Critical Beats 4: Dancing, Sound Systems and Party Environments

Circus 2 at Stratford Circus, £3/£1

Why do different scenes generates different forms of dancing? How do differently configured sound systems create different party environments? Does the quality of sound matter anymore? Do we need DJs and party scenes now we’ve got the internet? Is London party culture suffering a death by property price inflation?

Panelists: Snowboy, Julian Henriques, Colleen Murphy, Jeremy Gilbert
Moderator: Tim Lawrence

Snowboy (a.k.a. Mark Cotgrove ) is the author of From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: The History of the UK Jazz Dance Scene as well as a percussionist, DJ, music promoter and bandleader of Snowboy and the Latin Section.

Julian Henriques is the author of Sonic Bodies: Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing.

Colleen Murphy (also known as DJ Cosmo) is a founding member of Lucky Cloud Sound System and the organiser of Classic Album Sundays. She has DJed at the Loft and Deep Space in New York.

Jeremy Gilbert is the co-author of Discographies: Dance Music, Culture and the Politics of Sound. He is a founding member of Lucky Cloud Sound System and DJs at Beauty and the Beat.