O2 Forum Kentish Town

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O2 Forum Kentish Town
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Exterior of the venue (c. 2017)
Former namesKentish Town Forum Theatre (1934–63)
ABC Kentish Town (1963–70)
Forum Dancehall (1984–85)
Town & Country Club (1985–93)
London Forum (1993–2007)
The Forum (2007–09; 2013–15)
HMV Forum (2009–13)
Address9–17 Highgate Rd
London, England NW5 1JY
LocationKentish Town
Coordinates51°33′08″N 0°08′32″W / 51.5522°N 0.1422°W / 51.5522; -0.1422Coordinates: 51°33′08″N 0°08′32″W / 51.5522°N 0.1422°W / 51.5522; -0.1422
Public transitLondon Underground National Rail Kentish Town
OwnerAcademy Music Group
OperatorLive Nation
Opened17 December 1934 (1934-12-17)
  • 1983
  • 1993
  • 2007
  • 1970–83
ArchitectJ. Stanley Beard
Venue Website

The O2 Forum Kentish Town is a concert venue in Kentish Town, London, England owned by MAMA & Company, and originally built in 1934.


The venue was built in 1934 and was originally used as an art deco cinema. After the cinema was closed, the venue re-opened as an Irish dance hall. In the 1980s, it changed directions from a bingo hall, to dance hall then to a live music venue under the name Town & Country Club.[1] In 1993, Mean Fiddler purchased the venue and renamed it the London Forum. The final show at the T&C was Van Morrison on 21 March 1993.[2]

In 2007, MAMA & Company purchased the Forum from Mean Fiddler and spent £1.5 million on renovations, and increasing the capacity to 2,300. In 2015, the venue was acquired by Live Nation, and re-branded as O2 Forum Kentish Town, as part of the O2 Academy Group.[3]

The venue has standing downstairs and benched seating in booths on the upstairs balcony, or a fully seated layout for certain shows.

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  1. ^ "The mourning after: RIP the T&C? North London's best-loved concert venue is set to close in March". The Independent. 17 December 1992. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  2. ^ White, Jim (24 March 1993). "My old man said follow the Van: Jim White sees Van Morrison mark the end of an era at the Town & Country Club, London". The Independent. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ "LIVE NATION RE-BRANDS 3 EX-MAMA VENUES AS 'O2' IN THE UK". Nusic Business Worldwide. 12 October 2015. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019.
  4. ^ Ramsay, Mel (15 July 2017). "So What Exactly Did Conor McGregor Say Off Camera?". LADbible. Archived from the original on 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  5. ^ Diver, Mike (5 August 2009). "Devo – London Forum". Clash. Retrieved 27 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ The Sparks Brothers
  7. ^ Harle, Regan (10 August 2021). "Yungblud at the Forum". The Upcoming. Archived from the original on 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.

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