The Spitz under threat

save_the_spitz_small.gifJust arrived in my inbox, this is terrible news:

The Spitz has been given six months notice to quit our present site in Old Spitalfields Market by our landlord Ballymore Properties. In a worse case scenario this will mean that The Spitz will cease to exist at the end of September this year.

The campaign to Save The Spitz starts now and we need your support. Please go to and sign our online petition and/or make a donation to the Save The Spitz appeal.

If you would like to get directly involved in the campaign please email

The another important way to support The Spitz is to use it as much as possible so please don.t forget The Spitz also has a fantastic restaurant and if you bring along a print out of this email we.ll give you 10% off lunch between 12 & 2 pm. Also, all areas of The Spitz are available for hire including the gallery, terrace and restaurant. All ideal spaces for parties, launch nights, talks, etc. We have an excellent programme of live music in the venue including the current Spitz Festival of Blues and the forthcoming Spitz Festival of Country in August and Spitz Festival of Folk in September. The Spitz Gallery also has a very strong programme including the forthcoming Chernobyl exhibition by Magnum photographer Paul Fusco called. Twenty One Years of Fall Out.

Please show your support for The Spitz by voting with your feet.



“I am outraged to hear that The Spitz is in danger of closing. In these days of bland, wholesale corporate homogenisation we need truly independent music venues like The Spitz more than ever. If the Spitz closes it will be an absolute disgrace and a sure sign that London is on the way to becoming a glorified shopping mall with a series of unnecessary restaurants and shops that only recognises the power of the City bonus and not the creative force that gave areas like Spitalfields its identity in the first place.”
Beth Orton, musician, who has played at The Spitz four times.

.MOJO magazine is distraught at the thought of the Spitz closing its doors for good and all. It has served a world of vibrant, genuinely alternative music virtually single-handed. .
Danny Eccleston, Consultant Editor, Mojo Magazine

”London is known around the world for its arts and entertainment, which
is the reason why so many people come here. It has a strong reputation
for a cutting edge and innovative music scene, which is nurtured by
having a range of live venues where music can flourish The Spitz is a unique venue which has enhanced the London music scene since it opened. If a classical music venue were under threat, the establishment would rightly be up in arms.
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London.

“It is outrageous that The Spitz is under threat of closure and I wholeheartedly give my support to the campaign to Save The Spitz. In the last ten years London’s cultural and creative axis has shifted from the West to the East and The Spitz is at the heart of this change. I have been to many ground breaking shows at The Spitz that I would never see at a more mainstream venue. The Spitz gives Spitalfields and East London it’s creative identity and if it closes this will be lost”
Giles Deacon, UK.s leading fashion designer who is based in East London.

Ignoring Ken’s rather snotty remark, the closure of the Spitz would be seriously bad news: it’s one of a very small number of decent-sized venues for exploratory music in London that has enough clout to pull in some major artists. For me, it’s possibly my favourite London venue, and its absence would leave a very big hole. Sign the petition! And go and see some shows – here’s what’s on over the next month:

25 Apr – Moishe’s Bagel
26 Apr – SFoB ’07: The Scientists
27 Apr – SFoB ’07: Robert Belfour *SOLD OUT*
28 Apr – SFoB ’07: T-Model Ford
29 Apr – Layasutra
30 Apr – Felix Lajko

1 May – Joanna And The Wolf + Cheap Hotel
2 May – Benjy Ferree
3 May – Ada Milea & The Balanescu Quartet
4 May – Thomas Clausen, Lea Freire & Oriole
5 May – Standon Calling Presents
6 May – Sophia
7 May – Jon Hopkins + Jon Redfern
8 May – Malajube
12 May – Showstar + 4,000,000 Telephones
14 May – Help She Can’t Swim
15 May – La Nuit Intime
16 May – La Nuit Intime
17 May – NEW The Israelite Samaritan Music Choir
18 May – Two Gallants (Acoustic) *SOLD OUT*
22 May – Johnossi
23 May – Charlie Parr + Fireworks Night
24 May – Yell Robot Yell Album Launch
25 May – Music Matbakh
26 May – Music Matbakh
28 May – Sky Larkin + Land of Talk
30 May – The Arctic Circle
31 May – Radik Tiuliush + Carole Pegg


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