London venue Koko to relaunch with livestreaming at its heart


One of London’s most storied music venues, Koko (which originally opened in 1900 as The Camden Theatre), is reopening in the spring of 2022. The details are a useful snapshot of how venues might be gearing themselves up for a new era of hybrid physical concerts and livestreams.

Koko’s owners have spent £70m refitting the venue “with new high-spec broadcasting, recording and live streaming capabilities built into the very fabric of the Grade II listed theatre and its new four storey extension”.

A radio station is also part of the plans, as is a membership scheme. The venue will also have a ‘Koko Studio’ content development arm, and a partnership with independent production company Sister – co-founded by media-dynasty scion Elisabeth Murdoch.

Stuart Dredge

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