I love this place as it is best place.
Music music and more music.
Coffee and lot of cake.
Again live love and love this place
Roundhouse Camden is one of my favourite live venues in London, second only to Brixton Academy (third in the all time list if you count the now demolished London Astoria/LA2).
I've seen it all here; rock gigs, hip hop gigs, dance gigs, Mexican wrestling...It's a lovely, versatile space with great sound and a unique layout that adds a little extra magic to the any event you might attend. In the Summer there's an elevated outside space to hang out in prior to getting into the thick of a crowd. In the Winter, there are the many pubs of Camden nearby to hole up in for a pre gig pint or two.
A wonderful landmark venue in the heart of one of the liveliest areas in London. Long live the Roundhouse.
I have been visiting the Roundhouse for at least 5 years now and it never fails to impress me! With the recent refurbishment it's an even more impressive venue!
The sound is probably the best there is in London, and having seen a large variety of genres the sound is amazing for all!
I always look forward to seeing bands and artists play here.
Love this Venue. Stunning Architecture, great sound, wonderful staff.
It doesn't get better
This is by far my favourite music venue in London. The sound quality is brilliant and the lighting is really interesting. As the venue is round, pretty much anywhere you stand you get a great view. Also due to its shape you seem to be able to get to the front a lot easier! The venue has quite a large capacity but never feels crowded and overly busy. I would recommend going to see a gig here as it is a fab venue.
A venue can make or break a show, no question. In the event of the show I recently went to (Bonobo + band for his "The North Borders" tour), Roundhouse definitely helped make it.
The layout is damn cool - a small room downstairs to keep things a bit more intimate if you're feeling that kind of vibe, a spacious outdoor patio area with a bar, food and tables, and then the main room itself. And what a main room it is - a big, circular space with a stage to keep the focus and plenty of room to move around. A friend told me it was once used back in the day to turn around the railcars for the Tube. Unverified, but cool if true. The sound was pretty solid - not the best I've heard but impressive nonetheless - and the lighting and general vibe was really good. Having the bars off to the back by the entrance and out of the way of the people wanting to do their thing, be it dancing, watching the performers, or just relaxing along the side walls, is a good touch. It is a shitty venue indeed that has the bar surge distract from the show. Roundhouse is no such venue.
Having a fire alarm interrupt the show midway and force us all out onto the street was a bit of a buzzkill but venues gotta play by the rules when it comes to safety, so no harm done on the part of Roundhouse and all harm done on the part of the asshat who decided smoking a cigarette in the bathrooms was a good idea. Hey, on the upside, I got to meet Mr. Green himself during the unintended intermission, and given he's been one of my favorite musicians for the majority of my adult life, that was an unexpected bonus. We all eventually made it back inside for a few more songs. I suppose all said and done, the interruption was handled as best it could be. That said, Roundhouse staff forgetting to put us on the guestlist for his DJ set after the main show was frustrating, but all said and done, good night in a cool space.
I particularly enjoyed my recent visit to the Roundhouse. I went to see The Knife play there recently and was very impressed with the venue.
I wasn't too sure about the actual show itself. I'm not big on watching people mime all of the performance... but of course that is slightly irrelevant because I am reviewing the Roundhouse rather than the performance.
I found that the sound carried very well in there and was certainly very balanced from my front row seat on the upper level. As I know well, from being a musician myself, circular buildings are typically an absolute nightmare to reproduce a good sound without strange slap back echo happening, especially if you are on stage.
What ever they have done to the Roundhouse in the refurbishment that they carried out in a few years ago, they had dealt with the acoustics of the venue perfectly. I feel like due to the size of the venue and the layout, you could probably sit or stand in almost any place in the whole venue and enjoy the sound with a relatively unencumbered view. I say relatively because due to the construction of the building, there are posts that run in a semicircle around the middle of the building.
Another cool aspect of this place is that due to its location there are many cool places to eat and drink both before and after a show there.
Can't wait for an excuse to return!
One of the best showrooms I've ever visited, hosted one of the best shows I've ever attended ! Bianco was as spectacular as a Hollywood movie, without the special effects !
