After holding a series a of test events and listening to feedback from attendees, we have decided that we will be going back to full capacity for all shows from Monday 25th October.

We still want to keep things as safe as possible for our audiences, artists and staff. So from this date on we'll be asking all attendees to shows (both vaccinated and not) for proof of a lateral flow or PCR test taken within 24 hours of arrival. A picture as proof is fine. You can order a free pack of 7 lateral flow tests at any time, here.

We've had great feedback from the full capacity test events that we've carried out in this way in the past couple of weeks. They've felt safe in the space and this now feels like the right way forward.

We will also be taking some extra measures to keep you safe and to protect our artists and staff.


If you have Covid symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to infection, please don’t come to our venue. If you are unable to attend an event that you have a ticket for - either due to testing positive or due to having to isolate - then we will be happy to refund you.

Before coming to one of our events, we recommend that you do everything you can to make sure that you personally are not infectious. You can do this by:

  • Getting vaccinated
  • Registering that you are immune (because of previous infection)


For the safety of our staff and your fellow customers, we encourage you to wear masks when moving around the space or going to the bar. Our staff will still be wearing masks until further notice.

We won’t be enforcing these measures; we are just asking you to be kind and thoughtful and take the measures you can for the safety of everyone else and for our artists and staff.


We will be keeping the venue as ventilated as possible. We have an air conditioning system which cycles the air inside the venue and we will be running this whilst we are open aside from during sets.


We will only be taking card payments for the time being.


We will be cleaning all surfaces regularly. Hand sanitiser will be available on arrival and inside the venue. We’ll be reviewing all of these measures as we go and welcome any feedback from visitors to the venue on ways we can make everybody feel safe and comfortable attending shows here.


As a small grassroots venue, these are obviously incredibly challenging times for us. Making a donation, buying records, books or downloads, or becoming a member or patron, are massively helpful ways to ensure we're able to continue presenting some of the most exciting music being created today.

We have been so moved by the way so many of you have already rallied to support us. We cannot express our gratitude enough.

Love and solidarity,

Cafe OTO

New Events

Tuesday 8 February 2022

Steve Noble / Seymour Wright (duo) + Steve Noble (solo)

£14 £12 Advance £7 MEMBERS

Wednesday 9 February 2022

Wild Terrier Orchestra + Jay Glass Dubs (DJ)

£14 £12 Advance £7 MEMBERS

Saturday 26 February 2022

Spirit Sigh + Jenny Moore

£12 £10 Advance £6 MEMBERS

Monday 18 April 2022

Educated Guess (Dave Tucker / Thurston Moore / Pat Thomas / Mark Sanders)

£16 £14 Advance £8 MEMBERS