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Coldplay at the iTunes Music Festival 2011
Chalk Farm

Constructed in 1846 as a turntable shed for the London and Birmingham railway, the Roundhouse – a Grade II-listed building – has a long and illustrious history, including spells as a liquor warehouse and long periods of disuse. But it came into its own as a legendary music venue in the '60s/'70s, hosting the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and The Doors and staging the notorious 'Oh Calcutta'. Work on the extensive overhaul/refurbishment began in 2004 and it reopened in 2006 as a modern arts and mixed-media performance space with strong community bias. The main room benefits from a high domed ceiling and Victorian metal 'ribs' and regularly accommodates a staggering variety of acts, from A-ha to Bebel Gilberto, Foo Fighters and Paul Weller.

Venue name: Roundhouse
Address: Chalk Farm Rd
Transport: Tube: Chalk Farm

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Babs - Working Girl London

I won tickets to see Ellie Goulding here for the iTunes Festival. What a great venue! It is intimate but you can still pack quite a crowd in there. I was near the back but still saw everything clearly and definitely locked eyes with Ellie a couple of times ;) The staff were all really friendly, the queues to enter went down at lightning speed, drinks are average price, there are plenty of bathrooms (no long queues for the ladies) and the vibe was brilliant. I would definitely like to come back here to see other performances!

Stefan S

As you can see from the photo, The Roundhouse lives up to its name as a live music and performance space. The concerts I've been to had superb sound quality. Although don't arrive late or you may be stuck behind a column! 

I'd recommend to eat and drink prior. While there are options inside (will caveat this by saying the restaurant was full when we arrived), I found the bars were over-priced and not matching the quality you can find down the road in Camden. 

But hey, chances are you're here to see your favourite band, and if that's the case, you'll have a wicked experience.

Guy Parsons
moderatorStaff Writer

This is a fantastic venue for live music and a cut above some similar mid-sized venues. The auditorium itself is a gorgeous old space with tons of character (although totally without incline - vertically-challenged gig-goers may want to book a chair on the balcony level) and the terrace out the back, which becomes Camden Beach in the summer, is a decent spot for a pre-gig, actually-reasonably-priced pint.

I saw GSYBE here and had a lovely time. The Sir Richard Steele pub up the road towards Belsize Park is a good place to visit beforehand, and Joe's, across the road, is open to 3am for after-party festivities.