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Archive: April 2013
April 27, 2013
24 April 2013.I went to two events tonight.
5.45pm to 7.30pm was the launch party for The Udderbelly Festival at The Southbank Centre,London.
My first outdoor event for this year as over 300 folks are down by the river.
Udderbelly Festival is a mix of comedy and theatre acts that will run from now to 14th July 2013.
Most ticket prices are under the £20 mark.
Headline acts this year include, a three week run from the multi-award-winning The Boy With Tape On His Face, fresh from a critically acclaimed West End run, and Irish comedy legend Ardal O’Hanlon.
Howard Marks and Gina Yashere are also performing.
International circus troupe Pirates of the Carabina will perform Flown, a dazzling mid- air spectacular featuring a stunning clique of masterful acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and daredevil stuntmen. They wowed crowds as the headline act at Glastonbury Festival’s Circus Big Top in 2011. Flown features circus artists from NoFit State Circus, De La Guarda and Footsbarn Theatre.
Complimentary Pimms,wines,beers and BBQ food here for all the guests tonight.
8pm to 11pm was a press dinner event to debut the new menu at Barbarella,428 Fulham Road,London SW6.
Very well known venue that has been around for 30 years located between Chelsea F.C Stamford Bridge and Fulham Broadway tube station.
The staff here were nice and very attentive.
We were on mixed tables of eight so we had nice chats with out fellow diners.
We had half a dozen yummy dishes including Tuna Carpaccio,Wild Mushroom Risotto,Seabass With Artichoke And Salsa Verde and Tiramisu dessert along with wines and Sprizzato spritz and sours drinks.
There was a male singer playing a few tunes in the background during the dinner then at 10.30pm a female fronted funky disco covers band got everyone on the dance floor for a boogie.
They have live music here every night.
A very enjoyable evening.
23 April 2013.I went to two events tonight.
First a venue showcase then a gig.
7.15pm to 8.30pm was a showcase for The Clubhouse,11 Grafton Street,London W1.
A very plush venue over two floors for this
members business club, lounge and meeting space.
Great location just off New Bond Street.
Are cafés, coffee shops and hotel lobbies really the right place to be meeting important clients?. Perhaps you work from home or are based outside London and need a sophisticated base to work from or meet in the heart of London?
The Clubhouse offers a luxurious, professional space with complimentary high speed and secure Wifi, refreshments, tea and Nespresso coffee. This is a creative environment where business gets done, and professional relationships can grow and flourish, designed around the needs of today’s business people and entrepreneurs.
Daily,weekly,monthly and annual rates.
Complimentary Pommery champers,cocktails,beers, wines and tasty plates of food for all the guests here tonight.
then a couple of mins walk to
Kaiser Chiefs live at Burberry,Regent Street,London W1.
Invite only party for around 400 or 500 folks.
Complimentary Henri Giraud champers,beers and canapes for the guests here tonight.
The Burberry Store in Regent Street is not your average store but a truly massive space.They have started putting on live bands once a month.
The area where the band plays puts most clubs to shame as there is loads of floor standing and a horseshoe shaped balcony viewing area.
The Kaiser Chiefs sold out Brixton Academy on 01 March and have just come back from playing shows in South America.
They play a fantastic 11 songs in 50 mins.
Singer Ricky Wilson is a bundle of energy as usual.
Loads of their best uptempo tunes played.
We even had a ticker tape shower too.
Full setlist played.....
Never Miss A Beat...Everything Is Average Nowadays...Heat Dies Down...Little Shocks...Everyday I Love You Less And Less...Modern
Way...You've Got The Nerve...I Predict a Riot...
Ruby...Angry Mob...Oh My God.
A totally buzzin' and rockin' event.
23 April 2013.Some very nice surprise tour news.
Mott The Hoople are to play a UK tour.
It’s the band’s first shows since a set of reunion appearances in London in 2009. It was the first time the original lineup had gathered for 35 years.
I went to all five of their Hammersmith Apollo shows.
The dates tie in nicely as Mott The Hoople were the first headline act i saw at Hammersmith Odeon in 1973....Yep 40 years ago.
Mott The Hoople UK tour
Nov 11: Birmingham Symphony Hall
Nov 13: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Nov 16: Newcastle City Hall
Nov 17: Manchester O2 Apollo
Nov 18: London O2 Arena
Tickets go on sale Friday 26 April 2013.
22 April 2013.Dexys live at The Duke Of York's Theatre London.
This was show number six of nine for Dexys at this venue.I am seated just six rows from the stage.
We are so lucky with gigs here as apart from getting all the major bands coming to London many of them play two or more nights in London so you can see them again on the same tour.
A nine night stint is a long one but other long stints coming up include Beyonce(6 nights at The 02 Arena),Eric Clapton(7 nights at The Royal Albert Hall) and Mark Knopfler(6 nights at The Royal Albert Hall).
I simply had to go back and see Dexys again after the great opening show i went to a week ago.
The past week i have seen glowing reviews of the show.All giving it five stars or four stars.
It was the same 2 hours 10 mins show with the first 70 mins being all the new album 'One Day I'm Going To Soar' and then 60 mins of older gems.
During the encore Kevin Rowland sang one of the songs from the Royal Box up in the balcony.
Both The Pet Shop Boys were here tonight.
Just great to see a show in this small cosy old theatre that is never used for gigs.
A great mix of quality music and on stage theatre.
Another really great show.
See my review of the opening night on 15 April with the full setlist below.
See some great photos of The Dexys gig and from many other gigs from George Chin/Iconic Pix.
Just type in Dexys in the search.
www.iconicpix.com It's a really great rock photo archive.
21 April 2013.
Elephant 12 are a great new band worth checking out.
Elephant 12 are a mixture of three styles, Hip Hop, Electro and Rock...... N.E.R.D. meet Outcast with the Rage Against The Machine high energy signature who appeal to a metal kid as much as a hipster from Shoreditch into Electro.
Last month they toured North America and highlights were at Pianos in New York and at The Horseshoe (this place has been going for 65 years) in Toronto..........loads of history in this venue,
The Stones, The Police,Van Morrison, Jack White all played here.
They also played in Austin for SXSW.
A new single coming up soon called 'Love Knock on Wood'.. to add to their two EP releases (Elephant 12 and SOLD OUT! ) available on Itunes, Bandcamp, Spotify.
