Real Scenes: London

Thriving? Or just surviving? RA’s flagship documentary series explores the complicated story behind the world’s biggest dance music scene.

London is home to the world’s biggest and most diverse dance music scene and considered to be the capital of sonic innovation.

London may be one of dance music’s most important cities, but it’s also one of its most troubled. It has reached a defining moment for nightlife culture. From club closures, to widespread police pressure on venues, to the looming threats of gentrification and Brexit, dance music in London has often felt under siege. In Real Scenes: London, we meet the artists, promoters and venue owners who have confronted these challenges head on. It’s never been easy here, but an undercurrent of radio, DIY venues, new music and emerging talent still finds a way to survive and thrive—at least for now.

Real Scenes: London

Duration: 42 min

Director: Patrick Nation