Cable London has closed its doors for good today. First of all love to the staff for having us over the past two years. 70 staff have lost their jobs which is fucked.
Butterz had 5 major nights at Cable from 2011 to March this year where we had JME, Skepta, Shorty, Joker, The Heatwave, DJ EZ, Lil Silva, Kode 9, Scratcha DVA, P Money, Champion, D Double E, Footsie, DJ Tubby, Chronik, Logan Sama, Kozzie, Merky Ace, Preditah, Darq E Freaker, Mr Mitch, Flava D, Oil Gang, Notion, P Jam, Spooky, D.O.K, Bruza, Skibadee, Hyper, Riko, Silkie, Marcus Nasty and Serious One join us in creating really special nights.
I’ve archived the all the audio and the best sets here.
I’m obviously gutted as Butterz has lost it’s club home, but im more unhappy about the overall club landscape in London right now. Options are shrinking, club line ups are taking less risks, and when there nights in ‘Warehouse Spaces’ there is no guarantee of your safety, a good time or the night even happening. Hardly worth your hard earned cash on.
We are encouraged to create jobs for ourselves then they strip away our meeting points and cultural hubs and replace them with Costas, Subways and more retail units and housing nobody that works in those shops can afford.
We have young people up and down the country sitting in music, arts and fashion classes hoping to come to London one day to grow, but where are the opportunities at the moment? Not enough places to display, to perform, to practice to share ideas.
Councils, Governments and Police view nightclubs as a nuisance. The social goods are rarely considered. I think England thinks of nightclubs as home of binge drinking and civil disobedience.
Just speaking from the Butterz nights at Cable alone I can say it’s been the total opposite (especially with the ignorant Grime stereotype that people have) we brought together some of the most talented young producers, DJs, photographers, videographers (most under 25) and created a real energy that people came to see from all over the country (and the world!). Not one serious incident, just people coming together, young and old, from all different backgrounds. Music is one of the only things that can make that happen.
We had our first night on the weekend of the London Riots in August 2011, seems like nothing has changed since. We are slowly going to build another generation of lost youth in England.