THE SOUND LOUNGE, TOOTING
LCM RECOMMENDED MUSIC VENUE
Address: 210-212 Upper Tooting Road, London
Type of Music: Country, Americana, Folk, Blues Acoustic & Singer-Songwriter
Capacity: 60 cabaret seating, 100-150 seated & 250 standing
Open: Tuesday - Sunday (Closed Monday)
Owners: Keiron Marshall & Hannah White
Transportation: Tooting Broadway/Tooting Bec tube stations (Northern Line). Street parking in adjacent streets either side of the venue.
Opened at the end of Jan 2017 The Sound Lounge is one of the newest premier music venues in South London. By day it is an excellent Vegan/Vegetarian Cafe, Art centre and community space, which transforms into a music venue on Thursday through Sunday nights. With a 9x3m stage area, excellent sound and lighting rig, the venue can accommodate anything from solo performers to large bands. The venue also has a Green Room.
The new Sound Lounge is the second venue that Keiron and Hannah have managed. The original Sound Lounge was a smaller space in Merton Abbey Mills. The Sound Lounge is also run as a non-profit making CIC (Community Interest Company). The high quality fit-out was made possible through a crowdfunding campaign which raised over £15,000 last year. The bar stocks a range of beers, ciders, wine and soft drinks. The food is fantastic and well worth trying.
The Sound Lounge also have Tom Robinson, Baylen Leonard and Paul Sexton as their official patrons. All of which are huge supporters of independent musicians and their music.
"Thanks to the rise of social media, there's never been a better time for innovative new music artists to find a worldwide audience. Yet - at the local level - live venues where they can perform are either closing or under pressure all over the country. This is especially true in London, thanks to the insane profits available to property developers. So news of a new grassroots music venue in Sadiq Khan's hometown of Tooting is especially welcome, and it's an honour to be invited by The Sound Lounge to become a patron. Long may they flourish, and may many others follow their forward-thinking example." (Tom Robinson)
"It's great news that there is a new grassroots venue for Country and Americana music in London. It makes perfect sense as there are so many quality UK musicians making Roots music. The fact that it's crowdfunded is even more heartening and proves there is not only a real desire and need for more venues but that the people who love and make this music are also an active and engaged community. I'm looking forward to many exciting nights at The Sound Lounge!" (Baylen Leonard)
"The Sound Lounge is good news for London's live music scene........and hope for London's live music fans" (Time Out Magazine)
"With its devotion to independent music and creative expression, the Sound Lounge wins everyone's hearts on their first visit" (Paul Sexton, BBC Radio 2)
"The Sound Lounge is attracting a positive response from Sadiq Khan, night czar Amy Lamé and MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan" (Evening Standard)
"I do not believe in art for a few, anymore than education for a few, or freedom for a few" (William Morris)