The music industry has been profoundly changed by multinationals, the internet and online streaming. In a time where we can listen to practically any track we like at the click of a button, it is amazing that independent record shops are able to survive. Yet surviving they are, thriving in fact - with hundreds more being opened in the past five years. This is a testament to community and Record Store Day is an annual celebration of this unique and global culture. We've compiled a list below of South London's best-loved independent music spots, and whether they're participating in Record Store Day.
There is no better way to soak up the atmosphere and culture of a city than listening to some exciting live music in good company. But live music isn’t limited to enthusiastic tourists. It is always fun to listen to some new local talent and relax in a spot serving great food and drink. Which is why we’ve compiled this list of our favourite local live music venues in South London.
With Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services becoming the go-to platforms to listen to music, it is easy to feel a little more isolated in your musical pursuits than you might have been a few years ago. But the music community is still thriving in South London and is waiting for you to jump right in, browse some records, get involved in musical debates or even learn an instrument. Maybe you just want to get some insider knowledge to get better at pub quizzes. Whatever direction you want to go in, we're sure the places on this list will help you get there!
Having not been held last year, the Crystal Palace Overground Festival is set to return this year with events being held in conjunction with the festival from 12th-18th June. Having started in 2006, the festival has grown and grown, with approximately 10,000 people visiting over five days back in 2015, as it seeks to create cultural events and activities that bring the local community together, and promotes Crustal Palace as an interesting and special place to live and work in. We at South London Club love anything that promotes the diverse culture of South London, and we also love events that promote local independent business, so we’re definitely big fans of the event. To give you an idea as to what is on offer during the festival we’ve gone through the programme of events and have worked out a short guide of what we reckon are the best bets for each day, starting with the last day of the festival.
Lewisham Park Crescent Residents' Assosiation formally invite you to a special, one-off concert by the legendary and international celebrated classical pianist, Stephen Kovancevich performing an intimate arrangement of Bach’s Partita No.4 in D Major, on the 19th of May at St. Mary the Virgin church in Ladywell, Lewisham. The event is to support the maintenance of the local park and support homelessness in the area through the St. Mungo’s charity.
Lewisham might not be the first place Londoners would consider for quality live music but the borough that Kate Bush grew up in and where Blur famously formed at Goldsmiths University of London, is a haven for fine talent as well as home to venues that artists from across the rest of the country, and world, have played in.