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HarderFaster Awards 2016 - The results are in!

Reported by HarderFaster / Submitted 15-03-17 13:11   It’s that time again and the results are in after HarderFaster asked you to look back and tell us who, what, when and where made the grade in 2016, whether that be for good or bad reasons At your suggestion, we added a new poll category – Jaw Drop Thread – and the winner won’t come as any surprise. Our free-text voting system means you can enter whatever you want and we always look forward to your wit and wisdom. In keeping with tradition, we were delighted to see Josie making a comeback for best festival. As we’ve said in the past, the diverse votes continue to reveal your eclectic tastes so we’ll continue to award top honours to those who were clearly in the lead and honourable mentions to those who were near the top or where there are no clear winners.  

HarderFaster Club Night of the Year 2016 Which was the best overall event of the year? Winner: Zoology 15th Birthday  
  Zoology 15th Birthday was the clear winner for as your club night of 2016, and the writer can vouch for this. Honourable mentions go to Lost Dawn, winners in 2014, and newcomer HDM.  
HarderFaster After Party of the Year 2016 If the night is just not enough then this is where you'll be, and 2016 continues the trend - you’d rather be at a crack-on than a formal event when it comes to afters so we’re not going to award a winner in this category. Honourable mention goes to Trance Sanctuary After Party who polled most votes of any formal after party.  
HarderFaster Day Party of the Year 2016 Don't fancy a late night? This is the daytime party where it's all happening. Joint Winners: Alumni and Lost Dawn  
  Alumni made a strong comeback in 2016, tying with our previous winner Lost Dawn.  
HarderFaster New Party of the Year 2016 Joint Winners: HDM and TranceLUCID  
  It was neck and neck for these 2 newcomers, too hard to call for top spot so we’re awarding Joint Winners. Props to the jokers who voted for Zoology's "comeback".  
HarderFaster Festival of the Year 2016 What was your favourite festival of 2016? Winner: Chilled in a Field  
  Chilled in a Field was the clear winner, unsurprising with several of HarderFaster’s favourite promotions contributing over the weekend.  
HarderFaster Venue of the Year 2016 What was your favourite clubbing venue in 2016? Winner: Club 414.  
  Club 414 lifts the cup again, reflecting the massive support from far and wide after being threatened with closure by property developers.  
HarderFaster New Venue of the Year 2016 What was your favourite new venue in 2016? Whilst not strictly new, Tobacco Dock was the clear winner and has established itself as a venue of choice.  
Choons 'n Labels

  The trend continues with votes being divided in these categories so we’ll continue to award prizes where there’s a clear winner, and mentions to the cream of the crop. HarderFaster Tune of the Year 2016 Everyone seemed to have their own favourite in 2016 so no clear winners but Mind Shift - Luke Warner and Latex Zebrareceives an honourable mention. Surprisingly there were no votes for BK – Revolution or Breather – Come On this year.  
HarderFaster Remix of the Year 2016 Your pick of the tunes revamped and refreshed this year? Another diverse vote with no clear winners.  
HarderFaster Album of the Year 2016 Which album was the best of the year? Without any consensus as to your stand out album of 2016 we can’t give any awards, but Tangled Audio Best of 2016 was very popular.  

  Another case of everyone having their own favourite, although continuing a theme we’re awarding Luke Warner an Honourable Mention after polling highly in our New Producer, Producer and Remixer categories.  
DeeJays and Performers

  HarderFaster DJ of the Year 2016 Who was your favourite DJ in 2016? Latex Zebra gallops home to win HarderFaster DJ of 2016 by a length. Royal Mail declined requests for a gold post box but TFL stepped up and dedicated the Nugget bus route in his honour.  
  Honourable mentions to his partner in crime. B.S.E. and HarderFaster’s very own Miles Gorfy.  
HarderFaster Live Act of the Year 2016 Who was your favourite Live Act in 2016? Current king Libra9 shares top spot with Natural Selection, an electro-swing combo to look out for.  
HarderFaster Resident DJ of the Year 2016 Which resident DJ at which club made it their own in 2016? Latex Zebra shares the resident crown with Lost Dawn dynamic duo Adam Symbiosis and Craig Gunn.  
HarderFaster International DJ of the Year 2016 Outside the scope of regular clubbing, which world class DJ ranks as number one? Joint Winners: Drumcode’s Adam Beyer and Sam Paganini  
HarderFaster Set of the Year 2016 Which DJ played your favourite set this year and what event was it at? It was impossible to pick a winner from so many different nominations, but Will Renville polled highly for his set at Zoology’s 15th Birthday, with Adam Symbiosis and Craig Gunn receiving worthy praise for their set at the HarderFaster Christmas Party.  
HarderFaster Content

