South London’s Balamii radio station has launched a subscription service.
From just £3 a month, fans can support the much-loved station, which first launched as an app for hosting club mixes in 2014. Balamii has been available for free since then, showcasing both emerging and established underground artists with regular hosts including Shy One, Rye Wax, 1-800 GIRLS, Al Zanders, Coco Bryce, Chinese Daughter and many more.
In recent years, Balamii has been impacted by the cost-of-living crisis and other difficulties and, since 2022, the station has been solely managed by its founder, James Browning.
"So far, we’ve relied upon events, merch and our residents to keep things going. But now, for the first time in our history, we’re asking you, our listeners to help support and build a better Balamii," the station wrote on Instagram at the weekend. "By subscribing monthly you will contribute to the future of Balamii and help us to continue to nurture the creative community we have grown over the last 8 years."
Subscribers will be entitled to 20 percent off Balamii merchandise and receive early alerts about events. Find out how to support Balamii here.
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