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Become a member of Cafe OTO and support amazing shows, residencies and new commissions from musicians across the UK and overseas. Your membership also ensures that we can continue to present the most ambitious programme possible.

You can also purchase gift memberships by clicking the "Buy For Friend" links below. Gift memberships come in durations of 3 months, 6 months and a full year. After purchasing you will be sent a pdf voucher that you can print or forward on to the recipient at a time of your choosing.

If you are a student you can get a free venue membership. Find out more here.

Venue only
  • Cheaper tickets for you and a friend with no booking fees
  • Early-bird booking and previews
  • Discounts online and in the cafe shop
  • At least one free-to-members event each month
  • Regular member newsletter
  • MORE INFO

£10 month
£100 year

Buy
Buy for friend

Venue only

  • Cheaper tickets for you and a friend with no booking fees
  • Early-bird booking and previews
  • Discounts online and in the cafe shop
  • At least one free-to-members event each month
  • Regular member newsletter
  • MORE INFO

£10 month
£100 year

Buy
Buy for friend

Full membership
  • Cheaper tickets for you and a friend with no booking fees
  • Early-bird booking and previews
  • Discounts on records, books and more online and in the cafe shop
  • At least one free-to-members event each month
  • Three downloads each month from OTO Digital and other labels
  • Regular member newsletter
  • MORE INFO

£15 month
£150 year

Buy
Buy for friend

Full membership

  • Cheaper tickets for you and a friend with no booking fees
  • Early-bird booking and previews
  • Discounts on records, books and more online and in the cafe shop
  • At least one free-to-members event each month
  • Three downloads each month from OTO Digital and other labels
  • Regular member newsletter
  • MORE INFO

£15 month
£150 year

Buy
Buy for friend

Digital only
  • The best of OTO's archive
  • Three downloads each month from OTO Digital and other labels
  • New labels added regularly
  • Discounts on records, books and more from our online store
  • Regular member newsletter
  • MORE INFO

£10 month
£100 year

Buy
Buy for friend

Digital only

  • The best of OTO's archive
  • Three downloads each month from OTO Digital and other labels
  • New labels added regularly
  • Discounts on records, books and more from our online store
  • Regular member newsletter
  • MORE INFO

£10 month
£100 year

Buy
Buy for friend

Latest Downloads

Pat Thomas is one of the most extraordinary pianists of our time. In a first time duo with saxophonist Matana Roberts, the lyricism of his distinctly dexterous and curious approach to the piano paints pathways for Robert’s poignantly vocal saxophone. Together the two speak; locked grooves and neat switchbacks on the keys form dialogue with long deliberate lines on the alto, punctuated by Roberts’ ecstatic vocalisations.  The trio of improvised pieces which make up the record’s first side are rich phrases, pitched at each end of the piano and stretched and pulled by Pat. His simple, repetitive cycles yield space and colour for Robert’s song, then let sounds build to a flourish; an armed run on the keys and some wonderfully soft landings.    The second side, a whole part in itself, goes deeper - hammered armfuls of piano and torn top breath blasting from Roberts fall in a flutter of delicate keystrokes. Call and response halves collide in a wonderful thunder before finding the edge of another line to hang onto. There is a remarkable sense of purpose, precision and restraint at play, as well as a peaceful milieu, which no doubt stems from the two players' fierce individual intelligence, creativity and curiosity.  The record arrives housed in a screen printed Kraftboard sleeve, die cut to reveal photographs taken by Dawid Laskowski and Fabio Luguro. Mastered by Giuessepe Ielesi who also mastered Pat Thomas’ The Elephant Clock of Al Jazari, we pressed this on 180g black vinyl. You can’t press a work called ‘The Truth’ on much less, can you? --- Pat Thomas / piano Matana Roberts / saxophone --- Recorded by James Dunn live at Cafe OTO on the 8th December 2018. Mixed by James Dunn and mastered by Guiseppe Ielasi. Photographs by Dawid Laskowski and Fabio Lugaro. Design and layout by Maja Larrson. 

