In the face of constant adversity from developers, rising rent, and brutal policy, London’s iconic and vital club scene continues to exist, in spite of it all. Towards the end of last year, Second Home hosted a series of talks and workshops celebrating the grassroots venues, promoters and collectives carving out their own space and fighting against threats posed by the current landscape of the city’s nightlife.
For the Making Sound, Making Space events a whole host of inspirational creatives inciting change within the club scene offered insight and shone a light on DIY dance culture, and London’s ‘guerrilla party scene’ as well as discussing the radical power and potential partying holds for igniting social change. Regarding the latter, Second Home’s London Fields site hosted Harpies (the UK’s first LGBTQ+ strip club) founder Jeanie Crystal, Room4Rebellion’s Isis O’Regan, and Pussy Palace founder Nadine Artois to discuss the positive social impact club culture can have and how they are navigating this, respectively, with their own events.
Alongside this, Making Sound, Making Space also saw a screening of PJ Harvey’s A Dog Called Money, talks hosted by Magnum Photos on Noises In The Blood, a portraiture project inspired by contemporary Jamaican dancehall, and a night in collaboration with Girls In Film, amongst other events.