  HarderFaster Feature Writer of the Year 2016 Who was the best contributor to HarderFaster's Feature section? Winner: Tara Tara continues to inform and entertain with her wide knowledge of dance music and easy writing style.  
HarderFaster Review Writer of the Year 2016 Who was the best contributor to HarderFaster's Tune Review section? Winner: Pete Morton Pete Morton is lord and master of the HarderFaster review section.  
HarderFaster Thread of the Year 2016 Which was your favourite thread of 2016? Winner: People who need punching (ceekay's punching bag for years to come) by ceekay. For our forum regulars, here are the popular threads of 2016 based on post count: What first world problem did you have today? by danj. Notable, Semi-notable, the downright obscure and Celebrity Deaths 2016 by wykah. In or out then. by Latex Zebra. What has made you happy today? by ceekay. Euro 2016 by ceekay. Which TV series are doing it for you currently? by Slink.. Maternity leave by LeeLegEnd. What's the worst chat up line you've ever heard? by DJ Sketchy. HarderFaster Jaw Drop Thread of the Year 2016 Which thread of 2016 made your jaw drop? Winner: Some celebrities I've met! by DJ Sketchy. No prizes for guessing the winner, we suspect the new category was nominated with this very thread in mind.  
HarderFaster Member Awards

  HarderFaster Member of the Year 2016 Who was your favourite overall HarderFaster member in 2016? Winner: Slink. Slink re-takes the crown, with honourable mentions to Ceekay and Fi.  
HarderFaster Intellectual of the Year 2016 Which HarderFaster member gave you food for thought in 2016? Joint Winners: Stakker and Fi Stakker continues as HarderFaster’s resident intellectual, sharing his crown with Fi.  
HarderFaster Redeemed Member of the Year 2016 Who in your eyes redeemed themselves during the year? Winner: 5709 5709 dons his Dr Jekyll cape and receives worthy recognition for his wit and wisdom in 2016. Stop sucking your teeth; more awards coming for 5709!  
HarderFaster Party Animal of the Year 2016 Who was HarderFaster's party animal in 2016? Winner: Latex Zebra Latex Zebra hung up his pipe and slippers in 2016 and puts us all to shame with his party antics. Honourable mentions to Quin and Matt, can’t keep good men down!  
HarderFaster Smoothest Operator of the Year 2016 Who was HarderFaster's smoothest operator during 2016? Winner: Slink. Slink. retakes his smooth spot.  
HarderFaster The Dark Side of the Year 2016 Which HarderFaster member did you love to hate in 2016? Newcomer DJ Sketchy moves straight into top place, winning Dark Side 2016.  
HarderFaster Flounce of the Year 2016 Who performed the best 3-point flounce in the year? Winner: Skaramanga Skaramanga takes gold, beating all leavers, hands down.  
  HarderFaster Meltdown of the Year 2016 Who threw their toys AND pram out of the nursery window? Winner: 5709 A resounding win for 5709 as Mr Hyde, with Skaramanga receiving an honourable mention for his excellent work in this age-old discipline.  
  Congratulations to our worthy winners and runners up, commiserations to those who didn’t make the mark and thanks to everyone who took the time to vote. That’s a wrap for this year’s Annual Awards! Keep your eyes and ears open in 2017, we look forward to seeing your top picks next year. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Live music Sundays at Club 414: the best late bar in Brixton on a Sunday

Live music Sundays at Club 414: the best late bar in Brixton

There’s not a lot of choices available in Brixton if you fancy a pint after midnight on a Sunday, but thankfully the Club 414 has the excellent Grassroots live music night.

