Koko owner 'deeply saddened' after venue damaged by fire

Koko owner 'deeply saddened' after venue damaged by fire

The owner of London's Koko has said he is "deeply saddened" following a fire at the venue.

Around 60 firefighters tackled the blaze to the at the Camden High Street nightclub after being alerted just before 9pm on Monday (January 6). The cause of the fire, which was contained to the roof, is currently being investigated.

"We are deeply saddened by the fire that took place at Koko last night and pleased to announce there have been no casualties," said Koko's owner, Mint Group founder Oliver Bengough, in a statement. "We want to thank the London Fire Brigade for its quick response and how well it handled the situation." 

The 1,500-capacity Camden venue has been closed since March 2019 while it underwent a "major, state-of-the-art refurbishment" and was due to reopen in the spring of 2020.

"The amount of support we have received from the public has been amazing and we’ll be doing our best to get the redevelopment of this iconic building back on-track," added Bengough. "We will provide further comments as circumstances become clearer."

Known as Camden Palace, Camden Hippodrome and The Music Machine under its various previous guises, the venue has hosted album launches from Coldplay, Ariana Grande and Madonna, and performances from the likes of Prince, Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Amy Winehouse, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, J Cole, Skepta and Ed Sheeran. It was renamed Koko in 2004.

Koko was previously forced to close temporarily in late 2018 due to a "structural issue", which caused a number of shows to be cancelled or moved to alternative venues.

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