I know that people go to Camden for the Rock, The famous (Past it signers) Like Madonna...But why did I go there? For the Hardcore/Drum N Bass. Yes 5 years ago I was a 'Regular' @ Camden Pally & I have to say it was the best club that I've ever been to. Friday night was Peach and Saturday was the Hardcore.
'The Camden Palace is the ornate Victorian theatre; it's an old vaudeville house. Back in the late 1800s, when it was known by its original name of the Palace Theatre, Charlie Chaplin trod the boards there as a young comic.'
Then the future took hold and changed it into a thriving, noisy night out. But it was worth it. With the huge dance floor, the rows of theatre seats and balcony's, and the stage, it hasn't lost it history at all.
I started going there when I was 15 (yes I know bit young but never mind) the tickets on a Saturday were £20 (god knows how I managed to pay for it I must have saved up my pocket money!) :)
From the outside it doesn't look too big but as you pass through the fat bald men with a brain cell between them you feel like your going to watch flippin Starlight Express with the ticket box and cloak rooms....But pass all that and you come to a tunnel..Walk through and you know youre in a rave, with the flashing strobe lights, and smoke machines and the pounding of Ferry Corstens, Rock your body rock (Tuneee).
It brings back so many good memories.
Camden Palace has also got a *Bad side*...if your anti- drugs then it's not the best place to chat to people you'll be offered every type of drug you can imagine.
Camden Place closed down a couple of years ago and re-opened as KOKO. And on the 10th March 2007 it held it's last even Drum & Bass Event :'(.
It's now a place for the likes of peaches Geldof flashing her fake I.D and Pete Doherty falling all over the place. Personally I think Camden's lost one of its main tourist attractions, with hundreds of tourist's raving away every weekend. They have all vacated and properly moved on somewhere else...but you can't ever find anywhere as good as Pally.
Okay, so I've just read all the other reports about ol' Camden P. Some of them are better than others, and by better I mean reliable. I'll have a go now...Tuesday night is Feet First. Best rock venue I've been to :) Also, it isn't that hard to get in...an added bonus. I know that this is probably bad news for you oldies (21+) but come on, you can get in anywhere. Anyway, the atmosphere is excellent and so is the music. The flyers are pretty accurate, so if you don't like the bands on the flyer than you'll be slightly disappointed BUT, the live unknown bands are usually great. The people there are lovely!! If you aren't labelled...e.g. grunger, indie kid, goth, trendy, townie (!), it's still okay. Don't be put off by people's attire, that's just narrow mindedness. Oh, and girls, you will LOVE the FACT that at the end of the night most of the men STRIP, yes strip. Bare chests and backs galore and they all look fine under the UV lights!! My advice is if you're into rock, have a fiver on you and appreciate good looking young men/women...GO!!! You won't be disappointed!!
Right then, I havent been on dooyoo for absolutely ages but will try harder to keep up with it again, I promise!!! So what has prompted me to come back on here and even more so, write an opinion. The answer ? Frantic, and even more so the venue ? Camden Palace. This place is such a good venue its untrue, similar to other good venues like The Opera House in Bournemouth it is a converted theatre but this place goes right up into the heavens with four floors (balconys and rooms/corridors behind). The highlight of my night was bouncing away on the top balcony overlookin a club below me going mad to the some of the hardest hard house been banged out by some of the nations finest dj?s. We?re talking regulars like Karim and Andy Farley, who at this moment in time seem to do no wrong. Lets start at the entrance of the place, as good as any to begin. I cant really comment on queuing time, etc cos I managed to wangle guestlist but was pleasantly surprised to see a friendly bunch of people waiting in both ?cyber? and ?trendy? gear, I remember London clubs just been full of people wanting to show off their latest designer labels so I really was surprised to see what I am used to in the north. In fact it has to be said, the people who come to this night seemed to share my passion for the music, having a good bounce and being friendly. As you enter the club you walk onto the first balcony, quite narrow but a good place to stand in the lasers if you like doing that kinda thing. It would be impossible for me to give an accurate description of where you go from one floor to the next from now on because basically this place has kept most of the stairs and passageways from when it was a theatre and you know how they can be a maze. But basically if you go down you go onto the main floor which has a bar area to the back, the dancefloor which is fairly big, then the stage. The stage is great, you can go all over it, dance on the main part of it in front of the
