Archive for December, 2005

Santacon 2005

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

Once again, Father Christmas(es) hit the streets of London for Santacon.

Santacon 2005

The picture above shows only a percentage of the two or three hundred Santas that turned up for Santacon this year. At the point in the day when this picture was taken we’d already attracted a small Police following. Just to make sure we were “keeping the peace”, they said. We weren’t commiting any crimes. Well, Christmas is a time of peace, so that was OK.

Santacon is an unofficial annual event organised by word of mouth and the internet. It involves lots of people dressing up as Father Christmas and going for a big wander around town. There have been similar events in other countries, going as far back as 1994 according to this article.

The official UK Santacon website is here.

The Prodigy - Brixton Academy

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Another outing for The Gig List, this time to see (and hear) The Prodigy at Brixton Academy.

Prodigy 1

I’d been looking forward to this event for a long time and had high expectations for The Prodigy. They’re one of my favourite dance acts and I hadn’t seen them perform live before. Surprising, really, as they date right back to the very early nineteen-nineties.

And, wow, did they meet my expectations …