Brixton Music Community Radio is a community radio station that was launched during lockdown.

BMC Radio broadcasts live from their studio in the Hope and Anchor

The radio was created by a group of local DJs, brought together by their love of music and their desire to have a positive impact on the community. They currently broadcast from a studio in the Hope and Anchor pub on Acre Lane.

The music is an eclectic mix, spanning Reggae, Dancehall, Jazz, Latin, Disco, Funk and Soul, House, Garage, Drum and Bass and Techno. You can connect and listen to live broadcasts and replays online on the website or through mixcloud.

The group builds its own community of creatives involved in the station so that they can help each other, share gigs and other work opportunities on various projects.

Larry Powell (one of the founders) tells me: “We are like a small family, all connected by the music that we love to share with each other. BMC is first and foremost about collaboration.

BMC Radio’s Larry in the studio

On July 31 they will play at a street party on Ingleton Street near Brixton Road.

On Thursdays and Fridays, you’ll find them hosting events at Beckenham Place Mansion playing music in the park.

In addition to hosting radio shows and events, BMC has partnered with social enterprise Spiral to offer work placements to local students.

Students can learn about live streaming and audio editing, design, social media, and web design.

In the BMC Radio studio

While still in its infancy, the station has a solid following, but they pick it up steadily and enjoy the journey.

Larry explains: “We love everything that goes into running the studio and finding ways to improve the experience for those involved and those connecting.”

As things start to open up around London they will be hosting more events, fundraisers and record fairs so keep an eye out for their instagram for event details, or tune in to listen via the website.