Musicians Are Trying To Save Dance Tunnel

Dalston’s favourite club is closing and nobody’s very happy about it.

It was with sadness that we reported on the news of another London club closing

Dance Tunnel opened on 2012, a basement below the feet on East London’s liveliest street, the much blighted Dalston ‘strip’, Kingsland Road. The tiny capacity venue holds 220 people, though what it lacks in size it makes up for in stature, hosting some of the country’s finest talents on a weekly basis.

In a moribund Facebook statement owners announced that despite attempts, problems with licensing were forcing the club to close. Specific reasons have yet to surface, but inevitable prophesying has pointed to problems with future housing developments and the complaints that come with a new community of residents wooed in by advertising videos like this:

The backlash has been quite phenomenal, with DJs like Four Tet trying to start a campaign to turn the Trocadero into the London equivalent of Berghain and patrons of Dance Tunnel taking to social media to denounce the decision.

Within less than 24 hours, a petition has sprung up. Created by Blackdown, who heads up record label Keysound, it asks Hackney Council to “re-review the legislation imposed on Dance Tunnel”, and work with the club to find a way to balance the needs of residents with those who want to save it.

Notable signees include:

Neither Hackney Council nor Dance Tunnel have made any responses, but we hope that the former are able to acknowledge and respond to the petition, which has reached nearly 3,500 signatures.

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Written by Matthew Francey

12 Apr 2016