Read this: Live at the Brixton Academy

Live at the Brixton Academy by Simon Parkes

“I made the police an offer, ‘you have a problem with illegal raves; I have the solution: make them legal. Give me an all-night licence and you can stop the ravers from panicking the Daily Mail readers of Middle England.’”

This old article about the Brixton Academy found it’s way into my Pocket (my favourite app for bookmarking articles). It’s a few juicy recollections from Simon Parkes, the founder of The Academy and was part of the promotion for his memoir, Live at the Brixton Academy. (more…)

Quote of the day: Honey Dijon

Honey Dijon

“I feel like the internet has killed culture and subcultures because it’s made everyone separatist, no one goes outside of their comfort zone. Facebook and Instagram are not reality. Of course everyone you like is going to like the same shit as you. That’s the world we live in now, it’s one big echo chamber. The culture I come from you had to bring something. You had to have a personality or a talent. You had to bring something to the party instead of taking something away.” (more…)

Quote of the day: Willy Vanderperre

Willy Vanderperre - image via Document Journal
“You felt that every night you could go out, and you could have a party. That’s always good. It’s about where the music, where the nightlife, where the arts are at that point. If you have a little, condensed group of people that have the same mindset, something will happen. It will attract other people.” (more…)

Carnival vibes

Converse Notting Hill Carnival trainers

I might have to put aside my allegiance to plain off white All Star high tops, in deference to these Carnival tribute Chucks from Converse. Aren’t they jaunty? Converse has released these exclusive limited editions today on (£70) along with two customised styles by British music artists Lady Leshurr and Clara Amfo.

I have a love-hate relationship with Carnival. (more…)