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  • Address:

    1a
    Koko Camden High St
    London
    NW1 7JE

  • Venue phone:

    0870 432 5527

  • Venue website:

    www.koko.uk.com

  • Transport:

    Tube: Mornington Crescent

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    1. Koko
      • 1a
        Camden High St
        London
        NW1 7JE
      • 0870 432 5527
      • www.koko.uk.com
      • 51.53502,-0.13933

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La Femme

Rock 'n' roll, New wave and post-punk, Electro

  • Critics' choice

Five unbearably cool Parisians proffer incredibly catchy, lo-fi surf-pop layered with subtly sweet female vocals. Fans of Yelle and Gainsbourg's 'Bonnie and Clyde' LP, look this way.

  1. Thu May 21
  2. Koko
  3. £12.50
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La Roux

Electronica, Pop, Synthpop

  • Critics' choice

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...

La Roux
  1. Tue Feb 3
  2. Koko
  3. £20.60
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Laugh Till It Hurts – In Aid of Mind

Stand-up

  • Critics' choice

Alistair Barrie comperes a night in aid of mental healthcare charity, Mind. The superb bill features grumpy Irishman Ed Byrne, 'Live at the Apollo' star Shappi Khorsandi, '8 Out of 10 Cats's regular oddball Joe Wilkinson, super-sharp stand-up Katherine...

Laugh Till It Hurts – In Aid of Mind
  1. Wed Feb 25
  2. Koko
  3. £16.50, £13 standing
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Little Comets

Indie rock

The Newcastle indie scamps crack out their spry, Afro-cribbing rock tunes.

Little Comets
  1. Thu Mar 12
  2. Koko
  3. £14
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Mr Scruff

Soul, funk and rap, Hip hop, Clubs

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...

Mr Scruff
  1. Sat May 16 – Sun May 17
  2. Koko
  3. £16
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Needtobreathe

Country, Pop, Acoustic

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.

Needtobreathe
  1. Wed May 27
  2. Koko
  3. £17.50
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OK Go

Indie rock, Pop

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.

OK Go
  1. Fri Feb 13
  2. Koko
  3. £16.50
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Plaza Francia

World

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.

  1. Thu Apr 23
  2. Koko
  3. £18
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Roni Size Reprazent

Drum 'n' bass and dubstep

  • Critics' choice

D&B don Roni Size throws his clued-up jungle beats and basslines around in style with a seven-piece live band (including Dynamite MC, Onalee and Si John) and material from an upcoming new album with Reprazent (scheduled for release in 2015). Size will...

Roni Size Reprazent
  1. Sat Jan 31
  2. Koko
  3. £17.50, £14.50-£15.50 adv
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Royal Blood

Indie rock

  • Critics' choice

Book quick for this small-ish show in aid of War Child, ahead of Royal Blood's appearance at the Brit Awards.

Royal Blood
  1. Tue Feb 17
  2. Koko
  3. £20
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Saint Raymond

Indie rock, Rock 'n' roll

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.

Saint Raymond
  1. Tue Feb 10
  2. Koko
  3. £12.50
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Silk + Intro

R&B

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'.

  1. Sun Jun 7
  2. Koko
  3. £30
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Sleaford Mods

New wave and post-punk

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.

Sleaford Mods
  1. Fri Jun 5
  2. Koko
  3. £15
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Thanasis Papakonstantinou

Folk

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.

  1. Sun Mar 15
  2. Koko
  3. £23
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The Afghan Whigs

Alternative rock, Rock 'n' roll

  • Critics' choice

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.

The Afghan Whigs
  1. Wed Feb 4
  2. Koko
  3. £25
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The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

Pop and rock, Musical comedy

The Bonzos celebrate 50 years, with original members Neil Innes, Rodney Slater, Sam Spoons, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell and Bob Kerr back together on stage for this massive birthday gig. Plus support from Beatles parodists the Rutles. The Bonzos has been...

  1. Fri Apr 17
  2. Koko
  3. £25
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The Bug

Reggae, Drum 'n' bass and dubstep, Dubstep

  • Critics' choice

Kevin Martin, once London’s don of illbient soundscaping – and now a high-profile player on the bass scene – delivers a live headline set as The Bug. His dystopian blend of dubstep, reggae, dancehall/bashment and ragga and joins the dots between The Wild...

  1. Sat Apr 18
  2. Koko
  3. £17.50-£19.50
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The Selecter

Ska

The 2-Tone Records veterans, still fronted by Pauline Black, keep on skanking. They're responsible for ska classics such as 'On My Radio', which they'll no doubt be cracking out tonight alongside their ace rendition of the James Bond theme.

The Selecter
  1. Fri Mar 27
  2. Koko
  3. £20
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The Used

Alternative rock, Punk and hardcore

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.

The Used
  1. Thu Feb 19
  2. Koko
  3. £19.50
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The View

Indie rock

Glasgow's greatest export (or not) play the hits. They've had the same jeans on for seven years now, and it's getting more and more difficult to work out how they managed to pick up a Mercury nomination back in the day.

The View
  1. Wed Apr 8
  2. Koko
  3. £16
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A good venue for gigs but not so much for club nights.

Eleanor

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!

Jimmytwigg

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.

Dazbert

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.