The Sound Lounge is an official not-for-profit, social enterprise. It has been created to provide a platform for the very best of what the UK independent music scene has to offer. We are an official Musician’s Union Fair Play venue. We work with artists promoting their shows, so we bring the most appreciative audiences together with the most incredible performers to create a memorable, special evening for all who have participated. It is our hope that after each show the artist will leave with new fans, and the audiences will leave having experienced all the benefits that come from being in a room with musicians and experiencing a live music performance first hand.
We are a fully inclusive, family-friendly restaurant, bar and music-venue. We are engaged members of our community involved in local groups and festivals. We host monthly drop-in sessions with our community police team. We run weekly workshops for families and host weekly friendship coffee sessions for people suffering from isolation. Our aim is to bring the enormous benefits of music and art, to as many people as possible.
We do not have a curfew for children. All people of all ages are welcome at all times because we believe that families should be able to (and that a community should support them to) socialise together. Young people benefit enormously from being out with their parents and older role models, and by experiencing live music first hand. We believe that this is something other cultures do very well and very naturally and something we should actively do more of (*minors, must by-law, be accompanied by an adult during bar times).
We offer free WIFI so that people can come and use the space to work.
We offer our facilities to official charities and community projects for fundraising and event purposes (*subject to availability and terms and conditions).
We run an AQA accredited training programme in sound engineering, barista, and community event management. These courses are offered at no cost to refugees/asylum seekers, young people leaving care, people suffering from long-term unemployed, single parents and other vulnerable groups.
We are developing a fund in order that people suffering from economic disadvantage can access art and live music.