Notting Hill Arts Club has launched a new coffee stall inside the venue's entrance, which will feature live music performances as it adapts to survive amid the coronavirus crisis.
Opening earlier this week, The Hatch hosted a gig by Notting Hill Arts Club Recordings-signed artist Jesse Wong, who played for a socially-distanced crowd of passers-by. The performance was the first live music the area has seen since lockdown in March.
It's so important that when all this eases and we can have live music again, that venues like this are still here
Shabs Jobanputra, Relentless Records
"It’s so important that when all this eases and we can have live music again, that venues like this are still here,” said Notting Hill Arts Club co-owner and Relentless Records MD, Shabs Jobanputra. “They are the lifeblood of the UK’s extraordinary musical legacy, providing artists with place to develop, to find an audience and for fans to support and enjoy music from its inception."
Wong added: “It’s essential to keep venues like Notting Hill Arts Club going for so many reasons - aside from them being a platform for new artists to cut their teeth and hone their craft. If we’re to hope for any kind of ‘scene’, that requires a physical space in which to exist and for people to network.”