In a side street in Hackney, something is hatching. Moth Club is a new nightlife destination run by the people behind the Shacklewell Arms, The Lock Tavern and The Adam & Eve. We spoke to the Moth Club team to find out more.
Why the name?
‘MOTH stands for Memorable Order of Tin Hats. It’s a network of members’ clubs for military veterans originally set up in South Africa. The General Browning MOTH Club – to give the Hackney branch its full name – has been hosting activities for its members for years.’
So how did you get involved?
‘We came in as partners when the club was struggling last year. We made an agreement to maintain the traditions of the club while refurbishing and developing the building and opening it the public.’
What do you want to do with the venue?
‘We want it to become a real centre for Hackney’s creative community whilst still maintaining the values and ideas of community that have existed at the Moth for years. It’ll also offer a completely new type of night out to Hackney.’
What sort of events will you host?
‘We’re aiming to keep the programming eclectic, interesting and fun. It’ll be a mix of live music and club nights from some of the best promoters in London, alongside a modern take on the kind of entertainment you’d find in traditional members’ clubs.’
Do you have any nights confirmed?
‘So far we have The Cave Club, Hot Breath Karaoke, Tilt and Krautrock Karaoke booked in, along with some pretty stellar gigs. We’re also really excited about the series of parties planned for our opening weekend.’
What makes Moth Club stand out from other Hackney venues?
‘We’re probably most excited about the more leftfield entertainment on offer: our weekly bingo night (RIP Mecca Hackney Road), karaoke, game shows, race nights, interactive film screenings and special cabaret events. You won’t always know what’s going to be happening in that back room, but it’ll always surprise and entertain.’
Does it have a dedicated dancefloor area?
‘Yes, the main room has a beautiful old dancefloor.’
And that glittery ceiling looks pretty incredible too.
‘There is indeed a pretty mindblowing ceiling. It should be seen in person to be believed.’