Another in-depth podcast interview from Matt Barr of the The Looking Sideways podcast dropped this week, this time discussing the Long Live Southbank campaign with one of the full-time heads behind LLSB, Stu McClure.
If you’ve listened to The Looking Sideways podcast previously, then you’ll know that it’s the brainchild of one-time White Lines magazine staff writer Matt Barr, and focuses on the stories of various influential individuals within the Action Sports realm. Previous skateboarding related interviewees have included the likes of Pete Hellicar, Lucy Adams and R.a.D magazine’s Tim ‘TLB’ Leighton-Boyce (you can find links to all of those interviews below).
This time around, the focus of the podcast is on a place, rather than an individual, with Stu McClure of LLSB talking Matt through the genesis of the Long Live Southbank campaign and its evolution from occupying an adversarial position as regards the Southbank Centre itself, to its current status as a grass roots campaigning body working alongside the institution.
Stu also discusses the now-underway plans to reclaim Southbank’s little banks, along wth the power of Social Media (particularly Instagram) as a campaigning tool, the recent £700k match-funding grant awarded to both LLSB and the Southbank Centre and its implications, and a brief history of the Undercroft within the wider historical context of the city of London.
For anyone invested in this truly inspirational campaign, in whatever capacity, this podcast will fill in any gaps that you may have.
Cover photo (and below) of Curtis McCann skating the soon to be reclaimed ‘Little Banks’ back in 1989 by TLB.