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Dingwalls is a great live music venue to see up and coming acts whilst they are still cutting their teeth. Their regular new music nights also prove extremely popular with bands from across the capital.

Ranked #111 of 225 clubs in London

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Sun-Thu 19:30-00:00
Fri-Sat 18:45-03:00

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By S.

If you don't know about Camden Dingwalls then you're clearly a very naive music fan! Dingwalls is a brilliant place to see both up and coming and more established bands. Go if you haven't already.


By Sandy C.

No one should ever rubbish Dingwalls as it was an important part of my past and I was amazed to find it still blasting out with great bands. Night life in the 70s in London included Dingwalls with the Roundhouse, Hammersmith and many pubs with live bands. Nice to Know its still a great venue.


By David B.

Dingwalls was good enough for the Ramones in 1976, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters loved the venue and rocked the house to a sold out crowd in 2007. Pink kicked ass from a Dingwalls stage in 2006. The Fratellis ripped the roof off in 2008. None of these guys had the issues you claim to have had and the last time I checked all of them were pretty "real musicians." Makes me think the problems you had were down to the quality of the artist and not to the class of the venue.


By V D.

I AM SHAMSHIER. YES I DID PERFORM IN THE UPSTAIR BAR AND IT WAS DREADFUL, HOWEVER, I DID NOT PERFORM IN THE DOWNSTAIR VENUE THOUGH I WISH I HAD. SO I AGREE WITH YOU, "INGWALLY", THE BAR IS A RUBBISH PLACE TO PERFORM.

AS FAR AS "ANTZ" IS CONCERNED YES I AM A MUSICIAN AND WHEN I PERFORMED THERE THE MIXING DESK WAS NO BIGGER THAN 2 LARGE TRAYS STUCK TOGETHER.

AS FAR AS YOUR COMMENT, "if you found it difficult to get attention perhaps you should try to learn a few covers as this might get a reaction".

I HAVE THIS ANSWER FOR YOU, "Dingwalls is a brilliant place to see both up and coming and more established bands. Go if you haven't already."

YOU CAN NOT BE, UP AND COMING SINGER SONG WRITER, IF YOU ARE PERFORMING ROLLING STONE COVERS ALL OVER THE PLACE WITH ONE OF YOUR OWN SONGS THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURES.

UP AND COMING MEANS ORIGINAL AND NEW.


MY ADVICE IS, DO NOT PERFORM AT THE BAR WAIT AND PERFORM AT THE DOWNSTAIR VENUE AS THE LIVE MUSIC ARRANGED BY THE BAR IS AMATURISH AND IS GIVING DINGWALLS A BAD NAME.

LIKE "DINGWALLY" POINTED OUT!




By Anthony B.

Having recently visted Dingwalls and Lock 17 I find this review somewhat questionable.... are you a musician ? do you know what a mixing desk is ? ....Having watched my friends jam at the acoustic night on Monday I noticed that they were using a huge mixing desk and the sound was amazing, as for the crowd goes well they responded to my friends set with lots of applause.... if you found it difficult to get attention perhaps you should try to learn a few covers as this might get a reaction.........


By David M.

Hi,

As the booker and promoter of Dingwalls I would have to disagree with your comments and in fact the main room has just got a new £17,000 desk this week but I would imagine you performed upstairs in the bar - this is not a venue and I agree the sound and sound desk are rubbish. I was up there last Monday, I think, and the sound was appalling, but don't blame the venue as this is run by the bar not Dingwalls. If the main room was good enough for the Foo Fighters, and Dave Grohl loved it, then I'm sure it can't be that bad.


By V D.

As a musician I am warning other musicians not to play at this club. Why? Well, I'll tell you why, because the sound system is rubbish and the mixing deck is a joke. I played there recently and halfway through my performance the sound gave out.

I'm seriously warning any serious musicians from going to play at this venue. As the crowd are cold, the stage is amateurish and it's nothing like a proper venue should be.

I have played at the 12 Bar club and that place is warm and enticing. Unlike Dingwalls and Lock 17 that happens to be one of these new gastro pubs that requires the brown second hand sofas to be moved in order for a stage to be set up.

Real musicians avoid it like the plague!


By Martin B.

Atmospheric and distinctly dark, no wonder Camden loves this great venue.

The Venue
Hidden behind the Stables Market in Camden Town, under Lock 17 lies one of North London’s favourite live venues. Also hosting Jongleurs Comedy nights, Dingwalls is not in any way grand. It has a low-ceiling and three tiered sections that rise from stage level at the front to the bar at the back.

The Atmosphere
As a live music venue, the atmosphere in Dingwalls is always vibrant, but the variation in acts that perform here can influence the type of crowd that comes along. The surroundings are always dimly lit, the only lighting being found by the stage and bar during performances, which gives an intimate feel. There’s also a varied seating plan - on comedy or acoustic-jazz evenings there are more seats and tables available, which are cleared away for livelier nights.

The Music
The acts that play at Dingwalls vary widely from acoustic-folk to Indie-rock and even jazz bands on occasion. this place is particularly popular with lesser-known bands and solo artists looking to be signed or those on their first tour, as the capacity and atmosphere can make it seem busier than it really is. As a music venue it covers its bases well. The intimacy is ideal for acoustics, while the sound technicians have worked hard (and successfully) to avoid the inevitable reverb from heavier beats in a small venue.

The Drink
The large bar at the back of the room is well stocked with a broad selection of beers, wines and spirits, although Dingwalls does charge club prices for these. For example, a bottle of Corona, which is poured into a plastic cup and adorned with a lime wedge, costs £3.25. The waiting times are club-like also, and it is advisable to be quick to the bar when the act goes to interval, or risk not making it back to your spot for the opening of the second half.

The Last Word
Dingwalls is a great venue for all kinds of live music and entertainment. On a smaller scale to the nearby Roundhouse, it is ideal for followers and performers alike.

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