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Dingwalls is a venue adjacent to Camden Lock, Camden, London, England. It houses bars, cafes, clubs (including the Highlight comedy club and the Lock 17 bar/restaurant). The building itself is one of many industrial Victorian buildings that were put to new use in the 20th century. The original owner of the building, T.E. Dingwall, had his name painted on to the outside wall of the building, which was a common practice by businesses in Camden Town during the late Victorian era. The paint never washed off, and is still visible to this day, hence the venue's unusual name.

The club's website claims that it has hosted live music since 1973. It was certainly a prominent and popular London live music venue in the pub rock and punk rock era of the mid to late 1970s. The Stranglers, one of the biggest acts in Britain at the time, referred to the club on their early single 'London Lady', with the first line reading 'Little lady, with Dingwalls bullshit'. But the booking policy was always eclectic, finding time for visiting US acts such as The Drifters in 1983. At some point in the 1980s, it ceased to present live shows.

In the late-80s/early-90s, Dingwalls was venue to the famous jazz dance club Talkin Loud and Saying Something, with Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge.

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