Islington Assembly Hall is a stunning live music venue on Upper Street in Islington, north London.
The grade II listed building’s beautiful art deco interior and recently upgraded PA system and lights combine to offer a unique experience.
Sam Smith, Katy B, Travis, London Grammar, Anna Calvi, First Aid Kit and Laura Mvula – to name just a few – have performed on its magnificent stage to sell-out crowds.
The 1930s building reopened in 2010 after an extensive refurbishment, which saw many of the original features kept. Touches such as the restored original toilets and their grand wooden seats, and back-of-seat, theatre-style ashtrays in the balcony, give Islington Assembly Hall a charm that you’ll struggle to find at any other music venue of its size in London.
This flexible space holds up to 800, including 600 standing and 200 seated in the balcony for a full-capacity show. Please check details of specific concerts, as some will use the downstairs only and others may have seating throughout, reducing the capacity. Stage times also vary between shows, but doors normally open at 7pm and the venue curfew is 11pm.
The venue is a 16+ venue, unless otherwise stated for a particular event. It has four bars open at full-capacity gigs, which are all cash only. The nearest cash point is outside the Post Office opposite the venue.
Selected reviews for this venue:
We thought the venue was clean and the staff were very professional and helpful. The security team were in evidence but not heavy handed and we felt safe. The acoustics of the hall were very good, it was not overpoweringly loud. We travelled on public transport so cannot comment on the parking. We would certainly come to another gig at this venue.
Snakecharmer (14/07/14) - Great Gig, Great Venue!
My daughters and I went to see Snakecharmer because we all like Accident Prone, the single. I heard that the band was made up of members of such acclaimed bands as Whitesnake, Wishbone Ash and Magnum and so we knew that they should be an amazing mix. We were not disappointed! We have not been to this venue before and we liked it a lot. The staff were professional and helpful and when the support band, Raw Glory, came on we were very impressed with the sound quality in the hall. Raw Glory were very good; the vocalist was excellent and the band had a full sound despite there only being one guitarist, a bassist and drummer. Snakecharmer came on and filled the stage up! I understand they had a stand-in keyboard player since Adam Wakeman is away playing with Ozzie Osbourne and he did a great job. I have loved twin guitar rock since I saw Thin Lizzy in the 70s on their Live and Dangerous tour and Micky Moody and Laurie Wisefield were just brilliant; their styles complemented each other well. Micky did a solo spot which showcased his playing beautifully but didnt go on too long and become self indulgent. Neil Murray and Harry James did a great job on bass and drums and Chris Ouseys amazing vocals topped it off perfectly. He spoke to the audience as well between songs which is appreciated. My daughters were so impressed as well, saying that it was a very good gig and they were glad to have seen it. The band were so tight, polished and professional and full of energy. After the show they came out to sign autographs. They were friendly and chatty and were kind enough to sign their photos in the booklet from the CD I had bought. The lady at the merchandise stall was very helpful and provided a pen! All in all, we were very impressed with the venue and both the bands. We would certainly come to another gig at the Assembly Hall and will keep an eye open for more Snakecharmer gigs and Raw Glory too. Many thanks to everyone involved.
I. MACFADYEN, 17/03/14
The security was certainly present, - not sure it was needed though in the sense that most of us were OAPs! No, thats thats not entirely true, but we were definitely a very well behaved lot!
The Impressions (17/03/14) - The Impressions - Soul Royalty!
Took me way back to the 60s,- and this event was so different from the likes of the Temptations/Four Tops tours (Wembley, Royal Albert Hall, London O2 etc). This was a small almost intimate venue with a friendly personal atmosphere, - standing, not consigned to allocated seats, - I was just 15 feet away from the group! And after the show the Impressions met the audience and signed their autographs. Cant imagine anything like that being possible with todays bands. This is how I remember the concerts in the 60s, far more personal, a much better view, a far greater connection between the artist and the audience. Fantastic all round!
Anthony David (19/03/13) - Great time
He was wonderful, good artist to see and very accomodating to his fans. He made the crowd join in with him and even sung to a lady to get off her phone lol.
When he came out to sign his cds he just went with the flow and took pictures with whoever wanted to. Well done Anthony.xxx
Address: Islington Assembly Hall
By bus: 4, 19, 30, 43 (the "Islington Town Hall" stop is right outside)
By tube: The Victoria and Overground lines at Highbury and Islington Station (seven-minute walk) or Northern line at Angel Station (12-minute walk)
By train: National rail services to Highbury and Islington Station and Essex Road Station (10-minute walk)
By road: The front entrance to the building is on Upper Street. There is very limited parking in the area.
The venue is located on the street level. There are two small steps just inside the main entrance with a side entrance stright onto the ground floor level. There are no pillars or fixed obstacles in the main hall. The balcony and basement can only be accessed by stairs during events, but at all concerts, there is an accessible area close to the stage and accessible toilet, reserved for wheelchair users and their personal assistants. The accesible toilet is on the ground floor and is fitted with an alarm cord.
Customers who require assistance and who have bought a ticket for a concert here can request free entry for a personal assistant or carer by contacting the Islington Assembly Hall team directly on 020 7527 8900 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will take your details and make arrangements with the box office and security staff so they know to expect you and grant your personal assistant free entry. To guarantee free entry for your personal assistant, you will need to bring along evidence that you require assistance, such as a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions or NHS to show the box office on arrival. For more information, visit the venue’s website.