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Venue Guide: Dingwalls, London

Everything you need to know about the iconic North London venue...

From packing timber to packed out gigs, Dingwalls in Camden is a legendary place to catch live music in the nation’s capital city. Here’s what you need to know… 

Address: 11 Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London

Telephone Number: 0207 4288 991

Brief History: 

Dingwalls is an iconic Camden Town landmark located inside the market. Its colourful heritage can be traced all the way back to June 1973 when Dingwalls Dance Hall, previously a timber yard, was officially opened. Its legacy lives on today as one of London’s most famous live music venues.

Dingwalls Dance Hall quickly became a favourite hangout for the likes of Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones, Dave Gilmore from Pink Floyd, jazz legend George Melly and artists David Hockney and Lucian Freud. Some of the legendary nights at Dingwalls saw performances by The Clash, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones. Britain’s top punk band The Stranglers played there years before they released their first album, and Dingwalls hosted Blondie’s debut in the UK – a gig that went down as one of the wildest nights in the venue’s history.

How many people does it hold?

Main room = 500 cap

Pub and canalside bar both hold 150.  

Who has played there?

The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Ramones, Foo Fighters , Pink, White Stripes, Coldplay, The Strokes, Paul Weller, Dr John, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Enter Shikari, Mumford & Sons, Basement Jaxx, Gilles Peterson, The Vamps, You Me at Six, Albert Hammond Jr, Level 42, Pretenders, Blondie, Average White Band, Gerry Cinnamon, Noel Gallagher, Graham Parker, David Rodigan, Eek A-Mouse, Toploader, Beth Orton, Amy Winehouse, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, The Selecter. The Beat, Goldie (Metalheadz) and loads more. 

Have there been any “I was there” moments? 

Just a few! The Strokes playing a secret gig under their alias Venison in 2010. It was their first London show in 4 years and they played an epic 18 song set.  Blondie made her UK debut at the venue in 1979 and Foo Fighters have rocked the venue multiple times. Coldplay played one of their earliest gigs at Dingwalls in 1998 (tickets were £4!) and returned in 2011 for BBC Radio 2’s In Concert. 

How do I get there?

The venue is in walking distance from Camden Town and Chalk Farm underground stations, and Camden Road overground. There are also many buses stopping in Camden. Here’s a handy map: 

Where should I eat?

At the venue! Both the canalside bar and pub upstairs serve excellent pub grub. There’s also an exceptional Cuban restaurant, Gabeto, nearby. 

Where can I stay?

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TicketWeb Tips: 

The pub has a huge terrace which offers iconic views of central Camden and the canal, and it’s a suntrap in the summer!

Due to the stepped structure of the main room, you have a great view wherever you stand in the venue.

Accessibility Information

All parts of the venue are fully accessible.  

Where can you carry on the party?

Most Friday and Saturday nights there’s a club night at the venue so you can party until the early hours without even leaving. However, if you fancy a change of scene, Shaka Zulu and Fest, also situated in the market, are sure to be a great night out.  

Check out listings and get tickets for shows at Dingwalls, London through TicketWeb.co.uk 

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