Open till 2am (sometimes 3am), there’s wonderful live jazz and reggae till close, with admission by donation.

Live music Sundays at Club 414: the best late bar in Brixton

Led by UB40 trumpet player Patrick Anthony, the razor-tight house band features regular players and guest musicians.

Here’s some photos from last Sunday night:

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The Brixton Buzz Awards 2016

Best Brixton club 2016 winner.

Brixton New Year's Eve parties at the Dogstar and the 414, 31st Dec 2016

 Club 414

A beacon in the Brixton club scene for 30 years, this small and friendly club serves a loyal crowd and plays host to packed, extra-fluffy all-nighters on the weekend. It’s not just thumping house and techno though, with their Sunday live jazz and reggae nights being a real treat.

New Years Eve at the legendary Club 414.

It was busy right until close and as ever there was a lovely friendly crowd in the house. We hope that this venues survives its fight to stay open and not be turned into yet more luxury flats. BY MIKE URBAN
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Temporary reprieve for Brixton’s Club 414 as developers withdraw luxury flat planning application

Temporary reprieve for Brixton's Club 414 as developers withdraw luxury flat planning application There’s some unexpected festive cheer on offer to the staff and customers of Brixton’s threatened Club 414 as the developers have now withdrawn their application to flatten the venue and turn it into luxury flats. Temporary reprieve for Brixton's Club 414 as developers withdraw luxury flat planning application The owners of the building, the Mayfair-headquartered Market Row Ltd, want to turn the popular club into three luxury flats and a retail outlet, but have faced widespread opposition to their plans, with over 640 objections being lodged on Lambeth’s planning website, and more than 3,400 people signing a petition asking that the planning application be rejected. Sunday's don't-miss free Brixton show: Grassroots at Club 414, Sunday 7th August 2016 Although the developers have withdrawn their planning application, it’s highly likely that they will return with an updated set of plans, so it’s important that the pressure is kept up to save one of Brixton’s oldest venues from closure. The recent decision by Lambeth Council to once again turn down a planning application affecting the future viability of the Grosvenor pub in Stockwell gives some cause for optimism, as does the recent appointment of Amy Lamé as London’s ‘Night Czar.’ Either way, the news at least takes the pressure off the owners and the customers of the club over the Christmas period. We’ll certainly pay them a visit to raise a glass. One night in Brixton: having it large at the Club 414 - Saturday 30th January 2016 ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Fabric Club campaigners lend their support to Brixton’s Club 414

Brixton's Club 414 wins battle with developers over its future, but the fight for survival continues Campaigners who helped London’s Fabric Club get its licence back are now lending their support to Brixton’s 414 Club, which is currently fighting its own battle for survival. One night in Brixton: having it large at the Club 414 - Saturday 30th January 2016 The @savefabric group posted this message on their Facebook page yesterday:
We helped fabriclondon reach 160,000 signatures, it’s now time to help save Club 414 – a gem in the heart of Brixton. This is about more than just one club – our whole city is under attack.
Save 414 Club Although Club 414 recently won a high court reprieve in its fight to ward off developers who want to turn the popular club into three luxury flats and a retail outlet, the future of the venue still remains in doubt. Customers and locals have responded in considerable numbers, with over 640 objections lodged on Lambeth’s planning website, and more than 3,200 people signing a petition asking that the planning application be rejected. Important: if you do want to register an objection, we strongly urge you to read this article first to ensure that your comments are effective: Saving Brixton’s Club 414: important guidelines to making your objections heard. Brixton's legendary Club 414 threatened with closure and redevelopment We’ve heard that the club has also been in contact with London’s new ‘Night Czar’ Amy Lamé, and hope she will be able to assist in saving what is one of the oldest venues in Brixton, and one of the very few places where local night workers can enjoy a late drink in the area. Although many associate the late bar with techno and house music, it also hosts hugely popular weekly jazz and reggae Sunday night live sessions. Fabric Club campaigners lend their support to Brixton's Club 414 More info: Club 414 414 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LF Add your comment on Lambeth’s planning website Discuss the latest news about the Club 414 on our forum.
 ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— “Sadiq Khan” delighted with agreement to re-open Fabric.

Can we now turn his attention to the 414?