Check out the cool video for 'Holiday' here....
21 April 2013.
Van Halen played their first and only show ever in Australia with David Lee Roth in Sydney last night.
The setlist for Van Halen at Stone Music Festival Saturday, April 20 was:
Unchained (from Fair Warning, 1981)
Runnin’ With The Devil (from Van Halen, 1977)
She’s The Woman (from A Different Kind Of Truth, 2012)
Romeo Delight (from Women and Children First, 1980)
Tattoo (from A Different Kind Of Truth, 2012)
Everybody Wants Some (from Women and Children First, 1980)
Somebody Get Me A Doctor (from Van Halen II, 1979)
China Town (from A Different Kind Of Truth, 2012)
Oh, Pretty Woman (from Diver Down, 1982)
You Really Go Me (from Van Halen, 1977)
Dance The Night Away (from Van Halen II, 1979)
I’ll Wait (from 1984, 1984)
Hot For Teacher (from 1984, 1984)
Beautiful Girls (from Van Halen II, 1979)
Ice Cream Man (from Van Halen, 1977)
Panama (from 1984, 1984)
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (from Van Halen, 1977)
Jump (from 1984, 1984)
Also on the bill were Aerosmith.
20 April 2013.Today was Record Store Day which is getting bigger and bigger every year.
Lots of limited edition vinyl singles released.
This weeks NME in the shops Wed 17 April has a full list of releases and the special live events that are going on at some stores.
Releases include Sex Pistols 7 inch 'Pretty Vacant' live at Hammersmith Apollo 02 Sept 2008 which was their last London gig.3500 copies only.
David Sinclair Trio 'America,Here's My Boy' 7 inch.
500 copies only.
Also vinyl by David Bowie,Cream and Macca.
18 April 2013.6.15pm to 9.30pm.
Re-launch party for the IL Bar, Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7.
My first time at this stunning five star boutique hotel that opened nearly a year ago.
Complimentary Moet champers and canapes for all the guests tonight.
The theatrical bar is one-of-a-kind and was created by Italian artisans, reproducing hammered silver. The ceiling is finished in titanium; the floor, black granite; the walls, polished Sapele mahogany. A grand sweeping staircase leads down to the restaurant, beside illuminated metalised fabric adorned with illustrations of the historic collection of Bulgari jewellery sketches from the 1920s and ‘30s.
Really friendly and attentive staff here.
One of the girls showed me the basement area that goes down six levels which includes the Spa, set over two entire floors, comprises a 25m swimming pool, vitality pool, thermal experiences with ice fountains and cooling showers, relaxation room, 11 treatment rooms, a fully equipped fitness centre and nail salon, it is one of the largest in central London.
The centrepiece of the Spa is the 25m swimming pool created from sandblasted Vicenza stone, lined with green and gold leaf glass mosaic tiles and surrounded by columns and cabanas. As with the visible fixtures and fittings throughout the hotel, the specification for the filtration and water features plant had to be of the highest quality to ensure a trouble free system and to achieve the best possible water quality for a luxurious swimming environment.
Also downstairs was a superb 170 seat cinema.
Also downstairs was the ballroom area.
www.bulgarihotels.com It's a really nice bar area in a quality hotel.
It is not for those on a budget as spirit prices start from £10 each and cocktails and champagne are more.
18 April 2013.A headstone commemorating godfather of punk Malcolm McLaren has been revealed in Highgate Cemetery.
It was installed this week in secrecy at his grave in the eastern part of the cemetery, 100 yards from the memorial to Karl Marx.
McLaren, who managed the Sex Pistols, died in 2010 aged 64 of asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma.
His new gravestone, hewn from black granite, includes a death mask cast in bronze by Nick Reynolds, an acclaimed sculptor who is the son of Great Train Robber Bruce Reynolds.
It also features the epitaph: “Better a spectacular failure, than a benign success” and a shield bearing McLaren’s initials.
Dr Ian Dungavell, chief executive of the 175-year-old Highgate Cemetery, said the headstone was a fitting addition to the Gothic masterpieces already in place.
He said: “We like to have monuments that are individual, that celebrate people, ones that are commissioned and are not off the peg. This is a really special monument and no other has a death mask like this. It is so much nicer than these terrible tacky things that you get out of catalogues.”
Dr Dungavell added: “It will be interesting to see if it becomes a place of homage.”
McLaren, a pioneer of the punk movement, was buried three years ago to the strains of Sid Vicious singing My Way, with a coffin slogan: “Too fast to live, too young to die.”
17 April 2013.I went to two events tonight.
6.45pm to 8.45pm was the 'Natural Perception' private view at 68 Dean Street,London W1.
Aretha Campbell Fine Art in conjunction with Narcissus Arts present a group exhibition of work by Henry Hudson, Mat Chivers, Emily Pughe Nancy Fouts, Dr.Victor Shroeder, Guy Archard, Pheobe Dickinson, Adeleine de Montseignat, Sam Pelly, Yun-Kyung Jeong's and Camilla Emson.
Set within a 19th century Georgian townhouse in the heart of Soho, designed by the architect Meard in 1850, Natural Perception will address the value of these artworks by blurring the distinction between exhibition and archive, art and artefact.
A nice buzz here as busy over all three floors.
Guests had complimentary Kracken Rum cocktails and beers.
Exhibition is on until 21 April 2013.Free entry.
The Cribs + Drenge live at The 100 Club,London.
This was an invite only show for competition winners via 100 Club sponsors Converse and press.
Support act Drenge are a pair of young brothers, a duo based on the White Stripes/Black Keys model, where one bashes drums and the other sings and slugs his guitar. There's no bass and it's pretty basic with lots of distorted fuzzy guitar.
In Feb this year The Cribs won Outstanding Contribution at this years NME Awards.They also headlined Shepherds Bush Empire.
In 2007 i went to all five of The Sex Pistols shows at Brixton Academy and for four of these shows The Cribs were the support act and since then i have kept an eye on their career.
After five studio albums The Cribs announced details of their first singles collection,'Payola' which was released on 11 March 2013 via Wichita Recordings to mark their 10th anniversary.
The 100 Club is proper hot and sweaty tonight.
The Jarman brothers from Wakefield,Yorkshire have kept the indie spirit alive over the last decade.
Lots of Libertines/Babyshambles t-shirts in the crowd.
The Cribs play for around 65 mins.
