16–21 March 2020

Photo by Fabio Lugaro


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For over a decade OTO has been presenting a back-to-back seven-day a week programme of some of the most exciting music being created today. A vast number of musicians and audiences have come through our doors over that time.

In the first few years of Cafe OTO we scraped by on equipment we had begged and borrowed. Musicians showed extraordinary generosity in donating bits of equipment and we brought bits and pieces as and when we could. Then about seven years in we did a small fundraiser that enabled us to buy a few essentials but there has always remained a huge discrepancy between the ambition and scale of our programme and the equipment we have to present it.

We recently tried to redress this imbalance by applying to Arts Council England for a capital grant and we're extremely grateful to them for supporting us and awarding the grant. As part of that agreement we have to raise an additional £21,200 ourselves.

As part of this fundraising drive we will be running a week of fundraising concerts featuring many of the incredible community of artists that we've been lucky enough to host over the years; with all ticket income going towards our funding target. Please come along to what promises to be a great week of concerts.

Our fundraiser aims to:

  • Improve our PA System.
  • Own our own backline equipment so that we don’t have to hire it in at extra cost.
  • Attract world-class musicians to take part in our programme by providing them with the equipment they need.
  • Stage ambitious work in new ways, including multi-channel diffusions.
  • Store, manage and produce our digital archive more efficiently and to a higher standard.

For those of you who may be in a position to support us further becoming a Member or Patron are both great ways to do this.

Thank you to all the musicians who have agreed to play as part of this fundraiser and to all of you who have helped and supported us over the years.


We are also running a fundraiser auction on Saturday 21st April. Full details of the auction and how to bid here: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/auction/equipment-fundraiser/

We are asking friends and supporters of OTO if there is anything they might want to donate to be auctioned off to help us raise our target. If you think you might have something you could donate you can find out more details here