Some of you might have noticed a lot of people on Twitter and Facebook talking about saving Plastic People in London, I wrote this appeal on the Laid Back blog, but I wanted to share it with you guys as well, just in case you only follow my personal blog.
It is not often I ask people to get involved with certain things, but this time I am almost begging you guys to take a couple of minutes out of your time and to get involved and to help us prevent the closing down of Plastic People from happening. You can do so by JOINING THIS FACEBOOK GROUP!
I can only write this post from my own perspective, so if you feel like you want to know more, there are plenty of great blog posts from more “old school” Plastic People goers like Laurent Fintoni and Wrong Tom, and appeals from top UK music bloggers such as Amelia from Put Me On It.
I moved to London in September 2005 and up until that point, I had never really found a group of people that could truly relate to my undying passion for music. I struggled for about 2,5 years in London until I finally found a place where there were like minded people to myself, people who had the same passion for music, and that place was Plastic People.
It was at Plastic People I had my first romance with electronic/beat based music, it was at Plastic People I had the privilege to meet artists such as Mr Beatnick, Floating Points, Bullion, Sound Species, 8Bitch, Simbad, Emanative (to name a very few), see amazing sets from the likes of Theo Parrish and Four Tet, and attend breath taking and booty shaking nights such as CDR and FWD.
This legendary venue as not only hosted fantastic events and presented some of the most influential artists/producers of the past 5 years I have been in London, but it has also nurtured, helped develop and pushed many of the artists that both me and you guys hold close to our hearts, artists who inspire us and who makes us want to achieve better as artists/writers/musicians/promoters/organisers/etc on a daily basis.
It is the only place in London were I feel like I can go, and I know that almost nobody (if anybody) will care about what I am wearing, what I do for a living, what country I come from, what colour my skin is, what religion I practise, you name it… The vast majority of people who go to Plastic People go there for one reason, the music.
There has not been a single occasion where I have brought somebody to that venue and they haven’t been received with a friendly and positive attitude, as well as leaving with a memory for life ( and I would recommend any of you to go there if it will still exist).
If you think this matter doesn’t involve you since you don’t live in London, you are wrong. Because if you love independent music, if you love the art behind music and the people who make music, and you are for a place and a community that not only presents top quality music but helps develop, encourage, nurture and push new raw talent, then this issue is something that directly involves you!
So please, make your voices heard. Join the Facebook group today and get involved. We truly need every single one of you on this.
Thank you so much and much love to you all xxx