There is lots of jumping around stage front as their loyal fans know the words to all the songs.
A good club gig.
Full Cribs setlist played....
MTV...Hey Scenesters!...Come On, Be a No-One...
I'm Alright Me...I'm a Realist...Glitters Like Gold
...It Was Only Love...Jaded Youth...Cheat on Me...
Tri'elle...Leather Jacket Love Song...We Can No Longer Cheat You...Girls Like Mystery...Our Bovine Public...Men's Needs...City of Bugs...
16 April 2013.Matchbox Twenty live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
This was the first of two shows from this American band at this venue as part of their world tour to promote their fourth studio album 'North'.
One of those bands that have quietly become massive worldwide with over 30 million album sales.
They have massive sales back home but zero credibility here in the UK.
On stage for a nice long 2 hours 10 mins.
The singer Rod Thomas said the last time they played this venue Mick Jagger was in the crowd.
The music is polite mainstream radio rock.
Some good catchy tunes and the sound is just right.
A great atmosphere as it is floor standing and plenty of swooning females here.Judging by the cheers they played all their biggest tracks.
A couple of covers were good with The Faces 'Stay With Me' and The Stones 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'.
An enjoyable enough show.
Full Matchbox Twenty setlist played....
Parade...Bent...Disease...She's So Mean...How Far We've Come...3am...Real World...Girl Like That...
If You're Gone...Overjoyed...I'll Believe You When
...All Your Reasons...Long Day...How Long...I Will
...Unwell...Radio...Stay With Me (The Faces cover)
...So Sad So Lonely...Bright Lights...
Encore:...Back 2 Good...Jumpin' Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones cover)...Push...
15 April 2013.Dexys live at The Duke Of York's Theatre,St Martin's Lane,London WC2.
This was the first of nine Dexys shows at this lovely old theatre that holds around 650 seats over three levels.
I saw Dexys way back in the 1980s.They made a full comeback last year with their first new album for 27 years titled 'One Day I'm Going To Soar'.
The show is pretty much the same as the Shepherds Bush Empire gig i saw last year.A nice long 2 hours 10 mins on stage with the first 70 mins being the recent album and the next 60 mins a best of.
The album itself is fantastic and Kevin Rowlands band are just superb with lashings of violin,sax,trombone and keyboards from Mick Talbot.
Kevin and the band all look snappy in their fedoras,flat caps,zoot suits and brogues and lots of the crowd are sharply dressed too.
See some great photos of The Dexys gig and from many other gigs from George Chin/Iconic Pix
www.iconicpix.com! It's a really great rock photo archive.
The show really is top notch musical theatre.
Full of passion and attention to detail.
Kevin has two partners in crime on vocals for most songs (Pete Williams and Madeleine Hyland) and
Rowland's wonderfully comical in-song banter with
them is just brilliant.
The whole show is just so entertaining.
The Shepherds Bush Empire comeback gig was great but this was even better.Total quality.
Full Dexys setlist played....
Now...Lost...Me...She Got a Wiggle...You...I'm Thinking Of You...I'm Always Going To Love You...
Incapable Of Love...Nowhere Is Home...Free...It's OK John Joe...Free (reprise)...The Waltz...Geno...
I Love You (Listen To This)...Until I Believe In My Soul...'Burning' skit part 1...Tell Me When My Light Turns Green...'Burning' skit part 2...
Until I Believe In My Soul (reprise)...
Encore..:Liars A To E...This Is What She's Like...
15 April 2013.After the success of the recent reunion shows, it seemed that Status Quo could do no wrong in the eyes of their fans, but it turns out that tensions between the band and its fans are now at an all time high.
With the band's film debut, 'Bula Quo' set for release in the summer and the release details for the accompanying album confirmed by the band's management, it seemed that all was well within the Quo camp. However, a recent airing of the track 'Bula Bula Quo (Kua Ni Lega)' on BBC Radio 2 has led to a backlash from fans of the band claiming that the after the success of the recent reunion shows that the band have taken a step backwards and are alienating some of their fan base as a result.
"Please end this nonsense and move forward with the Frantic Four", said John Rees on the band's Facebook page, whilst Niall McDonald pointed out that Rick Parifitt had said in a recent interview that the hoped the reunion tour would bring back some fans who gave up on the band in the 1980s, which may have happened but that "[the band hadn't] anticipated the reunion being so popular, or having won back so much credibility."
The band themselves or their management team have still to make an official statement regarding the issues raised by some of the fans, but felt the negativity was so bad on the band's official website forum that they took the decision to close it down with no warning to fans at all – an action which has incensed the fans even further.
My thoughts are it was pretty obvious Quo would go back to being the same Quo that was before The Frantic Four shows.
The titles of their new film and single says it all really.
14 April 2013.Johnny Winter + Laurence Jones Band live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
Up first we have young British blues trio Laurence Jones Band who play a decent bunch of blues tracks from their album 'Thunder In The Sky'.
Johnny Winter now aged 69 is an American blues guitarist, singer, and producer. Best known for his late 1960s and 1970s high-energy blues-rock albums.
Johnny Winter is on a world tour to promote his first new studio album in over seven years called 'Roots'. It features Winter with a bevy of guests like Sonny Landreth, Jimmy Vivino, Warren Haynes, Frank Latorre, John Popper, Vince Gill, Susan Tedeschi, brother Edgar Winter, Derek Trucks, Paul Nelson, John Medeski, and more covering 11 classic blues numbers originally tracked by blues greats like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, and others.
Johnny and band play for around 90 mins.Johnny is another old rocker who is looking frail these days as his back looks very stiff when he walks on stage so apart from the opening song and last song of the set he is sitting on a stool.
The stalls is also all seating tonight.
Johnny's vocals are pretty average but he lets his guitar do the talking.The set seemed to be all or nearly all covers from his new album and some other blues versions of classics including 'Johnny B Goode' and 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'.
Most songs had an extended guitar solo in it.
The two encores featured some great bottlenech slide guitar with the last song of the night being a cover of 'Highway 61'.
So overall some great guitar playing but far too many cover versions played in the set for a headline artist.
12 April 2013.8.15pm to 11.15pm.
Made In Chelsea's Diego Bivero-Volpe charity event at Rook And Raven Gallery,Rathbone Place,London W1.
This was a fundraiser for The Kids Company Charity with around 300 of the younger and upmarket Chelsea/South Kensington crowd at this trendy gallery over two levels.Some very nice looking ladies here and the men were well groomed.
