Peckham is getting a new club.
Peckham Audio, which is a new venture from the owners of nearby venue Four Quarters, will be situated on Rye Lane close to Bussey Building. Its owners describe it as a "220 capacity live music and club space in the heart of Peckham" and it's set to open later this month.
“I’m just pulling onto Rye Lane,” says Bradley Zero, as he drives from his flat in Peckham to his office and studio.
“For me, Rhythm Section is about small venues outside the centre, doing things a little differently, so XOYO is a departure from the core foundational principles of the dance, but it’s not a strict end. That’s why I was careful not to make it a Rhythm Section residency”
When he first arrived, he lived in Peckham and Camden, but felt there was no real community, which is something clearly very dear to him in the way he runs his party and label. Alas, he says he is now starting to feel the losses in Peckham, with friends moving and places shutting down. “It still has its heart,” he says. “It is still the same place, but the change is palpable, and it’s hard to see where it goes next. In maybe 15 years I can’t see there would be a place for Rhythm Section.”
“There was no pressure to book a name to bring people in,” says Bradley on his hands-free phone. “People came whoever was on. We just made a vibe. It could be Pender Street Steppers one week, and me and my housemate Miles another week, but you always got the same crowd.”
“Finding new ways to transcend borders and cultures is what drives the discovery, not just doing the same thing over and over again”
Of course, Bradley is all about new music – on his label, in his DJ sets (most of the time) and on his radio shows on NTS and the In New Music We Trust residency on the BBC. But the XOYO gigs have seen him play differently to normal, while giving a bigger platform to many of the fledgling artists he is so invested in.
A new radio station called Foundation.FM has been launched in London.
Based in Peckham, the station, which is now live, has been started up by Becky Richardson, Ami Bennett and Frankie Wells who, between them, have experience at a number of radio stations including BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Radar Radio.
Athlete Whippet will release their new EP ‘Hands Only’ on their own squareglass imprint this Friday 25th May.
The Peckham-based duo of Barath and Braum bring their nuanced and lively brand of house to another level on this release, having only launched onto the scene in this form in 2016. Both accomplished live musicians, there is an active, loose quality to the three original cuts that make the bulk of the EP, wrapped up beautifully with equally sophisticated remixes by Max Graef and Seb Wildblood.
A new nightclub called Ghost Notes is set to open next month in South London.
The club's owners, who also run local pubs The Montpelier and White Horse, are promising to champion South London's "thriving music community".
The new venue is located in the same multi-storey car park as Frank's Bar and Bold Tendencies and will feature a world-class sound system and service orientated bar.
Canavan’s Pool Club is the latest Peckham venue to come under threat from nearby property redevelopment.
Plans have been submitted to Southwark council to redevelop the salvage yard at 190 Rye Lane, next door to the club. 2Gee Developments is proposing to build 22 apartments at the site, 17 of which will be sold at market rate with five being sold as “affordable housing”.
The architect in charge of the project, Collado Collins, claims that the positioning of the flat’s windows, which will overlook a courtyard garden, will “mitigate any sound issues”.
Plans to develop Bussey Building and its surrounding cluster of buildings on Rye Lane, Peckham, have been “paused”.
Co-founder of Bermondsey-based group Frame Property, Nick Mansour, spoke to The Peckham Peculiar, saying: “It has never been our intention to have a negative impact on the Bussey Building – quite the opposite in fact.