Skip to main content

Home Music Music News

New music venue Outernet Live to open in central London this summer

Outernet is also bringing back the 12 Bar Club as a 350-capacity space

By Charlotte Krol

Inside impression of Outernet Live
Outernet Live (Picture: Press)

A new 2,000-capacity music venue will open in central London this summer.

Outernet Live is said to be the largest live events venue to be built in central London since the 1940s. It will form part of Outernet London, described in press material as “a billion-pound immersive media, music and culture district” located on the corner of Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road.

The venue will be sit beneath The Now Building which is described as “the most advanced experiential public space in the world” with 23,000 sq. ft. of floor-to-ceiling 16K screens.

“From major movie premieres, staged in ways that have never before been possible, to intimate artist showcases that could then be broadcast across the screens, the launch of Outernet Live is a game-changing moment,” a press release adds. “It will play host to a broad array of live music, dance, immersive theatre, awards shows, brand experiences and beyond.”

Additionally, Outernet will bring back the 12 Bar Club as a 350-capacity space. The Denmark Street venue, which opened in 1994, closed in 2015 for redevelopment of the local area.

The CEO and President Outernet Global Philip O’Ferrall said in a statement: “This area of London has an amazing tradition of brilliant venues but many of them have sadly gone. To open Outernet Live as part of our wider culture and music district makes us all immensely proud.

“It is absolutely vital that artists and fans have a place to go in the centre of our city to perform and enjoy live music and we will welcome many other types of events to our venue as well. When you factor in the incredible things we can do with the Outernet screens we move to another level and our offering is something that really can’t be found anywhere else in the world. We love the history of Denmark Street and embrace what the future holds.”

The news follows the revelation that London’s historic music venue KOKO will reopen next month after being closed for three years due to refurbishment and fire damage.

The Camden venue was initially shut in 2019 for a year-long refurbishment, which was then pushed back after a fire broke out in the venue in 2020. Subsequent water damage then delayed the reopening even more.

KOKO has now announced that, after a £70m restoration and redevelopment programme, it will reopen on April 30 with a host of reopening parties including shows by Jorja SmithPete Doherty and Lianne La Havas.