It may be a gallery but tonight it is turned into a club as we have black curtains over the front windows and a dozen security guys.
We had a choice of five yummy complimentary Patron Tequila cocktails along with 1936 beers.
We have a couple of djs playing some tunes and a live set from The Kooks playing four cover versions by Britney Spears/Rihanna/All Saints/Chris Isaak with a guest female on vocals in a short 20 mins set.I think she was a known model/actress.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com and
The Kooks play Oxford Academy the following day then head off for a dozen shows in Australia.
A really good event for a good cause.
11 April 2013.I went to three events tonight.
5pm to 6pm.Ronnie Wood press view and photocall at Castle Fine Art Gallery,24 Bruton Street,London W1.
Loads of photographers here as Ronnie promotes a dozen of his amazing Rolling Stones paintings which look really impressive hanging up.
We get an introduction from the gallery owner and Ronnie says a few words then poses in front of all the paintings.
No free booze at this session as that was for the private view later.I was told Mick Taylor turned up for that.
6.10pm to 7pm Chris Bracey private view at Scream Gallery ,27 Eastcastle Street,London W1.
Scream is proud to present London-based light artist Chris Bracey’s first UK solo exhibition. Chris Bracey has worked with neon and lights for over thirty years and the title of this exhibition alludes to his remarkable journey and career. Bracey has acquired a vast fan base including commissions from high-profile clients such as David LaChapelle, Stella McCartney, Martin Creed and Vivienne Westwood. Bracey has also provided dramatic installations for films such as Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Batman films. Many of Bracey’s works are self-produced neons, referencing popular culture.
Guests including Professor Green and my old mucker Gary Lammin ex member of Cock Sparrer and now fronting The Bermondsey Joyriders enjoyed some complimentary beers.
See www.screamlondon.com...until 01 June 2013.
7.15pm to 10pm was the launch party for The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar at Selfridges,2nd Floor,Oxford Street,London W1.
World famous department store opens another restaurant.
Masterchef 2012 champion Keri Moss is here as she is head chef just a few months after winning the BBC show.
Moss, 41, who now lives in Nunhead, worked for a contract caterer before featuring on the programme.
Keri gave a nice emotional speech.
Also here was pr guru Max Clifford.
The venue has a nice contemporary feel to it.
Complimentary Henri Giraud champers,wines and some very tasty canapes.
It is actually in the corner at the front so when standing you can see the shoppers in Oxford Street below you.
Well worth a visit when you are next up The West End.
10 April 2013.Meat Loaf live at The 02 Arena, London.
This was billed as the ‘Last At Bat’ farewell UK tour.That is always a good excuse to sell more tickets and it has worked tonight as it is fully sold out.
I have seen Meat Loaf over 20 times since 1978 when i saw him perform the 'Bat Out Of Hell' album at Hammersmith Odeon on his debut UK tour.
The 'Bat Out Of Hell' album has sold over 3 million copies in the UK and over 45 million copies worldwide making it one of the biggest selling albums ever in history.
On stage for a long 2 hours 30 mins over two sets.The first set was some hits and some album tracks then the second set was the classic 'Bat Out Of Hell' album in track order with each song having interview clips on the big screens by the some of the folks involved in making it including Jim Steinman and Todd Rundgren.Then encores of a couple more big hits.
Now aged 65 Meat Loaf has never really looked a perfect picture of health as he has always been on the large side but he always put on a great show.
One of the shows i saw at Wembley Arena a few years had Meat Loaf fall to the ground which i thought was part of the show and a few mins later the show was postponed as Meat was too ill to carry on.
These days he looks a bit frail as he waddles across the stage and his voice strains to hit those big booming rock musical operatic notes that he is famous for.
Three big screens showing a perfect mix of live footage and images and interviews.
The first set was the warm up for the second set with all the mega tracks of 'Bat Out Of Hell'.
Meaf Loaf broke down in tears a few times tonight.
While tonight was not vintage Meat Loaf due to health problems there was a huge amount of goodwill and love from the audience from a performer who always gives 100% even though his body and voice is not fully up to it these days.
Overall so many great,great,great songs.
Full Meat Loaf setlist played...
Runnin' For The Red Light (I Gotta Life) / Life is a Lemon And I Want My Money Back
Dead Ringer for Love
If It Ain't Broke, Break It
The Giving Tree
Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are
Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire)
Bat Out of Hell (Large inflatable bat burst up)
You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
Heaven Can Wait
All Revved Up With No Place to Go
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Large inflatable couple burst up)
For Crying Out Loud
I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)
Boneyard / All Revved Up With No Place To Go
(Eight smaller matchstick men type inflatables of Meat Loaf and all the band popped up).
09 April 2013.The death of Margaret Thatcher will be debated daily until her funeral next week as to whether she was good or bad for the country.
THE DAILY MAIL REPORTS....
John Lydon calls Thatcher celebration parties 'loathsome',
Former Sex Pistol John Lydon, known as Johnny Rotten, says it's 'loathsome' to celebrate Margaret Thatcher's death. Despite being 'her enemy in life', Lydon, 57, said 'When someone dies, give them respect. Enemy or not'.
09 April 2013.6.45pm to 8.45pm.
House & Garden 'Hotels by Design' party at The David Linley Store,60 Pimlico Road,London SW1.
Around 200 upmarket folks here with complimentary
Laurent Perrier champers and canapes for all.
David Linley founded his business in 1985 with the aim of designing and manufacturing furniture of the highest quality. Some 28 years on, the now well established British design company LINLEY enjoys prominence as both a retail and bespoke business specializing in the design and production of furniture, upholstery, interiors and home accessories of a superlative quality.
Everyone here got a goodie bag.
The 'Hotels by Design' supplement is available with the May 2013 issue of House & Garden which is in shops now priced at £3.99.
09 April 2013.The Rolling Stones extra show at Hyde Park will be on Sat 13 July 2013 which is a week after the first one.
Its obvious The Stones have other dates booked for UK and Europe but want everyone to scramble over these London tickets before confirming other shows.
Support on the day will come from Jake Bugg, Tom Odell and The 1975. Tickets for The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park go on general sale at 9am Friday, April 12.
