Residents clear space for new Hackney venue

Before the clean up. Pic: Phil Brunner

Clapton residents took part in a big clean up this morning to make room for the areas first alternative performance venue.

At eight this morning members of the community were eagerly waiting outside 33 Chatsworth Road wearing work gloves and warm jackets ready to clear the area.

Volunteers had only 30 minutes to fill a skip with rubbish from the backyard, as they had no permit, for what will be one of Clapton’s first alternative performance venues.

Phil Brunner, founder of the performance space, had posted on a local discussion forum asking for members of the community to help him clear the space, for what he calls “an event space for the future.”

Brunner said: “As we only had 30 minutes, we thought we needed as much help from the community as possible.”

The skip showed up just before nine this morning and by nine-thirty the only thing left in the backyard was branches and leaves. Brunner and his friends were happy with the turn out and is now looking forward to get on with the progress.

The space will be used as a performance venue, hosting one-off performances. The first performance is this Sunday, where the underground music duo Mak Murtic Ensemble will perform a progressive jazz gig.

Brunner explained that the front house will be a bar with a small stage and the back garden will be equipped with a tent for slightly bigger performances.

The area isn’t fully licensed yet, but Brunner has goals for the near future: “We are going from permit to permit at the moment, but hopefully in the future we will be able to get a more permanent license.”

The space on 33 Chatsworth Road is one of many new local initiatives that have popped up in the neighbourhood.

With the opening of the Sunday market, and the many cafes and delicatessens, Clapton is starting to resemble the early years of Stoke Newington and Broadway Market.




  1. Emily Webber October 20, 2011
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  3. Angela Phillips October 21, 2011

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