Music around Camden

Hello music fans from around the world! Ophelia here!

As someone who is pretty obsessed with rock and roll, I always knew that Camden Town has got a reputation for being one of the coolest places in the world to discover all kinds of music and subcultures, even before I moved to the UK.

So whatever your musical tastes are, Camden has got something for you! All of the places on the list are within 5 minutes walking distance of each other, so why not check them all during your stay in Camden with us?  Some of the highlights are:

The Underworld club ( )

Over the years ‘The Underworld’ (as it has commonly come to be known within the local scene) has become the heart of the alternative music scene in England.  You can catch live bands every night of the week, mostly Heavy Metal bands. Also, Camden Underworld also has a number of regular nights including a retro ’80s night and Silver, a rock- and indie-themed event. 

Although the crowd tends to be young, some of the most popular events and music at the club include throwbacks, such as ’80s and disco nights.

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The Electric Ballroom (

This iconic music venue is located one minute away from our school. The two-storey building has two small dance floors and four bars. The ground floor has a stage. There is a capacity of 1,500

As of 1990 on weekends the building has an indoor market with about fifty stalls selling a variety of fashion-, lifestyle- and music-related goods.  The Friday club night is called Sin City, playing rock, and alternative genres. The Friday club was formerly goth night Full Tilt. On Saturday, “Shake” plays mostly pop and dance from the 1970s, 1980s onwards, as well as modern hip hop and R’n’B. The Electric Ballroom was a roller disco for a brief period from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

It began as a busy Irish club playing host to a wide variety of performers including the likes of Jim Reeves. In the past decades Sid Vicious, Madness, The Clash, Richard Ashcroft, Snow Patrol, The Killers, Stereophonics, U2, Phil Lynott, The Boomtown Rats, Joy Division, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Public Enemy, Blur, Supergrass, Garbage and many more which have drawn huge crowds to the venue. The most recent performers have included The Vaccines,  Future Islands, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Razorlight, Dinosaur Jr, Parquet Courts, Les Savy Fav, Interpol, Ocean Color Scene, Cage the Elephant, The Strypes, Baroness, Of Monsters and Men, Faols, Sir Paul McCartney, Alt-J, Megadeth, Kaiser Chiefs, Nero,  Prince and many many more…

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Cyberdog Rave Shop ( )

If electronic music is more your scene, Cyberdog is a trance music and cyber clothing and accessories shop. It specialises in bright fluorescent dance clothing, often featuring electronic components such as flashing lights. They also specialise in rave accessories such as glowsticks and UV-fluorescent items. There is electronic music being played all day inside the store, with famous DJs sometimes making impromptu appearances and rave music dancers 

The building which currently houses Cyberdog in Camden Market has a good pedigree, between 1976 and 1979 being used by Punk band The Clash as a living space and rehearsal area. 

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Jazz Cafe (

This little intimate venue is known worldwide, playing live music 7 days a week. Since opening in 1990, it has continued to showcase performers from the genres of neo-soul, hip-hop, latin, jazz and soul, as well as providing a venue for new and established jazz artists.

It has a capacity for 420 patrons and has a first-floor restaurant. This is also a regular spot for our students, who visit it as part of our social programme, and it is located across the street from the school. 

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Statue of Amy Winehouse 
One of Camden’s most famous and beloved former residents, Amy’s presence is still heavily felt throughout Camden Town. She died at her nearby Camden Square home on 23 July 2011. The 1.59-metre (5 ft 3 in) tall statue depicts Winehouse with her hand on her hip, wearing high heels, and with her signature beehive hairstyle. The singer’s statue also wears a Star of David necklace and on the day of the unveiling had a real red rose in her hair. The charcoal grey work was created by the British sculptor Scott Eaton, who said that it had been designed to convey Winehouse’s “attitude and strength, but also give subtle hints of insecurity”. 
The pub the Hawley Arms, also located in Camden, is where a young and not yet famous Amy Winehouse started her performance career and wrote most of the songs for her first two albums. 
We miss you, Amy! 
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Other places equally as interesting for music fans which are located in Camden are:
- The KoKo Club (live music venue and club)
- The Dublin Castle Pub 
- The Devonshire Arms pub (for heavy metal lovers!)
- The Unicorn Pub (for punk music fans)
Come to study English with us at Tti and discover all of these amazing places !

To find out more about our school in Camden Town, please follow the link!


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