Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Mar 19, 2019.
Love that last photo
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.
A wagon load of police has arrived to patrol central Brixton when the event in Brockwell Park empties.
Bloody hell. Better get down the Beehive before they lock the doors!
I can't match the exact angle - but this is the more "old Brixton" version (note date - this happened very quickly)
Refugee Community Kitchen have been giving away free meals under the tree in Windrush Sq for the last 11 Sundays. Back in the day they would have been arrested 2 Arrests at Brixton Reclaim Your Food More proof that policing cuts are endangering our lives.
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.
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.
I've always suggested that putting on live music in the main room earlier in the night could be a winner. I used to ram the place out on Thursdays back in the day, when Brixton was nowhere near as busy as it is now.
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.
No doubt similar venues like the POW (pub bit) are still doing a roaring trade at the weekends, with virtually the same type of entertainment? minus the sport, of course.
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.
Truth is that Brixton is rapidly changing and is now stuffed full of alternative nights vying for a punter's cash (and nearby Peckham has got loads more on too), so no club can rest on its laurels. The success of the Chip Shop opposite shows that if you get the package right, punters will come. Jamm has reinvented itself a bit recently too, and why the Dog didn't go for some of the Hoople crowd is a mystery to me!
I hope the Dogstar recovers though - I've had some great nights there. I'd be happy to play there again, but I'm not daft enough to think I've got a big enough following to make the room go from zero punters to full!
World Naked Bike Ride passing through Brixton
In photos: World Naked Bike Ride rolls through Brixton, Sat 8th June 2019
In case you missed the other thread:
In photos: Mighty Hoopla festival in Brockwell Park, south London, Sat 8th June 2019
In photos: Cross The Tracks festival in Brockwell Park, south London, Sunday 9th June 2019
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 side
I was doing irony before it was cool.
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 thought it was brilliant and funny and danceable. Turned out that I was alone with that thought.
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....
The ultimate seal of approval!
Friday free film event 35th Anniversary of the Miners’ Strike film event at Effra Space, Brixton, Fri 14 June 2019
Some photos from Sunday
In photos: Sunday night at Brixton’s Hootananny
This Saturday Visit Vida’s Vintage Brixton charity fair for vinyl, clothes, jewellery, homewares – Sat 15th June
This vibrant enough for you?
Feel a little nauseous
Everyone 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.
God that is fucking awful. I can feel an opinion-dividing Buzz article coming right up!
Kind of knew that would hit the spot. Enjoy
I hope you don't mind but I quoted you in my piece
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.
By my guest
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.
She ticks all the right boxes for modern diverse UK.
Including her activism.
What gets me is how class never features in any of this celebration of diversity.
Its just ignored.
btw The Council recently won grant to turn Brixton into a Creative Enterprise Zone. Advertising counts as being creative. I don't understand why.
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