While some fans expressed concerns that reserved standing at the front tickets on offer at £300 would restrict views to the stage, the gig's promoters AEG Live promoter Rob Hallett has assured ticketholders that they will get a good view of the band. "The band wanted the regular ticket-holders(the £95 ones)to be right at the front of the stage staring at the whites of their eyes, not 200 yards away," he said." But when the doors open, if you can run faster than the next guy, it will be like any other general admission gig. You will get down front."
08 April 2013.Alfie Boe + Emilia Mitiku live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
First of two shows at this venue at the end of the Alfie Boe UK tour.
Up first as support is Emilia Mitiku who is a Swedish pop music and soul singer, mostly known for her worldwide hit single, 'Big Big World'.
I have never heard the song but she got the gig as she is on the same record label as Alfie Boe.
A short 25 mins set that got polite applause.
Alfie Boe is a classical crossover vocalist promoting his fifth album 'Storyteller'.
The tenor who first got noticed bringing opera to the working men’s clubs of his native Lancashire
who shot to fame as Jean Valjean in the iconic Les Miserables.
Now he is using his fantastic loud and powerful voice for his own interpretation of classic covers mixed in with his opera tracks.
On stage for 1 hour 45 mins with 20 folks on stage
including Alfie and band,two slinky backing singers, a brass section, and eight mini-skirted violinists to add a lushness to some beefy songs.
Alfie jumped and bounced around the stage with energy in a black t shirt and jeans and walked through the crowd a couple of times.
He opened with Roy Orbison’s anthem 'It’s Over' and followed it with renditions of 'The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore',he got his first standing ovation for 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' then 'Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood', 'First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' and a winning duet with his guest singer and support act Emilia Mitiku for 'Dimming Of The Day'.
There was a cheesy interlude which featured two sofas brought on stage and a dozen ladies invited from the audience to join him on them and a medley of lilting opera songs interspersed with the odd gag.
His big tune 'Bring Him Home' from Les Mis was just superb.Other covers were 'Always On My Mind','Fly On My Sweet Angel' and a dedication to Jon Lord before singing 'Shine A Light'.Alfie sung a few songs at The Sunflower Jam Tribute show to Jon Lord last year.
The show was a bit 'middle of the road' as expected but it was enjoyable.
Most so called rock singers would give anything to have a voice like his.
I was sitting a couple of rows behind BBC tv chef James Martin.
08 April 2013.
Kosmo Vinyl exhibition this week.
Kosmo Vinyl was a longtime associate and sometime manager for The Clash. He can be heard introducing The Clash at Shea Stadium on The Clash's live album, Live at Shea Stadium(1982).
This week sees the opening of an exhibition of 53 collages tracking the fortunes of West Ham United FC over a season; they are all the product of expat football fan and music industry maverick Kosmo Vinyl.
The show’s title, Is Saitch Yer Daddy, is taken from 60s graffito adorning a wall near West Ham’s home ground. Residency in New York for many years hasn’t dampened the ardour for The Hammers of this figure who played key promotional and managerial roles for Graham Parker, Stiff Records, Ian Dury and The Clash.Following West Ham’s demotion from the English Premiership to the Championship in 2011, Vinyl set up the blog Is Saitch Yer Daddy to communicate with fans around the world.
After each game of the 2011/12 season, he posted a collage using yet another pseudonym, Andy Pepper, as a way of commenting on each result, and it is these which form the exhibition, which runs from April 8-15 at Eb & Flow Gallery, 77 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4QS.....Free admission.
Kosmo Vinyl is in London this week doing media interviews.
08 April 2013.
Black Sabbath new album '13' out 10 June 2013.
Black Sabbath will play:
London O2 Arena (December 10)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (December 12)
Sheffield Arena (December 14)
Glasgow Hydro (December 16)
Manchester Arena (December 18)
Birmingham LG Arena (December 20)
07 April 2013....4.10pm Kick Off.
QPR 1 WIGAN 1.
Relegation megaclash as both teams near the bottom.
QPR really needed to win this one.
We had a player sent off after 20 mins and then scored with five minutes to go....amazing.
For five mins Loftus Road was rockin' and then it happened.We gave away a needless free kick and they scored in injury time with the last kick of the game to draw level.
QPR manager Harry Rednapp said "That was the cruellest last kick of the ball I have ever been involved in in football,".
"I need people to lift me, I don't know about the players. I need lifting, that is how I feel."
From my point i have never felt so deflated as at the end of this game.bearing in mind how important the game was in our relegation battle.
05 April 2013.7pm to 10pm.
Premiere of the short film 'Tax City' at BAFTA,
Very nice to be at the plush private screening room
at the BAFTA building.Drinks reception on arrival.
There were two screenings as the first one sold out very quickly.Around 500 folks at each screening.
The short stars Jon Campling (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part One and Part Two),Irish boxing legend Steve Collins (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels/The Kid), ex bank robber/best selling author Noel ‘Razor’ Smith, Mark Hutchinson (Drowning Rats) and Forbes KB (Game of Thrones).
Directed by Tom Begley.
Writer/Producer was Andy Nolan.
'Tax City' tells the story of Johnny Costa, a rock star who has it all until he is stabbed through the throat in a brutal mugging, which effectively
ends his singing career. Jon Campling plays the lead part of Johnny while Steve Collins takes on the role of his attacker. The look of
absolute terror on Campling’s face when Steve
grabs him by the throat is one hundred convincing,
but wouldn’t you be scared if the ex- Super
Middleweight Champion was manhandling you?
Having lost everything Johnny turns to drugs and
ends up living on the street,where he encounters his attacker once again as Collins bully of a character intimidates homeless people to beg for him. A dark and gritty subject matter.
The name 'Tax City' comes from the Taxing Squads that used to prey on the homeless in the ‘80s into the ‘90s.These street gangs were
predominantly Irish, or people of Irish descent, and they were also homeless people but they were like a street mafia extorting money from
the homeless community.
The short also features brand new tracks from The BibleCodeSundays which is fronted by Ronan MacManus – brother of Elvis Costello. The band performed a couple of songs tonight at the premiere alongside upcoming singer/songwriters Nick Capaldi and Mags Hegarty and teenage rapper Sonny Green. We also had a screening of The BibleCodeSundays brand new music video ‘Count Your Blessings’ which was also directed by Tom Begley.
I attended both screenings with the first one being the main event as all the stars from the film were here along with a fave actor of mine Tamer Hassan.
The film was only 20 mins long but hugely enjoyable to watch.
