News and Reviews: August 24, 2016

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Punk 1976-78
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the birth of punk music, The British Library showcases exhibition exploring the genre and sub culture's early days and how its influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide. Runs until October 2.
The exhibition includes the Glen Matlock resignation letter to leave The Sex Pistols.
Also The Sex Pistols signed termination of their recording contract with EMI.
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1.
Punk 1976-78 - exhibition (13 May 2016 to 2 October 2016)
The exhibition is free entry.
The British LibraryCheck out their website for full info.
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From 01 June 2016.
PUNK LONDON: The Museum of London's calling as it celebrates 40 years of punk with a display of all things anarchy in the Show Space. Discover customised clothes, accessories, photos, material from punk gigs (including flyers, patches and posters) from the 1970s onwards. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm
Nearest tube station is Barbican.
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Friday 15 July 2016 to Sunday 1 January 2017 - The Bodyguard - theatre production
Beverley Knight stars in the musical version of film made famous by Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
Book by playwright Alex Dinelarius, several Whitney Houston classics are included in the score.
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1.
August is a quiet time for gigs and other other events so it's a good time to visit the theatre to check out
Kinky Boots,Motown The Musical,Sunny Afternoon,Beautiful,Jersey Boys and others.
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Fri 19 Aug---David Brent Movie: Life on the Road - In cinemas nationwide from today.
David Brent's big screen outing, following him after he's made redundant from Wernham Hogg.
David is now a 55 year old sales rep for Lavichem ,a toilet products company based in Slough who decides to
cash in his pension and take a couple of weeks off work as unpaid leave to live out his dreams of making it as
a rock star and pays for a band ,hotel rooms and tour bus to go on tour with hilarious scenes.
Film shot in a similar mockumentary style to the hit BBC series 'The Office'.
His band David Brent & Foregone Conclusion feature in the film with some tuneful ditties.
Ricky Gervais is David Brent.
There will be plenty of 'The Office' and 'Spinal Tap' style humour in the film.
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ROLLING STONES Exhibitionism at The Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.
I went to the great launch party back in April for this event where all the band turned up.
Lots to see here so you can easily spend a couple of hours mooching about.
Over 500 items of memorabilia over many different rooms.
Due to phenomenal demand, from 4 August every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the opening hours for
Exhibitionism will be extended to 9pm. The critically-acclaimed event finishes its UK run on 4 September.
Tickets are £20 Monday to Thursday
Tickets are £22 Friday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.
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Fri 26 Aug---Kenney Jones & The Jones Gang play Under The Bridge @ Chelsea F.C...tix £25 adv...
Legendary British drummer, who's played in the bands Small Faces, Rod Stewart's Faces and The Who,
takes to the stage to perform classic hits.
www.underthebridge.co.ukVisit the venue website for more info and to buy tickets.
Fri 26 Aug---Eagles of Death Metal play The Forum.
A warm up show before they play Reading & Leeds Festivals.
Sat 27 Aug---Happy Birthday to Sex Pistol Glen Matlock who is 60 today.
Glen is the last of The Sex Pistols to reach his 60th.
Sat 27 Aug---Human League play Windsor Racecourse.
Half a dozen horse races then the band take the stage around 8pm.
They have had four Top 10 albums and eight Top 10 singles in the UK as well as two US Number 1 singles.
The Human League have sold more than 20 million records worldwide.
www.windsor-racecourse.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Sat 27 Aug---Reading Festival Day 2 - Red Hot Chili Peppers + Imagine Dragons + many more.
Sun 28 Aug---Reading Festival Day 3 - Biffy Clyro + Fall Out Boy + Vaccines + Wombats + many more.
As usual highlights of Reading Festival will be shown daily on BBC tv.
Sun 28 Aug---Queensryche play The Islington Academy.
Queensryche are playing a UK & European Tour.
It's been four years since Queensrÿche had a messy divorce with original singer Geoff Tate but
his replacement Todd LaTorre seems to be doing a good job.
Mon 29 Aug---Today is the main day for The Notting Hill Carnival.
Mon 29 Aug---Madness and guests play Clapham Common.
Fri 02 Sept---Bobby Davro plays The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
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With the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen the 2016 Concours of Elegance will take place from
2-4 September at Windsor Castle.
The Concours of Elegance began at Windsor Castle in 2012, before moving to St James’s Palace in 2013, Hampton Court Palace in 2014 and last year the Concours took place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland).
The Concours of Elegance will once again bring together a selection of 60 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a 2 day driving tour ‘The Great West Tour’ in the days running up to the main Concours event.
www.concoursofelegance.co.ukVisit their info for more info and to buy tickets.
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Sat 03 Sept---Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols guitar hero Steve Jones who is 61 today.
Looks like Steve will be in London for a long overdue visit in November when his autobiography
'Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol' comes out.
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Sun 04 Sept---Free Festival noon to 6pm at Blondin Park,Brentford.
Featuring David Sinclair Four at 2pm.
www.brentfordfestival.org.ukVisit their website for more info.
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A Kind of Magic: A Celebration of Freddie Mercury’s 70th Birthday
Richard Young Gallery ,4 Holland Street,London W8.
6th September – 5th November 2016
To mark Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday, Richard Young Gallery is proud to present A Kind of Magic, an exhibition of iconic photographs documenting sparkling moments in the life of the legendary musician. Shot through the lens of photographer Richard Young, a close friend, this collection of photographs celebrates the unforgettable musical legend, combining both rock and roll concert images and intimate real-life shots.
Richards says “The parties were always wild, full of laughter and unique. When you were in Freddie’s inner circle you would always be given a nickname, mine was Muriel Young. This was after the TV presenter from the 50’s, and Freddie would always say, “Come on Muriel!” I loved it. I felt I was part of his family.”
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Tues 06 Sept---Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds play The Brixton Academy.
Wed 07 Sept---The Libertines play Brixton Academy.
Thurs 08 Sept and Fri 09 Sept---David Brent & Foregone Conclusion play Hammersmith Apollo.
Ricky Gervais brings to alter-ego to Hammersmith for a couple of big shows.
The band include ex Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows.
Their debut album and film 'Life On The Road' is released just before these shows.
Both shows sold out pronto.
Thurs 08 Sept---The Members play The 100 Club.
The Members play a special show to celebrate 39 years since they first played this famous venue.
Sat 10 Sept---Billy Joel plays a massive show at Wembley Stadium.
Only two shows in Europe---this one at Wembley and the week before in Frankfurt,Germany.
He has a current contract to play one show a month for three years at Madison Square Garden....36 shows...
He has sold over 150 million records.
He has not produced any new music for over 20 years.
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Items and objects relating to Pink Floyd are to feature in an upcoming exhibition titled
You Say You Want A Revolution: Records And Rebels 1966-70.
It'll get underway at the Victoria And Albert museum, London, on September 10, and along with
Floyd memorabilia, the exhibit will also feature a range of other items from the era.
This major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism.
Tickets are £16.
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The full line-up for BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park on Sunday 11 September has now been announced. Elton John, Madness, Status Quo (Aquostic set), Gregory Porter, LeAnn Rimes, Jamie Lawson, Andreya Triana and Travis will all perform live on BBC Radio 2 and in vision via BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the Radio 2 website.
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Sat 10 Sept---Primal Scream + Hot Chip + Roisin Murphy headline Day One of On Blackheath Festival
Sun 11 Sept---Belle & Sebastian + James + Squeeze + Edwyn Collins headline Day Two of On Blackheath Festival
www.onblackheath.comVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.
Mon 12 Sept---Roy Harper plays The Royal Festival Hall.
Tues 13 Sept---L7 play The Forum.
All girl band from the 1990s reform for a tour.
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Thurs 15 Sept---The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years - in cinemas for one night only.
The Fab Fours journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg
to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco in 1966.
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Wed 21 Sept---Bjork plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 24 Sept---Bjork plays Hammersmith Apollo...extra show added as The Royal Albert Hall sold out pronto.
50 years ago on Sept 24th 1966, Jimi Hendrix arrived in London for the first time.
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Thurs 22 Sept---Dirty Strangers live at The Hope And Anchor - Islington.
Shepherds Bush rockers have just released their fourth album 'Crime And A Woman'.
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Tues 27 Sept---Bruce Springsteen’s 500-page autobiography, ‘Born to Run,’ will be released internationally.
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David Gilmour returns to The Royal Albert Hall to play another five shows.
David is spoiling us in London as his 2015/2016 world tour for his 'Rattle That Lock' album
now means he will be playing 11 shows at this legendary venue in total.
These shows are the last dates on his world tour.
I went to four of the previous six shows including one with an amazing front row centre view.
Friday 23 September
Sunday 25 September
Wednesday 28 September
Thursday 29 September
Friday 30 September
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Fri 30 Sept---The Sharks play The Borderline.
Chris Spedding and his early 1970’s band Sharks reform for a UK tour and the release of ‘Killers of the Deep’,
their first album of new material in forty-two years.
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Fri 07 Oct---Petula Clark plays The Swan Theatre,High Wycombe.
Petula now aged 83 on a UK tour to promote her new album 'From Now On' released on 16 Sept 2016.






