O2 Forum Kentish Town: Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting
The O2 Forum Kentish Town is a medium-sized North London venue that manages to host the largest variety of bands you’ll ever see. Set in a former art deco cinema, it might not be the prettiest venue, but it sure does put on a good show for its capacity of 2,300 and you won’t ever be bored by its full-to-bursting calendar of acts, both new and old.
Getting To The Forum
It’s pretty easy to get to the venue on public transport, with it being only a 3-minute walk from Kentish Town Tube (Northern Line) / Train Station (Thameslink), or a 20-minute walk from Camden Town Tube Station (Northern Line).
Going to the venue by car?
The venue does not have general public parking facilities, and local parking is residential or permit holders only, meaning it’s not advisable to drive there.
What time do gigs start and finish at the O2 Forum Kentish Town?
To ensure you get the best position or don’t end up waiting outside for too long, you’ll want to know the stage times. The venue’s website and social pages often give this info, as do the bands. A general rule of thumb for the main act is 21.00/21.30, but this is highly variable. And don’t forget to support the support acts! To ensure you catch your last train, gigs tend to finish by 23.00 latest.
Queueing, security & cloakrooms at The Forum
The main entrance for gigs is at the front of the building on Highgate Road, with queues extending from there. Once your ticket is checked and bag searched you’ll enter the main lobby/foyer – from where you can go straight into the main auditorium straight ahead – where it’s usually standing only (stalls), or up the stairs to the upper balcony level, where it’s usually seated.
It’s important to remember that currently o2 Forum Kentish Town only permits one small bag per person which cannot be bigger than A4 size. At the moment there is NO cloakroom at the venue.
Where is the merch stand in the venue?
Merch stands are usually found in the main auditorium at the rear of the stalls area, so just ahead of you as you enter.
For disabled access…
The entrance is accessible, and there are bookable wheelchair spaces on a raised area in the stalls in the main auditorium. There is an accessible RADAR toilet on the ground level.
Lucky enough to be on the guest list?
Guestlist attendees will usually pick up their passes from the main Ticket Desk in the main entrance foyer/lobby. The backstage/stage door entrance is down the right side of the building on Greenwood Place.
You can find an overview of upcoming events here.