Basement Jaxx wow crowds at New Journal's World Peace Day gig

Monday, 22nd September 2014

Published: 22 September, 2014

GLOBAL House music superstars Basement Jaxx headlined the Camden New Journal's free World Peace Day gig in Camden Lock on Friday night.

Felix Buxton, a DJ and music producers who is based in Primrose Hill, launched a new tune at the event called Power To The People.

Speaking before playing a two hour DJ set in Middle Yard cobbled quad by the canal, Felix told the crowds: “We should all want peace, we all want happiness. None of us want to suffer. It is up to everyone to make one action to move towards that.”

The New Journal marks World Peace Day each year in Mornington Crescent at the Prisoner of War memorial it set up next to the Richard Cobden statue two years ago.

Felix Buxton talks to Camden New Journal editor, Eric Gordon (centre) and Mayor of Camden, Lazzaro Pietragnoli

Editor Eric Gordon, who secured Basement Jaxx for the event, told the crowds: “We all want peace. How the hell do you get it? How do you stop war? There were a million in 2004 who marched against the war in Iraq, but it didn't stop it. But they did leave a cloud behind them. And when the Government wanted to go to war in Syria last year it was stopped. War can be stopped, but it needs a lot of agitation.”

World Peace Day was established by the United Nations in 1982 with the aim of sending a global message to combatants around the world to lay down their arms and allow humanitarian work to take place in conflict zones.

Mayor of Camden, Lazzaro Pietragnoli, said: “It is a fantastic idea to celebrate peace. It is something we take peace for granted. Genocide and atomic threats are still part of our daily life. Not in London, but in other parts of the world. So I think it is a fantastic idea for a local paper like the Camden New Journal to organise this event and to remind everyone how important it is to celebrate peace.”

The Mayor thanked Mr Gordon and also New Journal journalist Dan Carrier (pictured, below), who helped organise the event, and brought the portable bike-propelled “Dig It Sound System” for the Jaxx to DJ on.

(Below): The massed crowds enjoy the vibe as Basement Jaxx stand up for world peace

• Basement Jaxx is hoping that aspiring musicians will go to their website and download and “re-interpret” its charity-raising Power to the People tune.

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