GBR, London - Koko

Location info

Type: Club
Location: United Kingdom, London
1A Camden High Street

Contacts: Tel: 0870 4325527

Monday - Thursday: Doors 7pm. Headline act usually on at 8.30-9pm. Gig ends at 11pm.

Friday: Doors 7pm. Headline act usually on at 7.45-8.15pm. Gig ends at 10pm and Club NME starts straight afterwards. Anyone at the gig can stay at Club NME for free.

Saturday: When bands play on a Saturday night event the headline act usually doesn't come on before midnight. The exception to this is the iTunes Festival where bands will come on at the same time as on a weekday.

The Camden Theatre, opened on Boxing Day 1900, with a capacity of 2,434 it was one of the largest theatres in London outside the West End. The theatre was designed by the prolific theatre architect W.G.R. Sprague with an exterior symmetrical stone façade in a Classical style with four stone pillars that are spaced between windows. The building is dominated by a large copper dome, that originally had an open lantern that was topped by a statue. There were also eight statues of classical figures mounted on the corner pediments of the building. Decorated in a Baroque style with naked female figures holding supports for the boxes and columns, the rectangular marble proscenium is topped by more plaster reliefs of reclining naked women. The ceiling contains a shallow dome.

The theatre was opened by Ellen Terry, then the most celebrated actress in England, who had lived in nearby Stanhope Street as a child. The St Pancras Gazette, a local newspaper, commented as follows in a review of the theatre's production of an opera called The Geisha in 1901:

"It is a matter of special gratification that the opera was presented at our beautiful local theatre on a scale of magnificence and completeness which would do credit to a West End theatre, but this is nothing new at the Camden Theatre, being rather a continuation of the policy with which the proprietors started their enterprise, viz. to offer nothing to their patrons but standard work, which has received the unmistakable approval of critics and public."
On 6 December 1909 it reopened as a variety theatre and became the Camden Hippodrome Theatre. By 1911 films were being presented as part of the programme and in January 1913 it became a cinema known as the Camden Hippodrome Picture Theatre, operated by Biocolour Picture Theatres Ltd. From January 1928, they were taken over by the Gaumont British cinema circuit in July 1930.

Closed during World War II, it survived the mid 20th century, when many similar buildings were demolished, including Camden Town's other theatre, the Bedford Theatre, largely because it became a BBC radio theatre from 1945, however some voices called for its demolition in the 1970s. Programmes recorded at the theatre included the Goon Show. The BBC moved to the Golders Green Hippodrome in 1972, and it became a live music venue, called The Music Machine, and in 1982 became the Camden Palace, and in 2004 it was redeveloped and renamed once again as KOKO, with a capacity of 1,500. The previous industrial fittings of the Camden Palace were removed and it was repainted in a dark red colour.

Past gigs

26.09.2006 Blind Guardian: European Tour
18.03.2007 Kreator + Celtic Frost: European Tour (1)
02.07.2007 Isis: UK Tour
06.04.2008 Paganfest Europe Tour (3)
26.01.2009 Kreator: Chaos Over Europe Tour 2009 (1)
21.10.2009 Isis: European Tour (1)
29.10.2009 Cannibal Corpse: European Plague Tour (6)
01.11.2009 Amon Amarth: European Tour (2)
03.11.2009 Clutch + Kylesa
08.11.2009 Saxon: Battalions Of Steel - 30th Anniversary Tour
06.12.2009 Monster Magnet (1)
14.12.2009 Sunn O))) (1)
17.03.2010 Trivium: Into The Mouth Of Hell We Tour
18.03.2010 Trivium: Into The Mouth Of Hell We Tour
28.03.2010 Kamelot (1)
05.11.2010 Paul Gilbert: Fuzz Universe Tour
07.11.2010 Job For A Cowboy / Whitechapel (1)
26.11.2010 As I Lay Dying + Heaven Shall Burn (2)
06.12.2010 Neurosis
22.03.2011 Ulver
25.03.2011 Sonata Arctica
28.04.2011 Kamelot: The Pandemonium Tour 2011 (1)
06.05.2011 Last Fair Day Gone Night - An Evening With Katatonia (2)
03.07.2011 Mortiis + Combichrist: UK Tour
12.08.2011 Dir En Grey: Paradox Of Retaliation Tour
20.12.2011 Saxon UK Tour (1)
03.05.2012 Anathema: European Tour 2012 (1)
16.05.2012 Delain: European Tour 2012 (1)
12.06.2012 Sunn O))): European Tour 2012
03.07.2012 Adrenaline Mob 2012 European Tour
28.10.2012 Lacuna Coil: Dark Legacy Tour 2012 (1)
11.11.2012 Gojira: L'Enfant Sauvage Tour 2012
25.11.2012 Converge: All We Love We Leave Behind - European Tour 2012
30.11.2012 Testament: The Dark Roots Of Earth - European Tour 2012
07.05.2013 Bring Me The Horizon: European Tour 2013
31.10.2013 HIM: Tears On Tour 2013
01.11.2013 HIM: Tears On Tour 2013
13.02.2014 Monster Magnet: European Tour 2014
25.04.2014 Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats: Live In Concert 2014
26.09.2014 Anathema: Satellites Over Europe Tour 2014
17.10.2014 Mr. Big: European Tour 2014
12.11.2014 SikTh: UK Tour 2014
21.11.2014 Suicide Silence: European Tour 2014
02.12.2014 Protest The Hero: European Tour 2014
05.03.2015 In This Moment: The Black Widow Tour 2015
31.05.2015 Coal Chamber: European Tour 2015
04.10.2015 Paradise Lost: The Plague Within European Tour 2015
23.10.2015 Cradle Of Filth: Inquisitional Tourture European Tour 2015 (1)
19.11.2015 Periphery: European Headlining Tour 2015
21.12.2015 Ghost: European Tour 2015/16
12.02.2016 TesseracT: European Tour 2016
01.03.2016 Baroness: European Tour 2016
27.09.2016 Red Fang: European Headlining Tour 2016
06.11.2016 Blues Pills: Lady In Gold European Tour 2016 (1)
11.11.2016 Lacuna Coil: Delirium European Tour 2016
13.11.2016 Delain: UK & Ireland Headlining Tour 2016
29.11.2016 Caliban & Suicide Silence: European Tour 2016
10.03.2017 Tarja: The Shadows European Tour 2017



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