About us

Cafe OTO provides a home for creative new music that exists outside of the mainstream with an evening programme of adventurous live music seven nights a week.

The concert programme at Cafe OTO is managed by OTOProjects – a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC).

We are also open as a cafe during the day with Persian inspired cooking everyday from Zardosht (including an extended weekend menu) and the best cakes in Dalston - all baked in-house.

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Opening Hours

Monday–Friday, 8.30–5pm
Saturday, 9.30–5pm
Sunday, 10.30–5pm

When there is an evening event we close the cafe at 5pm for soundcheck and then for concerts.

For evenings where there is no event we will stay open as a bar. Entry is free for those nights.

How to find us

Cafe OTO
18–22 Ashwin street
E8 3DL

Cafe OTO is easily accessible by public transport, see details below.

Overground & East London Line
There are two overground stations very close to Cafe OTO – Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland – that connect you quickly to the rest of London.

The following buses stop nearby: 30, 38, N38, 67, 76, 149, N149, 56, 277 & 242.

There are a limited number of bicycle racks opposite Cafe OTO.


Can I buy advance tickets in person?
We only sell advance tickets online through our website. This helps us keep our costs down.

What time does the concert start?
The music usually starts 1 hour  1 hour 15 minutes after doors open and most concerts are finished by 11pm but we stay open until 12.30am each day.

What about accessibility?
The venue has step-free access and a wheelchair accessible toilet. We also offer '2 for 1' tickets for carers attending with disabled customers and are more than happy to reserve you a seat or a space for a wheelchair if you need it. Please email hello@cafeoto.co.uk with your purchase confirmation to make a reservation.

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.

I can no longer attend a show I bought tickets for. Can I get a refund?
We are happy to give refunds so long as we are given a minimum of 4 days notice before the performance so that we can re-sell the tickets. For shows put on at OTO by external promoters, customers will need to contact the online seller that they purchased the tickets through where applicable (wegottickets, Ticket ABC etc). Please note that booking fees are non-refundable.

Do you charge booking fees on top of the ticket price?
To cover the costs of managing our own ticketing system we charge a 10% booking fee for all tickets, which is capped at £2.80 per ticket. However, members will be exempt when buying tickets with their members discount. Please note that booking fees are non-refundable.

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!

What equipment do you have?
You can see a full list here.


Cafe OTO also hosts an in-house record store stocking a range of music that you wont find elsewhere in London. A host of LP's, CD's, cassettes, books, periodicals, posters, etc are available - often in limited copies and not available in the online shop.

Weekly shipments from around the globe of:
  • Jazz / Free Jazz
  • Free Improvisation
  • Folk / Song
  • Non-Western Music
  • Field Recordings
  • Drone / Ambient
  • Outsiders / Art Brut / Unclassifiable
  • Modern Classical / Minimalism / Fluxus
  • Sound-Poetry / Spoken Word / Radio-Art
  • Computer music / Early Electronics. Musique Concrete / Electroacoustic Music
  • Synth / Electronic / Dance
  • Soundtracks
  • Art / Installation
  • Noise
  • Psychedelic
  • Prog
  • Punk
The shop is open all day and night during cafe and concert hours and accepts cash and card payments, with a discount for members.

Oto Project Space

The OTO Project Space is located just around the corner from Cafe OTO at 1-7 Ashwin Street - E8 3DL.

It was created as a space for artists to develop new work and for OTO Projects to present workshops, talks, film screenings and installations relating to the core programme at Cafe OTO. The building was designed by Assemble - a young, critically acclaimed design practice based in London - and built by a team of more than 30 volunteers.

Private Hire

Cafe OTO is available for private hire. If you'd like us to host your party, wedding reception, photo shoot or some other private event please email fielding@cafeoto.co.uk

Contact Us

We’re not often able to answer the telephone so please contact us via email.

Customer enquiries

Please use this address for questions about tickets, orders, lost property etc. We are a small team and are often unable to check this address at weekends but we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Concert bookings
Fielding Hope: fielding@cafeoto.co.uk

Please note that due to limited time and the huge volume of emails we receive we are unfortunately not able to reply to all programming enquiries

Please check our programme before contacting us. If you think your proposal is suitable then please send a short description with a link to some streaming audio or video. Please do not send audio attachments or unsolicited physical recordings to the cafe.

Daytime cafe
Midori Ogata: midori@cafeoto.co.uk

Oli Barrett: oli@cafeoto.co.uk

Shop / mail order / otoroku label enquiries
Mark Harwood: mark@cafeoto.co.uk

Digital label enquiries
Abby Thomas: abby@cafeoto.co.uk

Andy Bean: andy@cafeoto.co.uk

Founder / Director
Hamish Dunbar: hamish@cafeoto.co.uk


Volunteering is a great way of getting involved and being part of a community of people that make the events here happen.

If you would like to volunteer at Cafe OTO please enter your name and email here:

If you have any questions about volunteering please e-mail hello@cafeoto.co.uk and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.


OTO Projects gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England.

Arts Council UK

OTO Projects is a PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partner.

PRS for Music

We have also received additional project support in the past from:

Paul Hamlyn Foundation British Council Sound and Music Goethe Institut Goethe Institut

Media Partners

Resonance FM Wire

Our Yamaha C3 grand piano has been made possible with the kind support of Markson Pianos.

Marksons Pianos