The Spitz, housed in the Old Spitalfields Market, was one of London’s best known and most loved music venues.
Beginning life in 1996, The Spitz had the aim of regenerating a then neglected part of London. Situated between the City and the East End, it quickly gained a reputation for presenting consistently high quality concerts, and became a favourite haunt of artists such as Talvin Singh, PJ Harvey and Damon Albarn. As the millennium dawned Goldfrapp and Cat Power made early appearances, while regular performances from groups like The Tiger Lillies kept the venue from straying too far from its alternative roots. The Spitz also became well known for its annual Blues, Folk and One Man Band Festivals and for its contribution to The London Jazz Festival.
As The Spitz grew so did the East End, with the neighbourhoods of Hoxton, Shoreditch and Brick Lane becoming an essential part of London’s nightlife. The Spitz remained a constant, offering an eclectic mix of music from all genres.
In 2007 The Spitz was forced to shut it doors because of the ‘development’ of the market.
As the developers moved in, over 10,000 people signed a petition demanding The Spitz stay. It moved on with dignity, with a final concert of Jazz greats providing a suitably rousing send off.
How these people can even think of closing dis venue down is a mystery. Truly Shocking. LONG LIVE THE SPITZ!!!!! – Petition Quote
The Spitz is a great venue in London, with a great atmosphere, great music and a great crowd. London would be adversely affected by its closure. – Petition Quote
The Spitz has established itself in the hearts of many Londoners as one of the capital’s best venues – The Metro, March 2001
The Spitz Club – an intimate, sultry-hot venue on the corner of the Spitalfields market – proved a terrific first stop last night – Evening Standard, July 2002