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So you’ve never been to... Vortex Jazz Club

Everything you need to know about this established Dalston jazz den

Written by
Rosie Hanley

In a nutshell...
A revered jazz venue which hosts live music seven nights a week. Where is it? The Vortex launched in 1987 on Stoke Newington Church Street, but since 2005 its home has been in the heart of Dalston.

What’s the vibe? Unpretentious and welcoming. Volunteer-led and loved by musicians and audiences alike, the Vortex is an intimate space with a lovely unassuming charm. Punters rarely visit just once.

What makes it a great venue?
Its varied programme means you’re just as likely to catch a seasoned veteran as a young, up-and-coming musician, and both mainstream and avant-garde styles are well represented. Ticket prices are kept around the tenner mark, which helps the Vortex feel like part of the local community.

What’s the booze situation?
As solid as a veteran jazz band’s rhythm section. You’ll find bars upstairs and downstairs serving ales from the East London Brewery for a fiver, house wine for £4.60 and spirits with a mixer for £4.60. The food is pretty decent too, but really you’re here for the music.

What’s good and coming up soon?
You can find the full listings for the Vortex Jazz Club here

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