KOKO is a Camden nightclub and music venue at the bottom of Camden High Street, London in a Grade II listed theater building. (Grade II means significant buildings of more than local interest.)
This 1,500 capacity venue, that opened in 2004, has already has had headline performances from Coldplay, Madonna, My Chemical Romance, and Prince. There are regular weekly club nights and for a free night out, look out for recordings of the Channel 4 TV program, The Album Chart Show, recorded at KOKO. You can sign up for the KOKO newsletter on the official website.
The building opened in 1900 as The Camden Theatre with a 1,600 seating capacity. By 1909 is was renamed The Camden Hippodrome and was a variety theater and famous names, such as Charlie Chaplin, performed. In 1911 film seasons began and it became a cinema in 1913.
The cinema closed in 1940 and for 20 years from 1945 the building became a BBC theater and shows included The Goon Show.
In 1983 it became the center of the New Romantic club scene when it was bought by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan of Visage. They renamed the theater The Camden Palace. It was at this club Madonna did her first UK performance.
This was the venue I knew and loved throughout the 80s and 90s but it was getting pretty rundown and by 2004 it closed for a six month, multi-million pound restoration project. Its latest incarnation as KOKO has been a huge success as it is still an old theater building but has all the modern technology you want from a cutting edge music venue and club.
Address: 1A Camden High Street, London NW1 7JE
Nearest Tube Station: Mornington Crescent
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General enquiries: 0870 4325527
Tickets: 0844 847 2258
Official Website: www.koko.uk.com
Monday - Thursday:
Headline act usually on at 8.30-9pm.
Gig ends at 11pm.
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.
When bands play on a Saturday night event it is usually a club show and the headline act usually doesn't come on before midnight.
KOKO is included in the Top 10 London Nightclubs.