''I have so much admiration and respect for the work that Hannah, Keiron and the whole team have put in to create The Sound Lounge. And, I am proud and honoured to support them as patron''
Whispering Bob Harris OBE
''Sound Lounge is a much needed space for artists and the community, if only every neighbourhood had one! Social action at its best.''
"It's great news that
there is a new grassroots venue for Country and Americana music in London. It
makes perfect sense as there are so many quality UK musicians making Roots
music. The fact that it's crowdfunded is even more heartening and proves there
is not only a real desire and need for more venues but that the people who love
and make this music are also an active and engaged community. I'm looking
forward to many exciting nights at The Sound Lounge!”
"Thanks to the rise of
social media, there's never been a better time for innovative new music artists
to find a worldwide audience. Yet - at the local level - live venues where they
can perform are either closing or under pressure all over the country. This is
especially true in London, thanks to the insane profits available to property
developers. So news of a new grassroots music venue in Sadiq Khan's hometown of
Tooting is especially welcome, and it's an honour to be invited by
The Sound Lounge to become a patron. Long may they flourish,
and may many others follow their forward-thinking example.”
“The spirit of the Sound Lounge has been alive and well even while this wonderful community enterprise was temporarily without a home. It's so exciting to welcome south London's warmest, most inclusive venue to its new address in Sutton. It's going to be better than ever.”
the live music industry facing so many challenges, and with so much competition
for our hard-earned cash, it really is inspiring and exciting to see the
emergence of such a brilliant new venue and arts centre as the Sound Lounge in
Tooting. Anyone who makes the effort to go and watch any gig gets the instant
reward that you only receive by being in the room, and with its devotion to
independent music and creative expression, the Sound Lounge wins everyone's
hearts on their first visit. It’s time to make London a real hub
for emerging artists again, be they musicians, writers, poets or anyone else
with a voice that can make us think. This is one of the places that’s making
that happen, and I’m proud to support the Sound Lounge in every possible way.
Hope to see you there soon.”
"I'm very proud to be a patron of The Sound Lounge. Venues where unsigned acts can learn their craft and hone their skills are becoming ever more rare. These venues were essential to me as I made my way to being a signed artist. It gives me great pleasure to support Hannah and Keiron and everyone at The Sound Lounge in all their future endeavours."
“In my career, I’ve always loved finding, meeting and working with great new musical artists. Grassroots venues like the Sound Lounge are where those new artists are playing and listening. It is so important for the future of music to support ventures like the Sound Lounge so that there is a place for musicians to feel at home and be able to learn their craft with other like minded people and I am honoured to be a Patron and to support Hannah and Keiron in this brilliant venture.”