A membership for yourself or a friend helps the Vortex. 150+ gigs a year half price!

Who we are & What we do

Vortex is internationally renowned as a venue that programmes innovative and adventurous music from musicians of the highest calibre and repute – in 2013, we organised 390 concerts. It is one of the top 150 jazz venues in the world according to Downbeat magazine, and has won innumerable awards. Many of the great musicians play here or have even started their careers courtesy of the club.

But it’s not just what we do but how we do it! We are a not-for-profit organisation, powered by the passion of our volunteers, and we pride ourselves on being a friendly, welcoming space where artists and audiences can share and learn from each other. Vortex is at the heart of the Gillett Squared partnership; a hub for creativity and cultural activity in Dalston. The Vortex is everyone’s front room.

Income is primarily from door and bar. We do not receive regular grants from Arts Council England.

Much of the staffing is by volunteers. So become part of the family!