“Sadiq Khan”

I am delighted to confirm that an agreement has been reached to re-open the night club Fabric. I have always said that we needed to find a common-sense solution that protects both the future of Fabric and the safety of all clubbers – as this does. I especially want to thank Islington Council for working so hard to come to this solution. In her first week in the job, my new Night Czar Amy Lamé has already held conversations with Islington Council, the Metropolitan Police and Fabric. My Night Czar will be working with other businesses, local authorities and Londoners to maximise the economic and social impact of a growing night time economy. I’ll also soon be announcing a new Chair of the Night Time Commission to work with Amy to help deliver a vision for a truly 24-hour city. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Could she be Club 414's redeemer?amy-lame-night-time-econo-news

Comedian and broadcaster Amy Lamé was today unveiled as London’s first night czar, tasked with turning the capital into a thriving 24-hour city. The US-born, naturalised British performer said one of her first priorities was to stop the closure of nightclubs and music venues. Ms Lamé, 45, said: “It’s a privilege to be London’s very first night czar. I can’t wait to hit the streets and have loads of ideas of what I can do for revellers, night-time workers, businesses and stakeholders. “For too long, the capital’s night-time industry has been under pressure — music venues and nightclubs in particular are closing at an alarming rate. “With the advent of the Night Tube, and the Mayor’s commitment to protect iconic venues across the city, I’m confident that I can inspire a positive change in the way people think about the night-time economy.” Ms Lamé, who co-presented Danny Baker’s BBC London show for more than a decade, ran for selection as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood in 2014 and was mayor of Camden between 2010-11. An LGBT activist, she also led the campaign to save the Royal Vauxhall Tavern from developers Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “I’m absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of London’s first-ever night czar. The recent closure of the world-famous nightclub Fabric [in Farringdon] and the threats facing other venues across the capital show why Amy will be a much-needed ambassador for the city after dark.” The two-and-a-half-days-a-week post comes with a £35,000 salary Ms Lamé will work closely with the police, Transport for London and the Night Time Commission, a collection of local planning and licensing authorities, club and venue owners. She is due to hold a series of monthly “night surgeries” to meet businesses, workers, residents and revellers to shape her action plan. Jonathan Downey, the co-founder of London Union, behind food market Street Feast, said: “The appointment of a night czar is fantastic news for London and for the whole of the night-time economy. London is a great world city — creative, progressive, exciting and unique — and the night time is one of our key cultural assets. We must promote, protect and celebrate the night so that film, theatre, live music, clubs, bars, restaurants and night markets can survive and thrive.” Rashid Razaq Culture Correspondent ES ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Wheelchair access in clubs – shouldn’t this be the norm?

According to disability charity Scope, a staggering four in five disabled people have seen little improvement in the accessibility of clubs, shops, restaurants and pubs since the Paralympics in London 2012. This is a disappointing fact to learn, particularly when Club 414 is dedicated to ensure our venue is accessible and enjoyable to all – this should be the case for any club or venue. Although nightclubs are covered by the Equality Act 2010, which protects people from discrimination, many disabled people find some venues can be far from enjoyable – something we were surprised and dismayed to hear from a gentleman who recently attended Club 414. Everything from a steep set of stairs, getting served at the bar and dealing with the attitudes of other clubbers can ruin what was supposed to be a fun night, and he told us that many clubs in London do not allow him access, giving the excuse that it may be unsafe for him. Bela Gor, the legal director of the Business Disability Forum, says: "Nightclubs have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled customers.” and we couldn’t agree more. At Club 414, we have full accessibility, in addition to a disabled toilet set with easy access and full privacy. It is priority to us that no matter who visits Club 414, they have a brilliant and safe night, and we ensure all members of staff are always fully aware and accommodating to anyone who may have a disability or have to use a wheelchair.

