News and Reviews: September 03, 2014

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Some good gigs and events coming up worth checking out.....
September at The Roundhouse has a month of gigs for the iTunes Festival.
Wed 03 Sept---Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols guitar legend Steve Jones who is 59 today.
Sat 06 Sept---Happy Birthday to Roger Waters who is 71 today.
Sun 07 Sept---Happy Birthday to Chrissie Hynde who is 63 today.
Wed 10 Sept---Happy Birthday to Aerosmith guitar legend Joe Perry who is 64 today.
Wed 03 Sept to Fri 05 Sept is Salon Prive.
Set in the stunning grounds of Syon Park, West London –Salon Privé is gearing up for its ninth year of Classic, Super, Hyper and Mega-cars, ranging from the rarest to the most astonishing cars you’ll see on the planet.
www.salonprivelondon.comClick here for more info and to buy tickets
Fri 12 Sept---Day 1 of London Fashion Week that lasts for five days.
Sat 13 Sept---The Boys play The Jazz Cafe.
Sat 13 Sept---The Small Faces Fan Convention is at 229 Great Portland Street,London W1.
Sat 13 Sept---BBC Proms In The Park returns to Hyde Park.
Featuring Earth,Wind and Fire,Rufus Wainwright and many orchestral acts.
Sun 14 Sept---BBC Radio 2 live in Hyde Park---Festival In A Day---has again sold out pronto.
Not surprising with an excellent bill featuring a rare show from Jeff Lynne's ELO,Blondie,
Chrissie Hynde,Billy Ocean,Paloma Faith,Gregory Porter,Bellowhead,Kacey Musgraves. here for more info on both the days.
Tues 23 Sept---The Pierces play Shepherds Bush Empire to promote their fifth album 'Creation'.
Fri 26 Sept---The Libertines play the first of three shows at Alexandra Palace.
Sat 27 Sept---Peter Hook & The Light play Shepherds Bush Empire.
They play New Order’s “Low Life (1985)” & “Brotherhood” (1986) and an opening set of Joy Division tracks.
Wed 01 Oct---Kate Bush plays the last of 22 sold out shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
All sold out pronto despite steep ticket prices of £135,£95,£75,£59,£49 plus booking fees.
Respect is due to Kate Bush for playing here rather than half a dozen shows at The 02 Arena.
Her first shows for around 35 years is one of the most anticipated events of the year.
I saw Kate Bush at this venue in 1979 on her only UK tour.
Kate has amassed a multi million fortune and lives a very secretive low key life in Devon.
Before she got signed three tracks in total were recorded and paid for by David Gilmour.The tape was produced by Gilmour's friend Andrew Powell and was sent to EMI executive Terry Slater who was impressed by the tape and signed her.
In 1978, at the age of 19, Bush topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single "Wuthering Heights", becoming the first woman to have a UK number one with a self-written song.She has since released ten albums, three of which topped the UK Albums Chart. She has had 25 UK Top 40 hit singles, including half a dozen Top 10 hits.
Kate Bush is now aged 56.
Kate Bush has a request for fans who are coming to the gigs: "We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iphones, ipads or cameras. I know it's a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together."
I did NOT attend the first night but I will put up some bits n pieces about it.
As well as banning public photography she also banned the usual press photographers as she
used just her own official photographer for Kate and her team to ok the few pictures that will come out.
A Kate Bush picture from the opening night made the front page of most of the daily papers the day after.
Looks like Kate started at 7.45pm with no support.
As expected it is a long theatrical show of around 2 hours 30 mins plus interval.
All the reviews appear to be five stars with the odd one giving it four stars.
Eight of her albums went back in the Top 40 charts after the first weeks reviews came out.
Some fans were disappointed that she did not play a lot of her big hits including
'Wuthering Heights','The Man With The Child In His Eyes','Wow','Babooshka' and 'Don't Give Up'.
Kate Bush is one of the those artists that will not pander to the expected.
Some celebs who were there on the first night included David Gilmour,Lily Allen,Marc Almond,Holly Johnson,
Frank Skinner,Derren Brown,Lauren Laverne,Michael Ball,Rufus Wainwright and Warpaint.
Celebs on the second night included Chris Rea and David Walliams.
Mon 22 Sept---Miel de Botton releases her debut single 'Bad Men'.
Watch the video which is now up on Youtube.

Tuesday 02 Sept 2014...6.15pm to 9pm...
DSTRKT showcase after refurbishment, 9 Rupert Street,London W1.
Dstrkt has undergone a million pound refurbishment, offering a new LED glass catwalk floor with the latest state of art technology and an LCD wall panel stretching through the entire venue which will be ideal for presentations and seminars. The venue is one of the most exclusive contemporary event spaces in Europe accommodating 500 guests within 2 large event spaces allowing you to section areas and space as big or as small as you like to accommodate your event. The Head Chef is Georgi Yaneff formerly of Bazaar by Jose Andres, SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills and his team provide gourmands with its modern European sharing platters concept.
The venue is gleaming and immaculate and you can see why it is used for film premieres including Expendables 3 just a couple of weeks ago.
We started off in the restaurant area where you can see the chefs in the kitchen preparing the food.
Then to the club area and the comfy sofas.
All guests enjoyed complimentary presecco,Pimms,wines,lagers,burgers and canapés.
For all enquires to visit Dstrkt please contact
David Harriet
Tel 0207 317 9120
Mobile 07770 900728
then 10pm to 11pm.
GQ Men Of The Year Awards at The Royal Opera House,London WC2.
This is always a massive event with big names from music,film,tv,fashion,sports etc.
I have been a couple of times but this years invite must have been lost in the post.
So I am just watching folks coming out along with 200 other folks.
They have closed the street outside the venue to traffic apart from the 50 plus cars laid on
to take the celebs home or elsewhere.
Barriers are everywhere and the security are the same that look after the West End film premieres.
The first folks i see leave are actors Liam Neeson and Johnny Depp.
Then we have Ringo Starr,Iggy Pop,Van Morrison,Bob Geldof,Gary Kemp,Jessie J,Elie Goulding,
Pharrell Williams,James Nesbitt,David Walliams,Colin Firth,Gerard Butler,Bradley Cooper and others.
Lewis Hamilton broke away from a turbulent season to pick up the GQ Sportsman of the Year award.
The McLaren F1 driver was alongside his stunning pop star girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger.
Check back soon for full reviews.

Monday 1 September 2014...6.30pm to 8.45pm...
Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards 2014 at The Ham Yard Hotel, Denman Street, London, W1.
The Ham Yard Hotel is a stylish newish hotel hidden away around the back of Piccadilly Circus and Soho.
Around 200 folks are here.
Drinks reception for a bit then we go into their plush theatre/cinema for the seated awards for 30 mins.
Lots of awards given out but no speeches so everything runs smoothly.
Over 20,000 readers voted for the awards that include UK and overseas venues.
It's a prestigious award so a lot of the winners from overseas have made the trip.
Some of the winners are listed here...
Best Overseas Holiday Hotel---Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.
Best UK Holiday Hotel---Chewton Glen,Hampshire.
Fave Country Destination---Italy.
Fave Overseas City---New York.
Best Airport---Changi,Singapore.
Best Airline---British Airways won Short-Haul and Long-Haul.
The full list is in the current Conde Nast Traveller which is in the stores now priced at £4.30 and
no doubt if you search on the internet the list will come up.
Complimentary Mumm champers along with duck burgers,pork burgers and canapés.
All guests got a small goodie bag.