The film will be screened in Dublin in the next month.Thereafter it will go into the festivals.
05 April 2013..10.30am to noon....
The Queen opened the new Britwell centre on the outskirts of Slough.She arrived at 11.10am and stayed there until 11.50am.
She looked nice in a fuscia pink outfit.
Around 1000 folks here to see her.A bit cold but a great atmosphere as the kids are off school for Easter and as it is a big deal for the local area.
Her Majesty was joined by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to officially open the centre in Wentworth Avenue.
During the visit Her Majesty toured the new building including the kitchens, main hall and new library and meeting residents who have been part of the regeneration of Britwell.
She also unveiled a plaque to mark the visit.
Britwell is only a short drive from Windsor Castle where the Queen hosted a dinner event the previous evening where the Queen received an honorary BAFTA in honour of her lifelong support of British television and radio, and for being the 'most memorable Bond girl yet'. Sir Kenneth Branagh presented the award.
04 April 2013.I went to two events tonight.
First was 6.45pm to 8pm for the book launch of
'Melting the Snow on Hester Street' by Daisy Waugh at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel,Knightsbridge,London SW1.
Always nice to be in this lovely 5 star hotel.
Chilled Moet champers and top notch canapes for all served by their excellent mainly French staff.
It is in the smaller room that holds around 75 people rather than the bigger ballroom next door.
Same room as where i saw Bon Jovi announce their Hyde Park show a few weeks ago.
Daisy Waugh, is an English journalist, novelist and television presenter.
She writes for The Times,The Sunday Times,The Daily Telegraph and The Independent.
She was on BBC1 Breakfast Show the morning before so a nice bit of promotion there.
The book is based around the rich Hollywood set of the 1920s.
Daisy gave a quick speech and thanked everyone for coming out in the cold then three female singers
from The Tootsie Rollers sang three 1920s tunes dressed in outfits from that period.Good stuff.
a short walk up the road to see
Ligabue live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Ligabue age 53 is an Italian rock singer-songwriter, film director and writer who is one of Italy's most popular rock acts and headlines outdoor stadium shows at huge venues like the San Siro back home.Some folks over there call him "The Italian Bruce Springsteen".
It is a bit like French superstar Johnny Hallyday who plays stadiums back home but when i saw him at this venue it was mainly French folks as he also has had no success over here.
The atmosphere is great as there are Italian flags and some are wearing Italian footie shirts and the crowd are really excited as they are standing for all of the two hour set.Only half a dozen words are in English as the chat is mainly in Italian and all the lyrics are in Italian.
He has had over a dozen hit albums in the last 20 years or so.
His band are really good but it is more Bon Jovi/Bryan Adams than Bruce Springsteen as they are mainly uptempo catchy simple singalong rock tunes.
Lots of punching the air and clapping along.
The crowd sing all the words to every song.
You did not really need to know what he was singing about to make it a good rock show.
04 April 2013.It has suddenly become very obvious why Mick Taylor cancelled his Australian tour. He is going back on the road with his former band The Rolling Stones. “Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-74, will be a special guest throughout the tour,".
03 April 2013.Biffy Clyro + City and Colour live at The 02 Arena,London.
Last date on the Biffy UK arena tour to promote their number one double album 'Opposites' which is their sixth studio release.Sold out tonight.
Up first we have Canadian support City and Colour who play a better than expected 40 mins set of tracks from their albums.They had a nice Neil Young type sound to them.
I have seen Biffy half a dozen times over the past few years including when they supported Linkin Park at this venue in Jan 2008 and their stunning headlining show at Wembley Arena in Dec 2010 which they later released on dvd.
At this years NME Awards they were won Best British Band.
A full two hour show with a great stage production with a 'leafless tree of life' towering over the three topless band members,a staircase,two stage extensions and great use of the big screens along with flames,confetti,lasers and loads of lights.
There is a gold circle pit area which is rare at this venue so we get two areas of lively moshing.
Lots of singing by the crowd with the big tracks from their breakthrough album 'Only Revolutions' going down the best.
The band worked and sweated really hard through the show and it was a great gig.
Biffy headline Reading and Leeds Festivals this coming August.
Full Biffy Clyro setlist played....
Different People...That Golden Rule...Sounds Like Balloons...Black Chandelier...Modern Magic Formula
...Justboy...Opposite...Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies...Bubbles...Victory Over the Sun...
A Day of...Biblical...Spanish Radio...There's No Such Thing as a Jaggy Snake...God & Satan...The Thaw...Machines...Glitter and Trauma...Who's Got a Match?...The Joke's on Us...Many of Horror...
Picture a Knife Fight...The Captain...
03 April 2013.The Rolling Stones will headline a huge show at Hyde Park in London on 06 July 2013.
Support on the day will come from The Vaccines, The Temper Trap, Gary Clark Jr and King Charles, plus Palma Violets, Tribes, The Boxer Rebellion and more across three other stages. Tickets for The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park go on general sale at 9am Friday, April 5.
Looks like cheapest general admission standing tickets will be £95 each with standing nearer the stage and reserved seats and hospitality a lot more.
There will be three sections of floor standing.
Tier 1 – access to the area directly in front of the stage.
Tier 2 – access to an area closer to the stage than general admission.
Tier 3 – access to the general admission area.
I reckon a second show will be added on the following day which is Sunday 07 July 2013.
No news on any other UK shows at the moment apart from of course Glastonbury Festival.
The gig will be the first time The Rolling Stones have performed in Hyde Park since their legendary free gig in 1969.
02 April 2013.Back and ready for normal service after a few days out in the countryside for the Easter weekend.
30 March 2013.Today was the 83rd birthday of the much loved Aussie Rolf Harris.Although his reputation looks set to to be torn to pieces.
Last week the police made an arrest in Berkshire.
Rolf Harris has been arrested and interviewed by British police investigating the Jimmy Savile child sex scandal. The so-called main stream media at this point are refusing to name him even though there is no legal requirement for them not to and it is all over social media such as twitter.
28 March 2013.I went a matinee gig by the Foals then the Bill Wyman photo exhibition closing party.
The Foals + Efterklang live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.3.30pm to 6pm.
Pretty odd to have a Thursday gig matinee at this venue but i presume it was because most students are on a break as it is Easter.Both shows are sold out.
Support band Efterklang play a 35 mins set. They are an electro indie group from Copenhagen, Denmark.
