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Famous Camden Music Venue Koko Is Forced To Shut After Builders Find Structural Defect

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Famous Camden Music Venue Koko Is Forced To Shut After Builders Find Structural Defect

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CAMDEN LONDON – One of London’s leading live music venues has been forced to close its doors and rearrange forthcoming shows after a “structural issue” with the ­building came to light.

Koko temporarily shut this week after surveyors deemed the 117-year-old building unsafe for the public.

The Camden venue, which is also a nightclub, is undergoing major construction work as part of a redevelopment of the building set to last until April 2020. The former theatre had been due to stay open during the construction project but has now closed until mid-October to allow for “structural remedial work”.

In a statement, spokesman Larry Seymour said: “The nature of the work means that there is no alternative to a full closure. We offer sincere and heartfelt apologies to all our clients and customers affected. Our contractors are working at all speed to ensure we are able to welcome back a full programme of events as soon as possible.”

Koko has hosted performances by Prince, Kanye West, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay.

Lee Scratch Perry at KOKO

 

Earlier this year, it was granted planning permission for a vast redevelopment, including building a 32-room hotel next door.

Although the hotel would be a separate business from Koko, there will be accessible from the hotel — including to private boxes on the second circle from some rooms. Also, the dome on top of the building, which dates from its opening as a theatre in 1900, will become a bar and function room.

The fly tower above the stage will be turned into a two-story suite for the hotel, including a recording studio for visiting artists, and the building’s period features will be restored. The temporary closure means several events have been canceled and some rescheduled.

Dreadzone’s gig tonight has moved to the Islington Assembly Hall, and Peter Hook & The Light’s show tomorrow will be at the Electric Ballroom. Performances next month by The Coral, Palaye Royale, Kamelot, and Jilted John also have new venues, while other changes are to be announced.

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