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Freedom of the DJ | ep. 3: Not In My Backyard

Freedom of the DJ Episode 3: Not in my Backyard Freedom of the DJ Episode 3: Not in my Backyard
Raya Raycheva

We’ve been given the introduction and we’ve been reminded about the importance of Liverpool’s dance music scene. Now it’s time for blu eCigs’ third installment of the ‘Freedom of the DJ’ web series and the hot topic in this episode is the impact that London’s property market has had on some of the city’s most beloved clubs.

While Liverpool’s superclubs were an example of dance music culture influencing (positively) the economy and popularity of a particular area, when it comes to London things are the other way around.

London’s never-endingly increasing property prices have forced more than one legendary club to close its doors after being faced with the fat wallets of residential property developers. Episode 3 called Not In My Backyard’ revisits some of these venues and their founders.

The episode remembers Turnmills, Cable, The Cross, The End, Astoria, Milk Bar, Velvet Underground – all clubs which shut down in the late 00’s – and Ministry of Sound, the one venue which was heroically saved by the persistence and dedication of its fans.

Watch Freedom of the DJ Not In My Backyard’ below.


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