Real Scenes: London | Resident Advisor

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  1. Ironic that the message of the film is that the the people and the underground need to thrive in the face of capitalism and the example of this given is a radio station owned by a billionaire (Mike Ashley) who pushes zero hours contracts and which is run by his son.

  2. Great doc, perfectly highlighting the current tone & mood in London, a feeling of being under siege but with real hope and drive to push forward the scene

  3. Nice doc and beautiful visuals but I couldn't look past the left wing ideology that was pounded home throughout. Without free markets there's no way we would have electronic music, the colloquial 'bedroom producer' wouldn't have come about and the democratisation of music production wouldn't have been possible. Fabric was shut down by government intervention and regulation not capitalism.

  4. nice work RA.
    so.. in a nutshell. there's no new clubs, and not going to be. one or two giant venues. that's it.
    just empty politician talk, appointing some person to somehow right the total devastation in the club landscape.
    and (strictly controlled) radio. so us minions (sarc) can enjoy club music on a tiny smartphone speaker.
    get off. neo-liberalism kills underground culture whenever it can.
    the result will be illegal parties again. and a whole lot of zero-tolerance BS.
    and that's the elephant in this London room (and other cities, including my own)

  5. '….The people who complain about clubs are, often, people who are more engage with local politic.' Eloquently put. Banksters, Luxury complex property developers and politicians in bed.

  6. Frabric is a weird one. I was supportive of them staying open because of how crucial they were to pushing higher bpm music in London in the past two to three decades. But I feel like it's kinda sad that they did so little to help newer venues like Dance Tunnel staying open. Fabric is good in the sense that it's a novelty in london's music history and culture, a major stopping point for anyone interested in the hardcore continuum and electronic music in general. But more needs to be done for places that are actively pushing and supporting the future, not just those labels, promoters, artists and DJs that have more or less established themselves, which is what fabric is gradually (and inevitably) becoming.

    Long live club culture I guess.

  7. Fantastic film that hits the nail on the head surrounding current issues. Thank you RA for making something that represents our city so well.

  8. does anyone have a link for amaad venue? it's the one that is filmed at 17:00. i don't know if i got the name right, but it's the one with the industrial look. thanks

  9. I love the Real Scenes series. All episodes have discussed the links between music, identity/community and politics, but this one in particular approaches all these things a little more deeply. The timing is also very right. Congratulations to RA and its producers.

    Regards from Brazil. Keep up the good work!

  10. What a beautiful piece of art. The cinematography is excellent as well as the narrative. Would've loved to see what the new emerging dance music scene is like nowadays in London but perhaps that's what the next instalment will offer?! Great work Patrick Nation and team! #bravo

  11. The entire video in the perspective of artists, owners, politicians, producers but nowhere near enough focus on the most important person… the clubber. Missing a huge viewpoint of what clubbing is actually like in London.

  12. Such a boring documentary. Why dont you explain the London scene across time instead of talking exclusively about the closing of this and that club?

  13. Why no mention of Passing Clouds? The loss of Passing Clouds was far more damaging to the scene than the loss of another super club like Fabric.

  14. Very interesting film, emphasising how London has changed and club culture as a whole has adapted. Capitalism presents an unusual contradiction, in the sense that it fuels club culture yet its excesses can completely constrain and smother it.

    I've lived in this city for 8 years and the amount of quality shows is perhaps second to none, but I do recognise some of the descriptions below of certain nights. I was never the greatest fan of Fabric, but I did go to the venue the day after the ruling to meet with other people and talk to them about the club, it's absolutely true that the venue meant a lot to people and it's great that it's open again.

    I believe that London club culture will survive, but the city itself and the country's change of political direction is, in my view, definitely going to change the entire landscape and I cannot see this being entirely positive, much as the film alludes to at the end. While conservatives certainly enjoy club culture too, it's a scene that thrives mostly on a form of liberal multiculturalism that feels somehow under threat in the current environment. While many people see Jeremy Corbyn as the antidote to this situation, I think people need to be clear that he has no intention of reversing Brexit and the direction of travel will remain the same, sadly.

