Yue Space is the coolest thing we’ve seen in a hutong since we almost got run over in one by a Hello Kitty-themed rickshaw. The 500-capacity livehouse – that also serves as a café, bar and record shop – is a welcome culture injection to the live music scene.
It opened in September and is found via its ground floor entrance in the northwest corner of the 7 Banqiaonanxiang plaza, near Beixinqiao subway station. Perhaps inspired by the excellent, but smaller, Fruityspace venue nearby, it has an area for vintage vinyl plus piles of Western music magazines.
The huge bar buttresses the idea that you could lose an afternoon among the trinkets. Especially if you’re a Led Zeppelin fan: the band’s mugs can be seen on countless items of memorabilia.
Beyond the gigs, film screenings have already made use of Yue’s impressive soundsystem. The owners say that book meetings and cultural talks will be rolled out too. With the place funded by music-based crowdfunding site Musikid, it’ll hopefully be resilient to pressures that have seen other venues fail recently.
By Jamie Fullerton