Passing Clouds

It looks low-key from the outside, and in some senses it is, but the variety of music and events on offer at this tiny, tucked-away Dalston venue can make it feel like a whole different world at times. There's a strong sense of community and a 'for the people, by the people' ethos embedded deep within Passing Clouds, and this is reflected in its culturally minded programme of mainly live music, which happily flits between global beats, roots and reggae, electro, jazz, swing, rock and hip hop, in addition to film screenings, talks and spoken word nights – as varied as the tastes of Dalston's own residents, you might say. The décor is stripped-down, scruffy charm with a good slug of tropical, and a friendly vibe to boot.
Venue name: Passing Clouds
Address: 1 Richmond Rd
E8 4AA
Transport: Rail: Dalston Junction Overground

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 1 star:2
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Mads Elmelund

Had a very very very great NYE last year here – great feeling, great people. Funny combination of music from reagge to hardcore dub – worked out indeed. Great gig!


What an incredible place!!! Great music, best staff ever and sooooo much fun!!


I love Passing Clouds. Spent my last birthday there and intend to spend my next one there.

Sonia hickey

Great place, but they are going through a thievery epidemic currently and not taking it seriously, bar a few signs in the toilets. My phone was nicked last night from a closed bag with my coat tied around it, as were two other girls within a meter of where I was standing. I am sure many more ppl had it happen to them too, that I wasn't aware of. The staff frankly did nothing about it, even though whoever was doing it was slashing bags with a knife. They refused to check people as they left which is all we asked. Poor management and dismissive staff ruined the place for me yesterday. I was offered free entry anytime I want to go in in apology, but frankly how could I suggest to my friends going there now knowing how bad things are and how little anyone running the place cares?


I went to passing clouds about a year ago and loved it, so much im arranging to go there as a birthday night out soon. Can anyone advise of a good pub/bar to start off in before and a good meeting spot? tHANKS!!


Nice 1 Passing Cloudz crew. NYE was F A T. Bless up all u good people. Keep up the hard work. Nuff luv.


Yes people! Looking for a ride from Manchester to Passing Clouds this Sat to catch the 2012 NYE Party - anyone driving? Can swap for good stories and good music. Last year was off the hook.

Mike D

I went with a group of friends to a live music night on Sunday 28th August. We arrived sometime after midnight, joined the queue to enter, and all paid £5 entry. Once inside we went to buy a drink and were told that the bar was closed since they were only licensed until midnight. 10 minutes later the night ended and security began asking everyone to leave. So for our £5 we were allowed to stay for 10 minutes and could not buy any drinks. I don't recall anyone being told the night was about to end when they readily accepted our cash. When we left my girlfriend was adamant that she would get her money back, however she was far from the only person attempting to do so. It became apparent that they had taken money from a significant number of people under the auspices that the night was going to continue, when they had every intention of closing the venue. The guy on the door refused refunds to everyone affected and stated we would have to take it up with 'management' (whoever they are - isn't it run by a group of artists?), because he was not 'authorised'. In other words the usual deferring to a higher authority BS. The reason Passing Clouds attracts people is because it is seen to be different from the usual corporate venues. I was disappointed to learn that Passing Clouds do not live up to the radical ideals they claim to be proponents of.