Diabetes.co.uk recently teamed up with some promoters to put on a tribute night for Frankie Knuckles, the house DJ credited as a major influence in the house movement in 1980s Chicago and inspiring generations of house music fans. Frankie unfortunately passed away earlier this month, following years of battling Type 2 Diabetes.
We headed down to Brixton, a part of London that really is truly up and coming. A 2 minute walk from the station, the Prince of Wales occupies an old art deco building carefully tucked around the corner just opposite the Ritzy cinema. Though it doesn’t look much from the outside, the venue covers 3 floors, including a large roof terrace.
Upon first arriving, nobody in the downstairs bar really had any idea when the promoter would turn up so we decided to have a walk around and soak in the Brixton atmosphere. Just across the road, there was a night market full of great food stalls selling all kinds of food from Caribbean or Mexican, and even Indian. Brixton was certainly full of characters, and everyone was out enjoying the unusually pleasant weather seasoned with a dash of reggae playing over the market’s PA system.