I was just down at Charlie Wrights yesterday evening to hear the wonderful Golden Age Of Steam. The venue has been temporarily closed by Hackney Council because of noise complaints. Zhenya at least is finding other places in the area in order to continue with his imaginative programming down there.
What is it about this Council? On the one hand, so much of their publicity enthuses over its cultural creativity. But this story doesn't seem to be getting through to the other parts of the Council. I understand that there have already been mutterings about the need to get rid of the Banksy in Gillett Square.
We would love, at the Vortex, to get a 2 a.m. licence so that we can extend our music programming with additional experimentation. Will we get it? Watch this space.