Another accessibility review, this one is about KOKO in Camden. I’ll be splitting it into the ticket buying process, the journey to/from venue and seating/general experience at the event.
(Disclaimer: I’m aware “accessibility” means different things to different people, these are MY views on my experience of accessibility at this venue as an electric/manual wheelchair user, I obviously can’t speak for others experiences but feel free to add your experiences in the comments!)
Buying tickets was pretty simple, but it was also probably different from even your usual disabled access ticket buying situation for this venue, that’s because this was the venue where I saw Corey Taylor solo on his “You’re Making Me Hate You book tour. So, I was able to book my ticket through the O2 priority website (literally the only reason my phone contract is with O2!) like everyone else. I then emailed KOKO with what show I’d booked for and what access accommodations I’d require, for me that’s a carer ticket on their 2 for 1 carer ticket system and access to some kind of disabled access viewing platform (they offer wheelchairs that you can hire I believe, but I have my own snazzy wheels so that was not needed for me). The manager of KOKO then response confirming that my accommodations were in place and that his response email counted as the carer ticket
Getting to the venue was also wonderfully simple, we took a cab to Uxbridge Station followed by the Metropolitan line from Uxbridge (where, as per every single time, a ramp is required) to Kings Cross Station (which is completely step free). We then took as bus to near Mornington Crescent Station then a short walk to the actual venue
In terms of getting seated and general gig experience, I made myself known to the management/ security who then escorted us inside the venue and up to the viewing platform and made sure we were comfortable and had a good view. I’m also told they were constantly watching and checking on us to make sure we were comfortable throughout the gig, not that I ever looked away from the stage BECAUSE COREY TAYLOR (those of you who know me personally will know Corey Taylor is basically my favourite musician in the universe and this gig made my millennium)
And that’s basically it! Oh, how I love a short accessibility review because that means very few access issues! I find it funny how small venues with less than 1500 capacity (aka KOKO) can present fewer access issues than larger 10,000 standing venues (*cough* Alexandra Palace *cough*)
Kudos to KOKO for making it as easy as possible for me to be the #invinciblewomanonwheels and shout out to Corey Taylor for making the gig I’ve been waiting years for totally worth the wait!