The only down: the bar does not accept credit cards, and you have to pay a 1.75£ commission on the in-house cash machines...
The Roundhouse is a good location, but I can't see why it would stand apart from the others.
On the other hand, they do host some really good gigs. I'll be visiting again.
This venue is just awesome. Period.
I've been here for a few gigs, but the latest showing of Fuerzabruta really showed off the venue intimate and unique feel. It being a round venue everyone was comfortably squished into the main room allowing us to be fully immersed into the show. It was like Cirque du soleil for clubbers. Although my neck was a little sore by the end of the night, I had enough 2 4 1 pints to make me not care!
The staff are always been very friendly and the toilets are always clean (big + in my book) and the shows they have on are unique. Also, they have SURROUND SOUND! 'Nuff said.
So did you know this place was a non-profit? Nope, neither did I.
Since it had it's big refurbishment in '06, this venue is pretty damn impressive. I saw The Raconteurs here years go and forgot just how awesome it was until I went over Christmas to see Fuerzabruta. The show itself is like stumbling in on a Spanish house party and taking LSD - not for everyone as you have to stand for the whole hour and a half performance and are shuffled around as the crane giant pools of half naked women on top of you... yes it really was that odd.
But the venue is amazing. The drinks in the bar are a rip off (as you'd expect) but the space in which people perform is impressive. The venue is ideal for in-the-round performances and any music gig as the acoustics are real sexy.
Check out what's on! It's worth it!
I was lucky enough to win a ticket for one iTunes Live concert at The Roundhouse in Camden this summer. The Roundhouse is a decent venue with a somewhat original style and atmosphere. As you go there for the music and not for the food and drinks, you do not need to be upset to hear that the food inside is just average. On the plus side, you can enjoy your drink outside on the terrace.
I was a bit surprised at the end, that getting people out of the building was kind of slow and the way from the main room to the exit was not marked very well. This caused some confusion and congestion around the toilets, because a number of people thought that's the exit, as other doors were closed. I really did not expect that at this venue, perhaps someone just forgot to open the door on time or to put up the correct signs.
Altogether, The Roundhouse in Camden is a good, but not a perfect venue.
The Roundhouse is one of my favourite venues ever!
Don't need to say much about the venue - it's all been said before!
This is for the Itunes festival that is currently on there:
Security seems way more strict than previous years, checking photo ID 3 times!
They are not giving out the free itunes downloads card this year - boo hoo;-(
It wasn't as busy as previous years - maybe they had crowd issues - which wasn't a big deal, it was actually quite nice for those that were there - more room to move around, although I guess not as many will win tickets.
The bbq on the terrace has been moved - they now have a large bar/bbq area outside - really great, makes it appear like a beach bar.
They are holding the interviews out on the terrace now too, more space I supppose.
Overall, another awesome Itunes festival!
Love this venue. best gigs ever!
I went to the Roundhouse last night to see The National play the iTunes Festival. And I gotta say, this is my kind of venue!
We turned up to the venue hungry and there was food! And by food I don't mean dirty water hot dogs but rather, nachos, burgers, peri peri chicken sandwiches and even a portobello and goat cheese sandwich (all of which were grilled to order on a BBQ.)
Better still, we were able to consume said food outside, with beer. A concert venue with a terrace? Two words: hell yes!
The camera work during the concert was excellent and beamed up on two large screens which helped me to feel almost as if I were on the stage.
You'll definitely get awesome aural at Roundhouse!
I know, I know, all the kids are on the floor spilling drinks all over one another, jumping up and down, swapping spit and whatnot, but at this point in my life it is terrific to be able to take in a show from a seat with an incredible view!
Now, if only I knew someone with an extra VIP pass to:
The xx on 12 July
Florence + The Machine on 13 July
Le sigh, a girl can dream...
Was back here again last night for another gig by another popular London band. It was about 85% male in there, which equated to lots of drunken yelling, jumping, and fighting. While some might argue that this has nothing to do with the venue itself, I have to say... AHA! This place is so ROUND. There is nowhere to escape from the assholes! You're trapped inside an orb with bars lining the walls and idiots spilling their beer on your feet!
