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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After breaking into the charts and our hearts with their synthpop stormers ‘In for the Kill’ and ‘Bulletproof’, London duo La Roux all but vanished for a good few years. Now La Roux is back, down one band member (it's just luminous singer Elly Jackson...Electronica Tue February 3rd 2015 - Tue February 3rd 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
The Afghan Whigs
Notorious bruiser and righteous soul man Greg Dulli puts his Cincinatti alt rock combo (who reformed for an ATP event in London a couple of years ago) through their sweaty, grungy paces.Alternative rock Wed February 4th 2015 - Wed February 4th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
LA EDM prankster Dillon Francis doesn't pull any punches with his brand of face-melting, bass-heavy electronica. He was an early adopter of 'moombahton', a form that mixes house and electro with the slower Latin style of reggaeton, so here's your chance...Thu February 5th 2015 - Thu February 5th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Buttoned Down Disco
Overdose on this hugely popular indie/electro night that sees resident DJs Christian Laing, Lydia Butler and pals – plus special guests – unleash rockin' electro and indie-pop mash-up madness, with a scattering of cheese and student party anthems. Full-throttle...Sat February 7th 2015 - Sun September 6th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Nottingham's Callum Burrows plays lilting, flickering guitar-pop. He's supported Ed Sheeran and Haim and is working on a major-label debut album, implying a sparkly and radio-friendly future.Indie rock Tue February 10th 2015 - Tue February 10th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Gruff Rhys: American Interior
Prolific pan-disciplinarian Gruffydd Maredudd Bowen Rhys is best known for fronting the mighty Super Furry Animals, but has also produced sterling work with Gorillaz, Danger Mouse and his own Neon Neon project. He's here to perform his 'American Interior'...Pop Wed February 11th 2015 - Wed February 11th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Young, acoustic guitar-toting, hat-loving troubadour Bay sings slow and steady folk numbers like Damien Rice. He's a hot tip at the moment and keeps selling out his smaller shows, so book early if you want to guarantee your spot here tonight.Folk Thu February 12th 2015 - Thu February 12th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Glamtastic power-pop from the Chicago four-piece, who first made their mark with a brilliant video that saw them doing a synchronised dance on treadmills.Indie rock Fri February 13th 2015 - Fri February 13th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Book quick for this small-ish show in aid of War Child, ahead of Royal Blood's appearance at the Brit Awards.Indie rock Tue February 17th 2015 - Tue February 17th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Bert McCracken, frontman of these Utah pop-hardcore heroes, modulates angelic melodies with astonishingly full-on catharsis – he once screamed so hard he was sick.Alternative rock Thu February 19th 2015 - Thu February 19th 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.