The City Arts & Music Project (The CAMP) first opened its doors late last summer as London’s newest and dare we say BEST temporary space, with a vision of bringing together the cutting edge of London’s music, arts and creative spheres and creating a place of general hangoutability before disappearing into the club stratosphere with only a few great hazy memories left behind. And maybe a few empty cans of Red Stripe rolling down City Rd.
Since opening, The CAMP has held the Rebel Dining Society’s art and culinary club nights, played host to the likes of Glassser, Bullion, Jaime from The XX, Trevor Jackson, Spatial, Laurel Collective and been part of the awesome Red Bull Music Academy series, who took up residence for two packed out events showcasing artists including Skream, 1Xtra’s Benji B, Maurice Fulton and Metro Area’s Morgan Geist. The CAMP has also programmed art shows, reggae nights, and even turned its cloakroom into an ipod disco capacity.
Now, 8 months on, The City Arts & Music Project prepares to enter the second phase of its two-year plan, which will see the official opening of The BASEMENT. The space has already been given an extensive test drive by the likes of Süd Electronic, Need2Soul, Deviation and secretsundaze and it’s raw, stripped back interior and uber underground style has drawn comparisons with some of Berlin’s finest nocturnal haunts. Over the next couple of months The Juan Maclean (DFA), Friendly Fires djs, Âme & Dixon and Egyptian Hip Hop will all take to the BASEMENT stage and there’s plenty more to come.
The City Arts & Music Project Launch Week will deliver the first of their free and weekly Friday band nights – Shapes / Colourr. For this maiden voyage, teenagersintokyo will host an exclusive album launch party, playing live alongside David E Sugar and Death Metal Disco scene. Also on the launch menu is a fine selection of mid week jazz from The Bukky Leo Quartet at new Wednesday-weekly Space Is The Place and the latest in the series of The CAMP’s art exhibitions - ‘Foolery’; plus Coldcut's Jonathan More will be joining The Meltdown crew for their weekly Thursday ho-down. Finally on Saturday, FixedFear welcome Phantom and Shiv Lizzy to the top floor, whilst downstairs in the basement there is an extra special party courtesy of London’s enduring Sud Electronic collective and their guests - Tamo Sumo and Prosumer.