April 15th is a special day for us. Our beloved Forge turns 7 this year!
It has been a challenging but rewarding journey. We’ve transformed over the years, from a small scale venue specialising primarily in classical & jazz, always in the heart of Camden, now into a multi-cultural, influential venue on the London music scene.
The Forge has always attempted to embody the vibrancy, charm, and eclecticism of Camden Town, bringing together the diversity of London’s eclectic music scene under one roof with a 300 capacity – making it an intimate setting and firm favourite amongst musicians and music-lovers alike. The Forge showcases the best in world music, poetry and spoken word, storytelling, indie and folk, classical and contemporary classical, from intimate theatre to free weekend reggae parties.
We would like to extend our thanks to absolutely everyone who has ever supported us. The performers and musicians that chose to present their talent with us, the patrons and customers that have come and gone from our venue over the past seven years, and especially those who have stayed with us and seen our transformation. We’d also like to thank all staff, past, current and new! Only time will tell where The Forge will end up in the future, but until then, let’s enjoy this year, especially April 15th!
We are having a party to celebrate our birthday! Find all of the festivity information here, but we definitely all deserve to enjoy ourselves and celebrate our venue this Friday, April 15th!
If you’d like to know a bit more about our journey as a venue Adam Caird, co-founder and owner of The Forge has taken time to answer a few questions about The Forge over the years.
What do you think have been the biggest transformations of The Forge over the last seven years?
I think the biggest change has been in the development of the programme and the use of the building. When we started out we had the occasional big event but generally we were operating a small chamber venue alongside Caponata Restaurant. Most of the concerts featured young artists at the start of their career and in the early days we had a lot of events with pretty small audiences as we worked to establish ourselves as a venue. Seven years on, now The Forge is making full use of our magnificent building with all its wonderful flexible possibilities, the programme has really diversified and we regularly sell out our full 300 standing capacity.
Do you think the mission / goals have changed as The Forge has continued to establish itself as a landmark in Camden Town?
What is the most rewarding part about being the owner/director of The Forge?
Has The Forge become the place you have envisaged it to be? Are you there yet?