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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Dancehall and carnival bangers from guest DJs and live performers.House, disco and techno Until Sunday August 28 2016Read more
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There’s a high chance that the paving stones surrounding Koko will start bouncing as bashment bosses The Heatwave bring a 5-hour set of prime UKG, ragga and soca to the centre of Camden. The Heatwave crew have been championing the UK dancehall scene for...Bass, garage and D&B Until Sunday August 28 2016Read 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 September 3 2016 - Friday December 30 2016Read more
Wonderful singer-songwriter M(att) Ward has worked both as half of She & Him, a collaboration with actress Zooey Deschanel that's yielded two albums, and as a member of Monsters Of Folk. Here he returns to creating his own scratchily atmospheric and sparsely...Tuesday September 6 2016Read more
Known for his Balearic hits 'Offshore' (20 years old this year) and 'Stoned in Love', the one with the 'Tom Jones bandit' video, serotonin-inducing producer Nick Bracegirdle is back with his live band to bring a little bit of balearic heat to these grizzly...Dance and electronic Friday September 9 2016Read more
Electronica and dance from London-based musician Nicholas Bracegirdle to mark the 20th anniversary since the release of his album Offshore.Dance and electronic Friday September 9 2016Read more
American electronic music trio based in Los Angeles, California, consisting of singers and producers Trevor Dahl, Kevin Ford, and Matthew Russell.Rock and indie Friday September 9 2016Read more
The energetic hip hop duo performs in support of its album 3001: A Laced Odyssey.Rap, hip hop and R&B Monday September 12 2016Read more
This young south Londoner sings catchy, soulful pop with laid back class. Lianne La Havas, watch your back.Pop Wednesday September 14 2016Read more
West London MC and singer Shakka Phillip (never, ever to be confused with Shakatak) rose to fame with an acapella (or as he hilariously calls it, 'Shakkacapella') version of Azealia Banks's '212'. He's also performed with Basement Jaxx and Wretch 32....Rap, hip hop and R&B Thursday September 15 2016Read more
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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.
Went to one of the NME night, which turns out to be a student night too. Which is a great night out for a student, but not great setting for a laid back gig.
The bands and performances were exceptional. Enjoyed a sound quality too, unique interior of the place and a layout.
However, the club was very cold at first, toilets are in a in a poor condition. Bar staff is rude, and even with no customers, they rather chat around than serve you. Pretty pricy too.
It's a must go in London.
Not like other night clubs. Koko is a theatre, having several floors and a big balcony. Have been there clubbing but also for concerts and the acoustic is pretty good
Physically disgustingly Dirty - sub student acts - horrible atmosphere - overpriced bar with undercut dubious quality drinks - it was SO dirty that EVERY floor stank of sick & the surfaces were sticky with alcohol. I will never ever go to Koko again - i cannot believe Time Out lists it in best clubs - VILE. Go anywhere but here.
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Am I allowed to post a review saying how excited I am to be returning to KoKo ? The scene of many good nights, but The Isle of White reunion is one of the biggest. Great line up this year. The poster says #bethere - I will be !
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!