90s Music Videos Revisited At Hackney Picturehouse


Way back in the mists of time, MTV was a credible channel. These days it may well have degenerated into a dribbly poo-wee of reality TV shows and garish adverts for over priced headphones, but once, once, MTV was kinda decent (*ish). This month sees a celebration of that once proud glory, with a specially selected programme of classic alternative music videos, guests live on stage and DJs from the stations flagship alternative show, 120 minutes, playing at a tribute club night in the Hackney Attic, situated above the Hackney Picturehouse, East London

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Before 'Youtube' was a word we say at least 4 times a day, on any given day, 120 Minutes was one of the only places to regularly hear new music from acts like Four Tet, Squarepusher, LCD Soundsystem, Broadcast and The Beta Band; of equal importance was its role as the place to see unique works from the likes of acclaimed directors including Dougal Wilson, Chris Cunningham, Price James, Monkmus and Saam Farahmand.

The video playlist for the event has been agonisingly compiled by several of the show’s original programmers and will run an hour and half in length. Following the video screening some of the show’s talent from both on and off the screen will be performing/ answering questions live on stage in the cinema. The organisers are staying tight lipped about who this will be, so it's either a) someone amazing who needs to stay secret or b) someone a bit meh.

Any which way, this sounds like a rare oppportunity to wallow in some late 90s/ early 00s nostalgia in the swish surroundings of the hackney Picture House – videos are promised from Squarepusher, Aphex Twin, Fourtet, Broadcast, DFA 1979 and a bunch more, all well worth hearing booming over a decent cinema surround sound.

Tickets and more info can be found on the Picturehouse website