2010s Club Kids
I don’t think many people would argue that the 2010s’ impact on nightlife and music has proved to be remarkably “unremarkable”. Everyone’s aware of the gentrification phenomenon that is still slowly but surely stripping London of its popular culture and underground history. It felt that our beloved capital was more or less being ruthlessly destroyed by greedy property developers and clueless councillors.
What transpired from the whole debacle was the evident decline of West End nightlife in favour of the one of once-deprived areas like Dalston, Hackney Wick and Haggeston. As the 2020s kick-started, there was indeed a greater choice of alternative clubs in East London, even if the scene and its protagonists had lost much of their sparkle. The dressing up wasn’t as polished as in previous times and, when it was, it was 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” was well and truly order of the day. We all saw a shitload of lumberjack types throwing on a wig and a pair of stilettos and going out on the piss thinking they were the dog’s bollocks. Moreover, It has to be said that drugs like ketamine made the scene and the music feel somewhat darker, at least in some places.
Having said all that, you could still have a barrel of laughs, at least on a good night, at dives like Inferno, Sink The Pink, Savage and Dollar Baby, 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 the decade’s scene was all that and a bag of chips. As they say, what you don’t know, you can’t miss. Sure there were nighthawks bent on innovating who made jaws drop. It’s just that they weren’t as plentiful or as dazzling as they used to be.
One can safely say that there’s been NO revolution in the 2010s but, let’s be optimistic, the ’20s might just change all that.
Bring them on!
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