The Fridge reopening as Electric Brixton

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by millets, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. TitanSound

    TitanSound Mr Beardy Drummer

    It's a trend I've noticed more and more in London in the last couple of years. It's fucking irritating having to wait for more than ten minutes to get served in a venue.
     
  2. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Good job you didn't stay to the end, by then it was in Tunisian Dollars and there was a riot.
     
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  3. editor

    editor hiraethified

    That'll be all the hipsters and trendies with their hoity toity drinks and cocktails. And fucking Guinness. That shit takes an eternity to pour.
     
  4. TitanSound

    TitanSound Mr Beardy Drummer

    I've always thought if a busy bar serves cocktails, they should have a dedicated part of the bar for it. Say you have 4 staff on and 3 are making cocktails, it takes them out of the serving loop for far too long. And then if number 4 gets a cocktail order, everyone's fucked :D
     
  5. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Definitely. Let the cocktail poshos queue up for their fiddly little drinks while the serious business of beer dispensing is attended to by the majority of the bar workforce.
     
  6. TitanSound

    TitanSound Mr Beardy Drummer

    I think it comes down to training as well. My friend runs a pub right next to a big London venue and his staff are like a crack team of bar ninjas. They will happily take 3 orders at a time whilst pouring and remember them all. The bar gets very busy, but no one is left waiting for more than five minutes. They don't make cocktails though.

    I suppose that's a mixture of enthusiasm and my friends ethos when it comes to good customer service.
     
  7. editor

    editor hiraethified

  8. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Can we have a thread dedicated to this sort of thing please :mad:
     
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  9. TitanSound

    TitanSound Mr Beardy Drummer

    Certainly :mad:
     
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  10. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    No amount of beer would make Hard Fi palatable for me! The venue looks good though.

    I've got tickets for the Brixton Pound thing out of curiosity and I'm still tempted by the Feliz da Housecat / deFreq weekend thing.
     
  11. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Photos of the inside look pretty impressive. Although the outside is an improvement upon the sad derilection of the Fridge it is pretty disappointing - really cheap build (badly mounted stickers on ply and visible bare studwork) which will almost certainly degrade quickly. Horribly drab IMO (I like grey - but battleship grey?). Hopefully it's just a temporary fix until they get a better idea of whether they can make a go of the place. Good luck to them though.
     
  12. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I'd imagine they've had to stretch their budget very thinly indeed to attend to all the work needed to get the venue open again. The front doesn't look great but it's better than how it looked recently.
     
  13. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    I imagine the budget to get that place sorted to it's current condition would make most people's eyes water!
     
  14. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    Useful for not getting drunk I guess. If the 4th pint was £5.50 you might think again ;)
     
  15. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    I think it is princess grey! The poster mosaics look very vulnerable
     
  16. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    The latest additions make it look like a teenagers bedroom. It is a fun for a single event but a is going to become very tiresome as a permanent installation IMO.
     
  17. stevebradley

    stevebradley Well-Known Member

    They've invested a serious amount of money in the place, so any suggestion that they're taking a 'suck it and see' approach to potential success is way off the mark in fairness. Their either going to make a success of the venue, or go down trying.

    They did have a very tight timeline for works prior to opening though, so I wouldn't be surprised if a few of the finishing touches were patch-ups for opening night with a view to addressing them properly afterwards.
     
  18. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Indeed. They must have already spent a small fortune on the place.

    <plug>
    Oh, and don't forget, I'm DJing the Brixton Pound launch party at the venue in Thursday - and it's free (but get in quick to bag your tickets!
    http://www.urban75.org/offline/index.html#29092011
    </plug>
     
  19. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Sounds like you know way more about the project than I do. I hope you are right that the front is a just temporary patch up just for opening night. It certainly does not have an air of permanence.
     
  20. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Whats the verdict on the Electric? most importantly, what's the soundsystem like? The Fridge rig in its last days was excellent I thought - I fear it was ripped and replaced with tinny tat..

    BTW: looking at their forthcoming events there's just one thing in Jan and one in Feb...doesn't sound too sustainable :hmm:
     
  21. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    I think it's pretty good. Have been to 3 things there (1 live band, 1 club night and another event I DJed at :cool:), and the sound quality was pretty good for all of them. Nice size venue too. Probably not the best but I'm just glad it's up and running and the new owners seem to be having a good go of it :)
     
  22. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

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    Pic looks good, but just to be grumpy a minute, the sound in the old fridge was in the round, you had big cabs in a circle under where the balcony starts - its sounded brilliant - seems like thats gone to make the floor space bigger, and those boxes on either side of the stage don't look too exciting or up to the size of the room. Anyhow, there's only one way to really find out... looking forward to going to something in 2012
     
  23. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    yeah, it looks like it's been set up for bands rather than DJs - with all the action at the front on the stage, rather than having a round dancefloor with sound coming from all around....

    I dont imagine it's still the same rig, despite the fact there was a fairly new rig put in there not long before it closed....
     
  24. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    I overheard on the bus that the council asked them to take down the big speaker cab drapes, is this true ?

    Does look a bit drab now and the events board always seems blank.
     
  25. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    they got damaged in the wind and then taken down shortly afterwards
     
  26. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Someone at the council told me it was a planning issue.
     
  27. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

  28. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    So basically Lambeth doesn't follow planning law, it just operates on the personal whim of Steve Reed. I notice he never complained about the various illegal advertisements put up on the Prince of Wales and on top of Iceland over the past few years.

    Not to metion the dodgy sign on CHL opposite Ed's place and the awful facade on Living/that short lived butchers.
     
  29. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    I think it actually got taken down cos it was damaged in the wind, but I posted about the story in the SLP as it might have fuelled what people had heard & posted about.
     
  30. Brix69

    Brix69 Active Member

    Given their failures over the Tesco fiasco and the market situation, it does seem rather muppety to ask planning to intervene over a well designed facade. Maybe he's trying to get it turned into a supermarket. I gather they've allowed the Duke of Welly on Acre Lane to be flattened as well
     

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