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just following on from the interpol thread...
I'm not saying it's great, just wondering tis all =)
coz you can't hear the bands for shit. The sound just disappears into the ceiling and you can only hear tinny tinny tinny.
Also, the drinks are expensive.
as camden palace... urusei yatsura there was a great gig. ahh. not been there for years for a gig though, last couple of times i was there was for a work presentation bizarrely enough.
for all the gigs I've been to there and the sound has been fine.
the drinks take the piss.
about 18 months ago and i remember we were in the pub around the corner about 8pm, and one of us popped up to koko and asked a doorman what time the band were on and they said 'in about 15 mins', so we all go charging in, and guess what? 45 mins later we're still waiting for them to come on.
Pretty sure this had nothing to do with prima-donna behaviour from the scouse-electro clan. You suddenly find yourself buying obscenely over-priced cans that the cunt barman insists on opening before you take them away. This must be so you cant run out of the venue with them, and also so you spill them on your way back to your mates so you buy more. Yes, its a conspiracy folks! - ive got it all figured out!
the sight-lines are generally rubbish unless you're a)right up the front few rows in the stalls, or b) the first row on the first balcony (but then again i'm a short-arse)
sound-wise it's okay on the first balcony - but then again that's behind the sound desk so it damn well should be. other places were pretty poor from my experience.
slightly overbearing security
horrendous drinks prices
really awfully laid out
I got lost looking for my firends who were up on the top balcony cause we watned to escape the woeful sounds of Air Traffic, anyways also £3.70 for a can of Kronenburg? £3.90 for a BOTTLE! God its ludacris, i hope for the sake of me it aint that much at Royal Albert Hall, i want to enjoy Modest Mouse.
and i like the fact the top bar makes me feel like i'm in outer space.
and it looks nice, well the bar area does. Once the bands play ur fucked I saw Spinto Band there back in Febuary? And as much as I love them and their shows are usualy great fun the sound killed it for me, u could barley make out the lyrics and it just seemed to blur into one, the sound was better from the top balcony! WTF! who wants to watch a band 6 stories up?
I'm going to Wedge myself in the front row. Everyone seems to think it sounds okay there..
is a must if you actually want to hear the band. I saw Vincent Gallo there and before the gig, they had a cd playing. They even fudged the sound for that!
Broken Social Scene's sound was fine but they did bring alng their own sound man.
for Ladytron was fine (we were near the bar at the back downstairs) but ive still no desire to ever go there again. I find it unthinkable.
Its average there at best lol
This is when standing about 5m back from the stage.
not great (I hate koko) but it's better than being stuck at the back and not being able to see much apart from the heads of the band.
I'm going next friday, and I'm getting paid to be there!
aside from the drink extortion. But most of the stuff I've been to there recently has been dance stuff like Roger Sanchez et al. and possibly have been too ,ahem, *happy* to really notice sound quality.
the sound is crap? it really isn't! ever considered you might just have been standing in the wrong place? on the floor and on the balcony directly in front of the stage the sound's pretty fucking awesome. Saw Explosions both there and at Astoria, middle of floor for both, and Koko shat all over Astoria for sound.
Yeah, the drinks are ridiculous, but it's Camden, what do you expect?
The bar prices at koko are extreme even by camden's standards. They are even worse than a lot of west end venues - and thats saying something.
what is it? £3.50 odd for a can of Red Stripe? I paid £3.60 for a Grolsch in Scala last night...
But if the wrong place is on the floor, dead centre and about 5m back from the stage then that's not exactly great.
but i've been quite a few times and compared to a lot of venues in london (astoria, hammersmith palais, scala, etc.) it outdoes them in clarity and sheer force of sound.
who did you see when the sound was so dire? maybe there was just a shit sound engineer on that night?
a tip for people really concerned with sound at a gig: stand as close to the front of house sound desk as you can, it invariably sounds best there, as that's largely where it's mixed from.
i like it there
but the sound for the Low - Don't Look Back gig was faultless.
I might go to Deerhoof tomorrow, mind.
ive never been there, but i love esoteric jokes in songs. they make me feel big.
but you posted the same link like 3 times, if people wanted to click it they would, stop taking YOURSELF too seriously ;)
she isn't as into music as me so it's nice to go somewhere that plays some music i like when we go out.
i wouldn't like to see a band there though. was disapointed when i saw interpols gig is going to be there.
Firstly was biffy clyro with oceansize. Second was TV on the radio. The problem for me, is the sound and the general crowd who go there.
Biffy negated both of those problems, travelled with their own sound tech and had crystal sound, and of course the biffy army turned up in full force. Oceansize were great cause they knew the sound would be shit, so just cranked it up several notches and blew my ears out. Fucking incredible.
Tv on the radio had really quite bad reaction from the crowd, who seemed so indifferent, apart from some people (like me) who danced and careered around like the smiling loons we were. Their sound was really bassy, and it took a lot off their performance, because they have such a varied type of delicate sounds. they were so energetic and tight that in the end, it really didn't matter. Incredible.
Other bands I've seen there have never managed to replicate either of these performances.
It’s the sounds that’s really crap. I remember seeing The Shins from the back of the ground floor, and it was a shit experience. But then again, I saw a few bands from the mezzanine/first floor and it wasn’t as bad.
I’ll probably try to get to the front to see Interpol, and hopefully won’t get annoyed with the crowd.
and Sleater Kinney sounded pants.
The other times I've been I was too drunk..
Bamos, who did we go and see there?
was one of the most disappointing experiences ever (due to the sound, not due to S-K), and I've refused to go to Koko since. But I'm sure I've had other bad experiences there beforehand, I just can't remember them off the top of my head.
that ridiculous hole in the celling.
The only things that really make KOKO good are:
Really, Really Good bands play there.
Its one of the those "lets play a small show in london - lets do it at koko"
Interpol is just another to add to the list of big bands playing the tiny place... recently its seen Bright Eyes, Jarvis' "first" solo gig, Broken Social Scene.......
umm but yeah. Otherwise its a joke
if i didnt live near by, i'd say that the scala would be a much better choice for these gigs (except the bouncers there are actually cunts, and its a bit smaller)
not sure if i'll end up going there, it's got the recipe for being completely underwhelming :(
Beer too expensive. Too many cunts in the crowd.
compared to pack-'em-in-like-sardines Scala.
but it's also bloody beautiful!
and have crap visibility, or you stand on one of the 20 million balconies and have bass-less sound
drinks are unaffordable and entry is generally too expensive
friday gigs end early for club nme, which features a screen with txt msgs projected onto it
it just gets stick cos people like to complain. people complain about all venues, they will find something to dislike about any place.
i saw tv on the radio there too and it was fantastic, even though the crowd did seem a bit too cool to care.
'let the devil in' was just...mindblowing though.