Cafe OTO opened in April 2008 with the aim of providing a home for creative new music that exists outside of the mainstream. Cafe OTO is comprised of one large cafe/performance space open during the day as a cafe and hosting an evening programme of adventurous live music almost seven nights a week.

Photos by Tim Ferguson


Can I buy advance tickets in person?
Sorry, but in order to keep our costs down, we only sell advance tickets online.
Buy Advance Tickets here

What time does the concert start?
The music usually starts about 45 minutes after doors open.

The website says X is sold out. Is that really true?
Yes. We do not usually reserve tickets for sale on the door, so if we've marked it as sold out on the website then it is definitely sold out.

We Got Tickets says 'Contact Venue' - What does that mean?
We Got Tickets take an event offsale at 6pm on the day of the concert. If it doesn't say that it's sold out on the website then there is a very good chance that tickets will be available on the door.

Is it OK for me to record/film/take pictures etc?
Generally, photos without flash are fine. Please check with us first before filming or recording any concerts here so we can get the musicians/performers' approval. Thanks!

Past Performers

Past performers include: Adam Bohman, Akio Suzuki, Alasdair Roberts, Alex Neilson, Atsuhiro Ito, Bo Ningen, Bushmen's Revenge, Carla Bozulich, Chirs Corsano, Chris Abrahams, Christian Marclay, Damon & Naomi, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, David Grubbs, Diane Cluck, Dolphins into the Future, Eddie Prévost, Elephant Micah, Evan Parker, Grouper, Haco, Han Bennink, Henry Flynt, Howe Gelb, Ig Henneman, Ikue Mori, Jack Rose, James Blackshaw, Jandek, Joe McPhee, John Butcher, John Sinclair, John Tchicai, John Tilbury, Josephine Foster, Kan Mikami, Kath Bloom, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Keith Rowe, Keiji Haino, Ken Vandermark, Lawrence English, Lichens, Lol Coxhill, London Improvisors Orchestra, Loren Connors Louis Moholo-Moholo, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Marshall Allen, Mats Gustafsson, Matthew Shipp, Meg Baird, Mt. Eerie, MV+EE, Nicolas Collins, Okkyung Lee, Oren Ambarchi, Otomo Yoshihide, Paal Nilssen-Love, PAAP, Pamelia Kurstin, Paul Metzger, Peter Brotzmann, Peter Walker, Philip Jeck, Phill Niblock, Richard Youngs, Roger Turner, Satchiko M, Scout Niblett, Sean Lennon, Shelley Hirsch, Shuichi Chino, Skaters, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Steve Beresford, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins), Tenniscoats, Terry Riley, Tetsuya Umeda, Tetuzi Akiyama, The Sun Ra Arkestra, Thurston Moore, Tim Hecker, Tori and Reiko Kudo, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tujiko Noriko, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Yoko Ono and many more.

You can see a fairly complete list of past concerts on Songkick.



Concert Programme
Equipment List
OTOroku (LP releases & mailorder)
Cafe info & opening hours

We have newly upgraded FREE WI-FI.


The venue has step-free access and a wheelchair accessible toilet. We also offer '2 for 1' tickets for carers attending with disabled customers. Email john@cafeoto.co.uk for reservation information.

Soundchecks / Opening

When there is an evening event we close the cafe at 5:30pm for soundcheck and re-open at 8pm for concerts. For evenings where there is no event we will stay open as a bar. Entry is free for those nights.

NB: Live performances usually start between 30-45 minutes after the doors open.


All concert bookings at Cafe OTO are handled by OTO Projects.

Contact Us

Private Hire

Cafe OTO is also available for private hire. If you'd like us to host your party, function or private event please email john@cafeoto.co.uk