Southwark embraces the sound of music

By Marco Cillario - Tue 23 May 2017, 3:44 pm

The London Borough of Southwark is bucking the national trend of a declining number of live music venues, helping to boost the local economy, an article in the forthcoming issue of Southwark magazine finds.

Yaaba Funk performing at The CLF Art Cafe in Bussey Bulding, Peckham

Issue 17 of the publication, to be published in June, looks at the opening of grassroots gigging locations such as Omeara in the arches under London Bridge, set up by Ben Lovett from successful British band, Mumford and Sons: an interview with the keyboardist features. 

Printworks, which opened earlier this year, is a new clubbing venue for London, set in the auspicious environs of Canada Water and run by The Vibration Group. Southwark looks at how the 6,000 capacity site where the Daily Mail and London Evening Standard were once printed fits into developer British Land’s masterplan for the area. 

Venues which have survived for a long time in Southwark also feature: The CLF Art Cafe in Bussey Bulding has become a Peckham institution – Southwark catches up with its founder, Mickey Smith. Elsewhere, one of London’s most iconic clubs, Corsica Studios in Elephant and Castle, receives countless plaudits and some of the world’s most successful alternative acts have taken to its stage. Those who have played the venue point to the reasons for its enduring popularity. 

For amateur musicians, venues such as The Doodle Bar, which recently moved to Bermondsey, are running successful nights, and Southwark considers the benefits of an industry that two years ago generated £907 million for the local economy – as yet more venues continue to pop up in the borough’s development pipeline.

The forthcoming issue of Southwark will also feature an overview of the borough’s open spaces and play facilities. The magazine will look at the outcomes on public private partnerships in the borough. A section will be dedicated to investigating how the council is delivering on its pledge to guarantee education, employment or training for every school leaver in the borough. 

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