New gig venue to open in London's Hackney

Oslo will be run by the promoters behind Nottingham's Rock City and Bristol's Thekla

New gig venue to open in London's Hackney

Photo: Tom Martin

A new music venue is to open in Hackney, east London this autumn.

Oslo, to be situated next to Hackney Central station on Amhurst Road, is the latest venture from the promoters behind Nottingham's Rock City and Bristol's Thekla. It will be run by Daybrook House Promotions, which today relaunched as DHP Family after seeing its turnover grow by over 66 per cent since 2009 to £15 million in 2012.

According to the planning application for the venue, Oslo will be a restaurant and bar and will host regular gigs and club nights. On the first floor, "a range of entertainment will be offered throughout the week, comprising live music concerts, theatre performances, plays, film showing, performances of dance and DJ music for dancing". The site has already been granted a licence by Hackney Council which allows it to open until 2am in the week and 3am at weekends.

The company's Managing Director George Akins told Music Week: "Music consumption has been completely changed by the internet with live performance becoming more important to bands and fans and that plays to our strengths. The people who work here are passionate about presenting the very best artists from around the world in the best venues the UK has to offer."

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