“It’s these venues – full of history, converted from something else, saved by the local community – that make seeing live music in London so bloody good”
She Loves London/ Ghost Poet 2015
This appeal is to everyone over the past 44 years who has enjoyed a gig at Chats Palace, squeezed into our hall, dancing to music from any of the amazing artists who have performed here. We are taking part in a urgent national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues: everything above the amount we need will be donated to the Music Venue Trust GMV Crisis Fund to protect other venues just like ours, right across the country.
Chats Palace closed on 20 March 2020 in line with Government instructions. Initially all events in our busy programme were postponed to May. Now it is clear we will not be re-opening before Autumn 2020. We generate 82% of our turnover from earned income, relying heavily on bar and ticket sales. Between April to September 2020 we would have been visited by 20,000 culture fans; now that we are closed, our potential to generate turnover has been reduced to zero.
With your help and support, we are campaigning to raise £5 000 to get us through the next three months, and to help us starting planning for a great autumn 2020 season. We can’t wait to invite you back to Chats Palace – whatever you can donate will help make sure that as soon as we can, we will be re-opening our doors and inviting you in.
And if you haven’t been to Chats Palace yet – please consider yourself invited to our corner of east London. Chats Palace has been an arts centre and grassroots music venue since 1976, hosting punk, ‘new wave’ and jazz gigs. Our cult reputation was sealed with the likes of The Mekons, The Au Pairs, & The Leyton Buzzards appearing on the same posters as Sunday lunchtime sessions featuring jazz artists Derek Bailey, John Stephens & Elton Dean. Over the past 40+years many award-winning artists and musicians, from Plan B/Ben Drew, Cornershop and Asian Dub Foundation, to Fun-Da-Mental, and Adamski have played in our 200-capacity hall on their way to fame, fortune and arena tours.
In the past five years alone, our rosta includes The X X, Django Django, Steeling Sheep, Ghost Poet, Cate le Bon, Thomas Cohen, Mothers, Lail Arad, Wovocka Gentle, Fear of Men, Soweto Kinch, W H Lung, Haley Heynderickx, Okay Kaya, Nao, Hand Habits, Robb Johnson, Jerkcurb, Shards, Major Parkinson, William Doyle and Jarv Is.