For years it was a packed and buzzing and then it closed down and became a strange butchers selling flourescent pink meat. But now it’s back with a cracking opening weekend and what sounds like a great grand plan. Brixton beats spoke to Paul Knight (one of the people behind the new and improved Living Bar) to find out what we can expect from our old/new friend.
Bb: Why did Living Bar close down in the first place?
PK: The landlord decided to sell up and so we had to move out.
Why has it returned?
Because Brixton has missed us and its residents need something new to spice up the nightlife!
What differences/changes can punters expect when they visit the new Living Bar?
We have a fresh new look, new drinks list and new food menu. So this reincarnation will be offering a lot more than the Living Bar of old. However we still intend on retaining the legendary feel-good party atmosphere that all of Brixton remembers us for, with many of our original DJ line up returning. So in a nutshell, different look but same part vibe.
(An important question for Brixton beats!) What kind of music can we expect to hear? Will you have live bands? DJs?
Living was always most famous for our party pop & 80′s/90′s mashups on the first floor, as well as our house nights downstairs. Slightly updated versions of these night will return but we’ll also be integrating some really hip & alternative latin/world music nights into the mix. We’ll be adding live music to the bill on a weekly weekday day evening shortly.
Tell us more about this coming opening weekend, what’s in store and who’s getting involved?
We’ve got four great parties across two nights with some very special guest DJs. Expect both nights to be roadblocked. The guest list is already filling up fast.
On Friday we have the launch of two new nights – Party Party! & SolSauce.
They are teaming up to host the Big Living Launch Party with a star-studded DJ line up including: Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Rob Birch (Stereo MC’s), Cliffy (Batmacumba) Mark Robertson, Andy Smth & Keith Lawrence. Playing Funk, Punk, Hip-Hop, Pop, & Disco. Tropical-Funk, Disco-Calypso, Cumbia-Breaks, Ghanian-Grooves, Twisted-Ska & Badass Brazilian Bossas… and then some!
On Saturday we have the relaunch and the return of one of our most popular House nights Fiasco . Fiasco residents Sam Wylie, PBS & friends hosting the night downstairs and will be playing a mix of Funky Jackin’ House with a Disco twist.
Whilst upstairs we have the return of another Living classic, our trashy party pop music night. Now called ‘Living On The Ceiling’, everybody’s favourite Living DJs will be returning. Including Joe Egg, Stuart Style, Nervous Stephen & Paul Knight Long (All Night). They’ll be spinning a party mix of power pop from the 00′s, 90′s & 80′s.
Do you have any other events in the near-future people can look forward to?
We have tons of new nights launching throughout June and July. Old established nights either returning to Living, or switching venue, as well as fresh new exciting parties. In particular we’re thrilled to be welcoming Sambalanco who will be launching their fortnightly residency on Friday 17th June, after a hugely successful year long stint at now defunct The Rest Is Noise.
Clearly Living Bar’s home is Brixton, what is it about the area that suits Living so well?
From its original launch way back in the year 2000, Living has always attracted a real mix of people, all of whom were out to have a good time. We always had the feel of a real Brixton bar and reflected the melting pot of people in the area. This was again evident at our pre-opening drinks party we threw back in April and expect this to remain the same.
Why should people come to check out Living Bar this weekend?
Because everybody else is! Living Bar re-launching is the talk of the town! From going out and about handing out flyers and invitations, answering email enquiries and telephone calls,most people remember Living Bar and are either thrilled, or intrigued to see it back. If nothing else we’ve got four huge parties planned with a kick-ass DJ line-up!
443-445 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LN