Cafe Oto London

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Cafe Oto – A perpetual musical discovery

Oto means ‘noise’ or ‘music’ in Japanese and that is exactly what you get at this truly amazing and innovative venue.

By day it is a mild-mannered café serving home-baked cakes, craft beers, teas, coffees, organic fruit juices, cider and wines but then, when the lights go out and the cafe closes for a couple of hours for the soundchecks, Oto turns into the home of the experimental musician and easily fulfills its stated aim of ‘providing a home for creative new music that exists outside of the mainstream’.

Past performers include Yoko Ono, London Improvisors Orchestra, Joe McPhee, Marshall Allen, Matthew Herbert and, amazingly and thrillingly, The Sun Ra Arkestra!

It’s jazz. It’s African. It’s Japanese. It’s experimental. It’s ambient. It’s deep. It’s global. And while some of the bigger names mean larger fees most gigs are around £10, but check the website first as the venue is small and gigs regularly sell out in advance.

Cafe Oto forms one point of the Dalston Jazz Triangle. The other two points being filled by the jazz daddy The Vortex and the newcomer Servant Jazz Quarters.

These three venues are about 500 yards apart and between them they cover the folky side of jazz (SJQ), the more traditional (Vortex) and the avant garde (Oto). Jazz has definitely found a cool home (or three) in E8. The Guardian even went to find out more about Oto as Italian Vogue had named it as the coolest venue in Britain!!

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Details about this spot



18-22 Ashwin Street, London

Opening Times

Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:30, Sat - Sun 10:30 - 17:30, gigs from 20:00


Entrance from: £ 10


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)