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Brixton Pound launches electronic currency with a lively party at the Electric Brixton

Last night saw the launch of the UK’s first local electronic currency and unveiling of the four new Brixton Pound notes.

The event took place at the Electric Brixton (that’s the Fridge in old money), and co-incided with the second birthday of the innovative scheme designed to encourage local trade and production.

Inside the venue were stalls from local businesses, while local comedian Trevor Lock MC’d the event.

Chuka Umunna – MP for Streatham & Shadow Minister for Small Business & Enterprise onstage.

Josh Ryan Collins from the B£ team leads the crowd through a ‘Pay by Text’ live demo. And it all worked!

[Read more about the scheme here]

Derrick Anderson, Lambeth Council CEO explains why the council still haven’t adopted the scheme.

Charlie Waterhouse from the B£ team unveils the new notes.

Pop legend David Bowie, basketball superstar Luol Deng, black historian Len Garrison and the phenomenally brave WW2 British secret agent Violette Szabo were unveiled as the faces on the new Brixton Pound notes.

A young stage invader!

Spoken word artist El Crisis onstage.

The fabulous James Pyke stormed the show with a lively set – see him again at our New Years Eve party at the Prince Albert!

Delicious cakes from Cafe Sitifis.

That’s us DJing the night away – we’re back at the Albert tonight (Friday).

[Brixton Pound]