For many, many years now Brixton Jamm has been at the heart of a vibrant musical scene in South London. It has been the site of some legendary gigs and live shows cover many sonic bases. Rather than trade on its—albeit fantastic—history, though, the live music, club and eatery has recently spend some very wise time and money carefully upgrading the place that dates back to a different century, has been a long time inn and tavern and now hosts world class acts from across the globe.

Amongst the stylish changes are the installation of a killer new avant guard sound system from Martin Audio, a brand new outdoor terrace, the revealing of some old and previously hidden features that add yet more character as well as a bigger live music area and more besides. For the first proper reveal, a night of musical surprise was planned with the only act announced being Mayer Hawthorne.

On the night though, we arrive early and tuck into some top grub from local vendors offering wraps and duck rolls. As we much on that, we also skated to some quality dub from Channel One who played plenty of classic joints until 9pm. From there and as the sun begins to fade and day turns to night, we head inside to find The Mendez Brothers dropping real disco heat and funk gold that had the cosmopolitan crowd cruising and grooving.

After an indie band who are threatening to go on to sign things, the main man arrived a little later than planned. He is a real star in the US, well known to all and not just music fans. His new album got plenty of plays throughout his one hour set as he bounced about in a silver blazer. The crowd lapped it up as he laid down vocals over a load of dubs and it was a refreshing change of pace to earlier offerings. All in all, this was a great night at a place that now more than ever, thanks to its sympathetic new updates, deserves every bit of attention and applause going.

Click here for the full photo album – Brixton Jamm – Official Relaunch Party

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