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Loving Brick Lane

East London is the hype for young Londoners, in the centre of this hype is Brick Lane, a place where you find a bit of everything. There’s culture, art, diversity, food, stores, clubs, music, pop-ups, tattoo shops, literary everything. But why it become such a place to go? What is so special about Brick Lane?
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“Brick Lane is just

a fun place to be

where good

stuff happens”

Sam, 22 Years old

Well, the story of Brick Lane starts way before I was born, and it’s messy and complicated, like a good book. It all start on the 19th century when the first breweries, and one of the first markets outside of central London, and still happens every Sunday; it was after that when the area started to grow.

In the beginning, it was an area of immigrants; it began to be a place where Irish and Jews people used to live in, back at the start of the 20th century. As the years went on, the Irish and the Jews moved away from the area, and the people from Bangladesh start to get in around the 70’s,  mostly because of the house prices.

“When I came to

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Rainbow baggels original store

brick Lane I feel alive

and connected with the city”

Charlotte, 27 Years Old

Because of that nowadays is one of the places that you can find the best Bangladesh curry in, is the place where are the most houses of curry in London. And is one of the only places where the street table is in Arabic, it even had the name of Bangla town, it was a form of ghettoization at that time, but nowadays we see it as an inclusion symbol, showing that in that area they are welcome and that everything is fine.

As the years pass by East London start to become the area of the arts people, it was not too expensive, and it was close to the centre of London. At that time till nowadays the artists explore the street as a form of art, one of the things that made Brick Lane famous was the street art.

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By that time, Brick Lane started to evolve to what it is today, becoming one of the places that you can find a bit of everything.

“It’s funny how Brick Lane

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it never losses

the essence of it”

John, 54 years old

This mix of everything was what made this place famous. The fact that different things, religions, points of view, communities living in peace in one small area show the essence of London. The diversity is the fame of this place, and it is what people get from London and hope for the world.

Posted by WNOL on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

This tiny place in the world show’s how diversity can bring happiness and be peaceful; we need more Brick lane’s around the world.

Vinyl sales reach 18-year record high

Vinyl sales this year have smashed a near 20-year record with over 1 million copies sold. Sales are at the highest point since 1996, estimates project that the total will exceed 1.2 million with an injection of cash over the Christmas period, driven mostly by iconic rock albums from bands such as Pink Floyd and Led Zepplin. But, unsurprisingly, the highest selling vinyl album this year is Arctic Monkeys’ fifth studio album AM, which despite its success drew polarised opinions. 

The figures have shocked many due to the digital dominance over distribution in the UK music industry. Oligopolistic online music providers such as iTunes and Spotify control a huge part of the market, with high-street media retailers such as HMV collapsing, and CDs on a steady decline, the repopularisation of vinyl is something most did not expect.

Nostalgia is certainly a word you could apply to the recent change of tides, with CDs on a lethean decline into distant memory, fans and audiophiles have succumbed to the traditional – something with aesthetic.

Aside from dads waxing lyrical about the forgotten days of music, where fingering through tactile records was exactly one-half of the joy, there is still an omnipresent demand for new vinyl releases – in the genre of electronica.

With the digitised epoch revolutionising with way creators view creating, DJing has been simplified almost to the point of removing its value, but some stick to their roots and only mix vinyl, and so cultures a demand for record labels to keep pressing new releases. Although, the vinyl market still only represents 2% of all UK music sales.

It’s said that the first play from a virgin vinyl is unrivaled, at which point a steady decline in quality ensues. DJs especially can stand testament to this fact, with their low-angled scratching needles carving grooves out of their totem LPs.

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East London is the staple go to of anything current. The recent resurgence in vinyl popularity is no different. This weekend in hipster-central Brick Lane the annual Independent Label Market takes seat. Nearly a hundred different UK independent labels including Hyperdub, XL, 4AD and Mute are set to present their wares.

On sale are the latest LPs CDs and tapes alongside other merchandise. This is a vinyl lover’s haven, but be warned, you parent’s collection doesn’t have a place here. Expect the latest in techno, afrobeat, disco, house and indie with exclusive test pressings, rave remixes and limited edition bootlegs.

Fortunately London’s Brewers’ Market is hosting a pop-up beer garden, same day same place, so you can have a beer to lubricate yourself through the crowds of discerning Christmas shoppers. Everything kicks of at 11am but we recommend getting down there early to squeeze in the best deals.

Pictures: [DUNCAN]