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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When otherworldly Chicago singer Olsen isn't playing with Emmett Kelly's experimental folk-rock band The Cairo Gang, she's a bewitching folk songwriter in her own right. Her heartstring-tugging vibrato and sheer simplicity make her well worth a listen....Rock and indie Wednesday May 24 2017
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Camden's Roundhouse is hosting a jam-packed three-week festival that celebrates the power of the spoken work, in all its forms. This year's extended line-up boasts panel discussions, readings, performances, workshops and more, from some of the UK's most...Performances Thursday May 25 2017 - Saturday June 10 2017
Everyone knows that a swan can break a man’s arm with its wing, but did you know that New York noise rock band Swans were at one point capable of making entire audiences get spontaneously reacquainted their half-digested lunch? Okay, admittedly that’s...Rock and indie Saturday May 27 2017
John Hegley (Gently) Rocks The Roundhouse (Studio)
The comic poet presents 16 songs, both old and new, interspersed with unpublished spoken verses. He promises other music-makers will be featured alongside amoebae, a phloem poem and the fourth Wiseman, Saint Bridget.Musical Saturday June 3 2017
The Danish singer-songwriter supports her second album, 'Aventine', with a set of haunting, intricately harmonised, piano-led songs. As well as the stripped-back sound of just Obel and her piano, there's also a sly, folkish twang to some songs and a hint...Folk, country and blues Sunday June 4 2017
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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?