The O2 Forum Kentish Town is part of the Academy Music Group’s chain of gig venues. It’s considered one of the best places for live music in London, having hosted a range of big names over the years. The Group refer to the O2 Forum Kentish Town as one of the top preserved, original cinematic theatres, which dates back to the Art Deco era of the 1930s. Today, the O2 Forum Kentish Town hosts a capacity of 2,300, and is known for hosting some of the best names in music, spanning a range of genres.
Prior to the Academy Music Group’s ownership, the venue was well-known for being a hub of indie music. Acts such as The Velvet Underground and the Pixies performed there, giving the O2 Forum an established role in London’s music scene. Today, the venue still brings in great artists, but from a range of musical backgrounds. Recent acts include Jack White, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and KISS, who fill the programme alongside regular club nights.
The full address for the O2 Forum Kentish Town is 9-17 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 1JY. It’s centrally located and close to Tufnell Park, Chalk Farm and as the name suggests - Kentish Town.
You can reach the forum by tube, with the nearest stations being Kentish Town and Camden Town. There are several bus stops close by, including Fortress Road, Fortress Walk, Kentish Town Station and more. Alternatively, the nearest overground train station is Kentish Town West, which is just over a 10-minute walk.
The O2 Forum Kentish Town is a relatively old venue and therefore has some challenges related to access. They advise visitors to speak to staff upon arrival so they can better provide assistance. Braille and large print brochures are also available on request.
The venue accepts the Access Card and permits companions, who are allowed to join visitors in accessible areas. They do note however that these areas have limited seating.
There is an accessible toilet controlled by a RADAR key the staff have located on the ground floor of the O2 Forum Kentish Town.