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Jack Ramage
2 May 2024, 12:30

Watch Sadiq Khan DJ at youth club ahead of London mayoral election

The footage dropped ahead of today's mayoral election

Sadiq Khan DJs at youth club ahead of London mayoral election

Sadiq Khan has appeared behind the decks at a London youth club.

The footage, fshared by The Telegraph, shows the London Mayor paying a “mini-set” at Croydon Voluntary Action last Monday. 

The clip depicts Khan blending Abba's ‘Dancing Queen’ with Jack Harlow's ‘Lovin' On Me’, shouting “you know you wanna dance” to the audience. It also shows the Mayor clapping along to Rick Astley’s 1987 hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’. 

The footage was shared ahead of today's Mayoral election. “DJ Khan is available for bar mitzvahs, weddings, and birthdays,” he joked to The Telegraph

Highlighting the importance of community projects like Croydon Voluntary Action, Khan told reporters: “What we’ve seen over the last 14 years is lots of youth clubs closing down, lots of youth workers losing their jobs as a consequence of Conservative austerity.”

“What we’ve tried to do is support youth workers and youth clubs, often bringing them together because we’re duplicating services, duplicating provision... This isn’t just about reducing crime, it’s also about young people flourishing and thriving, so lots of things we’re doing from City Hall."

Sadiq Khan currently leads by double digits over his rival, Susan Hall, in the opinion polls for the Mayoral election. A victory for him would mark a historic third term in City Hall.

Over the past few years, Sadiq Khan has proposed several plans to aid London's nightlife sector, which has been grappling with the effects of the cost of living crisis, austerity, and the pandemic. 

In response to the cost of living crisis and the impact of the pandemic on the capital's clubbing scene, Sadiq Khan has laid out a series of plans in recent years to support the nightlife sector. 

In 2020, he pledged £450,000 to grassroots venues affected by COVID-19. The following year, he launched a £6 million campaign to support live music, culture, and hospitality in the capital. Last November, he rejected plans for a Las Vegas-style MSG Sphere arena in Stratford.

Revisit Georgia Mulraine’s long read on the future of London clubbing here

Watch the clip below.