Choose your gigs carefully if they're being hosted at Roundhouse.
While I am walking away with very wrecked boots and ringing ears, my night at the Roundhouse was a blast. Did I mention my hair stinks of beer from all the drink throwing and my clothes are going straight in the wash?
So apparently after tonight I can say...iMosh. When the realization hits that there's no way to completely beat the pushing, apart from standing a mile from the band, it's time to jump around and join in the fun (to an extent).
As for the venue, the circular design means more people can see the stage, the acoustics are pretty good and the venue is big enough for the size of bands they book.
It's not just a creative name folks, this truly is a big round house. That hosts some stellar gigs. That is exceptionally convenient to the tube. That is practically perfect in every way. Mary Poppins would surly approve.
In all honesty, I love this venue. Sure the clientele can be a bit, how to say, assholish... but the acoustics are fantastic and there's truly not a bad seat in the house - unless you're up in the second level and you get blocked by a big exposed beam. I love the outdoor area where you can lounge around on the steps, drinking and eating some overpriced concessions before the show.
Intimate enough to see your favourite band up close,
Big-name enough to see your favourite band, full stop.
You can't go wrong!
Really good place for gigs.
Medium-sized venues are difficult to do well. This is an incredibly versatile space, and they do the whole "medium" thing very well in many ways.
I saw Imogen Heap, with the Holst Singers, perform her a cappella film score to a 1920's French surrealist film called the Seashell and the Clergyman. It was an interesting evening, somewhere between a classical and a pop concert (the audience had trouble deciding which social cues were appropriate for the event. Can we take pictures? Do we clap between songs? etc.) The first half was a singer called Ana Silvera with the (UH MAH ZING) Estonian Television Girls Choir.
I was up in the cheap seats and I could hear and see everything perfectly. The sound in that space, even for choral music, which I am very knowledgeable and picky about, was perfect. It is both an intimate yet awe-inspiring space, and now officially one of my absolute favorite venues in London.
It would be an excellent place to see any sort of music/performance, classical to rock to films and theatre. And as someone else said, there isn't' a bad seat in the house.
TOP VENUE! Live gigs or theatrical performances the Roundhouse can accommodate and deliver - and do so in style. Unable to find fault with the sound you'll struggle to find a bad seat/standing point in the auditorium for whatever you're there to see either.
I went along a while back to see a band (Yo La Tengo, anyone?) and more recently to see A Winter's Tale (Shakespeare shizzle). Between them and other shows that have gone on here, such as La Clique (burlesque/circus stuff), demonstrate the versatility this venue has. A circular auditorium (clue's in the name) with plenty of floor space, two balcony levels and a high ceiling allowing any act to explore the room and put on the best performance they can.
There isn't much else in the venue, a smallish bar area (perhaps that could be bigger?), a patio/balcony area which is nice in the summer and a cloakroom (don't see enough cloaks around these days!). The cost of the cloakroom seems to depend on what the nights performance is. I seen the price at £5 per item (quite steep!) and £2 (quite standard).
Aesthetically lovely, I'm hoping to see more things here.
The Roundhouse is quickly establishing itself as one on London's best music hot-spots and is becoming home to some big gigs in town. Holding anywhere between 2000-3000 people it is quite large but still allows some form of intimacy.
There are a number of bars dotted around the parameter of the performance area which means getting a drink whilst waiting for acts to come on is easy. If you fancy a drink or some food before the arena doors even open then the Roundhouse Cafe downstairs can provide for your needs, albeit at a higher price than you would want to pay. It also acts as a great meeting place with friends.
Queuing outside is unorthodox. Although getting there first helps, it does not guarantee a front row position as once inside you have to climb the stairs (usually with a mad rush of eager fans) and wait for the main arena doors to open which means being a part of another queue cum waiting huddle. As long as you get amongst the first group of entrants you should get a good view. However if you are a little short like me and are at the back, you might have a problem seeing as the floor is quite flat. The stage is raised but obviously if you have hundreds of people in front they will obstruct your view somewhat.
The atmosphere is a highlight at the Roundhouse and is helped by the acoustics of the place which are of a very high standard which I have also found enhances acoustic performances.
