Passing Clouds, an incomparable venue in Dalston, became yet another victim to the “greywashing” of London.
As a member of the culturally diverse and insanely talented community at Passing Clouds, the dreaded news became reality and rogue property developers took over the venue, painting over the vibrant decor with a disheartening grey. It has been an established live music venue since it opened 10 years ago and has showcased over 5,000 artists from over 150 countries.
Using its platform as a highly important and influential venue in London’s alternative music scene, Passing Clouds has organised a march on Saturday September 17 in Dalston to highlight the need for such venues across London and increase awareness of the topic that has now hit the mainstream due to the closure of London’s biggest nightclub, Fabric.
With the backing of London’s mayor Sadiq Khan, who said: “We don’t want venues like Passing Clouds closing,” and a flourishing number of celebrity figures, such as Paloma Faith and Benjamin Zephaniah expressing their anguish at the multicultural music venue closing, the march’s expected turnout exceeds a thousand.
It is the home of the wildly popular People’s Kitchen in Hackney, feeding hundreds of people for free, and has given the space for conscious movies, talks and debates on over 100 progressive issues, from social and economic to environmental.
Passing Clouds has always been at the forefront of issues regarding inequality, which is why it’s an abomination that a venue that values its community first has been shut down due to the apparent need for more luxury flats.
If Passing Clouds is unsuccessful the building will most likely sit empty for years given the likelihood of planning permission being denied. The march also aims to lobby Hackney Council to save more live music venues by turning them into assets of community value, following the lead of Wandsworth Council which saved 100 of the borough’s bars and clubs from development.
Show your support for our city and join us this Saturday from 4pm as we highlight the slow turmoil in London’s creativity and culture. A drum ceremony will take place at Passing Clouds at 6pm with the handover of proposal documents to Garry Simpson of Landhold Developments. The march is aimed at getting Passing Clouds back from Landhold Developments — the company responsible for taking over the venue — who have employed 24-hour security to occupy the property.Landhold Developments will be presented with a proposal asking to grant them a new lease, or sell the building.Jupiter looks like a brilliant star below the Moon, with fainter Spica below Jupiter.Spica, the leading light of Virgo, stands to the right of the Moon at first light tomorrow. The Spica system consists of two massive, brilliant stars in a very tight orbit.When I say it is a place like no other, it’s meant with the most sincerest of hearts.