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Camden Music Venue is Forced to Shut after Builders Find Structural Defect

One of the most popular nightclubs and live music venues in London has been ordered to close and make alternate arrangements for upcoming shows after a structural defect in the building work was discovered.

Koko, which is located in Camden, was temporarily closed after surveyors declared that the building was unsafe for public occupancy.

The venue is undergoing in-depth construction as part of a redevelopment due to be completed in April 2020. The 117-year-old building and former theatre were supposed to remain open during construction but it has now been closed until mid-October.

Spokesman Larry Seymour said that the extent of the structural defect building work required meant that a full closure was necessary. He apologised to all affected customers and clients and said that contractors were working hard to ensure that the venue would be back in business as soon as possible.

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Earlier this year Koko, which has hosted performances by Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Madonna, Kanye West, and Prince, received planning permission for a major redevelopment, including a hotel beside it.

Although the hotel would be a separate enterprise from the music venue, there would be access between the two buildings, including private boxes from some of the rooms. The dome atop the building will become a bar and space for hosting functions.

The fly tower over the main stage will be made into a two-storey suite for the hotel and include a recording studio for visiting musicians. The former theatre’s period features will also be restored.

The temporary closure meant that some scheduled musical events had to be cancelled and others rescheduled. October performances by Jilted John, Kamelot, Palaye Royale, and The Coral have been moved to new venues while other changes remain to be announced.

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