And so the cycle of London's nightlife venues shutting and opening continues. Luckily, this week is a Good Week with the announcement that ace Bethnal Green venue Oval Space will be launching a new music and club space, The Pickle Factory, in October. And yes, it did actually used to be a factory in which pickles and chutneys were made.
Not only is it owned by Oval Space, it's also situated bang opposite, creating the potential for some seriously convenient/brilliantly lazy venue-hopping opportunities. As with OS, The Pickle Factory will be low on frills but high on atmosphere. The vibe, say organisers, will be minimal, intimate and dark, and the main room will be downright booming thanks to a state-of-the-art soundsystem. There's even an outdoor courtyard for sunnier times.
OS have been using the Pickle Factory for occasional foodie pop-ups and exhibitions since they acquired the venue in 2013, but the bulk of TPF's programme will be music-based. There'll be live shows on most nights of the week (with food available), and you can expect to hear plenty of alternative, mind-expanding sounds from some of the freshest DJs and live acts, programmed by Oval Space's seriously savvy tastemakers. And if Oval Space's ace track record is anything to go by, we should be in for some rather marvellous parties at The Pickle Factory. And a lot of pickle jokes.
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