Town & Country Club Kentish Town 1985 – 1993
Dating from 1934 when it was originally constructed as an Art Deco Cinema, this large building on Highgate Road in north London has had several names over the years, including the Town & Country Club Kentish Town and it is currently part of the 02 empire known as the 02 Forum, Kentish Town.
It is, however, as the Town & Country Club Kentish Town that it is best known historically as a music venue and some very fine musicians appeared there during its lifetime as the “T&C”.
If I had to pick just one from the many concerts that were staged at the Town & Country Club it would have to be the quite extraordinary “Night Of The Guitars” which featured Jan Akkerman (Focus) Leslie West (Mountain) Ted Turner & Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash), Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) Pino Daniele / Robbie Kreiger (Doors) Randy California (Spirit) Steve Hunter (notable session player) and Pete Haycock (Climax Blues Band). The show took place on May 04 1989. It should be noted that various other concerts of the same name took place around that time and featured some of the above artists together with other notables as Steve Howe (Yes) and Alvin Lee, (Ten Years After).
The Pogues recorded a live concert there, featuring Joe Strummer, on St Patrick’s day in March 1988 which is still available as a DVD.
Other notable performers to appear at the T&C were Rory Gallagher September 17th 1988, Robert Plant Dec 20, 1990 and again on Jan 10, 1991 and, on Dec 18 1992, Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos.
The building was originally known as the Kentish Town Forum Theatre from 1934 to 1963. It then became the ABC Cinema Kentish Town from 1963 to 1970.
In 1984 is became an Irish dancehall known as the Forum Dancehall until 1985.
It then became the Town & Country Club, its most famous persona, in 1985 until 1993 and then it was the London Forum between 1993 and 2007 and then simply The Forum from 2007 to 2009 and again between 2013 to 2015.
Between 2009 and 2013 it was the HMV Forum.
The venue ceased to be known as the Town & Country Club Kentish Town in 1993. The final artist to appear at the venue under that name was Van Morrison on March 21st preceded by a double date by Squeeze on the 19th & 20th March.