The Sound Lounge came about at a time when the London music scene was in something of a crisis. Venues have been closing at a faster rate than the press can keep up with, and artists are even paying to play, as the number of platforms available declines.
Determined to make change, singer-songwriter Hannah White and her musician/producer/music manager husband, Keiron Marshall, launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to create a space 100% focused on music and art. The campaign grabbed the attention of The Evening Standard, Time Out Magazine and BBC Radio London. In just over 40 days the money was raised and the work began on this seemingly unachievable venture.
Without any corporate backing and having been rejected by every arts body & grants organisation for funding, the people of London and music-lovers alike emerged from all corners volunteering their skills, time and money to turn a derelict space into a beautiful arts-centre, music venue with the most amazing stage, sound and lighting facilities, a space for exhibiting artists, a kitchen for fresh, home-cooked vegan food, a homely café and a bar.