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London’s night mayor Amy Lamé on drugs, developers and diversity

Courier met London’s newly appointed Night Tsar to ask how she’ll tackle the problems facing the capital’s night life scene. In November 2016, London Mayor Sadiq Khan appointed Amy Lamé as the city’s new ‘Night Tsar’. It was a relatively cheap way of landing a few good headlines amid the mournful clamour following the closure of the nightclub Fabric and …

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The struggle to keep London’s nightclub business alive

Nightclubs are shutting down at a surprisingly fast rate with complaints of crime taking a toll. However, owners prove they are here to stay and describe the methods taken to adapt to their new climate. 25 Aug 2016 Running nightclubs has never been a business for the faint-hearted, but the current climate is testing the wit and invention of London’s promoters …

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How Boiler Room was born

Blaise Bellville is the Marlborough-educated bashment DJ who built a music broadcast platform that wants to be the new MTV. An ill-conceived property venture inadvertently gave birth to Boiler Room, one of the most talked-about media businesses around today. Blaise Bellville lied to the building’s owner about investors and tenants he didn’t have in what was his latest wheeze to …

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South-east London’s nightlife success stories

A small group in Peckham are putting on parties that could well make them the unlikely heroes keeping London’s after-hours culture alive. Somewhere after the succession of hair weaves and fish being hawked on Rye Lane is a grubby red door next to a closed down chiropodist. A sign that looks like it’s been there since the 1980s at the …

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Jukedeck is using AI teaching computers to write their own music

Online music composer Jukedeck began with one question: could a computer be taught to write original music? And if this were possible, could it bring us a step closer to understanding the science behind creativity? Long before Jukedeck launched in 2015, founder Ed Rex had his question answered affirmatively. The ‘artificial neural network’ hadn’t written a concerto but its team …