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The Brixton Academy
The Academy in Brixton is one of London’s most successful music venues. It’s rise to prominence was anything but pre-ordained though. Listen here to find out about the Academy and the role of Brixton in the venue’s success.
The Hammersmith Palais lasted nearly a century as a top spot for nighttime fun. Nights at the Palais reflected the ever-changing demographic makeup of West London and led to cross-cultural interactions of many varieties.
Brockwell Park Against the Nazis
Brockwell Park was home to Rock Against Racism’s Second Carnival Against the Nazis. It brought together the likes of Elvis Costello, ASWAD, and Stiff Little Fingers in a musical triumph with a few notable logistical problems.
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Margate’s railway station by the sea
Margate’s 1926 train station was one of architect Edwin Maxwell Fry’s first jobs. Fry went on to become a leading figure in International Modernism so this viewpoint explores the background to the station’s design, its importance for Margate and its place in the wider context of 1920s seaside architecture.