    But Londoners are resilient and resourceful, this video proves it, we may not have the world's best club scene but the passion and dedication of the people is something to be truly admired and revered, I can see us coming through this turbulence even stronger than before.

  15. the whole fabric situation is sadly now commonplace up and down the country nowadays (even though that particular case came to a happy conclusion), in fact it's happening in birmingham with the rainbow warehouse complex right now, exactly the same, and until the police and local governments acknowledge and understand drug culture amongst young people and actually try and treat the source of the issue, the environment for independent clubs in this country will continue to stagnate and push out the small-time promoters across cities nationwide

  16. I'd love to see a Real Scenes: Toronto. Our club scene has sky rocketed in the last few years, right alongside the independent after party scene. Do seriously consider Toronto for the next film.

  17. cying about brexit….so you want to be ruled by faceless technocrats, banks, goldman sachs etc fuckin wake up you credulous, supine wankturds

  18. I watch this video and all i think is all the clubs that have closed down in London since my teenage years. To name a few – The End, Herbal, The Cross, The Key, Cable and so so many more. I’m thankful that i at least experienced London Pre-2006.

  19. The zionists/Globalists dont want people from different groups coming together. All entertainment is to be corporatised and if possible feed the military/security/prison complex aswell as well as kill (non elite) people off.

  20. Ollie Ashley: "It's an office, but especially after 6 it feels more like a youth center than anything else"
    quite an ominous statement in light of recent news

  21. London has the worst nightclubs in the whole of Europe. FACT. I say so from personal experience and so does GQ magazine for the same reason, Overpoliced. it's like entering a supermax prison.

  22. London. Biggest disappointment in my life. Especially club scene. City full of Ego maniacs, nothing more. Came there for 7 days after 3 days It was more than enough for a life time. But if you are Robot, then I suppose it is ok. I`ve been to Fabric, and yea it is nice but the worst shithole in Berlin is 100000000000000 better. And the work time, come on, to close at 7am, in Berlin it is literally from friday to monday, non stop.

  23. This zero drug tolerance bullshit is destroying everything, what's next? Zero alcohol tolerance? Bring back the Al Capone days?

    It's a drug too you know, one of the most destructive hard drugs even.

    Making something illegal that ppl want regardless is how you create a rise in crime.

  24. I lived in London in 2001. It was less capitalistic vibe then in the city and Fabric was the place to be, Brixton…. The club scene was soulful, open and diverse crowd. Now London seems more for rich uncultural douchebags looking for property..Berlin is more talked about which is a shame as I liked clubbing in London much more, Berlin has great music but is consciuos and has too serious clubbers all wearing black and shit. So what about the underground scene? Where do people go now? Secret parties, underground raves, are they popping? Open airs?

  25. Great film. Incredibly important. I hope in the very least, that the current political situation gives a new zeal to UK club culture.

  26. BANG Lyrical blow the the jaw! The grime but just reminds me of people just do nothing, shiteee. More 4/4 plz.

  27. Great documentary, but why is everything so politicized these days in the scene? I cannot remember it like that some years ago. Why the aversion against capitalism, and the "right", even to the point of wanting to not talk to them at all (someone mentioned that in this doc). For me it's always been about the music, and experiencing that together with good and friendly people, despite how they look are what they believe. Diversity and inclusiveness should be the result of people coming together in love of music and each other, not the goal. And this comes back to the London club problem, I think we should keep talking to governments, police, stakeholders, as much as we can. Show them, teach them, what this love is all about. Group together, form new partnerships, educate them, as you have educated yourself. In a positive and constructive manner.

  28. Didnt really touch much on how redevelopment has destroyed a lot of buildings that long established clubs were at, a lot of the time with full complicity of councils. Nor anything about the wholesale destruction of the scene in Soho.

    Would be good to have an update seeing as Radar closed down after allegations of sexual harassment and cultural appropriation and where some of these other clubs are at now.

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