booth with another bar on one side, go up metal staircases onto metal balconies, which go around the back above the dj booth. You can get off the stage area again up to the next floor by going up through the old private theatre boxes along the side. Above the first floor balcony is, as common sense should dictate, the second floor balcony, comprising of a few different areas and split levels with a bar. Out the back of this balcony is the chill out area and bar, quite small and as most chill out areas tend to be these days ? very hot!!! To get to the next level, as in floors ? not euphoria, it takes a bit of missioning for the unwise. There is a staircase which runs off the main entrance foyer or from the chill out area ands goes all the way up. It can seem a bit of way and most clubbers are too ?tired? to make it nearer the end of the night resulting in small parties assembled at varying points up the staircase but is well worth it. At the top you will also find the second room, The Black and White Room, which as you guessed comprises of a black and white décor. This is where the less well known dj?s get to play and was well worth checking out. The downside of this room is that its very small, the lighting is far from impressive and the sound quality is not as good as the main room but it still got a great atmosphere in there. From this room you can walk out on to the last balcony, which as previously mentioned has one of the best and highest views in all the clubs I have been to, its just awesome!!! It was also quite a popular place for chilling a bit, tho the volume is still loud. As far as light and sound go it is good, a full lighting rig based from the stage with a laser which they know how to use dramatically. In the main areas everywhere you go you can hear the music bangin out and to a good quality. There are the places where you can go and be heard between you and your friends but you?ll always hear that hard beat strongly in the
background. Prices seemed to be average, nothing spectacular, but also not taking the mickey like some places in London. So if you like your hard house then you must visit this place, Frantic is held every Saturday, 9pm-6am, was £15 the night I went. O f course I cant vouch for it on other nights tho the venue will still be as impressive. There is huge missioning potential, great atmosphere, no overpowering bouncer prescence and the hard tunes. The only downsides I suppose is a lack of proper chill-out areas and because its so much balcony, there are less areas which are wide enough to dance with lots of your mates easily Just a couple of extra pointers not associated with the club but useful to know to make it an even better night out: If you?re driving there do not park in the immediate vicinity of the club, especially on the streets to the rear of it. As I found out, they are renowned for cars been broken into or vandalised, mine had an failed attemted theft of the whole car whereas 3 others surrounding it had windows smashed and stuff taken. If possible park in a residential area and walk a bit further. Basically if there?s no difficulty in parking on the street there?s probably a reason for it. For a great place to get your juices flowing before Frantic try the popular ?Purple Turtle? opposite. Its free entry and banged out hard house in impressive stylee ? the only downside is it was also very popular so don?t be surprised if you have to queue to get in, especially from about 9.30pm. Afterwards I recommend going to my mate, Ali?s, but she probably wouldn?t appreciate me giving her details out to you all.
One of the best weeknight clubbing venues you can go to, Feet First is every Tuesday evening in the Camden Palace, from 10pm until 2:30am. Traditionally an alternative/indie soft rock night, Feet First is all about featuring the up and coming artists of London. Every Tuesday, a different and virtually unknown band will play live for 30 minutes or so and promote themselves by giving away free t-shirts, cds and posters (this is most often on the first Tuesday of the month). Bands who have played while I have been going hat are now quite well known are: [spunge], Thirteen13, Raging Speedhorn and Capdown. The venue is fantastic for getting really up-close to the band and the music, I actually managed to get within mere inches of the lead singer in Raging Speedhorn and the saxophonist in Capdown. When the music is boardering on grunge or heavy metal, like Raging Speedhorn, there can be mosh pits, although not the scary ones that can occur in over-crowded, popular concerts where you worry for the safety of your limbs, but instead you have lots of room to really express yourself. Its not for the faint-hearted though. The music for the rest of the evening is generally indie/ rock/ alternative/ punk/ grunge/ metal style, and the dress-sense is anything from total goth to trendy, even the occasional 'rude-boy' in nikes. There's a real sense of community and of people all enjoying the same music and wanting to be there to listen, dance and have fun. There's the main dance floor, with a stage area, where you can strut your stuff, then there's the balcony areas where you can watch others strut their stuff, and check out the talent ;). The multi-levelled approach is great because it means you can sit on one of the higher floors and watch the band, or just sit and talk, without having to get down and dirty with the people dancing. The fact that there is three bars means that you're never far from the drinks either! Not only is the place easily accessable, its practically facing the exit of Mornington Crescent, and has night buses that go to all areas of London, but it's really cheap too! Getting in is only £2 with a flyer, £5 without, flyers are normally being given out in the queue to get in, drinks are between £1-2 depending on what and how much, but the prices most definately aren't extortionate! Ages normally range between 18-25 although occasionally 16-17 year olds get in, they have recently tightened down extremely id-ing people, so it's a lot less likely now. Basically this is a place you go to chill out and listen to some decent music, meet people your own age who appreciate similar music and have a laugh without any of the dangers and expense. Don't go if you dislike indie or loud music, and definately don't go if you are under 18, it's an over 18's ONLY. Hope to see you there soon, because I know I'll be going every week from now on! :)
