Camden Town has a long history of being one of the most important places for live music in the world. We turn back the clocks to see who has played at some of the Camden venues.
KOKO, formerly known as The Camden Palace, hosted acts such as The Cure, Eurythmics, and the first UK show from a young rising star named Madonna. More recent performances include shows by Kasabian, Coldplay, Noel Gallagher.
The Dublin Castle, The Edinbro’ Castle, The Pembroke Castle and The Warwick Castle were each formed so that workers from different regions of the UK could have their own drinking spots. One of the main reasons was to keep them separated while drinking. Many drunken fights between the different groups led to the decision for each to have their own pub.
The Dublin Castle opened its doors to bands like Madness, Blur, The Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, and Amy Winehouse.
The recently closed The Good Mixer saw Britpop bands frequent their bar. Supposedly this is where Oasis and Blur used to drink and it is rumoured that the famous feud between Blur and Oasis started at The Good Mixer when one of the Gallagher’s said to Graham Coxon of Blur, “nice music, shit clothes.”
Dingwalls in Camden is a favourite venue of ours, and it has an amazing history when looking back at the bands who have played there. It first opened as a venue in 1973. Bands who played there include Foo Fighters, R.E.M, Imagine Dragons, The Drifters, The Darkness, The Strokes, and many more.
Electric Ballroom, the famous Camden music venue next to the Camden station. It has welcomed Snow Patrol, The Vaccines, Joy Division, The Smiths, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Public Enemy, and Garbage.
The Roundhouse has been a landmark in Camden for many years and the live performance space has seen many legendary performances. Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Nils Frahm, The Who, The Doors, Dinosaur Jr, Machine Head are just some of the bands.
Jazz Café, now nicely refurbed, is still going strong. Over the years we’ve seen Don Cherry, the Herbaliser, London Elektricity, Archie Shepp, Cassandra Wilson, Baba Maal, Lee Scratch Perry, and a show from Cream’s Ginger Baker.
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