Another iconic London club is facing closure. new-twit-hc-pic

Beginning with a grant from Lambeth council at the height of Brixton’s troubles in an attempt to bring people together, it is ironic that 30 years later, Club 414 is now facing closure due to the very same council now considering a planning application for 3 flats and a shop. With the stability of London’s nightlife currently being a major focus in the global clubbing world, many are shocked at Lambeth council’s consideration to support the planning application. The building’s owners are part of a dominant property conglomerate in Brixton, owning the freehold of both Brixton Village and Market Row, and want to convert the Club 414 building presumably as part of the gentrification process in and around Brixton. If this goes ahead, Brixton will not only lose its most legendary club, but many other businesses could also lose custom that a shop and 3 flats could never replace, such as local taxi firms, pubs and takeaways to name just a few. Despite taking the issue to the High Court earlier this year and managing to have the controversial decision to grant planning permission overturned, owners Louise Barron and Tony Pommell face the same fight again, just months later. Club 414 solicitor, Riz Majid of Neumans LLP comments “One of the key points of The London Plan 2015 is that ‘Boroughs should encourage a diverse range of night-time activities, expanding culture and leisure venues other than eating and drinking’. The Lambeth Local Plan 2015 states that ‘Brixton’s role as a distinctive major multicultural and diverse town centre will be safeguarded and promoted through careful and sensitive regeneration’ and one of the ways this will be achieved by is ‘…enhancing the town centre’s popularity for leisure, entertainment and nightlife…” London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has famously supported the campaign to help London’s nightlife thrive once again, and although it was unfortunately not in his power to intervene licensing issues for Fabric, he now has another opportunity to support clubs in London. Recently describing London’s iconic clubs as “an essential part of our cultural landscape”, he highlighted that a staggering third of London's small music venues have closed since 2007, and something needs to be done to prevent further closures damaging the city’s cultural offering. Club 414 has been transformed over the years by its owners into a world renowned venue, seeing visitors travel across the globe to experience one of their legendary nights. Setting the club apart from the rest, it is also the only venue in Brixton that stays open past 4am – something which has recently impressed one of the candidates for the soon to be appointed Night Czar, who has already shown support of the campaign. Support has flooded in from all walks of life around the world, including that of Fabric, to hopefully prevent Club 414 from meeting the same fate. Owners Louise and Tony have now reopened their petition, which previously gained 2,500 signatures, and is significantly increasing day-by-day, but more support is necessary. Louise Barron, co-owner of Club 414, commented on the situation; “We are truly overwhelmed by all of the support we have received to save our club, and hope that this highlights to the council and developers how much Club 414 really means to the community. We have overcome this obstacle once before and can do it again with the help of those who are as passionate about London’s nightlife as ourselves – we know there are many people out there who feel the same as we do, so now it’s time to come together for Brixton and clubs across London.” With the deadline for objections to the planning permission closed on 30th September, there is limited time to prevent the clubs closure through other routes before the matter goes to the Lambeth Planning Committee in November 2016. With support on social media using #Save414, the petition, objections to planning permission and lobbying of influential figures, Club 414 are most certainly not going down without a fight.

Tim Westwood’s plan to save nightlife

World renowned DJ Tim Westwood has recently spoken to NME and given them his 10-point plan on how he would save London’s nightlife, and we think some of them are pretty brilliant, so have recapped them below: Prevent gentrification from ruining club culture Speaking of gentrification, Westwood said "In areas outside of central London, if you move there, you shouldn't have the residential rights to shut down clubs when the area becomes gentrified.” And we couldn’t agree more. Club 414 was established in 1985 when Brixton was a place nobody wanted to visit, let alone invest time and money in. Now it is considered ‘trendy’, but the places that made it great are being destroyed.  Tim commented further on the issue saying “If an area’s got clubs, and you move into that area, you should accept that those clubs have a right to coexist and not use your residential rights to get those clubs shut down.Change institutionalised attitudes Much of the issue when it comes to the closure of so many London clubs is with the councils and developers, something which needs to change in order for us all to work collaboratively to keep London’s nightlife thriving. Speaking of the matter in his plan, Westwood said; "There’s got to be a new working attitude from police and council licensing towards London’s nightclubs and that is to recognise the contribution they make to London as the coolest city in the world, the contribution they make to the night-time economy, and to young people’s lives." Protect clubs as essential public services Tim Westwood has rightly said that clubs should be protected as essential public services – as we all know, Football used to have hooliganism, but as Westwood points out they didn’t stop football, they solved the problem, which is what should happen with our clubs. “If there’s a problem with a club, a high-risk problem, the police and council should work on solving that problem as opposed to shutting down that club.” Whoever takes on the new role of Sadiq Khan’s ‘Night Czar’ should most definitely take a look at Westwood’s ’10-point plan’ which offers a lot of food for thought when it comes to London’s nightlife. You can read his full plan here, and please don’t forget to sign our petition if you haven’t done so already – with the support of big industry voices like this, nightlife in London might actually be saved.


