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Camden’s iconic KOKO location to reopen in spring 2022


Don’t call it a comeback.

As you step out of the Crescent at Mornington Station, it’s hard not to be struck by one of London’s historic concert halls as it towers over the streets of Camden.

But for almost three years, the doors of KOKO were closed to regular punters lining up to enjoy their usual roster of theater and live music. In the spring of 2022, everything will change, as its state-of-the-art shine is finally revealed to the public.

Image: Sam Neil

Since its closure, it hasn’t been an easy run for the beloved venue – which has once housed artists like The Rolling Stones, Prince and Camden’s Amy Winehouse. They initially hoped to remain closed for renovation for a year, but a a fire breaks out on the site in 2020, followed by the Covid pandemic and “colossal water damage” ended up threatening the existence of the place.

None of this was enough to stop the glorious comeback, and you’ll see doors open for events this spring, in a renovated 50,000 square foot space. The Grade II listed theater now has four floors, with a chic new media space for artists and musicians, allowing them to “co-produce, broadcast and distribute their music to a global audience with the new KOKO studio”.

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In addition, a whole new experience will be offered to the public. Expect a late night pizzeria, tap bar hosting live performances, as well as their stunning new venue and gallery “Fly Tower”, where artists can even perform on a unique 360 ​​stage. degrees. Plus, their new membership program offers access to * a deep breath *, to their beautiful rooftop terrace; a new original cocktail bar in the shape of a dome; a penthouse and a recording studio; piano room; library; hidden underground bar; a stopover kitchen; and vinyl rooms. Phew, not bad.

CEO and Founder Olly Bengough said: “After three long and epic years of construction and restoration, I am delighted to announce that we will be returning KOKO to musicians, artists and fans next spring with a beautifully restored theater and an offering of live music which will hopefully be a truly unique and unprecedented experience for all who walk through the doors.

Image: Sketch of KOKO’s roof terrace (Credit: Pirajean Lees)

“We are more determined than ever to protect our 120-year cultural heritage and to support the next generation of musicians and London’s vibrant and ever-growing music scene. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to KOKO in spring 2022. ”

Following these unprecedented delays, the modernized space will include features that build on a futuristic element of live music: streaming. KOKO has revealed plans for “high quality streaming capabilities built into [the venue]”, alongside their goal of” providing an unparalleled experience for fans of live music “.

KOKO is a place steeped in history, having opened as Camden Theater in 1900 and welcoming none other than Charlie Chaplin in his updated appearance of Camden Racecourse in 1909. It has changed its identity and many times before, and this new era of KOKO is a story of the survival of one of London’s great places that demands to be celebrated. You will just have to wait a little longer to do just that.

KOKO is slated to reopen at 1A Camden High Street in Spring 2022.


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