bush to North London!
We went to see Nothing but Thieves and it was an energetic concert, but the venue itself helped as well, because it is spacious enough and people working there are very friendly and helpful. I like the energy here, can't wait for more gigs happening here.

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.