THE SOUND LOUNGE, TOOTING
LCM RECOMMENDED MUSIC VENUE
Address: 210-212 Upper Tooting Road, London, United Kingdom
Type of Music: Country, Americana, Folk, Blues Acoustic and Singer-Songwriter
Capacity: 60 cabaret seating (with tables), 100-150 seated and 250 fully 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 wonderful and well worth trying.
The Sound Lounge also have Tom Robinson & Baylen Leonard as their official patrons. Two 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)
"I do not believe in art for a few, anymore than education for a few, or freedom for a few" (William Morris)