How the Night Czar could put the ‘life’ back into London’s nightlife

The search for London’s ‘Night Czar’ is on, with applications closing in early September, and this position is one that most definitely needs to be filled in light of the damage to London’s nightlife. The role is designed to be a lynchpin between communities, who can negotiate between the Met police, local authorities, venues and the public to find ideal solutions that work for all involved. In general, they will oversee the wider night-time economy of London, which thanks to the Night Tube is expected to dramatically improve. In relation to the role, Sadiq Khan rightly said that ‘no single organisation or public body can solve these problems alone – we all need to work together’ and having a night czar in place to do this we hope will put the ‘life’ back into London’s nightlife. Amongst those who have thrown their hat into the ring is renowned London nightclub promoter Roger Michael, who has said he wants to champion London’s cultural values in the role. Amsterdam appointed their own Night Mayor, Mirik Milan, back in 2012, and are now installing an advisory ‘Night Board’ of 12 people from clubs, festivals, the gay scene and legislation in Amsterdam – possibly the next step to look at for London after the Night Czar has been chosen? People from different elements of night life need a voice, and by bringing them together in a board, this collective voice will be heard. Mirik feels that the Night Czar of a city should have the final say on whether a club closes rather than the council, and we couldn’t agree more. If this was the case today, we’re sure that Club 414 wouldn’t be facing the threat of gentrification from developers and the council, highlighting the need for an authoritative nightlife figure even more.

The #NightlifeMatters Campaign – what, who and why?

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) are running a campaign to celebrate and raise awareness about the current state of the UK's nightlife industry. Many of you may have seen it on social media using the hashtag #NightlifeMatters and the campaign is broken down into three areas:
  • Protect
  • Support
  • Celebrate
Three things which all need to be applied to our city’s clubs and nightlife. The campaign is supported by record labels, agencies, promoters and the public alike – bringing everyone together about something so many are passionate about saving. Amongst those supporters are the likes of Carl Cox, Groove Armada, Ben Pearce and more, all of whom have the platform and voice to raise awareness of the campaign. A detailed manifesto has been put together for the campaign, highlighting 5 key areas of focus as follows:
  • Crimes committed against venues, not by them
This states that policy makers should pay consideration to individual responsibility rather than simply shutting down venues as a kneejerk reaction.
  • More flexible licencing
A global nation and cities need to be 24 hours and our professional and much loved clubs and bars should be provided with far more flexible licensing hours throughout the day and night.
  • Agent of change
The NTIA are asking the government to consider a new law which would make developers responsible for soundproofing new properties when building near to existing venues.
  • Night time economy champions
The campaign has highlighted that we need Night Time Economy Champions at all levels of government who recognise these benefits and can help shape legislation more responsibly as a result.
  • Fair representation
We desperately need more balanced representation when deliberating about the future of the UK’s nightlife. Young people, those who understand the realities and value of club culture, need to have their voices heard by local government. The NTIA represent everything we stand for here at Club 414, and they have our full support in conjunction with our campaign to #Save414. The NTIA Director Alan Miller, has said that one of the campaign’s main aims is to give "the silent majority the chance to have our voices heard" and there is nothing we need more right now than to have our voices heard, and prevent the closure of Club 414. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Can Sadiq Khan save London's nightlife and Club 414.

