JOIN US ON 17TH SEPTEMBER & HELP US TO SAVE PASSING CLOUDS!!
ONE DAY TO SAVE PASSING CLOUDS FROM LANDHOLD DEVELOPMENTS……
Greetings, cosmic warriors! We invite you all to join us for a procession down Kingsland Road on Saturday September 17th, in support of Passing Clouds and in protest against the planned development of our beloved venue into offices and flats.
If you love Passing Clouds and everything that it stands for, then now is the time to get involved! Whether you've sweated it out dancing to tribal beats till 4am on a Saturday, brought your panpipes to our Sunday jam, done downward facing dog in one of our yoga classes, or lindy hopped upstairs at the Cakewalk Cafe on a Wednesday, WE WANT YOU TO BE THERE! Whilst this is a protest march, we'll obviously execute it in true Passing Clouds style, bringing you a vibrant party atmosphere, tonnes of glitter, live drumming and a neighbourhood afterparty in Gillett Square. Join us in a historic day to save Passing Clouds from extinction!
4pm: Meet at Hoxton Square dressed head to toe in RED!
5pm: Begin the red procession up the Kingsland Road signifying that we are the creative LIFE BLOOD of Hackney marching behind a giant pumping heart.
6pm: Drum ceremony outside Passing Clouds where we formally hand over our proposal to stay in the building to Garry Simpson of Landhold Developments (fingers crossed he turns up!!)
6.30pm: Save Passing Clouds event in Gillett Square featuring music, poetry and speeches by prominent figures from the UK Music Industry
9pm: Save Passing Clouds after party hosted by Planetman and members of the Passing Clouds community
After Passing Clouds was sold in November 2015 in a secret deal to property developers Landhold Developments, the Passing Clouds community have been fighting to protect our iconic ten-year old music venue from unnecessary development.
Two weeks ago Landhold Developments sent private a security firm to break into and evict Passing Clouds without warning or lawful court papers despite being in negotiations over a 15 year lease.
Although Landhold Developments are seeking to develop the property, in fact, the property has a community use planning classification and an application to put the building on the Community Asset Register has been submitted and is supported by Hackney Council dignitaries. Therefore it is likely to sit empty, resulting in thousands of pounds in security costs a day for Landhold Developments, unless they come to a sensible arrangement with Passing Clouds.
We are now putting together a viable proposal to Landhold Developments to grant us a new lease or sell us the freehold of the property. We invite all lovers and supporters of Passing Clouds who have been with us during our incredible ten year journey to join us as we march from Hoxton Square to Passing Clouds where we will be publicly presenting our statement and proposal to Landhold Developments in a formal ceremony outside our venue. The march and ceremony will be followed by an event and party at Gillett Sq with lots of music, poetry and speeches by prominent figures from the music industry.
As one of the very few remaining independent live music venues in London and an iconic cultural hub, Passing Clouds is a rare and endangered species, providing a critical role within the delicate ecosystem of the UK’s music industry. For the last decade Passing Clouds has been incubating and supporting exceptional music talent. Our venue represents an important cultural platform, showcasing hundreds of bands from across the country to the wider public and establishing the careers of many of tomorrow’s music stars.
Wiping out venues like Passing Clouds will have a detrimental effect on our creative industries, the UK's second biggest industry, worth £84.1bn to the UK economy. It is not in the economic interests of the local area or the country at large to loose vital cultural platforms such as Passing Clouds, just for the selfish speculation of a few. Passing Clouds is the heartbeat in a thriving local economy, bringing thousands of people into the borough and creating economic opportunities for a huge number of young people.
***PLUS ONE MINUTE VENUE CLOSURE IN SOLIDARITY***
Venues and bars all over London are jumping on board to show solidarity by closing their bars and turning off their music for one minute to show what our world will look like if property developers continue to destroy our cultural spaces. So far we have Koko, Bedroom Bar, Bussey Building, Jamboree, Dalston Superstore jumping on board with more to be announced in the coming days.
Be there! And remember Passing Clouds loves you, infinitely xxx
Want to get involved? Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org