The roundhouse was first used as an arts venue in 1964 and has since played host to many seminal performances. It reopened in June 2006, after extensive refurbishment and recent highlights include the annual BBC Electric proms season and the Royal Shakespeare company's histories. The programmes held at the venue are a mixture of circus, music concerts and large scale theatre productions.
Since reopening, almost half a million people have attended an event organised by the Roundhouse. The venue has played host to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jarvis Cocker, Paul McCartney, Kasabian, The Who and James Brown.