First of all, I can't believe that no other Yelper has submitted a review for La Clique, which has been showing at the Roundhouse for a couple of months and is now in its last week. Talk about a stimulating variety show that reminds you how to appreciate the magic of the simple things in life. See it and I'm sure you'll know what I mean.
Second, I can't believe this was my first visit to the Roundhouse. What a great venue. Deliciously spacious and clearly versatile so far as stage set up permutations go (la clique opts for a small round stage surrounded by a seated audience). There is a cafe downstairs which was full when we arrived, but no disgruntled queues here to speak of, no, no, no. A simple chalk board sign telling us the cafe is now full. i.e. our guests have arrived and we're not rushing them away, so bog off. I respect that. And next time I hope to be on the other side of that chalkboard. Staff are young and hip of course - well, it is Camden. Bar staff will sell you a chinese takeaway sized box of popcorn for £2. In a cinema this would be an outrage but at the Roundhouse this is endearing.
Great venue. Only sad I didn't catch Jay-Z here when he headlined but I shall keep my eyes peeled for another must see event at the Roundhouse soon. No doubt these will crop up once La Clique hits the road again.
If your fave band is playing at The Roundhouse, then prepare yourself to get up close and personal with your 'rock idols' - because the 'roundness' of this venue means you can get a pitch perfect view where ever you are standing = result! I saw AC/DC at Wembley Statum last year - and although it was epic - it didn't compare to bouncing around to Oasis classics and seeing the Gallagher brothers bickering on stage from only a few feet.
I also saw La Clique here too, and that was aces! They turned the venue into an intimate cabaret experience, whilst blending it with contemporary circus decor.
The other reason this venue gets the full five stars - in my opinion - is because of the venue's backstage performance area called 'The Hub'. Let's just say it's like walking through the halls of Harry Potter...
Preparing for an evening of live music starring The View and Kasabian with my lovely lady in tow had me in high spirits. The Roundhouse is a fabulous venue. The downstairs has a well stocked cafe, the first floor is the main arena with bar and the second floor is tiered seating with another bar. The place isn't so big you feel detached from the stage, but big enough that you aren't revelling in someone's armpit when the atmosphere peeks. Believe me, the atmosphere peaked, many many times. The pounding beats played by both bands was amazing, and most of the night was spent fending of moshers in the volatile pit.
By the end of the night, we were covered in sweat and beer that was constantly being slung into the air, but we didn't care.
The Roundhouse has a reputation of showing great bands, on this showing their reputation is bang on.
Saw AIR play here last night. Great venue, amazing sound! Cool round (to state the obvious) structure with pillars and exposed beams for a grand ceiling. Plenty of bar areas with reasonably priced beers, which was a nice surprise.
Lots of people at the show but everything--transport, toilets, stage, view--was very accessible. Bonus for the Nando's across the street to absorb all those reasonably priced brews after the show.
As I stumbled into the roundhouse for the 3rd or 4th time, I realised that my dislike may be because of the venue or it may be because of the bands I've seen. Afterall, if MJ appeared from the dead and did a solo acoustic set at the Roundhouse It'd probably be amazing. However, when you see The Coral there and they take 2 hours to get to the only song you know, you start to look around and say "meh, this place is to round", "god, the sound sucks". etc.
So this place is okay. It's kind of cool, and hip -- has a nice area for a bar, it has a unique shape, blah blah.
But I dunno, when I go to see a gig in a smallish venue, I want it to be grimy. I want years of sweat and beer and music smeared over the walls. I want the floor to be more full of black dirt than your nose after coming home from Central London for the day. I want it to be like the Astoria, y'know?
The Roundhouse is just too polite, like most of Camden. It feels like it was made by stoned student hippies. It's like Penny Lane says to William Miller, "you're just too cute for rock n' roll".
The Roundhouse isn't the Led Zeppelin of music venues, it's basically Kasabian; it's unassuming, boring predictableness. Give it a miss, unless Elvis is playing.
There is something very special about this imposing venue. It isn't only the sense of creative progress you can feel when you walk through the doors, it's also the wonderful recent refurbishment, which spanned some 10 years at the hands of philanthropist Sir Torquil Norman.
