Housed in an ornate, Grade II-listed building, this institution has endured through numerous incarnations. First opened on Boxing Day 1890, it was renamed The Camden Hippodrome nine years later, operating as a vaudeville house in which a young Charlie Chaplin trod the boards. Between 1913-40, the venue was a thriving cinema (often with supporting live acts) and subsequently (for 20 years from around 1945) a BBC theatre, which saw recordings of the legendary 'Goon Show'. In the '70s it was turned into a live music venue and renamed The Music Machine, before being taken over by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan of Visage in 1983 and undergoing yet another name change – to The Camden Palace. As such, it enjoyed a high profile on London's New Romantic club scene and hosted the very first London gig by Madonna, no less. It relaunched in the late '80s as an indie club and then - after closing its doors for refurbishment in 2004 – was rebranded as Koko. Despite the name change and major refit, it retains its indie/alternative pop/rock remit, while also embracing everything from hip hop to trance. With its colossal mirror ball as the ceiling centrepiece, its painted gargoyles and steep tiered balconies, Koko remains one of London's most atmospheric music venues.
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Impassioned, rootsy pop-rockers Needtobreathe sing from their new album 'Rivers in the Wasteland'. Their folksy credentials are impeccable: the core of the band is a pair of brothers named Bear and Bo, who were raised in a town called Possum Kingdom.Country Wednesday May 27 2015Read more
The winners of the Mercury Prize in 2014, Edinburgh hip hop three-piece Young Fathers – Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and Graham ‘G’ Hastings – pump out a mutant blend of pop, dub, afrobeats and kitchen sink rap. Massaquoi hails from Liberia, and...Hip hop Thursday May 28 2015Read more
The influential emo–rockers, responsible for thousands of fringes and a whole heap of guyliner, return to bare their souls to an intimate London crowd.Tuesday June 2 2015Read more
An old-timey four-piece from Michigan via LA, Lord Huron incorporate echoes of the American West (Morricone-style whistles, plaintive vocals in the vein of John Jacob Niles, Appalachian folk) into their harmonic folk-pop. Then it’s all drowned in enormous...Folk Wednesday June 3 2015Read more
Nasty, vicious, foul-mouthed but eloquent punk poetry by the Nottingham duo, railing over tin-can electronic beats with a flow like Mike Skinner after half a dozen Special Brews.Friday June 5 2015Read more
Buttoned Down Disco
Overdose on hip indie-dance tunes spun by resident DJ Christian Laing and guests. As well as electro and indie-pop mash-up madness, you'll also hear a smattering of cheese and student party anthems. Full-throttle fun.Saturday June 6 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015Read more
Silk + Intro
A double bill of ’90s R&B, with sets by Brooklyn's Intro (minus lead singer Kenny Greene, who also wrote some stunning songs for Mary J Blige but sadly died in 2001) and Atlanta crew Silk, best known for astonishingly explicit sex anthem 'Freak Me'.R&B Sunday June 7 2015Read more
Pummelling, radio-friendly, ferociously catchy indie by Bristolian five-piece Coasts – think Bastille meet Peace meet Foals, then add in a bit of boy-band styling and you're pretty much there.Electro Wednesday June 10 2015Read more
Celebrating a Mercury Prize nomination for their album ‘v2.0’ – which continues to display their eclectic influences, ranging from Brian Eno and Massive Attack to EST, Debussy and Shostakovich – pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer...Friday June 12 2015Read more
Congo Natty + Sherwood and Pinch
Celebrated jungle figurehead Congo Natty, AKA Rebel MC, is joined by fellow low-frequency warriors and dubbed-out duo Sherwood and Pinch. Also on this heavyweight bill is D&B don DJ Krust and eccentric electronica producer Om Unit.Saturday June 13 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015Read more
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I saw The Band Perry at the Koko club and it was a lovely venue, it is an old theatre with all the seating taken out in the stalls (I didnt see upstairs) and has a full bar at the back. The acoustics were very good, as were the Band Perry! Would recommend! I would like to go to one of their guilty pleasures nights and club nights soon!
I agree. Not the most welcoming of places. As for the refit?? I used to go there in the mid 90's and I could not tell what they had changed since then?... Sticky carpets, awful toilets and grumpy staff. Regretfully, best avoided.
I don't get the idea here. It's a lovely building with an interesting layout, but they treat their customers like cattle. They charge insane prices for a can of appalling bitter emptied lovelessly into a thin plastic glass. Queues 10-deep at the bar. Events where the comperes verbally abuse people for needing the toilet while they're speaking (and I mean abuse, not joke about, Patrick Kielty). It's bad enough that you start to think, 'Well if you really don't want me here I'll leave.' You're just a commodity, being fleeced for as much as they can get away with. It's a shame, as it has so much potential. But it's top of my blacklist nowadays.