Here’s our latest monthly dip into our Brixton comprehensive photo archives, showing a selection of scenes taken around Brixton at night ten years ago.
Above, you can see the scrolling LED sign that welcomed visitors in the centre of Brixton which said, “LOOK AFTER YOUR VALUABLES.” Welcome to Brixton, indeed.
Formerly the Bug Bar, the crypt of St Matthews Church opened up as a bar/restaurant/club.
We were invited to down to sample the food, and it wasn’t half bad.
Across the road, the Fridge Bar was open, while a banner covering the front of the adjacent Fridge club was still advertising an event from October.
The Fridge Bar closed in October 2015, with the owners signing off with an angry broadside against gentrification and racism.
The Fridge relaunched at the Electric Brixton in August 2011.
The Prince Albert on Coldharbour Lane, complete with its ‘punky’ signage.
Coldharbour Lane at night, close to the junction with Gresham Road. In the foreground is the now closed Texaco garage.
In the past few years, several of the shops have now changed hands, with the Jamaican bar/restaurant My Father’s Place gentrifying into the Shrub & Shutter cocktail bar.
Anna’s cafe and William Hill have both vanished, as has Gresham Spares on the corner.
Our Offline club at the Dogstar was already going strong, and first on the bill was Polish-British singer, musician and songwriter, Katy Carr. Six years later, Carr was nominated for the London Music Awards alongside the likes of Kate Bush, PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys, Ed Sheeran and Laura Marling.
Some police action at the club.
Mon Fio played a gentle set of ramshackle romanticism.
Playing Maracatu de Baque Virado – a lively style of Afro-Brazilian music dating back hundreds of years – Maracatu Estrela do Norte filled the Dogstar with powerful, syncopated rhythms.
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