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O2 Forum Kentish Town

Coordinates: 51°33′08″N 0°08′32″W / 51.5522°N 0.1422°W / 51.5522; -0.1422
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O2 Forum Kentish Town
Exterior of the venue (c. 2020)
Former namesKentish Town Forum Theatre (1934–1963)
ABC Kentish Town (1963–1970)
Forum Dancehall (1984–1985)
Town & Country Club (1985–1993)
London Forum (1993–2007)
The Forum (2007–2009; 2013–2015)
HMV Forum (2009–2013)
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; -0.1422
Public transitLondon Underground National Rail Kentish Town
OwnerAcademy Music Group
OperatorLive Nation
Opened17 December 1934 (1934-12-17)
  • 1983
  • 1993
  • 2007
  • 1970–1983
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 a dance hall and 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, 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 benches seating in booths on the upstairs balcony, or a fully seated layout for certain shows.

Noted performers



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  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.
  6. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Setlist at the Forum, London". setlist.fm.
  7. ^ The Sparks Brothers
  8. ^ https://www.concertarchives.org/concerts/kingmaker-suede
  9. ^ Harle, Regan (10 August 2021). "Yungblud at the Forum". The Upcoming. Archived from the original on 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.