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.
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Super Furry Animals
Though they never officially split up, we’ve heard very little from psychedelic Welshmen SFA but the eccentric indie crew getting back to business, and now here’s a big London show – super indeed.Rock and indie Friday December 9 2016Read more
The Wedding Present
David Gedge's punky indie pop survivors return to the stage with their scratchy guitars and brilliant, poignant, cynical-romantic lyrics. Expect a whacking great helping of their hits, and the sight of grown men drunkenly weeping.Rock and indie Saturday December 10 2016 - Saturday June 10 2017Read more
Downpatrick's indie power-poppers keep riffing away, busting out a best-of set that's sure to include life-affirming thrashes of yesteryear like 'Kung Fu', 'Goldfinger' and 'Girl From Mars' alongside new stuff.Rock and indie Saturday December 10 2016Read more
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South London poet, rapper and playwright Kate Tempest plays from her Mercury Prize-nominated album 'Everybody Down'. Her punchy flow is halfway between rap and straight-up spoken word, as she spins out absorbing tales of urban malaise, hope and 'beigeness'...Literary events Sunday December 11 2016 - Saturday May 27 2017Read more
Walking On Cars
The emotional five-piece from Dingle (it’s in Ireland) play anthemic, electronic-edged popfodder.Rock and indie Tuesday December 13 2016Read more
Maryland fusion metallers Clutch play an engaging, funk-addled mixture of Zep riffage and complex rhythms – with some deft wordplay in the lyrics, to boot.Punk and metal Thursday December 15 2016Read more
The hip hop duo comprising of Jordan 'Rizzle' Stephens and Harley 'Sylvester' Alexander-Sule return.Hip hop and R&B Friday December 16 2016Read more
The Southampton-born, now Los Angeles resident, performs his electronic dance music concept Electric For Life.Dance and electronic Saturday December 17 2016Read more
The former whooping and clattering King of the Wild Frontier continues his successful return to the stage, playing Adam And The Ants' breakthrough album 'Kings of the Wild Frontier' in full.Rock and indie Sunday December 18 2016 - Wednesday May 17 2017Read more
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party
'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party' will play the Roundhouse from December 2016. This review is from the 2014 run. The Mad Hatter is a dude with a tall hat and rasta dreads, the Queen of Hearts is a dominatrix with a twitch and red glitter eye make-up, and...Hip hop Friday December 30 2016 - Sunday January 22 2017Read more
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4.7 / 5
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One of the most eclectic venues in London, that still plays to full houses in whatever blend of artists that perform.
Wonderful venue, wonderful staff and volunteers and seeing Suede here twice in two nights last winter was a life highlight
Very good venue; excellent acoustics and good choice of artists. Saw Spiritualized there years ago (admittedly not been a huge amount) but that was perfection!
Oh, Roundhouse. I really, really want to love you and give you a big 5 stars. You're great. The interior of the main gig space is architecturally astounding, there's a decent number of watering holes dotted around the venue and there's a nice bit of outside space for all tobacco enthusiasts (or just a bit of fresh air). However, I went to see the amazing Kwabs there. And amazing is understatement for how amazing he was. The problem was that my gig partner and I were stood outside the metal arches in the gig space and sound does not carry well at all outside of the "inner circle". There were times when I struggled to hear him and he was, after all, the reason I was there. So, Roundhouse, if you're reading this, you're great but you have your flaws. Sort out your acoustics. Oh, and please ban iPads?