Koko Camden: when are Arcade Fire playing, can I get tickets, and what happened to London music venue?

The venue initially began as a theatre in 1900.

Koko Camden is set to welcome its first live performance in three years after the historic venue was destroyed in a fire.

The hall is steeped in history and has played host to intimate gigs by some of the most famous musicians in history such as Amy Winehouse, Prince, The Rolling Stones and more.

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It was also the site of the first performance on UK soil by Madonna back in 1983, who then returned 20 years later.

What happened to the nightclub?

The incident at Koko, located in Camden occurred back in January 2020 where the famous venue was engulfed in flames.

Despite no injuries reported from the disaster, 60 firefighters fought tirelessly to battle the flames that unfortunately took their toll on the venue.

The fire began at around 9pm local time, and the fire was only brought under control at around 2:30am in the morning, and the dome on the roof was destroyed.

After the incident over two years ago, owner Olly Bengough said: "We’ll be doing our best to get the redevelopment of this iconic building back on track."

What is the history of the nightclub?

The nightclub has a very rich history.

It was reportedly the last place where famous AC/DC rocker Bon Scott was seen drinking, shortly before his death from alcohol poisoning in 1980.

Aside from that, it has played host to some of the biggest names in music, such as Prince, Ed Sheeran and more.

Way back in the early 80s, it was a leading venue for the punk and New Romantic scene. Visage singer Steve Strange regularly held club nights at the venue.

When the nightclub initially opened as a theatre in 1900, it hosted regular performances by the infamous Charlie Chaplin.

The BBC seized control of the venue after the second world war, and it became home to live comedy by the Goon Show and Monty Python.

And in 1983, Koko received notable fame as it was voted Europe’s best nightclub.

After countless performances from many world renowned bands and artists that included the Killers and The Cure it closed its doors in 2019 for a refurbishment.

The journey since has been long, with a fire, a flood and the coronavirus pandemic all getting in the way of the famous venue opening its doors once again, but after three years of silence, Koko will light up again.

When are Arcade Fire performing at Koko?

Arcade Fire are to be the first live performance Koko has hosted in over three years, and are performing on Friday, 29 April 2022.

Are tickets still available?

Sadly, tickets for their performance at Koko are unavailable on both Viagogo and Ticketmaster, however tickets may be available on the door at the venue.

If tickets do become available, you can join the waiting list on See Tickets to be notified of available tickets straight away.

Who is Arcade Fire?

Arcade Fire are a rock band from Quebec, Montreal in Canada who were formed in 2003.

They are known for their immersive performances and large number of musical instruments which include some more niche ones such as the violin, cello, xylophone, keyboard, accordion and harp.

The band were featured on the Canadian edition of Time’s Magazine in 2005, and were credited with putting Canadian music on the map.

Their single Cold Wind, which was released in 2005 was used as the soundtrack for the popular HBO series, Six Feet Under.

They are arguably most known for their song “Wake Up” which has over 100 million streams on Spotify.