In 2012, they released their fourth album 'Piramida' to good reviews.A decent enough set but a bit too moody and laid back for me to really enjoy.
Not many people here my age but 1980s rock photographer Ross Halfin is here in the photo pit.
The Foals from Oxford are promoting their recent third album 'Holy Fire'.All three albums have got in the UK Top 10.They played for around 90 mins.
NME love them and the new album got a 9/10 review.
It was floor standing so lots of dancing front of stage.A nice use of lights and lasers.
Intelligently crafted indie rock with some funk too.
They sound a bit like Bloc Party in some songs.
Their singer Yannis dived fully in to the crowd which was a brave thing to do but survived.
The drummer was really whacking his kit.
A good show.
Full setlist played....
'Prelude'(instrumental)...'Total Life Forever'...'My Number'...'Miami'...'Bad Habit'...'Blue Blood'...
'Milk and Black Spiders'...'Late Night'... 'Providence'...'Spanish Sahara'...'Red Sox Pugie'...
Encores...'Moon'...'Inhaler'...'Two Steps Twice'...
6.45pm to 8.30pm was the closing party for 'Bill Wyman---Reworked' at Rook And Raven Gallery,7 Rathbone Place,London W1.
As expected the closing night did not have the buzz of that amazing opening night i went to on 26 Feb which was attended by Bill Wyman and family,Mick Hucknall,Chris Rea,Mitch Winehouse,legendary photographer Terry O'Neill,Mark Knopfler,Twiggy,Pattie Boyd and random sightings of two football managers with Roy Hodgson(England) and Alan Pardew(Newcastle United).
Complimentary beers here for all.
Bill Wyman and his wife are here.Last time he was busy with celeb friends and photographers but tonight is much more relaxed as he signs stuff and poses for photos.
We have a nice few words with him too.
Us--'Will you be joining The Stones at Glastonbury?'
Bill--'I will 100% per cent be playing Glastonbury'
Us--'That will be great'
Bill---'Not with The Stones but I will be playing with The Rhythm Kings'
Us---'You still a bit peeved The Stones only asked you to join them for two songs at The 02 Arena gigs?'
Bill---Yep i should been involved a bit more'.
Us---'Would you play with them at Glastonbury if they asked?'.
Bill---'Not bothered,they can fuck off'.
Exhibition continues to 30 March 2013.
27 March 2013.I went to two events tonight.
First was 6.15pm to 7.45pm for the launch party for Selfridges Shoe Carnival,Oxford Street,London W1.
This famous store has now got the largest men's shoe department in the world on the first floor.
A massive space with over 250 different brands on offer.Over 500 folks are here.
Complimentary beers for all.A dj playing some tunes and Cirque Du Soir acts performing.
It is a stunning collection of shoes but when did a decent pair of shoes get so expensive?.I only picked up two that were under £100.Most were around the £250 mark.Prada have a pair that will set you back a whopping £1600.
My Hugo Boss shoes were here for £239.
One of my better goodie bag items a while ago.
8pm to 10.30pm was the launch party for Libertine,Winsley Street,London W1.
Lots of complimentary drinks here as The Moet champers,Belvedere vodka cocktails and beers flowed
along with some nice canapes.
A nice mixed crowd including Huey Morgan the singer with The Fun Lovin' Criminals.On the decks was well known 1980s dj Chris Sullivan who played tunes at The Wag Club back in the day.
Libertine, formerly known as the legendary Chinawhite.The club is an ultra-modern nightspot featuring three separate spaces.Lots of comfy sofas so will appeal to the slightly older crowd.
Libertine’s three areas include a molecular cocktail lounge called Reason & Mankind conceptualised by Fluid Movement, the team behind London’s Purl and Worship Street Whistling Shop.
The main club, which begs a £20 entry fee, boasts state-of-the-art lighting effects, including a 50-foot screen projecting visuals, images and film.
Chinawhite first opened near Regent Street but closed in 2008 after the building was sold. It reopened in 2009 on its current spot on Winsley Street.
26 March 2013.I went to three events tonight.
6.45pm to 7.15pm.Rupert Sanderson spring party at Bruton Place,London W1.
Rupert Sanderson is a shoe designer. He was born in 1966 in Penang, Malaysia (coincidentally the same Malaysian island Jimmy Choo is from).
His store backs on to Stella McCartney's.
It is small space here so maybe only 30 folks can fit in so i only stayed for 30 mins.
TV presenter Mariella Frostrup was here.
Complimentary Moet champers here.
Even with an economic downturn there are still a few folks that can afford to pay £500 for some shoes.
7.30pm to 8.30pm.Alan Taylor party to celebrate the launch of his autumn/winter 2013 collection at
Apt 58,101 New Oxford Street,London.
Up and coming born in Dublin mens fashion designer now based in Dalston threw a party for the trendy young fashion crowd.
Complimentary Jameson Whiskey cocktails for all here.
A dj playing club tunes in the background.
8.45pm to 10.30pm.Launch of The Tanqueray Gin Palace,
13 Floral Street,Covent Garden,London.
The Wire actor Idris Elba was the dj tonight.
American actress Rosario Dawson provided some Hollywood chic.Also here were Jasmine Guinness and Jade Parfitt. Other faces included Hugo Taylor, Percy Parker, James Rousseau, Olivia Grant and Olivia Inge.
Choice of four complimentary bespoke gin cocktails at the new speakeasy lounge made by four cocktail specialists flown in from different countries in Europe.
Canapes here too and everyone got a goodie bag.
It was a very nice party.
25 March 2013.Teenage Cancer Trust Show.
Paul Weller + Palma Violets live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was the last of the seven TCT shows at RAH.
Another freezing evening so nice to get in the warmness of this venue.The Modfather seems to play London shows every three months these days.Nice to see some of the crowd in their mod clothes.
Up first we have the very hyped up Palma Violets who won Best New Band Award at The NME Awards last month.They played a 35 mins set of songs from their debut album '180' that came out on Rough Trade.
Touted as the new Libertines they do sound a bit like them and the singer has got a Pete Doherty vibe about him.The set was good but would be better in front of their own fans.
During the interval we saw the sharply dressed Miles Kane.Also the two youngest kids of the Paul Weller
clan 14 month old twins John Paul and Bowie.My friend knows them as he lives in the next street to PW in Maida Vale.
