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Camden

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Roundhouse (100 Chalk Farm Road)

Events held in this former railway shed included the International Times "All Night Rave" in Oct 1966, the Dialectics of Liberation conference (mid 1967), the Living Theatre (1968), and performances organised by the seminal hippy clubs UFO and Middle Earth. Profits went to fund a variety of underground causes. In the 70s it was frequently used for punk and new wave concerts. It closed in the 80s but has recently reopened

Camden Markets

The Camden Markets, which attract thousands of colourful youth cultists, and tourists, started in the 80s.

Camden Palace (1a Camden High St)

This was an old cinema that occasionally staged gigs under the name The Music Machine. The Human League played their very first London gig there in August 1978. The New Romantic duo Steve Strange and Rusty Egan (of Visage fame) transformed it into a full time club (at a cost of around a million pounds) in April 1982. In the early 80s, the Tuesday "Slum it in Style" clubnight at the Palace was the place to be seen.

Later in the 80’s the Palace was resurrected as one of the biggest Goth rock venues in town.

Dingwalls, Camden Lock

The Ramones played their UK debut here. More recently the venue has specialised in comedy and jazz.

Rehearsal Rehearsals (15 Chalk Farm Road)

Clash's rehearsal room, just inside the gates of the British Rail Yard on Chalk Farm Rd, a dilapidated 2 storey ex-railway storage shed. It became the Clash HQ from mid 1976.

Other Camden Locations

Famous record shop 'Rock On' stood on Kentish Town Road, NW1 to the right of Camden Town Underground Station and to the left of 'Holts Shoe Shop', the third oldest shoe shop in London (since 1894). Madness got their Doctor Martins from there, and in a room above the shoe shop, they watched themselves in their first appearance for 'Top Of The Pops' playing their first single 'The Prince' in 1979.

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