For over three year’s it’s been hidden behind hoardings, yet another spot on the list of London’s once world-beating live music destinations lying dark, forlorn, and uncharacteristically quiet. It hit the headlines when fire ripped through the historic dome, raising fears the celebrated building may perhaps be lost forever – and then came Covid.
Yet next month, despite it all, Camden’s iconic KOKO will reopen as a temple of live music, the likes of which seems certain to raise the bar for top venues the world over. The ambition for the completely revamped venue means it’s going to be a huge deal for the local music and culture landscape, and that makes us genuinely excited for what lies ahead.
Alongside the vast main auditorium, of which many locals will have fond, if rather rough-and-ready memories of cheap midweek beers n’ bands in the crumbling old theatre space of the Camden Palace years, there will be a second 200-capacity venue up in the new Fly Tower, which sounds incredible, plus seven more performance spaces dotted throughout.