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What it was like to be at the Brixton Bowie remembrance gig

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Mike Urban runs a news and music website in Brixton and organised a special remembrance gig in memory of David Bowie. He tells us how the singer's life was celebrated in the area he came from.

I've been a huge fan of Bowie since I was a kid and - like many other people - was completely destroyed by news of his death.

As soon as I heard, I knew I had to do something that night in Brixton to celebrate the man.

Bowie is both a personal hero and a Brixton icon, so I thought the best place to host the night would be in Brixton's last rock'n'roll bar, The Prince Albert in Coldharbour Lane.

By 5pm, the pub was rammed, and by 7pm a queue stretched 200 metres down Coldharbour Lane!

I got three other DJs to join me - all massive Bowie fans - and collectively we probably had almost all of Bowie's recorded output on vinyl.

I'd also compiled a reel of Bowie's videos and film rarities to show during the night.

The atmosphere was wonderful inside the pub, with Bowie fans singing his greatest hits - and lesser known songs - with emotion and passion.

There were tears and laughter but, most of all, a sense that we'd all come together to celebrate Brixton's most brilliant son in the best possible way, by dancing and singing through the night to his wonderful music.

Even when the lights went on and the music stopped at the end of the evening, the crowd kept on singing in the streets which resonated with Bowie's great tunes.

Dramatic photos show car flipped in high street crash

Dramatic photos show car flipped in high street crash. Credit: @LAS_JRU

Dramatic pictures posted by the Joint Response Units of the London Ambulance Service show a car flipped on its roof following a crash.

Dramatic photos show car flipped in high street crash. Credit: @LAS_JRU

One person was treated for injuries while four cars were damaged in Athlone Road, Brixton, after 4am, the Evening Standard reported.



Police renew appeal 6 years after Brixton murder

Davion Watt was shot dead in Brixton in 2008. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Detectives are appealing for information on the sixth anniversary of the murder of Davion Watt.

The 26-year-old was shot dead in Brixton in 2008. No murder weapon has ever been recovered.

No one has been prosecuted for the crime and police are renewing a plea for witnesses to come forward.

"Without anyone coming forward we fear that Davion's family may never get the justice they so desperately want. With our anniversary appeal, we hope that the intervening years since Davion's murder have seen the allegiances change of those that may have kept silent. And that those people can now re-examine their consciences and consider doing the right thing and help us prosecute those responsible, bringing closure to the case for Davion's family."

– Acting Detective Inspector Peter Hine, from the Trident Gang Crime Command's Legacy Team
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