The end result shows quite clearly what a labour of love this project was. The main theatre can hold up to 3,300 people standing and has been the venue for countless seminal performances including the BBC electric proms and Lucha Libre London.
But what strikes me the most is the complete dedication to the young community. The Roundhouse offers all kind of creative and recording projects led by professionals for 13-25 year olds, for just £2 a course! And there's a fabulous coffee shop and bar serving very reasonably priced snacks in a room filled with wonderful portraits of recording artists.
Make sure to check their website for the latest performances.
The Roundhouse is a great and versatile venue for music, theatre or anything. They have a diverse repertoire throughout the year, receiving productions and hosting bands from all over the place. I've seen and Indian multi-language Midsummer Night's Dream and an Argentinean physical theatre piece. I've seen Mark Ronson backed by the London Philharmonic for the Electric Proms, or Chris Cunningham's audio-visual meltdown. They're also a great private events venue for galas, parties etc.
The great thing about seeing a band here is that you never feel that far from the stage and the sounds is great. Plus it has such a rich history as a music venue, and it just looks so damn cool that it really adds to the experience of whoever you're seeing.
The bars upstairs sell the usual bland offerings that plague all music venues across London, though they have a bar / restaurant downstairs that both does great food and has some lovely drinks, including one of my favourite London beers on tap: the Camden Pale Ale.
Right by Chalk Farm, it is easy to get to and, not being far from Camden, there are always plenty of places to go on to after a show.
So, this is one the few venues that might just tip me to go and see something or someone as opposed to the cavernous Hammersmith Apollo, which might just tip me the other way.
The sound in here is incredible. I'll even go to gigs here of bands that I haven't got a scooby-doo about because you know that you're going to be hearing the best they've got to offer!
Was here recently for the Phoenix gig and it was impressive as usual. You can get a good view from pretty much anywhere and being on the edge of Camden you've got plenty options for that pre-gig drink or bite to eat. The space in this place is unique - it almost feels like an intimate warehouse gig, only with about a thousand or so other people.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is blag yourself a ticket to the electric proms which are here every year and stare in wonder at the amazing line up and combinations they manage to whip together. I once saw Kaiser Chiefs backed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Ridiculous right?!
Oh and they do other shows too, it's not all music. Check out their website for the weird and wonderful stuff they put on here.
And for the geeks out there, they used to turn trains around in this space. Got your attention now have I?!
The Roundhouse is what all creative spaces in London and elsewhere should aspire to be. Jimi Hendrix played there, The Doors played there and now, not only do they have one of the most impressive and diverse musical and theatrical programmes in the city, they have a dedicated team and creative spaces to nurture and develop young talent.
I got involved with a media project for young people at the Roundhouse a few years ago, it was organised to coincide with the grand reopening of the theatre and gave all of us involved a hands on opportunity to work in new media with seasoned professionals. I can't rate this place highly enough.
In the next few months to name but a few, Fat Freddy's Drop, Gotan Project and Grace Jones will be gracing this beautiful and iconic venue. Grace Jones! Not only that but The Roundhouse studios are offering a plethora of programmes for young people including animation and graphics, journalism and digital photography courses, all of which cost only £2 per session.
My least-favorite music venue in London. Despite its long history, its recent refurbishment includes mostly concrete and glass elements - more like a modern art gallery than a historic London theatre. It felt cold and it sounded brassy and harsh. (An especially disappointing place to see Beach House, who are oh so dreamy and feathery.) I far prefer the plush carpets, winding staircases and velvety curtain coziness of She Bu, O2 Brixton or Hammersmith Apollo.
The seating/standing situation was the nail in the coffin for me. 90% standing with no sloping floor meant I struggled constantly to get only glimpses at a time, around/over heads and those floor-to-ceiling fat concrete columns scattered throughout don't help either.
A nod to the staff, who tried to be as helpful as possible about my husband's last minute injury. We hoped for a way to be tucked away from the crowd so his injured arm wouldn't get shoved around, but with a sold out show, they couldn't do anything in the end. But they actually tried, when I expected to get sneered at and judged as fakers trying to scam a better seat.
