Shoreditch ‘hub-club’ Village Underground has announced a new 15-year lease deal with the Hackney council. The contract will be signed “in the coming days,” the venue’s founder, Auro Foxcroft, announced yesterday.
In addition to being a popular venue, Village Underground also provides studio space for around 30 artists and new businesses, and Foxcroft says they are looking forward to being able to make “sustainable plans for the future” in the wake of the news of the lease extension.
This is timely news for UK music fans, who have seen various venues closed down over the last 24 months in both London and Manchester. Foxcroft is optimistic that this tide may finally be turning: “This has been the first time in almost a decade that we’ve ended the year with the same number of grassroots venues as we started. The decline has stopped, the tide is turning and this is the beginning of good news and progress for London’s venues, clubs and incredible nightlife.”
Hackney mayor Philip Glanville was in similarly bullish spirits about the lease agreement, declaring, “This is a great example of a local authority working with and supporting a thriving and well-respected local independent venue… We are sending out a strong message about the value of our arts and music venues for the community and local economy, and how as a council, we will do everything we can to protect them.”
Check out Village Underground’s 10th Birthday celebration video below.
Antal Contributes All-Japanese Mixtape for Altered Soul Experiment Series
Rush Hour co-founder Antal Heitlager has become the seventh contributor to Altered Soul Experiment’s mixtape series.
Officially called ASE07-CASS, the label has indicated that the mixtape will encompass ambient and classical Japanese sounds, “rare jazz fusion”, contemporary eletronica and various “synth oddities” from the island nation.
Dutch DJ Antal has the following to say about the mix: “I had December and snowflakes in Japan on my mind… I used to love Takeshi Kitano’s movies, for instance, but also the soundtracks… I have a weak spot for Japanese nostalgia.”
Altered Soul Experiment Vol. 7 will officially be released on February 5th, but you can preview the interesting, eclectic mixtape below.