Mint, which has operated the north London venue since its transformation from the Camden Palace to Koko in 2004, plans to focus on its club, restaurant and bar businesses
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The iconic Camden venue will be out of action until mid-October while emergency building work is carried out
By Jon Chapple on 24 Sep 2018
Famed London venue Koko has closed temporarily for structural remedial work.
The grade II-listed Camden venue, which has a capacity of 1,410, closed on Friday 21 September and is expected to reopen in mid-October.
Koko spokesperson Larry Seymour says: “Our consultant surveyors recently made us aware of a structural issue within the building. The protection and well-being of our customers and staff is of paramount importance and we have therefore decided to close the venue while work is carried out.”
All promoters, agents and managers who had artists or events booked into the venue during the closure period have been notified.
“The nature of the work means that there is no alternative to a full closure”
“We place the utmost value on our relationships with our clients,” continues Seymour, “but we were unable to work around the diary. 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 who have been affected by the closure. Our contractors are working diligently and at all speed to ensure that we are able to welcome back a full programme of events as soon as possible.”
Upcoming shows at the venue included Peter Hook and the Light, Palaye Royale, Jilted John, Okkervil River and the Coral.
Koko has been owned fully by its founder, Oliver Bengough, since December 2016, following the purchase of a 50% stake formerly held by music video streaming platform LiveXLive.
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