ENHANCED HOSPITALITY, the new management company of legendary north London venue Dingwalls in Camden, says it will renovate the 500-capacity venue and has engaged new music programmers.
Opened in 1973, Dingwalls has hosted an array of acts in their emerging years, including Eric Clapton, The Sex Pistols, REM, Blondie, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, P!nk and The Strokes, is owned by Camden Market and was leased to Stonegate Pub Company until December last year.
Enhanced Hospitality, which took over Proud Camden (cap, 1,000) last April and rebranded it FEST Camden (300), says the programme of improvements to Dingwalls includes an upgraded live room, new roof terrace, a green room for artistes and other facilities to improve the customer experience.
London-based booking agency Lanzarote Works (LW) is overseeing programming with forthcoming shows featuring Bloxx and Jimmi Vaughan. The venue will also form part of the two-day Camden Rocks Festival in June, headlined by Frank Turner.
“We will look to bring in live artistes, across all musical genres, and host after-parties for live bands who have just played at [Camden venues] the Roundhouse  and Electric Ballroom [1,250], and the O2 Forum [2,350 in Kentish Town],” says LW head programmer Keith Miller.
Recent after-parties at Dingwalls following Roundhouse performances have featured The Vaccines and The Lemon Twigs.
LW also programmes East London venues the Moth Club (300), The Shacklewell Arms (180) and The Waiting Room (100).