Can Sadiq Khan save London’s nightlife and save Club 414, and if so, how? Before Sadiq Khan was elected Mayor of London, he spoke with Dazed magazine as part of a feature focussing on what needs to be done to save our capital's nightlife. In the interview, he promised to “make it more difficult for redevelopment to result in the closure of heritage and cultural venues by strengthening the London Plan” and now, this is something we need him to act upon, in addition to the support already shown from other local councillors such as Lambeth’s Labour MP Helen Hayes. In the same interview, Sadiq Khan said “I want London to be a 24-hour city so I will make the night tube a priority” which is something he has since delivered on, with the night tube launch on the Central and Victoria lines on 19 August 2016 – this is expected to add £77m to the city's economy each year by 2029. Mr Khan is currently in the process of appointing a ‘Night Czar’ who will bring together key stakeholders including club and venue owners, local authorities, the Metropolitan Police and members of the public, with their main focus being to boost the city's night-time culture. With interviews for this position expected to take place week commencing 12th September, we can only hope that the role is filled with someone as passionate about London’s nightlife as the hundreds of club owners across the city. Although time isn’t on our side with the objection deadline for the planning application for Club 414 to be changed to 3 flats and a shop, the appointment of a Night Czar may be just what Club 414 needs to pull through this imminent battle. The Mayor has highlighted that recent club closures have emphasised the problem of “how we protect London's night-time economy, while ensuring it is safe and enjoyable for everyone” and we couldn’t agree more - club 414 is not a troublesome venue. The threat from developers towards London’s iconic nightlife is one that is becoming greater each day, and the only way to overcome this is simply to come together as a community, something that Club 414 has been about since we opened with a grant from Lambeth Council as a community hub. Making it his job as mayor to “create an environment where nightclubs can flourish”, it is essential that Sadiq Khan will follow through on his promises and that clubs across London including our very own Club 414 has his support, from encouraging people to sign our petition to getting involved with Lambeth Council and the associated developers.

What does the closure of Fabric mean for London’s once iconic nightlife?

What does the closure of Fabric mean for London’s once iconic nightlife? Being mentioned on national news channels and on the lips of some of the world’s most famous DJ’s, the closure of Fabric Nightclub has most certainly rocked the boat of London’s iconic nightlife scene. Before the licences was revoked, a petition to save the club had received almost 150,000 signatures, so the decision to close Fabric came as a massive blow for so many. So now the question remains, what does this mean for the remaining iconic clubs in London including our very own Club 414, and what can we do to keep them alive? With the support of the public we are determined to not let this happen to us. After winning a battle with Lambeth council and developers earlier in 2016, Club 414 on Coldharbour Lane, still faces the threat of closure in order to turn our club into three flats and a retail outlet, much like Manchester’s once legendary music venue Haçienda. Are more shops and flats really necessary in Brixton, when there are already plenty? If it means sacrificing a community focussed, historic venue loved by so many, then surely not? Furthermore, the closing of Club 414 will affect so many other businesses that a shop and 3 flats could never replace, such as local taxi firms, pubs and takeaways to name just a few. Having tackled an obstacle once already, through the support of almost 2,500 signatures, Club 414 still needs your backing to prevent our closure, and even further damaging club closures around Britain’s capital. The ‘Night Life Matters’ campaign Chairman, Alan Miller, rightly said “a message needs to be sent to local councillors and MPs that we want nightlife protected and celebrated, not destroyed” and we couldn’t agree more – this is about celebrating and enjoying the historic nightlife in and around London. We can’t let it be destroyed and we won’t go down without a fight. London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has famously supported the campaign to help London’s nightlife thrive once again, and although it was unfortunately not in his power to intervene licensing issues for Fabric, it is essential that we have his support. Recently describing London’s iconic clubs as “an essential part of our cultural landscape”, he highlighted that a staggering third of London's small music venues have closed since 2007, and something needs to be done to prevent further closures damaging the city’s cultural offering. Attracting monthly visitors from as far as Thailand, Club 414 has become a legendary venue over the past 30 years, and having initially begun with a grant from Lambeth Council, we would hate to see it’s unfair and untimely closure come as a result of their support for developers – something we are truly disappointed in. That is why we are asking for your help in all shapes and forms, from signing our petition, to registering your objections, and simply showing your support on social media using the hashtag #Save414 – every little helps, and time is limited, we only have until 30th September to register our objections.

