Brixton celebrates Jamaican Independence Day with a big Splash

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Yesterday, Brixton rocked to a huge Splash party, with Coldharbour Lane, Windrush Square and Atlantic Road packed with people enjoying the sunshine.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Main stage in Windrush square.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Check out the Jamaican bike!

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

The cops had engaged ‘chummy community mode’ yesterday. Or at least they tried.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

The festival coincided with Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of  independence.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

On the main stage.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Enjoying the sunshine.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Artwork on display opposite Windrush Square.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Art fair in St Matthews Gardens.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Jerk chicken.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Huge soundsystem outside the Satay Bar. The bass was so hefty that my trousers literally flapped as I walk past!

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Coldharbour Lane was rammed. Can you see yourself in the pic?!

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

On the roof.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Looking east along Coldharbour Lane.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Rooftop view.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

On the roof of the Phoenix.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Looking towards the town hall.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Old school ska sound system on Atlantic Road, playing great tunes all day.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Atlantic Road.

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Brixton Splash in photos, central Brixton, London Sunday 5th August 2012

Second soundsystem on Atlantic Road.

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After party at a busy Brixton Sports club. After the PA was turned off, the party moved across the road to dance along to a loud car sound system.

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After the cops closed down the car sound system, a smaller breakaway party started up around another car!

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I loved Brixton Splash this year. It was the busiest I’ve ever known it, and after the heavy showers of the morning,  the weather turned out great – and the day was rounded of nicely with Usain Bolt’s stunning Olympic victory.