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One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?

Fever Ray, O2 Academy Brixton, London

Tonight's opening track, "If I Had a Heart", begins with a long, sawing build up of noise, before two green lasers shoot out at the crowd. The stage lights up, albeit too dimly to see the performers' faces (and they'll remain shrouded for the entire gig), as a series of old-fashioned lampshades pulse on and off, like jellyfish wafting through a murky sea. The synths wave over you and then the vocals arrive, with a murkiness and muddiness to match. The bass is so loud my nose begins to itch.

In Their Own Words, BBC4 <br/> The Great Home Movie Roadshow, BBC2

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Beautiful Burnout, Pleasance Courtyard

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La Roux, Brixton Academy, London

Through the haze of hairspray, the jungle of permed hair and the suffocating corsetry of ultra-tight jeans, it can be hard to remember that there were some good things about the Eighties.

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Robbery pair found guilty of drug dealer murder

Two robbers who stabbed a drug dealer during a botched armed raid were convicted of murder today.

Brixton Beach, By Roma Tearne

This cross-cultural saga based on three generations of Sri Lankans – the youngest of whom, Alice Fonseka, winds up in Lambeth – picks up the threads of Roma Tearne's previous two novels: civil war in Sri Lanka, Tamil terrorism and immigration.

Stuart Franklin: This behaviour by the police reminds me of Brixton in the 1980s

Policies like this endanger the mutual respect between police and the public

First Night: Phedre, Ritzy Cinema, Brixton

The curtain's up and the stars of stage are on the silver screen

Brixton agrees to rescue bid from rival property group

Deal offers a solution to warehousing specialist's long-running cash problems

New dates for axed Morrissey shows

Four Morrissey concerts called off due to illness will go ahead later this summer, it was announced.

Australians in talks to purchase struggling Brixton

MGPA, the Australian fund backed by Macquarie Group, has emerged as one of the parties in early talks to buy Brixton, the struggling property company with £1.72bn of assets.

The Specials, Academy, Birmingham

Reunion coloured by a whitewash

Panic, Barbican Pit, London

Puppetry, penises and paper bags: sounds about right for a show about the poster boy of paganism, the priapic goat of the Arcadian greensward, doesn't it? Phelim McDermott, leading light of Improbable, is the perfect Pan, too, gimlet-eyed, round-bellied and naughty.

London nail bombs: The two weeks that shattered the capital

It is 10 years since David Copeland planted nail bombs in Brixton, the East End and Soho, spreading destruction and fear. For those who felt the full force of his prejudices, life would never be the same again
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