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Here’s what went down at YouTube Music: In Residence

Partnering up with Dazed, Pitchblack Playback, SBTV and more, the video giant took on the music world

Over the weekend YouTube Music took up residency in London for back-to-back chats, installations, and a takeover by our Dazed 100 class of 2018.

Following the launch of the YouTube Music app, the four day event was an ode to the UK’s music scene right now and gave music fans a chance to connect with rising stars as well as veterans.

On Friday June 29, Akinola Davies, aka Crack Stevens, hosted a masterclass bringing his fans in on his best industry secrets while walking them through his impressive catalogue of music videos. “It’s crucial (to talk to aspiring filmmakers),” he told Dazed after his interactive event. “There are lots of artists and creatives who tend to mystify what they do. But there are steps everyone can take. It shouldn’t be shrouded in secrecy.”

Davies stayed behind to talk to fans and swap contact details, adding: “I think of what it would have been like for me as a 17-year-old Nigerian kid who was figuring out how to make films and I didn’t know anyone who made them, and if that kid is out there I want them to hit me up.”

The day was rounded off by nightlife activists Pxssy Palace, who brought their anarchic energy to the space, showed the crowd how to vogue and invited them to lose their inhibitions. 

On Saturday afternoon, Dazed faves continued the confessionals when our Head of Fashion Emma Hope Allwood hosted a panel with our political editor-at-large Gaika, and Dazed 100 alum Object Blue. The trio discussed how to use clothes to elevate performance and artistry; Object Blue waxed lyrical about her style icon Björk while Gaika spoke about Moschino and Iceberg’s lasting impact on the UK garage aesthetic and beyond.

Alongside the Dazed 100 programming, YouTube Music: In Residence at 180 The Strand was packed full of interactive experiences and set pieces that introduced visitors to the best of British music culture. A Jamal Edwards set piece took visitors on a journey through SBTV, his DIY YouTube channel that helped steer the trajectory of grime; Lost Club Culture set up a euphoric re-imagining of an electronic music haven, Annie Mac stopped by to share some words of wisdom and Chelcee Grimes and Miraa May gave stellar performances.  

Listen to the Dazed 100 musical picks from this year on YouTube Music here