Sunday, June 26, 2011

From Creekside to Glastonbury and back to New Cross

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Just watching Glastonbury on telly, and there's Joe Rush of Mutoid Waste chatting to the presenter.

Locals may know Joe from the Birds Nest and the nearby Sculpture Studios. Not sure if he's still about,  but Joe and Mutoid Waste, Glastonbury stalwarts, were esconced up our street for quite some time. Before what was probably just storage space at the Sculpture Studios, they had a workshop down on Copperas Street around the time or after the Laban Centre just got built – a security clamp down by the new owners of the land, Ampurius, the developers of Greenwich Village, meant they had to leave and it's all boarded up now...

Even longer ago this blogger first saw their work at Glastonbury in the very early 1980s. In those days, Mutoid Waste's were the the only weird and fantastic installations on site. This year they share the south east corner of the festival site with Shangri-La, Arcadia, The Common, The (brilliantly titled) Unfairground and Block9...

Mutoid Waste's entry on Wikipedia says, "the group became famous for building giant welded sculptures from waste materials and for customising broken down cars, as well as making large scale murals in the disused buldings where they held their parties..." but go to their new site for much more up to date info on this legendary and international group of creative warriors:


Meanwhile, we read that South London's own Tinie Tempah, who graced the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury tonight, is due to appear at a STRIKE DAY STREET PARTY at Deptford Town Hall on June 30th. (Facebook link)

Just in case you've been asleep, it's ALL OUT on June 30th for teachers and public sector workers...Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) says "Schools will be shut, jobcentres will be closed, driving licences won't be issued, queues will form at ports and airports"....
(Transpontine writes about Tinie Tempah here)

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