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Welcome to Peckham

Introducing our week of pieces about the stars igniting radical culture south of the Thames

Peckham strong! 

All this week, Dazed Digital is concerned with a set of leafy streets and estates three and a half miles due southeast of Charing Cross. Peckham is a verdant, if a little rough-round-the-edges, district that most  at Dazed have fond memories of and many call home. It's also finding itself at a once-a-generation nexus of London’s most radical (and fun) art. 

Just this week, local lad King Krule releases his debut album, Kit Neale launched his Peckham Riveria collection and Arcadia_Missa released their fantastic new journal. The weekend was full of the usual blurred late nights and early mornings at Canavan's and the Bussey Building. In just over a fortnight, the Peckham Artist Moving Image festival launches and at the end of September, rooftop art festival Bold Tendencies will close another terrific summer of events. 

A timetable of forward-thinking art and DIY creativity has been reasonably commonplace around those bits for years. But recent months have seen a small boom in coverage of the area – the headline “… Is The New Dalston / Shoreditch / Berlin” is second only to Only Fools & Horses, booming house prices and chicken shops in recent Peckham cliches. Yet, for Dazed, Peckham is not the new anywhere – this week is about profiling the people, art and things that could not take place anywhere else. Expect pieces on the DIY / digital art scene, the rise and fall of squatland, all-night dancing and ragga, videos on self-publishing and gangland and a photographic portrait of the people making this one of the UK’s most thrilling square miles.

We kicked off this morning with a portrait of King Krule and an exclusive look at Kit Neale’s new Peckham-inspired lookbook. Check out King Krule's guy to his bits on the video below, look out for daily updates on and of course, let us know your what you think on the usual networks. South stars, keep shining!