The Spitz

The Spitz

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The Spitz are an independent record label and music promoter. They started out in 1996 running a club in the East End of London, at 109 Commercial Street on the edge of the Old Spitalfields market. However the venue was forced to close in 2007 in a dispute about rent.

Closure

In April 2007 the landlord of the premises, Ballymore Properties, gave The Dandelion Trust six months to move out claiming that it had not kept up with its payments. The Spitz dispute this, and insist that they have always paid its rent. Ballymore Properties have agreed terms with another operator.

'The Spitz held its last concert on 27 September 2007, featuring many of the musicians that have played there regularly over the years, such as Seb Rochford (Acoustic Ladyland et al.), Miles Danso, Joe Wilkes, Sandy Dillon and Beth Orton. While the entire Spitalfields Market is currently being refurbished, the Spitz has moved out for good. Having helped to regenerate the Spitalfields area in London's East End over the past eleven years, The Spitz has become the victim of its success, as the familiar process of the so-called gentrification led to ever-rising rents and house prices, making it extremely difficult to run an independent music venue and put on non-mainstream music.' (Roland Pietsch, Spitz Venue Manager)

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