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Camden DJs to play virtual festival in Queen’s Crescent Community Association fundraiser

Camden Town's London Sound Academy former students playing sets in music marathon

29 May, 2020 — By Tom Foot

London Sound Academy owner Buster Bennett 

CAMDEN DJs are beating the lockdown with a virtual festival this weekend raising money for the Queen’s Crescent Community Association.

Alumni from the London Sound Academy, based in Bonny Street, Camden Town, are live-streaming 14 one-hour sets on Twitch TV from 12pm to 2am tomorrow (Saturday).

The techno, classic disco and island chill event was the brainchild of former Academy students that have gone on to become club names, including Lillie P, Soosee Cue, Bessie Woo and Lizz Vox.

The LSA’s owner Buster Bennett said: “Livestreaming has been one of the biggest trends of lockdown because music is one of those things that’s helping people emotionally at this time.

“A lot of people stuck at home want to do something creative as well as helping their community and DJing ticks a lot of boxes.

“This particular idea came from our alumni community of more than 1000 DJ’s and producers and they were the ones who chose which charity to support. But as it happens I know Queen’s Crescent really well.

“I lived there when I first came to London as a teenager and I gave some of the guys there at the youth club some DJing lessons a few years ago.”

He added: “Like everyone else, we’ve been closed during lockdown but we’ve been teaching music production online and that’s got us through.”

Buster teaching at the LSA in Bonny Street 

Mr Bennett has taught many DJs who have gone on to success including chart-toppers Tough Love, Brit-nominated AlunaGeorge, multi-platinum selling artist SKIN, Spotify-zeitgeist Leo Kalyan and presenters from BBC 1XTRA, Rinse FM, Capital FM.

The QCCA has been organised thousands of food handouts during the lockdown from its community centre in Queen’s Crescent.

Foyezur Miah with a food parcel 

Its chief executive Foyezur Miah said: “We were delighted when the Academy approached us to be their charity partner for this.  So many of the young people who come to our youth club produce their own music and we even have a small studio at the centre so there’s been a lot of interest.”

People can get virtual tickets to the LSA Alumni Virtual Festival at www.facebook.com/events/283384272682874/

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