Donna Leake is among the performers on 9th October
That said, it’s of course essential that events are run safely, and that’s why Brixton Courtyard have implemented a roster of guidelines to ensure that people can enjoy themselves within the limits of what’s available right now. “We have to keep finding safe and creative ways for culture to cut through during these times,” adds Castle. “The harsh reality is that if we don’t keep adding to the cultural output of our cities, the sector may collapse.” Many venues and artists have already reached breaking point, and with winter drawing in, the majority have been left wondering how they’ll manage during the colder months. Heading to an event is one way, among many, to show support.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, because let’s not forget that at the heart of all this lies music, a ceaseless pleasure source that everyone can lean into during a period of uncertainty. “Music brings people together,” affirms Castle. “During lockdown, it was one of the few things that kept me from becoming really down about the situation in the world.” It’s a feeling no doubt shared by Nathan Fake, who released his latest album, Blizzards, back in April, and has since been busy racking up remixes for likes of Damian Lazarus and Christian Löffler. A master of plucking the extraordinary from the ordinary, who’s long been touted as one of the UK’s most exciting producers, his ability to reinvent is exactly what’s needed for this new scene shift.
Similarly, Donna Leake’s esoteric meanderings behind the decks are always thrilling, as she’s proven time and again as resident at Dalston listening bar, Brilliant Corners. With a fondness for taking listeners on non-linear adventures, her sets are crafted by responding to what’s happening on the night, no formula required. From jazzy cuts and smoky guitar jams to sweet as honey italo via psych rock, there’s not telling what’s round the next corner. “The more I listen to music, the better my life becomes,” she mused a couple of years ago. If we’ve learnt anything over the course of the past six months, surely it’s that in turbulent times, we turn the music up.
Tickets can be found via the following link: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1425117