The Forum


Renowned for its Indie, Rock and Soul gigs, The Forum was built in 1934 and was originally an Art Deco cinema. Balcony and free-standing areas are available. Admission is by ticket only. They also have a snack bar and are also licensed to sell alcohol.

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The Forum

9-17 Highgate Road
Gospel Oak
+44 (0)20 7284 1001
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app
Yelp Reviews


3 out of 5 based on 21 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Forum

4.0 out of 5 9 June 2014
by Victoria O.

I love Birmingham, as well you might know, but a lot of the stranger/more specialist bands that I love just don't come to the Midlands. They go to the Capital where, I guess, you're going to get a larger crowd come along to your gigs.

I have only ever been to The Forum twice. Once (many, many moons ago) to see the Swedish Electro outfit The Knife and the second time was a couple of weeks ago...more

4.0 out of 5 26 February 2014
by Cristin L.

A-OK venue.

No where to sit, which is normally fine, but I was on a crutch (didn't know I would be when buying gig tickets). I did manage to nab a spot near the back beside a railing and that helped a lot.

Lots of toilets in the ladies that were quite clean for a gig venue.

Staff where very nice.

Lots of warnings about pickpockets though, so keep your valuables in a safe place.

The gig...more

5.0 out of 5 20 November 2013
by Paul W.

Since the closure of the Astoria (RIP), the Forum has become one of my favourite venues. I love that the venue and stage is very wide, allowing bands more space to have fun and giving the audience a more intimate feel. I love that the seating is GA, so dedicated fans who want to queue can get better seats than faster finger first ticket buyers. There are some venues that indescribably have a...more

2.0 out of 5 11 May 2013
by Vicky L.

Oh, now I remember you- you were the s**thole I went to see CSS in years ago. I completely blanked that out because the venue was so bland. In fact I didn't remember it until I was standing right in front of it and registered the facade. I walked in and promptly forgot again.

Actually it did turn into a shithole literally because the loos flooded. It was disgusting.

A horror shell of a...more

2.0 out of 5 23 October 2012
by Leighton S.

Saw The Tallest Man on Earth here last night. The show itself was great, despite the myriad shortcomings of the venue. Most annoyingly, the standing area has no slope so those people lacking the requisite height will likely see precious little of the performer. My view from 1.85m (give or take) afforded me a decent vantage; my more modestly sized female counterpart struggled to see beyong the...more

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