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A Mural To Keith Flint, The Late Frontman Of The Prodigy, Has Been Unveiled In London

Jack Saddler Jack Saddler - Staff Writer

A Mural To Keith Flint, The Late Frontman Of The Prodigy, Has Been Unveiled In London

It’s been put up to mark Suicide Prevention Day 2021.

Hackney is now home to a mural of the late, great frontman of electronic superstars The Prodigy — Keith Flint.

The legendary performer is the subject of a new design by street artist Akse, who has worked side-by-side with the music and mental wellbeing festival Headstock.

Keith Flint passed away in March 2019, and the mural marks Suicide Prevention Day 2021, which is recognised worldwide tomorrow (September 10).

Flint’s mural sits by the edge of the Hackney Co-operative complex at 62 Beechwood Road, which is a mere 100 yards from where The Prodigy played their first ever show at the now defunct Four Aces Club on Dalston Lane in 1991.

A crowdfunder was organised by Headstock to raise funds (now over £10,000) for the mural, as well as raising awareness for Suicie Prevention Day and mental health text support service, Shout 85258.

Speaking about the mural, The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett said: “Respect to everyone for coming together to make this happen for a cause so close to us. Akse has done Keef proud.”

Headstock also collaberated with Akse last year to mark World Mental Health Day, with a tribute to the late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in Manchester.

Headstock founder Atheer Al-Salim said: “Keith Flint was the original firestarter. He was a true trailblazer in electronic music, and I was lucky enough to see him perform with The Prodigy on a number of occasions.

“Off-stage, Keith struggled with his mental health, and he talked candidly about his ‘dark periods’. Tragically, this culminated in him taking his own life. We’ve created this mural to help remember Keith and ensure that his flame continues to burn brightly – but also to raise awareness of Shout 85258, and the incredible 24/7 text support service it provides.

“We hope that the mural will help anyone that sees it know that confidential support is just a text message away.”