Passing clouds boarded up earlier this year

Seized: Passing Clouds was boarded up last month. Photograph: Hackney Citizen

A march in support of Passing Clouds, the Dalston hippy base seized by bailiffs, is to take place this weekend as campaigners bidding to “save London’s dying music scene” continue to press Hackney Council to list the venue as an Asset of Community Value.

Nearly 15,000 people have already signed a petition demanding that local MP Meg Hillier and the council ensure “lifelong protection” for Passing Clouds.

In an email to supporters, those behind Saturday’s planned march wrote: “With the sad closure of Fabric, the issue of venue closure is coming to the fore in the national news and we want to give them one hell of a show for the evening news.

Passing Clouds has been painted grey after being seized. Photograph: Passing Clouds

Passing Clouds has been painted grey after being seized. Photograph: Passing Clouds

“With over 1,400 people (and counting!) registering their interest on our Facebook event [page], we are anticipating a massive turnout and you just know that, being Passing Clouds, it will be a glorious spectacle.”

The brightly coloured exterior of the building on Richmond Road that had been used by Passing Clouds for a decade has now been painted grey and the flags and signs that adorned it have been removed by agents acting on behalf of owner Landhold Developments.

The developers had an eviction order upheld by a judge last month.

Supporters of Passing Clouds had earlier barricaded themselves in the venue in protest at plans to redevelop the site.

Saturday’s march up Kingsland Road will begin at 5pm, and marchers will convene from 4pm at Hoxton Square “dressed head to toe in red”.

There will be a “drum ceremony” outside Passing Clouds’ former home.

Leaders of the venue are also planning to hand over a proposal to stay in the building to Garry Simpson of Landhold Developments.

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