Tuesday 23 August 2016...I went two events tonight...
5.30pm to 6.45pm.
Press view - The Real Greek, 54 St Martin's Lane,London WC2.
This popular Greek restaurant has branches in Covent Garden,Soho and a few other places.
We have been invited to check out their 3 dishes set dinner menu that they charge £10.95 for.
That is of course is a bargain price for this very central area.
The main dish was a a very nice grilled chicken on a bed of crushed new potatoes.
The other two dishes were more side plates of flatbread,crudités (veggie strips) and various Greek dips.
It is perfect for a pre-theatre visit as there are many theatres in the area.
www.therealgreek.comVisit their website for more info.
then a few yards up the same street to...
6.50pm to 9.30pm.
CELIA x Library - launch party - Library Club, 112 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2.
Launch party for this Premium Czech Lager.
Traditionally batch brewed in the heart of the world's most famous hop region. The local noble saaz hops create clean, spicy aroma. Ideal to accompany quality food. CELIA has a truly light feel thanks to the benefit of being gluten free and naturally carbonated.
Organic, Hand-crafted, Gluten-free, Suitable for coeliacs and vegans.
It is available in Waitrose,Whole Foods,Ocado,Oddbins and other selected stores.
There was a dj playing dance tunes by the bar.
A few folks we knew here so an enjoyable evening.
All guests enjoyed complimentary CELIA dark lagers (5.7% vol) and light lagers (4.5% vol).
www.celialager.co.ukVisit their website for more info.








