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Crystal Palace new live music and arts venue

Jakob Kaye

Jakob Kaye

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A music studio owner is hoping to drum-up support for a new arts venue which he promises will showcase local talent.

Jakob Kaye, who owns Antenna Studios in Bedwardine Road, Crystal Palace, has unveiled his plans for a 200-capacity arts centre in The Triangle’s Westow Hill.

The site, formerly a clothes shop, has lain empty for more than 10 years and now the 30-year-old wants to host live bands and DJs on its lower floor, which he says would be sound-proofed.

Acoustic performances would take place upstairs with grand piano and projection screens to show films in the evening.

There would also be digital arts and theatre events.

Mr Kaye said: “I’ve lived in the area all my life and it just seems that there are so many creative people around and not really any proper venues to support them.

“We want to let as many people know so people understand what we are doing and it is not a surprise to them.”

Mr Kaye’s landlords at Antenna Studios also own the freehold on the new site in Westow Hill and have fully backed him. The project’s success now solely relies on Croydon council granting permission to change the use of the building.

The cello player also said he would love to hold festivals in Crystal Palace Park, owned by Bromley council, one day.

He added: “It would be great to get that beautiful stage back in action and get involved in a festival there somewhere along the line.”

Mr Kaye foresees venue being open in the daytime with a takeaway snack bar, flyers and posters and digital screens which would provide people with details of performances in the area. There would be bars on both levels.

The application is expected to take around eight weeks to process.

Manager Darren Doherty added: “We have investors ready, everything is moving along. This would be a very positive thing for the area.”

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