The end of Fat Out’s Burrow

After a two year programming residency Fat Out have decided to hang up their Burrow hats but not without a final mega Fat Out party on 19th August.

Statement from Fat Out.

Two years ago Islington Mill gave us their club space. No rules. No expectations. Just full trust and support. We were given full rein of our favorite venue which became our Burrow.

The programming residency was offered to us on a two year lease and this June our time is up.  Islington Mill offered for us to continue our residency and it wasn’t an easy decision for us not to carry on, (one we toyed with for the best part of a year). We have decided to hang up our hats and close The Burrow chapter at the Mill, but not without one fucking massive final party on Saturday 19th August.  

Islington Mill has always been and always will be a place of constant change, a place that welcomes new energy and encourages people’s creativity. This is exactly what it has done for Fat Out. By giving us the support we needed but also full creative control, the residency has developed us as curators, people, creatives and business women. Islington Mill will always be our home. We are excited to take on new challenges but the roots that we have made here and wealth of expertise Islington Mill houses will always be a resource and for that we are grateful and incredibly lucky.

We are truly thankful to Bill Campbell, Maurice Carlin and Mark Carlin for this opportunity to develop our programming game and experience running our own space. Erika Rushton, Jo Byrne, Stina Puotinen, Isadora Darke and Laura Mccann for their support and hard work. We would also like to thank the team and tenants of the building who have supported us and built a wild and wonderful family-like unit as well as populated and performed at a number of our shows.

So what’s next …  Individually we want to take this time to work on new projects and have some head space to think about more long-term plans. As for Fat Out we will still put on shows but we want to really focus our energy on Fat Out Fest and pushing the festival forward to being a leading UK festival for the weird, wonderful and truly experimental music.

As for plans for the event space, you could be next to take it on. Islington Mill are looking for proposals from people with a vision for not only the event space but other large spaces that will become available as a result of redevelopment. There will be Open Night on Thursday 22nd June where you can come and find out more and put forward your idea. For more details email

 Massive thank you to Islington Mill for an incredible two years. Make sure you join us on 19th August for an emotional goodbye to our Burrow and one hell of final party.

Emma & Verity xx


Islington Mill are now seeking Expression Of Interest for new activities that could take place on the Ground Floor and/or in other large spaces that will become available as a result of redevelopment of a further two floors.

An invitation for ideas will commence with an Open Night on Thursday 22nd June. Whether you have a singular idea or want to develop something in collaboration with others; a proposal  that needs a space to grow into, or a ready-made venture looking for a new home; a single night, regular slot, pop up or whole programme; a temporary venture or an established enterprise looking for a new home; Islington Mill is interested. Don’t be shy – everything starts with an idea. If you want to come to our Open Night for a conversation drop us a line at