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“What shall we get Daddy for his birthday?”

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We cannot go on enough about Brixton Market, its beauty, its vibrancy, its rich cultural history and its importance as the heart  of our little town!

Brixton Market Row

So, we are ecstatic to announce, following a recent BBC News report, that Friends Of Brixton Market‘s campaigning against the threats of redevelopment has come to fruition in the form of a Grade II listing !!!

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After months of  speculations and trepidation, the new Windrush Square was unveiled last Saturday, the 27th of February 2010 so MyBrixton had to go and take a look.
The event itself did not draw much of a crowd although the children of Brixton seemed to be having a good time exploring the new features of the square and dancing to the music of The Illersapiens who made the party worth going to.

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Check out The Illersapiens upstairs at the Ritzy on the third Thursday of every months from 7pm to 11pm- FREE ENTRY –

This is OUR square people, let’s use it and let it be one more reason to look forward to Summer!!!

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Ooh yesterday was a busy night in B-Town. Being last Thursday of the month and all that, it was of course Rodigan time at the Hoot, but on top of that Post War Years were down at The Rest Is Noise and The Fridge was getting it’s first proper gig on (more on that later).

But I decided to don my freshly dry-cleaned coat and head down to the recently refurbished Upstairs at The Ritzy, reeking like perchloroethylene (is fresh dry-cleaning supposed to smell like a vat of nuclear waste?) for the return of The Illersapiens Soul Jam session.

We’ve mentioned The Illersapiens on here before but I don’t think we’ve waxed lyrical about them properly yet. I think the general consensus at My Brixton HQ is that they’re off the scale. They won us over at the Brixton Splash back in August, especially when they unleashed their track ‘Brixton’ and we unofficially made it our national anthem (B-R-I-X-T-O-N you dunno!). Their EP is most definitely worth checking out here – it’s only  £3.95 on iTunes and for that price you can floss Jay-Z style cause ‘money ain’t a thang’…

But rather then try and explain how tight the band are, how lyrically adept Mr. Man is and how goosebump-inducing Katy B’s vocals are just check this out:

So after a fresh set from them, the stage was open for anyone wanting to come up and jam along, whether singing, playing, emceeing…and this is Brixton y’know, so the talent is fresh. It’s a monthly affair guys, so make sure you book the date for the  next one- Thursday November 19th.


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Ooh what Jeff Koonsian window display do we have here?

Well after The Flourmill and Flirkin, The Goose and more recently Ivan’s Retreat the pub perhaps best known as the place gig goers flock to when the house lights go on inside Brixton Academy and all that’s left is plastic cup ands mosh-pit debris, has been handed over to new management…again!

The paint on the sign is still fresh: The Rest Is Noise has taken over.  And it seems to be in good hands, now under the management of 580, the company behind The Lock Tavern, Field Day and New Cross’ Amersham Arms. Having kitted out the pub with a decent stage and powerhouse soundsystem built from Notting Hill Carnival leftovers (hmmm…you know what us Brixtonians like), we’re now looking at a pretty decent timetable of events.

Yeah, as you can see there’s loads. But we definitely need to check out the Wednesday night Blacker Dread residency as there’s no way the legendary Coldharbour Lane record store can let us down playing some serious reggae. And this Saturday we’re getting amongst others SCUM and My Tiger My Timing…oh we’re so spoilt!

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