Former 4 Aces Club in battle against Dalston Babylon

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Former 4 Aces Club in battle against Dalston Babylon

Postby Natty Rajah » Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:28 pm

from Schnews:
The Dalston Theatre in Hackney has been squatted, to stop the
council knocking it down to make £15 million on an Olympics
prompted housing scheme. The 19th century Victorian theatre in
Dalston Lane, E8, was later the famous "4 Aces" reggae club - once
gigged by Bob Marley and Bob Dylan - and after that was the
Labyrinth club. This week a High Court judge found in favour of
local campaigners 'Open' in their claim that the council had made
an unlawful attempt to demolish without public consultation. For
more see

from (linked to from just mentioned blog):
Formerly Dalston Theatre, which housed a circus and even elephants in Victorian times the building became a cinema in the 20's and then a nightclub in the 60's when it played host to a variety of international reggae stars throughout the 70's and early 80's.

At the end of the decade the club changed direction and picked up on the emerging rave movement, playing host to the now legendary 'Club Labyrinth' events.

Throughout all of this it was managed by old hand on the club scene Newton who remained running the venue till its final closure in January 1999.

The 4 Aces was an invaluable resource on the free/underground party scene throughout the 90's, always ready to offer new promotors a chance to experiment with diverse styles of dance music. Tribe of Munt, Tectonic and chimaera are just some of the many crews that cut their teeth their in the late 90's.

It formed part of a network of underground venues in Dalston, along with Tyssen Street, Roseberry's and Trenz creating a grimy techno vilage which will be fondly remembered by many. All of these venues have now closed.

The club was initially scheduled for demolition to make way for a new road scheme (a move that also saw the closure of Roseberry's), however this scheme never materialised and it was lain abandoned for five years until last month, bar the odd sqatter and odder squat party.

Campaigners have called for the space to be returned to the community, with plans of a social centre possibly afoot, the void would call for the 4 Aces to re-open as it was, a champion of underground music, and a cutting edge music venue. This would make a fine compensation to local musicians for the expensive and farcical mess that was the HackneyOcean.

Natty humble in a 4 Aces Club, natty humble in a Norik(?) - Dillinger, "Jesus Dread"...
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Postby Ringo » Fri Feb 24, 2006 4:06 pm

Cheers for that
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