The Streets Live in Brixton

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If you had to pair a band with a certain venue, like The Rolling Stones and Wembley, Elton John and The Hollywood Bowl. The Streets at Brixton Academy just seems to have a perfect synchronicity to it.

With Mike Skinner at the helm, The Streets returned from a self-imposed hiatus with their first tour for seven years with an extended stop at London’s Brixton Academy.

I’m not the guy smoking in the car anymore.

We’re not sure what the exact rules are to be called a “residency” but five nights at O2 Academy Brixton does perhaps qualify. Still with the shaven head, pint in hand, Mike Skinner conducts the crowd with “Blinded By The Lights” and “Dry Your Eyes” – the only song a “geezer” is allowed to cry to.

“I’ve missed tour buses very much. Which is the least of the reasons why I have decided to tour The Streets again. The other thing I’ve missed is trying to think up what I’m going to say in the gap between the songs.” Skinner says.

THE STReets at london’s o2 brixton academy. photographer: john barry / @gigpig

“With my Tonga parties, the new rap and grime MC’s I have been producing and the DJing, I have been living with music since making The Streets for nearly as long as I made The Streets. I’m not the guy smoking in the car anymore though, I have become the guy in the club, so I hope I will be excused for putting on after parties in nightclubs after every show”

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