2010s Club Kids
It would still be slightly premature to ponder the decade’s impact at this point. Everyone’s aware of the gentrification phenomenon that is slowly but surely stripping London of its popular culture and underground history. It feels that our beloved capital is more or less being ruthlessly destroyed by greedy property developers and clueless councillors. What transpires from the whole debacle is the evident decline of West End nightlife in favour of the one of once-deprived areas like Dalston, Hackney Wick and Haggeston. There is indeed a greater choice of alternative clubs in East London these days, even if the scene and its protagonists have lost much of their sparkle. The dressing up isn’t as polished as in previous times and, when it is, it’s likely to feel a mite déjà vu. Thankfully there’s still a gaggle of kids who will push the boat out in their experimentation. However, on the whole, “tacky drag” is well and truly order of the day. You see a lot of lumberjack types throwing on a wig and a pair of stilettos and going out on the piss. Moreover, It has to be said that drugs like ketamine have made the scene and the music feel somewhat darker, at least in some places.
Having said all that, there are still barrels of fun to be had, if you’re game, at dives like Inferno, Sink The Pink, Savage and Dollar Baby (Matron Harsh’s Friday venture) @ Metropolis, not to mention various ephemeral club nights at Vogue Fabrics and The Dalston Superstore.
I guess if you’re a teenager, you’d be inclined to think that today’s scene is the dog’s bollocks. As they say, what you don’t know, you can’t miss. Sure there are nighthawks bent on innovating, it’s just that they’re not as plentiful or as dazzling as they used to be. One can safely say that there’s been NO revolution in the 20-10s, but let’s be optimistic, the decade ain’t quite over yet.
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