Flat Iron Square
Flat Iron Square is a recent addition to the architectural landscape of north Southwark. Developed by Witherford Watson Mann architects and opened in October 2016, it was created as a new ‘foodie’ hub, close to the popular Borough Market. An open-air social space and live music venue, with a mix of bars, restaurants and street food, the square incorporates seven railway arches and the Grade II listed Devonshire House. Flat Iron Square is intended to be the first stop on London’s ‘Low Line’, an ambitious long-term project to open up a walking route along the base of the rail viaducts through Bankside, which will link the neighbourhoods between London Bridge and Waterloo, Blackfriars and Elephant and Castle.
The Memory Band
Since 2002, The Memory Band has been using old maps to navigate new directions in British Folk music, where digital machinery and acoustic instruments combine to make ‘traditional music from the future’. Led by producer and bassist Stephen Cracknell, and with a rolling cast of collaborators, the band mixes field-recordings of natural and industrial sounds with traditional melodies and original compositions. The ensemble made its name with an eponymous debut album released on their own Hungry Hill label and have forged a reputation as a live act at emerging British Festivals such as Green Man, End Of The Road and Homefires. They have released five studio albums to date, most recently ‘A Fair Field’ on the Static Caravan label in 2016. They have also produced music for film and television, and developed a series of associated live projects, including performances of the score of the classic film ‘The Wicker Man’; the ‘Balearic Folk Orchestra’, run in conjunction with film-director Kieran Evans, which re-interprets classic acid-house tracks; and ‘Children Of The Stones’, a musical journey through the British Library Sound Archive.