DIY Space For London

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DIY Space For London
DIY Space for London.png
Location96-108 Ormside St,
SE15 1TF
United Kingdom
OpenedSeptember 2015

DIY Space For London is a volunteer run social centre, music venue, rehearsal space, and creative hub located at 96-108 Ormside Street in the London Borough of Southwark.[1][2]


The space opened in September 2015 after the founding collective at first struggled for two years to find a suitable location.[3][4]

The collective, started in 2012, raised £20,000 through benefit gigs, events, and community grants to secure a five year lease.[5]

Inspired by other social centres such as 1 in 12 Club in Bradford, their goal was to, "create a sustainable, collectively run space to put gigs on, hold meetings and building a communal infrastructure" that would be "run by its members and open for anyone to get involved in."[4][6] It has ten interlinked volunteer collectives taking care of running the space.[4]

Whether volunteering or attending, the space is both functionally and legally a members' club. As of June 2017 this was over 5000 members.[7]

Volunteers of the space hosted a radio show showcasing the type of musicians to appear there on NTS Radio between 2016 and 2017.

In 2016, 2017, and 2018 the space held First Timers, a series of workshops culminating in a two day festival that encourages "new faces and voices in bands", in order to "do something about the lack of diversity in the music community".[8]

Over the weekend of 2-4 June 2017, DIY Diaspora Punx (a collective started by Stephanie Phillips of Big Joanie, and also containing other London musicians such as Rachel Aggs) put on the first Decolonise Fest at DIY Space For London. Decolonise Fest is the UK's first music festival created by and for people of colour.[9] The second edition of the festival, again mostly held at DIY Space, occurred from 22 to 24 June 2018.

Notable Artists to play DIY Space For London[edit]


  1. ^ "DIY Space for London Things to do Peckham". Time Out. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  2. ^ "BFI Neighbourhood Cinema DIY Space For London". BFI. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  3. ^ Mumford, Gwilym (6 December 2014). "Eagulls, Hookworms, Joanna Gruesome: how UK music scenes are going DIY". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Welsh, April Clare (23 December 2015). "How DIY Culture Is Thriving In The U.K." The Fader. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  5. ^ "DIY Space For London finds venue". The Wire. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  6. ^ Jones, Shelley (9 October 2013). "DIY Space For London Why I Do What I Do". Huck. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  7. ^ Amin, Tayyab (15 June 2017). "DIY in 2017: How Leeds, Bristol and London's scenes are striving to survive". FACT. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  8. ^ "The events and workshops where women can kickstart their metal career". Team Rock. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  9. ^ Phillips, Stephanie (31 July 2017). "The Bands Taking British Punk Back to Its Multicultural Roots". Noisey. Vice Media. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  10. ^ "DIY Space For London Past concerts". Songkick. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  11. ^ "DIY Space for London Events". Facebook. Retrieved 30 January 2019.

Coordinates: 51°28′57″N 0°03′20″W / 51.4824°N 0.0555°W / 51.4824; -0.0555