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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J Mascis and his deafeningly loud grunge godfathers return, mashing up heavy, sludgy riffing with a (ringing) ear for sparkling pop melodies. They're not playing London all that often at the moment, partly because of Mascis's solo commitments, so catch...Rock and indie Friday March 23 2018
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Ride the Roundhouse
You'll have to put pedal to the metal to make it to the end of this charity gig. The idea is to cycle 100 miles on a stationary bike while the Roundhouse provides the soundtrack as live bands, DJs and special guests play on stage. When you enter, you...Quirky events Sunday March 25 2018
Pirates Of The Carabina: Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine
This anarchic crew of acrobats are co-headlining Roundhouse's CircusFest with a new family friendly show. 'Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine' is set in a world of mechanical chaos, complete with steampunk-style contraptions that performers navigate...Circuses Tuesday April 3 2018 - Sunday April 15 2018
Fram And Dunt
Francesca Hyde is a circus artist who hangs from her own hair. But what happens when she persuades her Dad, who works in IT, to join her on stage? 'Fram & Dunt' is a brand new show that mixes impressive aerial feats with witty insights into father-daughter...Circuses Tuesday April 3 2018 - Thursday April 5 2018
Weibel Weibel Co: Breaking Point
This solo show Swedish circus performer Alexander Weibel Weibel explores the wonderful world of the slack rope (like the tightrope, but, well, slacker) in a pared down performance that creates obstacles with the audience's help.Circuses Friday April 6 2018 - Sunday April 8 2018
Ellie Dubois: No Show
After landing rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, Ellie Dubois's 'No Show' is getting its London premiere at Roundhouse's CircusFest. An all-female company perform an exploration of the failures and the discomfort behind the breathtaking spectacles...Circuses Wednesday April 18 2018 - Sunday April 22 2018
Groupe Bekkrell: The Bekkrell Effect
All-female French troupe Circus Bekkrell have a scrappy, punky aesthetic that mixes Riot Grrl energy with impressive physical daredevilry. Their show 'Bekkrell Effect' will bring them to London for the first time as part of Roundhouse's CircusFest. It's...Circuses Thursday April 19 2018 - Sunday April 22 2018
Canada’s playful college rock troupers roll into London to busk out their blend of pop, rap, folk and nerdy cabaret whimsy. Look forward to the so-catchy-it’s-irritating ‘One Week’ and the full version of their TV theme for ‘The Big Bang Theory’.Rock and indie Friday April 27 2018
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One on my favourite venues. So many iconic artists have played here
Choice of seats or standing for gigs. Bar is less busy than other venues and there's an option for food too.
In the summer, try the beach. Sand and cocktails is perfect in the London sunshine
Loved this venue! I had a standing ticket and was expecting to have to queue for ages to get in and pay excessive amounts for drinks - I was proven wrong on both counts. In fact, drinks were very reasonable (£4.50 per spirit and mixer) and the queues for them weren't too long. The floor of the actual venue is slightly sloped which enhances the view - bonus! Would definitely go and see more things there.
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?