London’s KOKO have announced the line-up for their new KOKO Electronic series of events.
The venue, which recently re-opened after three years of restoration and redevelopment, initially shut in 2019 for a planned one-year refurbishment. But plans changed when a fire broke out in January 2020, while the coronavirus pandemic and “colossal water damage” also held up progress.
Arcade Fire played the first gig back at the newly renovated Camden venue on April 29, before Luciano headlined the first KOKO Electronic night the following evening.
Taking place on Friday and Saturday nights, KOKO Electronic aims to bring the most exciting, internationally renowned electronic music artists to the venue, with the new club set up featuring DJs playing in the round.
So far, the likes of Jayda G, Floorplan, Optimo, Jaguar, Mall Grab and Honey Dijon have appeared as part of the series. Skream is currently hosting his four week residency ‘Skreamizm’, which returns on June 11 with INVT, DJ Q, Yung Singh and more.
KOKO Electronic’s ‘Summer Season’ takes over the venue on weekends from June to September, 10pm to 5am. The first night in the series is this Friday (June 10), with Helena Hauff headlining alongside Batu, Crystallmess, Lee Gamble and Pandora’s Jukebox.
Other highlights in the schedule include a UK and South Africa special, featuring Mr JazziQ, Uncle Waffles and DJ Lag with Novelist, Moses Boyd, Scratchclart and Charrise C.
On August 5, Benji B is joined by Coventry rapper Pa Salieu, while The Street’s frontman Mike Skinner takes over Carnival weekend (August 26) with Todd Edwards, Girls Can’t Sync and Sicaria Sound. See the full schedule below and find tickets here.
Speaking to NME in May, the venue’s head of music Nick Lewis said: “Fans watching a show at KOKO always felt the grandeur of the theatre, but when we re-open I think it’s going to be an even richer experience.”
He continued: “We’ve vastly improved the sound and lighting, added high spec viewing screens on the top floor, put in more bars to get a (good) drink, and with live streaming integrated throughout, we will be producing hybrid events for those who can’t make the gig in-person. But most importantly, I’m proud of our eclectic opening music programme and I hope NME readers approve of it too!”
— KOKO Electronic (@kokoelectronic) April 29, 2022
KOKO Electronic Summer Series:
10 – Helena Hauff, Batu, Crystallmess, Lee Gamble, Pandora’s Jukebox
11 – Skream b2b INV, DJ Q b2b Yung Singh, Plastician b2b Riz La Teef, Eliza Rose, Emerald (garage set)
17 – Acid Arab, Mehmet Aslan, Dar Disku, Greentea Selecta
18 – Skream, Prospa, Matisa, Amy Dabbs
24 – Sven Vath, Cici
25 – Skream b2b Mala
1 – Dimitri From Paris, Normal Jay, Girls Of The Internet
2 – Todd Terje, Young Marco, Lone (live), Vale Budino
8 – PAWSA b2b Dennis Cruz
9 – Maceo Plex, Solar
15 – Gilles Peterson & friends
16 – KiNK (live), Roman Flugel, Eclair Fifi
22 – Romare, Joe Armon-Jones, Zakia
23 – Enzo Siragusa, Praslea
29 – Mr JazziQ, Uncle Waffles, DJ Lag + Novelist, Moses Boyd (DJ Set), Scratchclart, Charisse C, Curated by Joe Howard
30 – Glenn Underground, Skatebård
5 – Deviation: Benji B, Pa Salieu, Lil Silva, Charisse C, La Creole
6 – Lil’ Louis, Sweely, Leo Pol (live)
26 – Mike Skinner, Todd Edwards, Girls Can’t Sync, Sicaria Sound