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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Def Jam-signed R&B singer Alsina sent his fans – not to mention his recent collaborator Nicki Minaj – into a panic late last year by ending up in a three-day coma after falling off stage in New York. Now he celebrates a successful recovery by getting...R&B Fri February 27th 2015 - Fri February 27th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
The latest incarnation of James Lavelle's eclectic dance crew – and some special guests – play a one-off, late-night audiovisual DJ show in north London. We're not sure what exactly to expect, but since there hasn't been much UNKLE activity recently beyond...Sat February 28th 2015 - Sun March 1st 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
In This Moment
Led by Maria Brink – who was voted 'Hottest Chick in Metal' (ew) in 2010 – the goth-edged metalcore act from LA tour their latest album 'Black Widow'.Rock 'n' roll Thu March 5th 2015 - Thu March 5th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
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.Sat March 7th 2015 - Sun September 6th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
The Newcastle indie scamps crack out their spry, Afro-cribbing rock tunes.Indie rock Thu March 12th 2015 - Thu March 12th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Enigmatic rapper Jay Electronica is hot property over in the US, and he’s not exactly an unknown quantity in the UK either. This is his first London show in four years and it should be quite the event. We’re still waiting for his much-delayed debut album...Sat March 14th 2015 - Sun March 15th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
A headline show by the Greek singer-songwriter, who has put a degree in mechanical engineering to good use by creating a range of custom instruments that he employs to put traditional sounds through a contemporary rock filter.Folk Sun March 15th 2015 - Sun March 15th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
This Balkan band are always reliably funky and tonight return to their proper place; the headline slot. Endless brassy stabs and a wild show are a certainty.Blues, roots and country Tue March 17th 2015 - Tue March 17th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Kooky Parisian-Scandinavian duo Dan and Olivia blend Lady Sovereign-alike rap, pop-ska brass (as if lifted from an early Lily Allen single) and Americana.Thu March 19th 2015 - Thu March 19th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Flatbush Zombies + The Underachievers
Young and fast-rising Brooklyn hip hoppers Flatbush Zombies have appeared alongside Danny Brown and members of the A$AP Mob, as well as older masters such as RZA. They headline here, with an opening set by Brainfeeder-signed duo The Underachievers, also...Hip hop Fri March 20th 2015 - Fri March 20th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
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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.