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What went down: REMEMBER x Brixton Beach Boulevard

The people behind winter pop-up The South Pole Saloon organised a party in aid of CALM under their new guise The Brixton Beach Boulevard with REMEMBER. James Harley shares how it went down…

The REMEMBER collective were buzzing to be asked back to this amazing space on top of the arch ways in Brixton. This 1980’s Miami themed pop-up boasts a full Miami Vice style beach bar and shit loads of amazing street food and delicious cocktails.

As usual it was crazy rushing around to get everything set up for opening. Luckily the CALM volunteers were on hand to get the CALM station up and running and co-founder and chief selector Eddie arrived just in time to kick things off.

eddie

After so much shit weather recently and a really overcast day we couldn’t believe our luck when, just as Eddie placed the needle on the vinyl with the very appropriate George Ayers ‘Everybody loves the sunshine’, the sun literally beamed down in full glory! We knew we were in for a pretty special party.

BBB started filling up quickly, with everyone desperate to get a little go on the sunshine and grab one of the deck chairs on offer. Eddie relaxed everyone after a hard days graft with some real groove inspired classic tracks – just what you want to hear after a long day at work. It was a pleasure to see so many friends – old and new – laughing and joking, enjoying some of the street food and drinking Pina Coladas out of proper 80s pineapple glasses.

CALM team

The CALM team spoke with loads of punters. I think it always helps when people are having a good time, they feel more comfortable about asking about the work CALM does. We know that more than a few people walked away more aware about male suicide than when they arrived.

 

As the sun started to set we moved the party inside to the saloon bar and brought the Miami heat – with all three REMEMBER residents, Jack, Eddie & Mr Shiver doing what they do best with one of their legendary back-to-back sets. The dance floor was full to the very last track, just the way we like it!

harley eddie & Jack

As part of our REMEMBER takeover the BBB guys offered the door takings on the night to support CALM. We’re absolutely delighted to announce that we raised over £1400 which takes our REMEMBER total to £5,960 to date!

Make sure you check out this amazing pop-up rolling every weekend with some special events in the week. Big shout to the Brixton Beach Boulevard team!

The REMEMBER crew will be back on Saturday the 13th August for a two part summer special.

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