The home of Steam Down needs to raise some cash…

Over the last year a bar in South East London has been hosting some of the city’s most compelling live music nights.

Now it needs some help. 

Steam Down, the weekly jazz jam at Buster Mantis and music collective, has played a pivotal role in the rise of UK jazz – as documented by the BBCNew York Times and even the Financial Times.

All the stars of UK jazz have been a part of Steam Down, from Camilla George to Nubya Garcia, and it’s been visited by the likes of Kamasi Washington.

It is basically a cultural phenomenon, and has helped nurture artists as well as the UK jazz scene, for which the high-octane energy of live performance is vital.

And, as with almost Buster Mantis does, it has been completely free since day one, with any and all optional donations going directly to the musicians playing that night.

However, the venue wasn't built with hosting regular live music in mind, so it isn’t adequately soundproofed to avoid disturbing residential neighbours living in direct proximity to the building. 

Buster Mantis needs to soundproof the front of the building, which means raising a few thousand pounds to pay for the work. They’re asking for help – if you can spare anything then donate at their crowdfunding page and help save a part of UK jazz.

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