Time Out says
Posted: Sat Jan 26 2013
Now officially known as the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith Apollo has finally joined the ranks of venues bearing shamelessly corporate titles. Another live music emporium that began life as an art deco cinema, this 1930s building had a big refit in 2002 and still features the original 1932 Compton pipe organ. It now doubles as a 3,600-capacity all-seater theatre and a 5,000-capacity standing-room-only gig space, hosting everyone from Kenny Rogers to Slipknot. Highlights from the Apollo's glittering history include 38 Beatles gigs from 1964-1965, David Bowie's last gig as Ziggy Stardust in 1973 and several concerts by Queen in 1979. It's also starred in various music DVDs from the likes of Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Kings Of Leon. Aside from music Hammersmith Apollo has a top-notch array of comedy, dance and kids shows from the biggest names in the biz, from 'Riverdance' to Russell Brand to SpongeBob Square Pants.
What's on at Hammersmith Apollo
Classic rock, Prog rock
The hard-working ex-Genesis guitarist tours his new album 'Genesis Revisited': new recordings of old songs by his former band. Going over old ground might sound lazy, until you hear it's his 25th solo studio album – an impressive figure even without counting...
Dance, House, techno and electro, Hip hop
Forward-thinking Belgian producer Stromae laces catchy-as-hell piano-house licks, finger-picked guitar and Belgian hip hop into electro-dance music.
Stand-up, Big-name talent
Another star-studded line-up of comedians join forces to raise money for a good cause. This time, it's to raise money for Friends of the Earth's 'Bee Cause' campaign, which is helping to save the endangered British bee. 'Man Down and 'The Inbetweeners'...
Pop, Chart pop
Fresh off a stint opening for Taylor Swift, the baby-faced teen-pop band jam out their impish, devil-may-care party jams with boyish charm. Brace yourself for the dizzying spectacle of thousands of overexcited teenagers screaming their heads off.
Extracts from video game soundtracks get the full orchestral treatment, with spectacular visual accompaniment, as part of this international concert series. The ensemble perform themes from a huge range of games, ranging from 'Super Mario Brothers' and...