The Oval Tavern is part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues.
We are a small pub venue at the heart of the community in Croydon, dating back to 1869.
Up until March this year we hosted seven sessions of live music per week ranging through contemporary jazz, blues and roots, trad folk, gypsy jazz, big band, klezmer, rock and grunge and everything in between. We’re proud to promote emerging artists and we're all about the grassroots local scene.
We also put on events for our LGBT+ community and have strong ties with Croydon Pride, programming the live stage for a crowd of 15,000 party goers in 2019.
Our 'reason for being' is to keep live music available and accessible for all, brought to you by an amazing team passionate about goodtime vibes, and your support now has never been more vital.
What we'll do...
We'll do everything we can!
Your donations via this campaign will help secure our future, contributing to our running costs during this tricky time, supporting our freelance sound engineers and maintaining this historic building until we can re-open.
We’ve already been supporting musicians by giving them an online platform where they have been paid for streaming gigs from their homes. This is something we will continue to develop and your support will also allow us to invest in equipment so that we can have a vibrant online streaming mechanism once the venue is back open.
Streaming our gigs, will also allow us to continue to bring live music to some of our older or more vulnerable patrons, who may find it more challenging to visit venues even once restrictions are lifted.
If you could spare some of the money you would have spent on beer or gig tickets it would go so, so far in ensuring we can get through the most difficult period live music venues have ever faced.
We exist to provide musicians and music lovers a safe, friendly and welcoming environment to enjoy live music – a world without live music would be a miserable place...
If we hit our target, and we can prevent the closure of our venue, 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.
In the meantime, we're currently live-streaming gigs and events, and our delicious food and beer are available to takeaway.
We're looking at a range of Oval merch and music retail as a way of extending our offer.
We're keeping in contact with our amazing artists and DJs to ensure we'll have a fantastic programme for you once we re-open – the vibe will be REAL!
We can't wait to welcome you back to enjoy some quality live tunes at Oval Tavern where the food is friendly and the staff are tasty...
Thanks for reading and see you soon!
Lots of love, Esther and the team xxx