Once upon a time, not that long ago, Londoners talked about the area 'sarf of the rivvah' as some netherworld, where Derek Trotter-types got mugged by hoodlums to pay for their Camberwell carrots. The furthest south most music lovers ventured was to the Southbank or at a push Brixton Academy, with many locals confused by the sprawl of suburbia and weird little villages.
I moved to Lewisham thirteen years ago and there wasn't that much on, but as Soho venues have closed and East London's become a hideous hipster mess, I moved back south a few years ago and I've been surprised and excited by quite how much stuff happens down here these days. However, a lot of people still caught in the eye of the Stoke Newington strip still seem to think that South London is this weird place where nothing happens and definitely isn't worth venturing too. More fool them.
Of course, from The Rolling Stones to The Specials, South London has a musical pedigree. After years/decades of people thinkin' Soho and Camden were London's musical epicentre, people started paying attention to music spooling out of the south again when So Solid and The Streets appeared on the scene 15 or so years ago.
In recent the years, there's been a real renaissance south of the river. Partly because high, verging on ridiculous property prices in North and East London, have forced low-paid, highly-creative people to look elsewhere, and with the East London Line connecting more of the city, there have been a lot more people moving south. This has led to more venues opening (The Electric, Corsica, Tooting Tram) and events happening atop car parks in Peckham and in pubs with fancy foodtrucks parked outside. There are also now loads more pubs putting on little clubs and gigs than ever before (or at least it feels like it).
There's a new documentary about music from South London (we've posted a Mount Kimbie track from it here http://drownedinsound.com/news/4147333-roots-manuva-narrates-new-music-cities--south-london-doc-ft-mount-kimbie-and-katy-b ) so I thought it'd be good to have a thread about music from South London.
1) Make a playlist of the best music from South Londoners. I've made a start with some James Blake, Mount Kimbie and The Streets http://open.spotify.com/user/seaninsound/playlist/4nEdgaNpOeClZAcsZWeBqw
2) Help map the best venues and regular events that people should check out. Which venues do you recommend? Which areas seem to have lots of good stuff on?
3) Discuss: What are the best gigs you've been to South of the River in the past decade?