Love that last photo
They've just failed to change with the times. It's been a slow decline and their recent, rather strange, focus on showing sport on the big screen in the main room on weekends is hardly going to bring new people in. I went past at 9pm on Friday night and they had tennis on in the main room. I'm sure some people like tennis, but the majority of people coming to Brixton are more likely to want to listen to music, dance and drink rather than admire a volley rally or whatever.So whats gone wrong at the Dogstar then? Have they started charging a tenner in or something? Antic's drink prices have certainly climbed a fair bit in the last couple of years.
It's quite easy to lose a crowd if you don't keep your eye on the ball and promote it right though - and this has been a slow, gradual process. Our nights there were always busy but I had to promote them like fuck and try and offer something a bit different. My last gig in the ballroom was in the traditionally tough early January period (the Bowie benefit) and it was a complete sell out - but the management never even invited us back! Happily, we've got a good thing going at the Effra Social now, where we keep it simple and promote it to fuck.i just fail to see how they could fuck it up when the format in places like it is so simple for a Friday and Saturday night, just get a DJ in to play cheese music and the pissed up punters will normally come. Surely it hasnt changed that much. To go from fat queues to completely empty in the space of 2 years is drastic, the kind of thing you would only normally see if word gets out about a murder at a venue, for example.
Tbf it was like that the first and last time I played, in retrospect I think I lost the crowd when I opened with a lindisfarne b sideView attachment 173722
The Dogstar ballroom, 2am last night.
Remember when there used to be 30 metre queues up Coldharbour Lane? Not any more. They've really fucked it up.
I have sympathy for the DJ but then a bloke staring at a laptop isn't exactly visually stimulating for a crowd.
Mind you, I've never seen a full dance floor at the Dogstar dissipate any quicker than when I played my death metal version of 'Staying Alive.'I was doing irony before it was cool.
Haha, well I was first on doing the warm up, there was only about 10 in the room and I knew 6 of em so thanks for making me feel better....Mind you, I've never seen a full dance floor at the Dogstar dissipate any quicker than when I played my death metal version of 'Staying Alive.
Love itEveryone knows a high powered 4x4 is the only vehicle capable of handling the tough conditions found on the streets of London. Every day I witness hundreds of ordinary cars failing to conquer Brixton Hill and hopelessly sliding back down to the bottom of the incline.
180!Kind of knew that would hit the spot. Enjoy
I see quite a lot of Evoques in parts of Central London. Its considered to be non pretentious car in parts of London. Expensive but not flashy like a Rolls.180!
Model Adwoa Aboah swans through Brixton in a nauseous advert for a luxury Landrover 4×4
A member of the British nobility driving a luxury car through Brixton. Nice.