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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Featuring two members of acclaimed tango band Gotan Project, this new trio make their UK debut with a sound that aims to unite the traditional sounds of France and Argentina.World Thu April 23rd 2015 - Thu April 23rd 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.Sat May 2nd 2015 - Sun September 6th 2015Read more
A live showcase of nu-soul. Artists tba.Soul Sat May 9th 2015 - Sat May 9th 2015Read more
Stockport's finest bedroom turntablist – Andrew Carthy to his mum – returns yet again to Koko to show off his quirky, crate-digging mix of hip hop, ska, funk, jazz, kitsch-pop and exotica. It's a five-hour DJ marathon, so prepare for a colourful galaxy...Sat May 16th 2015 - Sun May 17th 2015Read more
The groovy Edinburghers are back for more melancholy electropop, playing a London show to follow the release of their long-awaited second album ‘Born Under Saturn’. If you haven’t yet, listen to their awesome new single ‘First Light’ – a great addition...Tue May 19th 2015 - Tue May 19th 2015Read more
Wet Wet Wet
The aptly-named Scots, who reformed in 2004, headline with their wide-screen soul-pop. They've fully recovered from lead singer Marti Pellow's assorted smack dramas, and are back filling arenas in the wake of their eighth album 'Hope'.Pop and rock Wed May 20th 2015 - Wed May 20th 2015Read more
Five unbearably cool Parisians proffer incredibly catchy, lo-fi surf-pop layered with subtly sweet female vocals. La Femme’s debut album ‘Psycho Tropical Berlin’ was one of the freaky highlights of 2013, even if you didn’t understand the lyrics. Fans...New wave and post-punk Thu May 21st 2015 - Thu May 21st 2015Read more
Country music prodigy Hayes sings commercial tunes that have already earned him hits, awards and even a show at the White House – and he’s still only 23. It’s not for nothing that he’s been called the male Taylor Swift.Country Fri May 22nd 2015 - Fri May 22nd 2015Read more
Only 23 but already a regular on lists of the world's best DJs and with a banging club hit or three to his name, the Swedish electro-houser takes to the stage for some in-your-face EDM.Electro Mon May 25th 2015 - Mon May 25th 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.