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Koko closes for £40m ‘re-imagining’

Venue will open again next Spring

12 March, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

KOKO – the music theatre in Camden Town dating from the Victorian period – closed its doors this week, as builders moved in to start a £40m, year-long redevelopment.

The concert venue, which first opened in 1900 and has played host to some of the biggest names in music, will expand by taking over the former Hope and Anchor pub next door in Crowndale Road.

The plans include six new live performance areas, a radio station and studio, three new restaur­ants, a rooftop conserva­tory and terrace, and a new penthouse space for musicians to rehearse.

Koko owner Olly Bengough said: “KOKO has always taken great pride in our innovative approach. We can see our audience want a 360-degree experience in the future and it’s our duty to deliver that, to cut out the unknowns of going to a venue our size, most of which haven’t changed since the 1950s.”

He added: “This isn’t just about offering a music venue. In the Camden spirit of independence, auteurship and eccentricity, we want to offer an unrivalled experience. By radically reimagining what KOKO will be for chapter two, we’re protecting the culture, helping Camden and London. We’re giving back to music.”

Koko will re-open next spring.

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