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184 Camden High Street, Camden Town, London NW1 8NH
- Camden Town Underground Station (<0.1 km)
- Mornington Crescent Station (0.7 km)
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020 7485 9006
68 King William Street, London EC4N 7DZ
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31 reviews of Electric Ballroom in English
I haven’t been to the Ballroom in years having got old and shaken off my Gothic tendencies, but I like to tell myself that this unique venue has not lost its almost magical charms. Entering the vast underground chasm on a Friday night it felt like almost anything could happen (and it frequently did) and the venue is a good mix of large, medium-sized and intimate dancefloor areas to cater for all tastes and proclivities…
I've been to the Electric Ballroom to see bands several times now and I have to say it's one of my favourite venues.
It's fairly small and intimate and has great sound. The bar and the balcony upstairs is a good spot to watch bands from or you can get very close to the bands if that's your thing.
I haven't been there for any of the club nights but there appears to be a wide range of different music styles and I'd like to give it a go.
Decent small-to-medium gig venue/club very close to Camden Town High Street tube station. I went to see Paolo Nutini, a sold out gig, there last night and had a great time. It was packed to the rafters but the sound was very good. For some silly reason they only seemed to turn on the air in the encore which would have been appreciated earlier on but otherwise it was a pretty cool venue.
Small street entrance opens out to a big open space below with 2 bars down there as well as one upstairs. The only other thing that was a bit annoying was that the bar does not accept credit cards - so if you don’t have cash on you you’re a bit stuck.
Great venue, good craic for an old school-esque weekend night; reminds me of my old SU! Strange the way they take unopened chewing gum off you, never encountered that before, but at least it shows theres a no-nonsense drug policy. I’d a little bottle of Jagermeister in my pocket which they took off me and gave me a ticket; just like a cloakroom; and there was me thinking I’d lost it forever!
Ah, the good old Electric Ballroom. I used to hang out in Camden all the time when I first moved to London and often visited on a Saturday afternoon to rifle through racks of cool clothes. I even bought a £15 green leather jacket here in my pre-vegetarian/vegan days - fancy that.
I also remember getting very very drunk at an indie club night there once, dancing to The Cure and shimmying up to unsuitable boys. What larks there were to be had in Camden in the year 2000!
More recently I experienced the EB as a gig venue, and it was a pretty vibey night. I like how you can watch from the bar upstairs (though I don’t know how you get up there) or down in the thick of it, though if you get stuck at the back by the bar it’s very hard to see anything at all on the stage. The sound was okay but it wasn’t a full band performance so I can’t comment too much.
All in all it’s a nicer than average small venue with particularly fond memories for me of my early days in the big city. Hurrah for that.
This place has different seen depending on which night of the week/month you go there. I highly recommend this place for there Inferno nights. Which are the first Friday of every month. If you like loud metal and industrial music and the gothic seen, then you will probably like this place.
So the Ballroom has been around for since the 70’s, and with it it’s seen the rise and fall of many rock n roll bands. Everyone from Adam and the Ants to The Red Hot Chili Peppers to Hanoi Rocks have taken the stage. Not only is this venue crucial to bands development in their early days it provides a mass of history.
Not only does it provide a stage for live music, but it opens it’s doors every Friday and Saturday to camden’s thriving clubbers. If you live for rock n roll or would die for metal, get yourself down to the club night “Sin City” on a Friday. Sure it’s full of you’re local 70/80’s wannabe types, who crave this era of music, but to hell with it, the music’s great, the drinks are…well priced not too badly, and the smoking area outside provides a conversation ground…don’t expect to hear yourself much inside. A must for every die hard glam/metal fan.
There is talk of closing this gem down, and with it the station shall expand (sorry why the hell does Camden station need to expand?!) and history shall be destroyed. If only the walls could talk, I’m sure we’d hear some interesting stories of years gone by. So what are you waiting for, put your fav band tshirt on, your eyeliner, lycra or leather is optional and lets go rock n roll!
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sarhawukusick, 17 June 2011:
Excellent place to see a gig! Surprisingly large venue with decent sound and lighting, but minimal seating.
The venue is also host to various club nights and has different music on different floors. Inferno is a popular night with some good DJs.
It’s spitting distance from the Camden Tube Station and there are loads of night busses and taxis to take you home after a night out.
Sundays, the venue is part of the Camden Market and you can find all sorts of interesting items for sale.
The electric ballroom is one of those venues that you seem to keep coming back to. I remember the first time I went there and thinking like it was a mix of the greatest elements of my student union, CBGBs and your local town nightclub. Be warned the queues start early for this place, and the doorman who regularly patrol the lines can throw people out for no reason at all. So best not to cause them any reason to.
Inside they have a massive main dance room, which plays some great tunes and also some very cheesy tunes. Upstairs is more the rnb room. Definitely check it out as you’ll be guaranteed to have a good night.
The Electric Ballroom is legendary, hosting some great acts over the years including Hard-Fi, The Killers, The Raconteurs, AFI, Gogol Bordello and Paul McCartney. My experience has always been great here, they have plenty of bars scattered across two levels, an almost 60’s american diner look to the upstairs and a big dance floor and stage downstairs, it’s pretty much like a large hall, perfect for rocking out or even throwing some shapes to cheese.
Sin City on a friday is the night for the rock crowd and being Camden they are out in force, often after a few drinks in the Worlds End. Generally you’ll queue for a bit to get in, it doesn’t get busy til after 11, if you’re planning to go jump on the website and print a flyer to save a few quid on entry!
Totally recommended, go, get drunk, dance, have a great night!
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