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Koko closed for major facelift

18 March 2019

LONDON‘S 1,500 capacity Koko closed this month to enable a year-long £40 million refurbishment of the building.

Koko owners The Mint Group said that when the venue reopens in spring next year it will offer six live performance spaces – including one at 1,500 capacity a radio station and broadcast studio, three new restaurants, a rooftop conservatory and a penthouse space where artistes can rehearse and record music.

The changes will result in 20,000 square feet of additional space but Koko’s main auditorium will retain its 1,500 capacity.

“This isn’t just about offering a music venue,” says Mint Group co-director Olly Bengough, who opened the venue following an overhaul in 2004. “In the Camden spirit of independence, auteur-ship and eccentricity, we want to offer an unrivalled experience.”

The Grade II*-listed venue was forced to temporarily close in September last year for essential remedial work after surveyors deemed the 117-year-old building to be unsafe for the public.

Koko has played hosted concerts by artistes such as Prince, Madonna, Kanye West, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Amy Winehouse and Noel Gallagher over the years.

The final show at the venue was on 5 March, headlined by Wiley.

Opening on Boxing Day in 1900 as Camden Theatre, the venue has been through various reincarnations since the early 1980s, as Music Machine and Camden Palace, before becoming Koko.

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