Dingwalls is a 500 capacity venue adjacent to Camden Lock, Camden, London, England, which hosts gigs and the weekly Highlight comedy club. The building itself is one of many industrial Victorian buildings that were put to new use in the 20th century. The original owner of the building, T.E. Dingwall, had his name painted on to the outside wall of the building, which was a common practice by businesses in Camden Town during the late Victorian era. The paint never washed off, and is still visible to this day, hence the venue's name.
The club has hosted live music since 1973, beginning with acts such as Gonzalez, Britain's first funk band. It was a prominent and popular London live music venue in the pub rock and punk rock era of the mid to late 1970s. The Stranglers, one of the biggest acts in Britain at the time, referred to the club on their early single "London Lady", with the first line reading 'Little lady, with Dingwalls bullshit'. But the booking policy was always eclectic, finding time for visiting US acts such as The Drifters in 1983. On 6th July, 1984, Steve Marriott performed a radio-broadcast and recorded Steve Marriott Live at Dingwalls 6.7.84, there. At some point in the 1980s, it ceased to present live shows.
21st century artists have included: Ellie Goulding, Gallows, Foo Fighters, American Blues singer Beth Hart and 'Venison' (a pseudonym of The Strokes, for the purposes of a 'secret' comeback show). On 6 December 2011, Coldplay played there within BBC Radio 2's 'Live in Concert' series.
- "The Strokes kill off 'Venison' after secret London show". NME. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
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