electric ballroom

The Electric Ballroom is one of London's best known music venues playing host to the likes of Sid Vicious, Madness, The Clash, Blur and Garbage - but at the weekends it is transformed into a market

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the electric ballroom

Fight for survival

The Electric Ballroom market is situated in the celebrated music venue of the same name. It is the first market you come to after leaving the tube station - it is part of the Camden station building. It is only open on the weekends when it hosts music fairs and a thriving indoor fashion market.

The Electric Ballroom is fighting for its survival against plans to bulldoze it to make way for a new tube station and shopping complex. There is a very active campaign amongst locals - traders and residents alike - to save the historic music venue from the developers

'Keep It Camden' website




film - cd / record fairs

The Electric Ballroom hosts film or cd and record fairs on alternate saturdays.

The film collectors' fairs boast
up to sixty stands specialising in film posters, stills, soundtracks, books, magazines, scrapbooks, film star postcards & autographs, 8mm films, video films, theatre books & programmes, vintage cinema items, sci-fi, fantasy and horror.
Admission: £2.00
OAPs & Children up to 12: £1.00

The Music Fairs bring enthusiasts, collectors, bands and artists together to buy and sell rare and popular music.


Clothes market

Sundays offer a complete change - the place turns into an indoor fashion market and is awash with clothes stalls - retro and vintage, gothic styles, some classic punk (fitting for the venue famed for hosting Sid Vicious' last British gig) and many new designers.

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Marcus Electric Spiky Rubber Jewellery

Spiky rubber gothic jewellery constructed from shards of rubber decorated coloured beads, sometimes with metal, twisted and knotted, giving a feeling of delicacy yet threatening. Pictured: Spiky rubber bangle with nails £14 From stall at market Sundays or tel: 0777 321 8541.


History of The Electric Ballroom

The Electric Ballroom is at the heart of Camden Town's bustling community and has been a key part of it since it's early days over 40 years ago. It began as a busy Irish club playing host to a wide variety of performers including the likes of Jim Reeves. In the past decades Sid Vicious, Madness, The Clash, Oasis, U2, Public Enemy and the Smiths have drawn huge crowds to the venue. The most recent performers have included Kings of Leon, The Coral, Snow Patrol, The Bees, The Vines, The Hives, Outkast (Big Boy).

Vintage T-shirts

Original vintage punk t-shirts from Fifth Column

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