The Apollo is renowned for this level of atmosphere, which is why acts such as Kings of Leon, Robbie Williams, REM, Kylie Minogue, Billy Connelly and Bon Dylan have all chosen to perform on its famous stage. It is one of the UK's most celebrated music venues, famed as the venue where David Bowie killed off his Ziggy Stardust alter-ego. The Hammersmith Apollo, known through sponsorship as the Eventim Apollo, is an entertainment venue and a Grade II located in Hammersmith, London. Designed by Robert Cromie in Art Deco style, it opened in 1932 as the Gaumont Palace, being renamed the Hammersmith Odeon in 1962. It has had a string of names and owners, most recently AEG Live and Eventim UK. Many bands have released live CDs, videos or DVDs of concerts held at the Apollo, such as Kings of Leon, Tears For Fears, Dire Straits, Frank Zappa, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Robbie Williams. Kate Bush released a video and record EP of her concerts at the Odeon from her first tour in 1979.
Gig and club venue in the heart of Camden. The intimate space (capacity: upstairs 220; downstairs 200) has played host to some of the biggest and best bands on their road to stardom (including The Killers, Kasabian, Adele, Muse and Coldplay) with live bands and DJs taking the stage nearly every night of the year. The Barfly is a live music venue in Camden Town, London, England. Club nights and events tend to feature rock, alternative and independent music.. 49 Chalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8AN (www.barflyclub.com) It's no exaggeration to describe this corner venue as an institution. London's Barfly is an award winning boutique live music venue, bar and club renowned for hosting the best upcoming musical talent! The Barfly began with one club in 1996 (originally at The Falcon pub, before moving to The Monarch in 2000, which was then renamed The Barfly). A second venue was opened in Cardiff in 2001 and others followed. Following the closure of all these venues, the Camden branch is now the sole The Barfly venue in existence in the UK.
Audiences of 10,000 viewed acts like The Beatles (who performed there three times), T. Rex (whose Ringo Starr-directed documentary film Born to Boogie is centered on a 1972 concert at the Empire Pool), David Bowie, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, The Monkees, The Hollies, Dusty Springfield, Joe Brown & the Bruvvers, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Simply Red, Status Quo, The Who. U2 first played Wembley Arena in for two consecutive nights in November 1984 on the UK leg of their Unforgettable Fire Tour. The songs "Bad" and "A Sort of Homecoming" from these shows were recorded and appeared on the Wide Awake in America EP. They returned to the arena in 1987 as part of the UK leg of The Joshua Tree Tour. Dire Straits took up a 13-night residency at the Arena as part of their phenomenally successful Brothers in Arms tour, only breaking off to head down the road to Wembley Stadium for an afternoon slot at Live Aid, in July 1985.
Music Venues In London
Dingwalls (Lock 17)Dingwalls is a 500 capacity venue adjacent to Camden Lock, Camden, London, England, which hosts gigs and the weekly Highlight comedy club. The building itself is one of many industrial Victorian buildings that were put to new use in the 20th century. Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB (www.dingwalls.com) Dingwalls is a unique venue in the heart of Camden in London. Its history dates as far back as 1973 and has won numerous awards in terms of venue layout and customers service. Artists who have played at Dingwalls have included: Ellie Goulding, Gallows, Foo Fighters, American Blues singer Beth Hart and 'Venison' (a pseudonym of The Strokes, for the purposes of a 'secret' comeback show). On 6 December 2011, Coldplay played there within BBC Radio 2's 'Live in Concert' series.
The Electric Ballroom is a performance venue (primarily for rock bands) and indoor market located at 184 Camden High Street in Camden Town, London, England. The Electric Ballroom has been in operation for over seventy years, during which time it has been used in many different ways.184 Camden High St, London, NW1 8QP (www.electricballroom.co.uk)Located right next door to Camden Town tube station. Over the years it has played host to top musical talent such as The Vaccines, Ocean Color Scene, Cage the Elephant, The Strypes, Baroness, Of Monsters and Men, Faols, Snow Patrol, The Killers, Stereophonics, Sir Paul McCartney, Alt-J, Megadeth, Kaiser Chiefs, Nero, Richard Ashcroft, Miles Cane, U2, Prince, The Clash, Phil Lynott, The Boomtown Rats, Joy Division, The Smiths, Madness, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Public Enemy, Blur, Supergrass, Garbage and many more.
