Brick Lane’s 93 Feet East was the venue for London-based photography legend Normski’s photography curation showcase last month. We went along to the relaunch of the Shoreditch club, christened by a deep house set from Enrico Mantini and some delicious street food from East London’s very own, Nanny Bill’s.
Originally established in the 90s, 93 Feet East was the prime venue for the likes of Radiohead, The White Stripes, Groove Amanda and Bombay Bicycle Club who were just a few of the big acts to perform at the club. Since then, it was a magnet for diehard dance music fans and the refurb is set to revive that culture. With two rooms and a big outdoor terrace, it feels really roomy for a London club; great to snip up shapes and a great space to hold the photography exhibition, curated by London legend, Normski.
Dating back to 80s hip hop, Normski’s work was a vital documentation of music, culture and fashion. As a DJ and the face of BBC’s Dance Energy, music is in his bones and is reflected in all his art work. At the height of his photography career, Norman Anderson captured moments from legendary artists such as Def Jam, Dr Dre, Fat Boys and LL Cool J.
In a 2016 interview with Dazed, the photographer talks about how as he grew up, hip hop was kicking off around him which inspired him to take his photography in a new direction and create memorable moments of growing up.
I do remember one thing at the beginning of hip hop in, say, 1985, where I was studying photography at college and it kicked off in Covent Garden with graffiti and break dancers. I wasn’t very good compared to other people at break dancing, and I certainly wasn’t going to be a smash DJ! But what I was good at was visualising and capturing some of it on camera. That was the position I took.
Last month, Normski curated and hosted the exhibition, featuring stills from the sensual style of Nick Ensing, Dave Swindell’s raw and cutting-edge party shots, and the colourful and vibrant energy of Daddy’s Got Sweets.
No event is complete without food and 93 Feet East didn’t disappoint. With more food than we could eat from Nanny Bill’s, it’s definitely one to be visiting in their home in Dalston’s Birthdays. From their American-inspired menu, there was the Chick King burger; buttermilk fried chicken with garlic and herb sauce in a brioche bun and a really good vegan option. A black bean and quinoa patty with avocado hummus and caramelised onion. The food, the space and the deep house music made it a house party vibe and set the tone for the club’s new lease of life.
Images courtesy of Listen Up Music Promotion