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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

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4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

Now officially known as the Eventim Apollo after a spell as the HMV Apollo, Hammersmith Apollo is another live music emporium that began life as an art deco cinema. The 1930s building had a big refit in 2002 and another in 2013, but still features the original 1932 Compton pipe organ. It now doubles as a 3,600-capacity all-seater theatre and a 5,000-capacity standing-room-only gig space, hosting everyone from Kenny Rogers to Slipknot.

Highlights from the Apollo's glittering history include 38 Beatles gigs from 1964-1965, David Bowie's last gig as Ziggy Stardust in 1973 and several concerts by Queen in 1979. It's also starred in various music DVDs from the likes of Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Kings Of Leon. Aside from music Hammersmith Apollo has a top-notch array of comedy, dance and kids shows from the biggest names in the biz, from 'Riverdance' to Russell Brand to SpongeBob Square Pants.



Address: 45 Queen Caroline St
W6 9QH
Transport: Tube: Hammersmith
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4 out of 5 stars

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This is a really good venue for any type of show. It’s huge in size and so gains some impressive acts.

It’s also ideally placed right by the bus station and the tube station with 3 lines in easy access.

This is my fave venue for comedy acts as it’s big but not too big so you can still actually see the artist on stage as opppsed to via screen like at bigger venues.

There are loads of restaurants around this area so it’s a great night out if you want a pre gig meal. All good.


A good live music venue - plenty of seating and standing area with a good view from many areas. It's super close to the tube and there's plenty of pubs and eateries nearby for a quick pre or post beverage and bite to eat. Saw Sigur Ros here recently - while I was a bit disappointed with Sigur Ros, I thought the venue was great and would return there to see someone else!


Great venue. Saw All Time Low there not too long ago. To my surprise the queue was very long, I felt like I'm going to an arena show. I was surprised how many people can fit in this place! It was absolutely jammed. But lots of fun nonetheless. 


As far as big venues go, they're not really my thing. In my opinion, the larger the venue, the more overcrowded it is. Eventim (Hammersmith) Apollo is different from this. I was here for a James Blake gig at the beginning of November and there's nothing worse that listening to some grippy and ambient music whilst having a stranger's groin press into your left bum cheek. Thankfully the crowd was just right; busy but still room to manoeuvre and have the odd sway. The floor is the same as Brixton academy in that it's slanted in order to give people at the back a good view but it was much sturdier. The biggest let down for me was the cloakroom queue at the end of the night. With only one desk and up to only six staff at a time manning it, it meant that hundreds of people queued for up to an hour. If they get this sorted it would definitely deserve five stars.


I hadn't been to a gig at this venue since I was a teen so I felt quite nostalgic when I returned to see James Blake this month. It has one of those sloped rubbery floors that means better visibility and you can softly bounce to the music. The gig itself was incredible and the visuals, acoustics and lighting were second to none. However, the misleading 1 minute queue to put our coats in in the cloak room turned into a 1 hour queue to pick them up. On weekdays with early starts, I like a swift exit as it's a 45minute journey home anyway, so this was a bitter end to a great night. Surely the venue has a gig every night and can work out a better process than this that means they can pack up and go home on time too! Sort it out and you can have all your stars back. Such a shame.


I went to see the Lumineers at Hammersmith Apollo last Saturday and while walking in I wondered why I had not been for ages (last time to see the Wombats) - it's a great venue and the sound is amazing. I love that it's slightly inclined and if you prefer to stay further to the back it does not restrict your view or the sound quality.

Most of all I like the history and that it still seem to have the same charm.

The location itself is great as well, as you can grab something to eat just around the corner (King Street offers a vast selection of great (and cheap) restaurants) or just a quick pre or post drink.

And don't worry about making your way home - three tube lines are leaving Hammersmith and several busses.


A friend and I went to watch Birdy one weekday evening. This was my first visit to the Apollo and it didn't disappoint. The place still has most of it's original features, it feels very grand and huge staircases leading up to a large bar area on the first floor.
We moaned about lack of ladies toilets until we were kindly pointed in the direction of a large ladies bathroom upstairs by a steward.
I would love to visit again for another performance.
Very easy to pick up cabs and ubers outside the entrance afterwards too!


Really good quality venue.

Saw James Bay two weeks ago and really enjoyed. 

Very comfortable and amazing acoustics, 

Will be on the look out for more gigs in this venue.


Despite all the name changes over the years, the venue is much the same. Atypical of any large indoor performance space, occasionally I have to use google maps to confirm where I am, such is the similarity to Brixton Academy etc. But is does what it needs to do. Ultimately, it is all down to the act on stage and it certainly draws in some great names. I have little interest in stand up but have frequented the venue for several music acts and, for that, it's been great. 

It's certainly an iconic venue, and I think that's where most of the charm of visiting the Hammersmith Apollo ends. With a lot of this style of theatre, the seats don't provide the best view and you will find yourself constantly crooning to see in between the bobbing heads of the people in rows ahead. The bar and immediate surrounding area leave much to be desired but then again that's not what you come here for really. The quality of the performers that this venue draws is second to none and the atmosphere is just great. Unfortunately, unless someone really great was performing, I'd probably just rather watch it on the TV...

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