The Bussey building, the largest building on the proposed tram depot site, was host to one of the most enjoyable events seen in Peckham in many years. Over the weekend of the I Love Peckham festival, the Chronic Love Foundation (CLF) transformed two of the wonderfully large rooms of this late Victorian/Edwardian building into a live music venue, an art gallery and a cinema.
The roof was open to the public, and during the day, people lounged around eating, drinking, looking at fascinating views of the city, and catching the only sun of the summer so far. The mood was reminiscent of the best summer festivals as acoustic acts, poets and rappers performed under a small marquee while the sun set.
As the sky darkened a small cinema was starting in the gallery space on the third floor. Fascinating short films from amateurs and professionals played on a large screen. Around the room some of the artists with studios in the building had displayed examples of their work. On one side three huge photographs highlighting the geometric monotony of unimaginative modern architecture were flanked by superb portraits and other images. As the night descended spotlights were turned on, throwing long shadows across the industrial gallery space, as people wandered in to look at the displays and watch the films.
Peckham Vision had used a large, room sized alcove on this floor to display their visions for an integrated Peckham town centre, a town centre that was both well connected to the centre of London, and featured creative spaces in the very heart of run down Peckham. Computer generated images illustrated the potential realised by opening up the front of the station to make a light vibrant piazza, instead of the dirty and dimly lit enclosed pavements there at the moment. Whilst a plethora of maps showed how Peckham could be opened up by the tram, without destroying its heart by demolishing the building, and many others, we were currently in, just to replace them with a desolate array of railway tracks to house the trams overnight. Lastly there were artistic interpretations of how the Bussey building, and a very large adjacent area, could look, and examples of how it could be used by Peckham creative industries, and for the benefit of the whole community.
Downstairs the first of the night’s bands had started. Although dominated by bass and drums the style was hard to classify. The female singer’s luminous voice danced over the energetic beat, and was occasionally joined by a rapper, on the other side of the performance area. A kaleidoscope of psychedelic visuals projected on to two screens behind the performers announced the arrival of the Chronic Love Foundation to Peckham. The dancing crowd were laid back and friendly. A mixture of locals, artists, and people from around London drawn to the hub of Peckham by an article in that week’s Time Out.
We eventually left in the early hours and after saying good night to the genial security guards, began the short walk home.
See also: CLF Weekender
Here is an email received from Mark Armstrong, from Lexus Security Management, who provided the security team for the CLF Weekender in the Bussey building:
“Another Teenager Killed in Peckham” – This is all too common a headline these days in the national and London news media. The tones and connotations, when I was told that I was to head up a security team at a 3 day music festival in deep Peckham [at the CLF Weekender], were not one of joy and celebration. After all the bad press and media attention of South London’s sinister gang warfare, I was expecting the absolute worst. I was ready for at least one incident to ruin the weekend starting on Friday the 10th August 2007.
Moving forward to midnight on the Sunday the 12th, and my views of the area and the people had been proved wrong. I thought that luck may have played a part in the result of not one incident being reported. Not one hint of trouble. No aggression what so ever. The people that came to the festival over the three days arrived to enjoy themselves as well as the high quality of music on offer. This was a result of good organisation, communication and co-operation within the community. People of all ages, races, and backgrounds came together, in what was not a money making exercise or a PR stunt, but a genuine attempt to raise the profile of the Peckham community by putting on what a lot of people who do not know the area and people, would regard as an insane idea.
Being at the entrance of the venue, I was lucky enough to monitor everyone that came through the doors. A few people said hello, some just smiled. After all the presence of Door Supervisors usually indicate trouble or need to be on a heightened alert. On the way out nearly 98% of the people said good bye and that they had really enjoyed themselves. The most frequent question asked was: When are you guys doing another weekend?
Some People say that class is living in a crime free area with nice houses, cars and high security.
Class is character in the community, coming together to enjoy themselves at a public event, without having to worry about safety. Class is what the people of Peckham have.
It would be nice to read about this type of good news in the media, to show that the majority of areas can work together for the good of the community.”
See also: CLF Weekender
Congratulations to Chronic Love Foundation (CLF), and Mickey Smith its creative director, for the CLF Weekender. Hundreds of people came each day and enjoyed the fabulous quality eclectic music on three floors of the Bussey building over last weekend. The event throughout each day was well patronised by people of all ages, races, and backgrounds – from babes in arms to grannies and everything in between. Wonderful food and refreshments as well. And on the roof, all against the breathtaking views of the whole of London from the middle of Peckham town centre! Click here for some photos.
There were many visitors to the exhibition of work from the artists on site, and also the Peckham Vision exhibition with the latest news about the tram and depot. As one visitor emailed to say:
“I wanted to write and congratulate you on the SUPER-GREAT event at the Bussey building last weekend. What a wonderful thing to have done. I hope there will be more of the same in the not-too-distant future.”
See also: CLF Weekender
If you are in Peckham during next weekend Friday 10 August to Sunday 12 August, you are invited to visit 133 Rye Lane, entrance opposite Peckham Rye station and Blenheim Grove.
For most of three days, the magnificent 6 storey factory, built for George Bussey the famous Victorian entrepreneur, will host the pre-launch of the Commercial Humanitarian Chronic Love Foundation (CLF) and its CLF Art Cafe, with an extravaganza of global eclectic music and other cultural events. Further details are below.
This is an event for you if you want to do any or all of the following:
- come and listen to eclectic 21st century music,
- see and buy the work of local artists,
- find out about exciting new visions for Peckham town centre and latest info on the tram plans,
- refresh body and soul on different levels of the building, but especially on the top with magnificent views of the whole of London,
- and more.
This will all take place in just a part of the land the Council and TfL want to turn into a tram depot. Come and experience the potential this site has for Peckham. Just drop in for a visit, or stay longer and chill out with your friends and others.
THE 100% FREE ADMISSION CLF WEEKENDER
an eclectic music & arts extravaganza@ The CLF ART CAFE
G/F, 1/F, 3/F, 5/F – CIP House
133 Rye Lane, London SE15 3STEVENT DATES AND TIMESFri Aug 10th – 5pm – 2am
Sat Aug 11th – 12 midday – 2am
Sun Aug 12th – 12 midday – 12 midnightTHE CLF ART CAFE is a brand new venue set over several 3000 Sq ft warehouse spaces inside the 100+ year old Bussey Warehouse named CIP House, 133 Rye Lane (Opposite Peckham Rye Station & Blenheim Grove).This pre launch CLF WEEKENDER event is set to have over 100 CUTTING EDGE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS, BANDS AND DJS performing over the THREE DAY EVENT on all 4 LEVELS alongside INTERACTIVE ART EXHIBITS, 3 DAY LOCAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, GLOBALISTIC FOODS, DRINK SPECIALS + so much more.The CLF EVENT will be Hosted by Pioneering DJ / Producer / Promoter JAZZHEADCHRONIC MICKEY SMITH [JAZZHEADCHRONIC
www.myspace.com/jazzheadchronic] and CLF www.clfplanet.com Co-Founder, the Internationally renowned Drummer, Arranger, Producer MARQUE GILMORE of DRUM.
For more Information on The 100% FREE ADMISSION CLF WEEKENDER, THE CLF and/or its current projects, please contact CLF Executive Creative Director, Mickey Smith on 07941 429 374. Or Email him at <email@example.com>
working for the future of the planet www.myspace.com/clfplanet
The CLF WEEKENDER will take place opposite Peckham Rye Station and
Blenheim Grove, at CIP House, located at the end of 133 Rye Lane
See also: CLF Weekender