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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Rising Swedish pop star Tove Lo (pronounced 'too-veh loo') stepped into the spotlight with her unflinching break-up anthem 'Habits' – 'You’re gone and I gotta stay high all the time, to keep you off my mind,' it goes, which ought to give a vague idea...Pop Mon March 30th 2015 - Mon March 30th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Formed in LA but now based in London, the headliners present vocal-led soul, funk and R&B sounds.Tue March 31st 2015 - Tue March 31st 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Earnest power-pop from this big-in-Ireland band, touring in support of their new album, 'Closer to You'.Wed April 1st 2015 - Wed April 1st 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Music On: London
Tech-house kingpin Marco Carola brings his globe-touring Music On party series to London. As well as Carola himself spinning banging beats, super-slick selector Loco Dice will also be on hand to provide deliciously deep house.Thu April 2nd 2015 - Thu April 2nd 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
British-Ghanaian Afrobeats and dancehall don Fuse ODG (aka Nana Richard Abiona) is the UK's chief ambassador for Azonto. If you're unsure what that is: it's a Ghanaian dance that involves bendy legs and fluid arms and hips. Check out some vids on YouTube...African music Fri April 3rd 2015 - Fri April 3rd 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 April 4th 2015 - Sun September 6th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
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.Indie rock Wed April 8th 2015 - Wed April 8th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
Dark and Lovely Global Roots
Boiler Room architect Thris Tian brings his NTS Radio show out for a live outing in north London's KOKO as part of the RBMA UK Tour. Helping him explore on-point house, soul, jazz, R&B and plenty of global flavours are Analogue Cops, Fantastic Man and...Thu April 9th 2015 - Thu April 9th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
The Airborne Toxic Event
Mikel Jollett turned a truly awful week – a break-up, his mother being diagnosed with cancer, his own diagnosis with a rare autoimmune disease – into an epic, orchestral pop-rock band called The Airborne Toxic Event. They’ve sold hundreds of thousands...Tue April 14th 2015 - Tue April 14th 2015Read moreCamden High St London London NW1 7JE
George Clinton And Parliament-Funkadelic
P-Funk frontman Clinton is still rocking out at 73, and last year he proved he hasn’t lost his power to surprise a crowd: after rocking rainbow dreads and outlandish costumes for a decade or more, he’s now adopted a slick look which usually comes topped...Wed April 15th 2015 - Wed April 15th 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.