News: Counter Culture

London’s 4-month multi-arts festival Counter Culture finally opened its doors for launch night on Friday to a capacity crowd and a guest appearance by the one-and-only Suggs.

Held in a pop-up venue (formely Jacks but now happily Counter Culture for the next 4 months) under London Bridge, the project held a first class night featuring performances from A.Human, Viva City and Man Like Me (joined by the aforementioned Suggs) and The Subs. In the second room were DJ sets from Sunday Girl, Anti Chris, Hatesy, The Invisible, Rotating Leslie and RightClickSaveAs, the place was busy until the early hours of the morning and the organisers can be immensely pleased that the project kicked off with such success. I’ll include some photos from launch night once they’ve been published.

The party continued on Saturday with the Counter Culture house DJs, and on Sunday was the first weekly film night, with a free showing of Withnail & I (whilst supping White Russians and eating the free nibbles). Sundays will, from next week, by hosted by Short & Sweet, showing short films, music videos and animations from a range of known and unknown directors.

Monday showed the launch of Harriet Armstrong‘s photography exhibition A Life In Music, which will be running the rest of this week. The venue provides a chilled out setting for Harriet Armstrong’s most recent body of work, and entrance is free, so get yourself down there one night this week.

The next thing you guys need to get yourselves to is this Friday’s Counter Culture Presents… which has an incredible lineup including Hijack [Jack Union], Mumdance, Harvard Bass, Louis La Roche and Starsmith (click the flyer image to the right).  We’ll see you down there because this is going to be an amazing night.  Tickets are available here for £8 (early bird), £10 (advance) or £12 on the door.  Cheap as chips for that lineup.  I haven’t mentioned yet either, and I probably should, that drinks are actually very reasonably priced, which is nigh-on unheard of in London, so Counter Culture are doing everything right in my book.  Just get yourselves down there.  To get you into the groove, here’s an exclusive Hijack remix of Tom EQ‘s Good Old Days for your delectation.

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James TAE

By James TAE

James TAE is a Music and Tech Journalist, Editor for Spotisfaction, and writer for God Is In The TV and London Tour Dates magazine. Follow him @James_TAE

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