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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

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. 

A rare solo set from composer, percussionist and sound artist Susie Ibarra. Using the full breadth of a unique set up, Ibarra takes a meditative journey across her kit, taking time to find familiar rhythms and knots and allowing them to offer up new space and sound. Delicate, dynamic and extremely focused, Ibarra finds expressive harmonics in gongs and brushes alike, with refreshingly melodic, even pastoral, results.  "Rhythm Cycles is a drum solo that I consider as a performance meditation. I love to perform this piece as it is possible to always arrive at new places while returning to familiar cycles that make so much sense to me. This piece is constructed to weave through certain tempos and hit points during a solo performance that arrive at melodies and textures and phrases grounded in specific rhythms and polyrhythms. The piece cycles through each of these sections and allows me to improvise through a flexible structure, sometimes returning to a section at moments and other times moving forward to create a new rhythmic environment.” - Susie Ibarra. --- Recorded live at Cafe OTO on Thursday 7th November 2019 by Shaun Crook. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. “Rhythm Cycles” by Susie Ibarra is a commissioned solo performance by the Bagri Foundation for their series " At the Cutting Edge" performed at Cafe OTO. Many thanks to the Bagri Foundation for the support of this release.  About Bagri Foundation The Bagri Foundation is a UK registered charity, inspired by unique and unexpected ideas that weave the traditional and the contemporary of Asian culture. The Foundation, with its roots in education, is driven by curiosity and a desire to learn, and aims for each project to challenge, engage and inspire. Through a diverse programme of film, visual arts, music, dance, literature and talks, the Bagri Foundation gives artists and experts from across Asia and the diaspora, wider visibility on the global stage. Recent projects include At Home in the World, a series of digital commissions; Tantra: enlightenment to revolution at the British Museum; Object, Story, Wonder: Museum Collections Revealed; and From Here to Eternity: Sunil Gupta, A Retrospective at The Photographer’s Gallery, London. www.bagrifoundation.org   

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.