Noel Gallagher introduces Paul Weller tonight.
On stage for two hours with his band in top form.
Steve Cradock was great on guitar and the second drummer/percussion player was really good.
His wife joined him on vocals for one song.
No two sets ever seem to be the same with PW mainly due to his incredible output over the years.
6 albums with The Jam,5 albums with The Style Council and 11 solo albums.Pretty amazing really.
Highlights included 'My Ever Changing Moods','Fast
Car/Slow Traffic','Sea Spray','Come On Lets Go',
'Wild Wood','Dragonfly','Peacock Suit','From The Floorboards Up' and encores included two Jam songs 'Funeral Fyre' and the brilliant 'That's Entertainment'.
A really good show.
24 March 2013.Sex Pistols have announced that the band will release a very special version of Pretty Vacant as a limited edition vinyl 7” single on April 20th for UK Record Store Day.
The A-Side is a previously unreleased version of Pretty Vacant recorded live at the Hammersmith Apollo on 2nd September 2008. Featuring a ‘Country & Western’ style intro it, as John Lydon says, “brings out the c*nt in country”.
The flip-side is a 1977 mono mix of Pretty Vacant which was only previously available on a rare American promo of the single.
The 3,500 limited edition, numbered 7”s come in a faithfully replicated version of the original American promo.
Hammersmith Apollo Sept 2008----That was the first time The Sex Pistols had ever played on that stage.To see them play my fave venue of all time after such a long time was very special.
23 March 2013.Teenage Cancer Trust Show.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds + Damon Albarn And Graham Coxon with guests + Gruff Rhys live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was the hottest ticket of the week of the TCT shows at this venue and is totally sold out.
Up first we have Welsh singer Gruff Rhys who sings with Super Furry Animals.He played a decent enough 20 mins acoustic set.
Then Damon Albarn And Graham Coxon with Paul Weller on drums came and played three songs over 25 mins. The first was a Kevin Ayers song who sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago.Then a dreary song
with American author Michael Horowitz on vocals.
Then it happened Britpop legends Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher on stage for the first time together for a brilliant version of Blur's 'Tender'.
Then headliner Noel G and his band who played for 90 mins.We get a nice mix of his solo album tracks,Oasis gems and some rarely played tracks.
In the middle of the set we had Oasis classics 'Wonderwall' and 'Supersonic' and the last song of the night was 'Don't Look Back In Anger' with all three tracks going down a storm with all the crowd singing along at the top of their voices.
Noel is pretty static as usual but i suppose it is a case of letting the songs do the talking.
Overall a very good evening.
Full NGHFB setlist played......
(It's Good) To Be Free (Oasis)
Everybody's on the Run
If I Had a Gun...
Fade Away (Oasis)
The Death of You and Me
(I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine
AKA... What a Life!
Lord Don't Slow Me Down (Oasis)
Alone on the Rope (First Time Live)
Half the World Away (Oasis)
AKA... Broken Arrow
A Simple Game of Genius
(Stranded On) The Wrong Beach
Shout It Out Loud (Oasis)(First time played live in the UK)
Digsy's Dinner (Oasis)(rarely played track)
Don't Look Back in Anger(Oasis)
22 March 2013.Teenage Cancer Trust Show.
Kasabian + Dark Horses live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was show number four of the seven Teenage Cancer Trust shows at this venue.As expected it is a rammed sold out show as Kasabian can easily headline arenas and outdoor shows these days.Kasabian fans like a drink or three and the crowd are well boozed up as it is a Friday night.
Main support tonight are Dark Horses who play 30 mins of tracks from their album 'Black Music'.
Decent enough but a bit too lifeless for restless Kasabian fans who needed a bit more rock n roll.
Before Kasabian came on we had a film showing teenagers with cancer which was very sad.
Noel Gallagher introduces Kasabian as "the best band to come out of Leicester since Showaddywaddy".
Kasabian are on for 1 hour 45 mins.The floor area is
standing so a nice lively atmosphere.Lots of lights tonight.Tom and Serge do a fine job up the front.
The band have got loads of big singalong songs and a few that plod a bit.
They venue went mental for 'Fire' near the end.
The four piece string section really sounded good.
Overall a really good show.
Kasabain headline Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 29 June 2013.
Full Kasabian setlist played.....
Days Are Forgotten...Shoot the Runner...
Velociraptor!...Reason Is Treason...Underdog...
Where Did All the Love Go?...I.D....Take Aim
(Clockwork Orange intro, string section)...
British Legion...Club Foot...Re‐Wired...Empire...
Fast Fuse...Goodbye Kiss...Praise You(Fatboy Slim cover)...L.S.F(Lost Souls Forever)...
Encores:...Switchblade Smiles...Vlad the Impaler...Fire ...and Tom on his own with the crowd singing 60 seconds of She Loves You (The Beatles cover)...
21 March 2013.7pm to 11pm.
Terrence Higgins Trust 30th Anniversary Party And Auction At Christie's,King Street,St James's,London SW1.
Most of the 500 folks here have paid £150 a ticket for this annual event for this charity that supports sufferers of HIV.
There is sooooo much food and drink here all night even through the 90 mins auction.
We have Laurent Perrier champers and cocktails and loads of yummy bowl food and top notch canapes.
A few faces here including long time patrons
Tracey Emin and Nancy Dell'Olio.Also Leee John from 1980s band Imagination.Also ladies about town Lizzie Cundy who always looks great and Christina Estrada
Juffali who looked sleek and stunning and by far was wearing the best designer heels of the night.
Sponsored by Prudential plc, the 30th Anniversary Auction saw a range of 28 lots up for grabs, including artworks by Tracey Emin, Maggi Hambling, Grayson Perry, Louise Bourgeois, Julian Opie and Ricardo Cinalli; and getaways ranging from a serene break in a Cornish Cottage to a luxury getaway in far-flung Bhutan!
It was good fun when the Tracey Emin's lot came up as Tracey took over the auction and got three bidders involved and her lot with a estimate of 7k in the catalog went for a whopping 58k.
As usual a very enjoyable evening here
Everyone got a goodie bag.
See www.tht.org.uk for more info.
20 March 2013.6.45pm to 10pm.
'David Bowie Is' exhibition private view at The Victoria And Albert Museum,South Kensington,London SW7.
With over 47,000 advance ticket sales at £14 a pop for a static exhibition it was no surprise that The
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