As a conference, awards ceremony or comedy show venue (basically, anything seated and not complicated sound-wise), yeah sure. But not a music venue, not for me.
The Roundhouse theatre is one of the most spectacular venues in London. The performance centre is housed in an old brick structure originally built in 1846. I will never forget the time I went to see Fuerzabuta there in 2006. It was like the space was made for it, with it's high domed ceiling, pillars, huge curtains it was an amazing experience.
There is also a colourful modern cafe of glass and metal on the first floor and a restaurant on the ground floor where they serve some really tasty food and they have a BBQ in the summer.
I love the Roundhouse in Camden, it's a wonderful venue. Firstly the building is fantastic, this wonderfully curved structure with great performance space, which is understandably round. Then there are the great bars and restaurants that are dotted about the venue; they are affordable and the service is thankfully quick and attitude free.
Best of all though are the shows. I was so lucky to get tickets for both of de la guarda's recent shows which were half club half performances on bungee ropes. With other excellent recent productions such as the fantastic physical midsummer nights dream with Asian performers the roundhouse has never let me down.
The venue also hosts many great summer workshops for kids which I've actually taught at which are great for the surrounding communities and really introduces young kids to the theatre in an exciting way.
I loved this venue. Only a short walk from Camden market and all the goodness therein.
The half moon shape inside was very unique and made sure that I was always visually stimulated. It also made for a more full sound that venues of this size can usually produce.
The Roundhouse is an excellent venue for a wide range of music, performance and art. Not bad considering that the building was originally a repair shop and turntable for steam engines in the mid 19th century and was derelict for many years. It re-opened in 2006 with an excellent renovation and upgrade that is sympathetic to the original building but with a modern extension added on.
The circular shape works well since you are never too far from the stage and the acoustics seem pretty good. I've seen a few music events here as well as comedy which was in a separate, smaller rectangular performance space off to the side of the main round building.
I like the wide ranging and eclectic programme of events that ranges from big mainstream names to more experimental music and shows and good to see they have a focus of initiatives for young people as part of their mission. The staff are great and it's well run.
I was at the Roundhouse to see Amon Tobin a few days ago. The bar capacity is a bit stretched for a full music event like this but that's often the case at other places too.
Overall it fits perfectly into it's location in Camden.
I've been to the Roundhouse many times, most recently for the Deadmau5 gig last week, and have never been disappointed by the quality of the sound system, how spacious the venue is, and just how clean the hall is. I really like how my feet don't stick to the ground when I'm walking through the concert venue!
The only quibble I had, and that's one I'm only giving it four stars, is that if you're sitting on the upper level, the pillars do obstruct your view and - if the show's sold out - you may not be able to move somewhere else in order to get a less obstructed view. Some of the seats were placed such that the only thing you'd be able to see would be an obstructed view of the side of the performer all night long.
In terms of refreshments, there's a bar on every floor, and an outdoor patio bar on the second floor which has barbecues during the summer.
RSC's London season is here this year.
I've only seen Julius Caesar (so far) and it was good, but not breathtaking, especially when compared to Henry IV at the London Globe last fall.
The venue is neat - it really is a gigantic round space - fabulous acoustics, and a stage that protrudes to allow a lot of visible depth in the performance's blocking - very different to most London theaters (except globe-style theaters, of course.) The circle seats provide a great view of the use of the whole stage.
There's a bar and restaurant as well, but I haven't been.
Really conveniently located, and condition of the place was very nice. Had a really cool vibe to it. The folks working there were very nice and helpful.
Saw "La Clique" here and it was HILARIOUS!!! Seats were great, don't think you could really get a bad seat since the venue is fairly small.
Will come back and see another show for sure.
Prior to a major structural change the original RoundHouse used to be an engine shed. It had been long recognised as an outstanding example of mid-19th century architecture because it was round in shape.
In the mid 1960s it became a very exciting place as it hosted many pop concerts with artistes like Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and many more.
It has been closed for a long because as its archaic structure wasreceiving another face lift. Only re-opening in 2006 following a multimillion pound refit it now has two bars a cafe and an auditorium to make it one of London's most sought after location for live performances.
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