The first time I ever went clubbing in London, it was to Camden Palace. People had told me that you hadn’t been clubbing properly until you’d been to London, so Camden it was. We arrived outside at about 12 midnight. The night we went was called Peach on a Friday. It cost £9 before 11pm and £12 after. This is about average for a London club. The queue was quite big and we had to wait at least ½ hour. I was so nervous in the queue – I was only 17 so I didn’t know if they’d let me in or not. Luckily I had no trouble, probably due to the low cut top, or maybe not I thought as I saw a mass of young looking faces everywhere. I was searched quite thoroughly and I tried not to make a face as she felt under my bra. But I do understand they don’t want drugs inside. After walking through the foyer I dumped my stuff in the cloakroom (£1.50 per item). Then, I walked through the double doors into “my first proper club”. I had to stop and stare because I found myself standing on a balcony overlooking 1500 clubbers below me, dancing in union to the ever so loud music. The music was house and trance with resident DJ Graham Gold. I have to admit, my tastes have changed since then but it was good at the time. This was when I was told that Camden Palace used to be an opera house, which explained all the balconies. There was still the stage at the front, full of clubbers dancing wildly. The DJ booth was behind the stage overlooking the clubbers. People were everywhere, dancing on the speakers and hanging from the balconies! The first thing that struck me was the glowsticks. Everywhere I looked someone was waving glowsticks about and it appeared I was the only person without them. After buying my glowsticks – I had to go back outside to get them from some bloke – I found the toilets. At first, I wasn’t sure if they even were the toilets as everyone appeared to be laying around on the f
loor, and as to what sex they were for – God knows. There were an equal number of boys and girls everywhere. When I say boys and girls, there couldn’t have been anyone over the age of 21 unless you were security. But this suited me fine considering I was only 17. Some mad gurning girl came up to me and said how wonderful it was that I was a Camden virgin. I just grinned at her and tried to avoid the overflowing sinks that were stuffed with flyers. It wasn’t exactly dirty, just a downright mess everywhere, but I normally judge a club on atmosphere and music. So far, I’d only been in the club 10 minutes and had already met about 10 people. Everyone was really friendly, there was a sort of youth club feel to the place but at least there was no trouble. One thing I really like about Camden is the stairs and corridors everywhere. It is quite easy to get lost and run into the random spliff smokers huddled into the corners. Considering the searches, there were a lot of drugs in the club. There seemed to be someone dotted on each corner mumbling “pills” under their breath as you walked past. I must have got offered pills at least 6 times. There are several bars and a food bar. As expected, drinks are a rip-off so buy a bottle of water and fill it up from the tap. There is a tiny extra room upstairs that holds about 30 people – this isn’t even worth looking into – the main dancefloor is big enough. The lighting effects were quite impressive, they have lasers at Camden and really good effects were created on the dancefloor. There is a lot of interesting decor about, check out the cars in the caves?! There are a lot of places to rest and chill-out. The club is quite cool in temperature too. I even knew someone who got cold once – but she wasn’t dancing. So if you’re up for meeting lots of young clubbers who are off their faces, go to Peach@Camden Palace. I haven
217;t come across a better atmosphere anywhere else.
My first opinion of Camden palace was scary i went on a saturday night (sorry can't remember the promoter) and i was appaled at the state of the club. Compared to most clubs i have been to the club itself was huge built into an old theatre but the smell was terrible in the stairways and the upstairs areas stank of cannabis to high heaven. The music was enchancing and the drinks were expensive to say the least. The toilets were the worst point of the night. the queue took ages for the only set of toilets and the state of them resembled a cess pit. i gagged and used the ladies which WAS SUPRISINGLY EMPTY DUE TO THE LACK OF WOMEN IN THE CLUB!! THe club was a disgrace and i will never go there again!!
If you are looking for a fun night out with cheap drinks and even cheaper entance fees, then Feet First is where you want to go. The music ranges from indie to nu-metal to the most cheesy old and new songs that you can think of. During the night there is also a live band - probably a good time to take a break from the endless hours on the dance floor. The Camden Palace is a good venue because it is spacious and on a few levels, so you can either be on the dance floor in the middle of the hot 'n' sweaty crowd or at the top of builing watching the action over the bannisters. There is no dress code, although you might want to dress casually in jeans and trainers because it does tend to get pretty hot!!!