Monday 22 August 2016.
BURBERRY - My Burberry Black - fragrance campaign unveiling & launch party -
Thomas's at Burberry Regent Street, 5 Vigo Street, London, W1.
It is big deal outside the venue as lots of Burberry staff & pr girls and security guys along with photographers
snapping away and around 50 gawping tourists wondering what is going on inside.
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Luxury fashion house Burberry has unveiled its new campaign for the launch of the My Burberry Black fragrance for women, featuring British actress Lily James. The campaign, shot by photographer Mario Testino, includes the track I Put a Spell on You performed by British singer/songwriter Duffy. The TV campaign will go live across multiple platforms globally, including Clear Channel's One Piccadilly and Coventry House screens in Piccadilly, London.
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Around 150 folks here in the Burberry entertaining space.
Both floors have been decorated amazingly with flowers everywhere that make up the fragrance.
Downstairs guests walk through a complete tunnel of flowers and all the way up the stairs and
all over the walls of the main first floor area there were flowers covering every available space.
It looked incredible and must have cost a small fortune.
I was told it was put up during the day and would all come down the following day.
Actress Lily James turned heads as she arrived on the arm of her actor boyfriend Matt Smith (a former Dr Who) to celebrate becoming the new face of My Burberry fragrances. The couple were surrounded by friends including Douglas Booth, Freddie Fox and Ellie Bamber, along with Smith's former Doctor Who colleagues Jenna Coleman and Arthur Darvill. Members of the Downton Abbey cast also came to support James, with Laura Carmichael and Michael Fox making their first joint public appearance together as a couple, and Elizabeth McGovern was spotted mingling with Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey. Party regulars Clara Paget, Cressida Bonas, Lady Alice Manners and Toby Huntington-Whiteley also descended upon Thomas's at Burberry Regent Street to catch a first look at the new ad campaign.
All guests enjoyed a couple of hours of complimentary cocktails,Nyetimber English Sparkling Wines and canapés.
All guests got a very nice goodie bag with a 90ml bottle of the fragrance that retails for £92.
UK.Burberry.comVisit the BURBERRY website here for more info.






Sunday 21 August 2016.
The Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony Tonight.
It was great watching Team GB having a fantastic Olympics by winning so many medals.
They came second after America in the gold medal table.






Saturday 20 August 2016.
A photographer friend who i see often at West End events has revamped his website.
You can hire him out for events and weddings etc.
www.andybarnesphotographer.co.ukVisit Andy's website here.





Friday 19 August 2016...I went to two events tonight...
5pm to 7pm.
Press view - The BLOOM Gin Terrace at OXO Tower x Harvey Nichols ,London SE1.
I went to the opening of The BLOOM Gin Terrace a few months ago.
We have been invited back to celebrate its summer success.
Again it is buzzing here as it's a Friday night.
Drinks are brought to your table by the waiters and waitresses.
Stunning views along The River Thames from the 8th floor here.
We had four cocktails each here with my faves being the BLOOM Gin Day Dreamer
and The BLOOM Gin Honey Pot.
It is on here until Sunday 21st August.
A choice of six BLOOM Gin cocktails are £13 each.
There are many other drinks available along with food.
www.harveynichols.comVisit the website for more info and to reserve a table.
then
7.30pm to 9pm.
Casa Havana pop-up - Night Tube Party - 15 Bateman Street,Soho,London W1.
Havana Club Cuban Rum are hosting a party to celebrate the Night Tube.
Soho is totally buzzing with after work drinkers and tourists spilling out of every bar and pub.
The Night Tube will certainly benefit the venues in Soho.
Two different complimentary cocktails for all guests through the evening - Minty Mojito & Cuba Libre.
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The first Night Tube services will launch on the Central and Victoria lines on Friday 19 August, with services on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines following in autumn. The Night Tube will offer a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays.
Up to 100,000 folks are expected to use the Night Tube over the weekend.





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