The Brixton Academy, officially called O2 Academy, Brixton, is one of London's leading music venues, nightclubs and theatres. Situated in Brixton, south London. O2 Academy Brixton has long been hailed London`s flagship venue, a must-play for artists and must-visit for music lovers. It has scooped the NME “Best Venue” award on an incredible twelve occasions between 1994 and 2007, proving its popularity with fans and the media alike and in 2009, received the Music Week `Venue Of The Year` Award. Rammstein, Iron Maiden, The Clash, Deborah Harry, The Prodigy, Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Bob Dylan, HARD-Fi and Sex Pistols have all played five consecutive nights at the venue. The Smiths played their last ever gig here in December 1986 which was an Anti-Apartheid benefit scheduled for the Royal Albert Hall but rearranged to the Brixton Academy due to Johnny Marr being involved in a car accident. Coming attractions include Blink-182, Childish Gambino, Jane’s Addiction, Azealia Banks, Lauryn Hill, Johnny Marr and John Newman
Punk arrived in 1976 with a year of concerts including The Damned, The Clash, The Ramones, Patti Smith and The Stranglers. Then in 1978, it was post-punk with Blondie, Elvis Costello, The Police and Adam and the Ants.. Roundhouse loved by audiences and artists everywhere as one of the most incredible live performance spaces in the worldChalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8EH (www.roundhouse.org.uk)A one-time railway turntable shed. In 2004 the Roundhouse closed for a £30m redevelopment. Architects John McAslan & Partners were asked to bring the performance space back to life, equip it with advanced technology and restore the original features..
The Camden Underworld is a music venue in Camden Town, London, England. The venue itself is a part of the World's End pub, being situated in the basement of the building. 174 Camden High St, NW1 0NE (www.theunderworld.camden.co.uk)Housed in the basement of the World's End pub, the aptly named Underworld has seen a serious great bands playing at the venue including.... Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, At the Drive-In,Bad Religion,Black Rebel Motorcycle Club,KT Tunstall,The Datsuns,,The Darkness,Enter Shikari,Fall Out Boy & the Foo Fighters!
Union Chapel is a church hosts live music and comedy events, and was voted London's Best Live Music Venue by readers of Time Outmagazine in 2012. Award winning, not for profit and independent ! Live At The Chapel has been running since June 2007. Produced and promoted by The Invisible Dot, it is one of the biggest, most dramatic comedy clubs in the country. Recent concerts include Aimee Mann, Eddi Reader, Keb' Mo', Micah P Hinson and Mavis Staples. In 2012, Union Chapel was voted London's Best Live Music Venue by Time Out magazine readers. www.unionchapel.org.uk
Artists who have performed or recorded at the venue since the mid-1960s include the Rolling Stones, The Who, U2, The Small Faces, Kasabian, Ralph McTell, John Martyn, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Alexis Korner, The Yardbirds, Morrissey–Mullen - who had a residency there of several years' standing, Rocket 88, Fairport Convention, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Roy Harper, Van Morrison, Dr. Feelgood, Elvis Costello, Meic Stevens, Finley Quaye, I Am Kloot, Bo Diddley, John Otway, Amy McDonald, Catfish Keith, as well as k.d. lang's first UK appearance, and Kate Bush's first public performance. It started as a haven for folkies back in the early 1960s with acts like Ralph McTell and John Martyn gracing the stage, but a quick glance at the Half Moon's walls of fame reveals a rich heritage. The pub saw early performances from the Rolling Stones, U2's first sell-out gig, Kate Bush's debut performance and residences from Elvis Costello and Steve Marriott. It still puts on live music every night with bands ranging from unsigned acts to legends like soul man Geno Washington. Besides live music, it's got an excellent (and frequently updated) jukebox with over 100 CDs from new acts to 50s classics.