O2 Forum Kentish Town

The O2 Forum Kentish Town, formerly known as the Town and Country Club, is a historic live music venue located in Kentish Town, London. Established in 1934, this grand art deco building has been a cultural hub for over 80 years, hosting an eclectic mix of events ranging from live music and comedy to boxing matches and dance performances.

Throughout its rich history, the O2 Forum has been a favourite spot for many iconic musicians and bands. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was a popular venue for Irish folk-punk bands like The Pogues and The Dubliners. More recently, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing performances by renowned acts such as the Celtic punk band Flogging Molly, the gipsy punk ensemble Gogol Bordello, the experimental metal group Igorrr, and the Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani.

The venue’s stunning art deco interior, with its high ceilings and elegant balconies, creates a unique and intimate atmosphere for live music. The O2 Forum has a capacity of around 2,300, making it the perfect size for fans to get up close to their favourite artists while still enjoying the grandeur of a historic venue.

In addition to its musical legacy, the O2 Forum has also been used as a location for various films and television shows, including the 2007 film “Control” about Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.

As a photographer, shooting at the O2 Forum is always a memorable experience. The venue’s beautiful architecture and the passionate energy of the crowds create a special ambience that translates into powerful, emotive images.