Historic London music venue KOKO, where Madonna, Prince, Amy Winehouse and Coldplay have performed, will reopen next spring after a $100 million revamp.
Located in Camden in north London, the site, originally a 19th-century theater where Charlie Chaplin once took the stage before being converted into a broadcasting centre, has been under construction and restoration for three years.
Coco came under fire during its renovation. Credit: John Keeble/Getty Images
The refurbished 50,000-square-foot (4,645-square-metre) venue will also offer music artists a 360-degree stage as well as a more intimate setting, and broadcast, recording and live streaming facilities.
“I am excited to announce that we will be returning to KOKO next spring with a beautifully restored theater and live music offering for musicians, performers and fans that will hopefully be truly a treat for everyone who comes through the door. It will be a unique and unique experience,” CEO and founder Oli Bengf said in a statement on Thursday.
“We are as committed as ever to protecting our 120-year cultural heritage and supporting the next generation of musicians and London’s dynamic and ever-growing music scene.”
The £70 million ($97 million) investment has seen three buildings – the former theatre, an old pub and ex-piano factory – merge, a four-story extension and the restoration of the theatre’s dome, which was damaged in January 1. 2020 flame.
Coco, which is being relaunched in partnership with content company Sister, will also feature piano and vinyl rooms, a library, Dome cocktail bar, penthouse, and a hidden speakeasy.
It will also have a radio station and a charitable foundation.
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