Double CD documenting the magic meeting of one of the all-time great rhythm sections in jazz: percussionist Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker, with London’s brilliant Black Top (Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas) and Elaine Mitchener. Across two sets the quintet are infectiously energetic and inspired, striding from synchronised heavy groove to star bright solos, whilst incorporating dub effects, guimbri and sumptuous blues piano playing.  Formed by Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas but always realised with an ever changing number of invited musicians, Black Top's blend of lo-fi samples, dub effects and experimental electronics has been daring free improvisation since 2011. Their virtuoso performances draw on their Afro-Caribbean roots with delicious spontienty and humour; the histories of Ridley Road Market, the LIO and Islamic West Africa are sounded out side by side on iPad, marimba and vibraphone. Having met in 2006, Black Top played with bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake as part of their residency at Cafe OTO in 2016; forming a quartet grounded in transatlantic kinship but which looked outward to the Carribean, calypso music and Saharan gnawa rhythms. When Parker and Drake returned to OTO in 2019 Black Top reformed again, but this time with the brilliant addition of vocalist Elaine Mitchener.  Over the last few years the clarity with which Mitchener has explored vocal expression in the global Black Avant Garde has been stunning, but here the range in her influences is manifest, moving effortlessly between phonetic and poetic experimentation and spoken word, all the while at ease with soul soaked jazz and dissonant free fall. A hand drum duet with Hamid Drake astonishes before being laced perfectly with cosmic theremin and Parker’s fantastic acid shehnai.  --- Recorded live at Cafe OTO on Sunday 28th July 2019 by Paul Skinner and mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Photos by Dawid Laskowski and artwork by Oliver Pitt. 

Venue Membership

Becoming a venue member gets you cheaper tickets, cheaper merchandise, access to early-bird booking and free-to-member only shows. Venue members receive our pre-sale mail outs which offer tickets before they go on general sale. Due to our small capacity, this is sometimes the only way to ensure a ticket to our more popular shows.

Can I use my membership discount when buying tickets on the door?

Yes. Please bring ID with you. You will need to pay in cash as we don't have a card reader on the door. Please note that we cannot guarantee entry to members so advance booking is recommended.

Can I use my membership discount when buying records and other items in the Cafe shop?

Yes. Please bring ID.

Do I get a membership card?

We don't issue membership cards, but your membership is automatically registered when buying tickets or items from our shop online. Please bring ID for discounts on tickets and records in the cafe shop.

Do I need to renew my membership when it expires?

Your membership will automatically renew on a monthly or annual basis - depending on what you initially purchased. To cancel your membership you just need to log in to your account on our website and terminate the membership before your next payment date.

Digital Membership

OTO Digital makes our archive available internationally for the first time. We aim to make two new recordings from our archives and four releases from other independent labels available as downloads each month. Each recording is professionally mixed and mastered in house, and agreed with the artist. The label aims to reflect the diversity of Cafe OTO’s program, support new artists in getting an early stage release out, or showcase new or previously undocumented work from more established names.

OTO Digital also works closely with small independent labels to sell their releases through our shop. Each label is carefully selected, featuring artists with strong ties to OTO’s programme and some long out of print releases.

How do the credits work?

We’ll add three credits to your account each month. Each of these credits can be used to download any recordings from the ‘Digital Downloads’ section of our website - including releases on other labels. If you have credits, you'll be given the option to download any of the available titles under the 'BUY' links.

There is no time limit on using your credits whilst you remain a member.

The website will show you how many credits you have left and when they will next refresh.

Do the artists get paid?

Yes. When you download a recording as part of your digital membership we pay the artist £1. For downloads by non-members we pay the artists 50% of receipts.

What is the recording quality like?

All of the live recordings available will be professionally mixed and mastered and approved by the artists. Most recordings are sourced from the high quality multi-track hard disc recorder we installed in May 2013 and all are handled with the same attention to quality that we’ve given our vinyl LP releases.

Recordings are available to download as 320k MP3 / 24-bit FLAC files or 320k MP3 / 16-bit FLAC in the case of some older external labels.

We would like to acknowledge Sound and Music and The Hub’s ‘Joining The Dots’ project for their support in the development of our digital membership offer.