London mayor discusses fabric and the night-time economy...

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan declares himself the “un-coolest guest” they’ve ever had on Rough Trade Radio before calling the record choices made by staff at the Rough Trade store in East London a “bit dodge”.

In an interview with the store manager, Noreen McShane, Khan talks about growing up in London and his favourite tracks.

Khan started the conversation by discussing the disappearing nightlife in London and how he wishes to protect the city’s vibrant, night-time culture.

“The great thing about growing up in London is the great live music venues and good nightclubs.” said Khan. “I’ll give you some scary numbers - in the last eight years half of all nightclubs have closed down and 40 per cent of live music venues have closed down in London. Where are people going to have a good time?”

He says the closure of Fabric was a “source of huge concern” and that London has to “make sure the next generation of young people enjoy themselves”. This comes as part of Khan’s aim to make London a “24 hour city”.

Khan went on to show off his music knowledge as he played songs by Londoners Madness and The Clash, who were the first band he heard when declared Mayor of London seven months ago. “Lots of friends and activists had been holed up in a pub since five o’clock because they wanted to celebrate or commiserate with me and they were still there at one am and as I entered someone had this great idea of putting on The Clash. It’s a track that will stay with me forever.”

Tune in below.

Sadiq Khan’s six favourite songs:

Madness - Our House
Michael Jackson - Beat It
Prince - When Doves Cry
Sting - Englishman in New York
Florence and the Machine - You’ve Got The Love
The Clash - London Calling

Words: Richard Jones

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