Sunday, April 25, 2010

365 days of Live Music

Hugo Simms has finally finished his epic exploration, 365 Days of Live Music in London. As he recounts in an article in The Evening Standard (16 April 2010), last April he made a vow to experience live music every day, taking him on an odyssey of streets, pubs, churches, concert halls and various improbable venues. All of this written up in his blog, and one day to be a book.

As Hugo lives in Nunhead, a lot of the performances were in South East London. The Birds Nest, New Cross Inn, Amersham Arms, Jam Circus, Old Nun's Head and Ivy House all get visited. There were several posts where I cursed that I hadn't heard about the gig beforehand - I mean, seeing Viv Albertine of The Slits at the Glad in Borough?

Hugo's effort should serve as a reminder of just how important pubs are for the culture of low key musicking - which is why it is quite right to get agitated at things like the threatened closure of The Deptford Arms.

1 comment:

skitter muster said...

Thanks for this! Just had a swift flick through your labels and went straight to Lee Hazelwood and Arthur Lee in New Cross. Two of my musical heroes. Had heard the Arthur anicdote but not the Lee one. Fancy that! I'm knackered and off to bed, but will have a more thorough look at your blog tomorrow. Hugo