Eight years ago the community of Brixton, supported by Lambeth Council and the Metropolitan Police, held a street festival on Coldharbour Lane. It was called Brixton Splash, after the popular Jamaican Sun Splash festival, and it marked the 25th anniversary of the 1981 riots. Five thousand people came, and it has got bigger every year since, writes Jodie Wright…
Co- founder and event collaborator Blacker Dread has lived in the area for over 35 years. He told the Weekender: “Brixton is not Brixton anymore, all of our original food stalls and solely black stores have disappeared now, which is ok for the custom it attracts, but the originals like myself need to move on. I feel the new clientele do not support Brixton as a community; they just come to eat and leave. This is why the Brixton Splash is so important, it is a day for everyone to forget their troubles and just enjoy each other.
“Brixton is the heart and soul of the black community in the UK. It enhances the common and the wealth of the community and we want to Splash it on each other.”
You can see where the soundsystems and craft and food areas are in our map, below, and the main stage at Windrush Square is hosting 22 artists and nine bands, including Seven Sons ten-piece world music ensemble, local faves Chickenwing Allstars and Raw Material’s showcase of young talent. The full line up and times will be on http://www.brixtonsplash.org before the weekend.
Headliner and local lad Big Narstie told the Weekender: “The Brixton Splash audience can expect my performance to be fully gassed! We will all be going to refill after for sweet chilli wings and apple pie, don’t forget the custard. Brixton is my home, so it makes sense for me to perform at the Brixton Splash. It’s where I started and I will never lose faith in Brixton, even though it’s turning ‘posh’. Brixton is where my family are, they will be able to see me perform and I want to inspire the younger generation to believe they can do whatever they want to. “I love the people and the people love me. Brixton Splash TURN UP!”
Brixton Splash is on August 4, midday – 7pm, on and around Coldharbour Lane. FREE