Disastrous gig that led to parklife

An early and formative turning point, signalling the end of my attempt to try to make a living from playing drums and writing songs, came as the ceiling of Camden's Dublin Castle fell in midway through a gig in 1988. There and then I decided to take up the place on Thames Polytechnic's Landscape Architecture degree course which I had previously secured as a contingency.

by David Theakston, park development manager for the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

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