Club 414 set for new fight to save Brixton institution

Club 414 leaseholders Louise Barron and Anthony Pommell outside the High Court

Club 414’s Louise Barron and Tony Pommell outside the High Court

Despite being knocked back by the High Court in May, the freehold owners of the Brixton institution Club 414 on Coldharbour Lane are pressing ahead with the planning application that would mean its closure. Tony Pommell said that he and his co-proprietor Louise Barron would continue to fight the application. Market Row Ltd, part of a property conglomerate that also owns the freehold of Brixton Village and Market Row, wants to convert the building that houses the club to residential and retail use. The court overturned Lambeth council’s earlier and controversial decision to grant planning permission for the application. The club’s barristers said that the heart of the successful case was “the council’s refusal to consider the role played by nightclubs in contributing to the culture and economy of Brixton town centre; Ms Barron’s bold case to the High Court means that, when the council comes to reconsider this application, it cannot ignore the legendary Club 414”. The application is now out for comment again and is on the planning department’s website.

Historic Brixton Nightclub Saved – For Now

The planning permission, controversially granted by Lambeth Council planning officers under delegated powers, would have led to the loss of the Club together with the ancillary flat which is the handome of the Claimant, the Club’s owner, Louise Barron. The Club opened shortly after the Brixton riots of 1985 and has been in business ever since.  Initially a reggae clHigh Court Victory pic finalub, playing host to many famous Jamaican performers, in the mid 1990s it switched to music “… wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats” around the time section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 became law.  It is now one of the few specialist house and trance nightclubs left in London. The decision was made to grant permission despite huge public interest and hundreds of objections. Jonathan Clay and Matt Lewin of Cornerstone Barristers, instructed by Riz Majid of Neumans LLP, were instructed by Louise Barron to challenge the planning permission. They advanced seven grounds of challenge and all were given permission by Mr Justice Collins in December 2015 to proceed to a full hearing to be heard yesterday (18 May). Both the Council and the developer eventually conceded the claim. However, the Council would not agree to a statement of reasons that included unlawful delegation as a reason for quashing the planning permission.  Nor did the Council accept that the Court could make an order requiring the planning application to be re-determined by its planning committee.  The Council did accept that they had failed to consider the (then emerging) Lambeth Local Plan, which was adopted just one week after the grant of permission.  Crucially, the Lambeth Local Plan recognises the importance of protecting the night time economy in Brixton and supports leisure uses where they contribute to the vitality and viability of Brixton town centre. Matt Lewin appeared for the Claimant in front of Mr Justice Gilbart yesterday morning. In negotiations in the corridors of the Royal Courts of Justice, the Council and the developer accepted Ms Barron’s case that CPR r.54.19(2)(a)(ii) allowed the Court to direct the Council to re-determine the application for planning permission in the light of the Claimant’s arguments made under Ground Four (which argued that the delegated decision had been taken ultra vires or unlawfully). Mr Justice Gilbart accepted the agreed order and quashed the planning permission. He also ordered the Council and developer to pay the Claimant’s legal costs.  The application for planning permission now returns to the Council to take the decision again. This important case will be of interest to both planning and licensing practitioners and the many people concerned by the alarming rate at which nightclubs and music venues are closing. At the heart of this case was the Council’s refusal to consider the role played by nightclubs in contributing to the culture and economy of Brixton town centre; Ms Barron’s bold case to the High Court means that, when the Council comes to reconsider this application, it cannot ignore the legendary Club 414.  Photo of Louise Barron, Anthony Pommell, Matt Lewin (Cornerstone baristers) and Riz Majid (Neumans LLP solicitors) outside the Royal Courts of Justice.


Hi all, please take five minutes and sign this petition to the leader of the labour party Jeremy Corbyn on behalf of Councillor Rachel Haywood of Coldharbour ward Brixton, who on Wednesday 1st June was suspended from the Lambeth Labour Party for standing up for her ward constituents, against party lines.
Rachel played a massive part in our success in the Royal Court of standing by us when we needed it, so now it’s our turn to stand by her. Come on 414, let’s do it!
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We the undersigned, call on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party to lift the suspension of Lambeth Labour Councillor Rachel Heywood. Rachel Heywood, who represents one of the most deprived wards in the country (Coldharbour ward), has been suspended for doing exactly what is expected of an elected repr…