10 years of Cafe Oto

Source: The Guardian.

Cafe Oto has become a crown jewel,” says former Sonic Youth singer and guitarist Thurston Moore. “It’s by far the most critical listening room in London. It’s a clubhouse for many of us.”

Oto is a 150-capacity venue in Dalston, east London: a single room that audiences and musicians enter into directly from the street. It has low ceilings, creaky old furniture, no green room for the musicians to hide in and no stage. Yet it has become one of the best known and loved spaces for experimental music in the world, attracting regular performers such as Moore and the , as well as the occasional superstar such as Anthony Braxton and Yoko Ono.