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September 23, 2018

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MY BEST GIGS OF 2017 LIST.
I went to an incredible 178 live music events & gigs in 2017.
This makes the grand total of 6731 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Best gig of 2017 for me was...
I am a bit biased but KISS at The 02 Arena on 31 May 2017 was the perfect live music day.
First i was one of just 100 guests at 5pm to see the band play a 30 mins semi-acoustic set without make-up
in the backstage area of The 02 Arena and later on it was the full bells & whistles of their superb stage show.
See upcoming news page link above for my Top 20 gigs of 2017.
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My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now over 6700 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue.
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
www.timeout.com/london/newsSearch for it here..or google Time Out Ray Morrissey.
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Sun 23 Sept---Europe + King King play The Royal Albert Hall.
Europe are touring to promote their 11th studio album Walk the Earth!
Europe have sold over 25 million albums and the band’s all-conquering ' The Final Countdown '
album has alone sold over 15 million copies worldwide and the single of the same name was No 1 in 25 countries.
The official video for 'The Final Countdown' has been viewed over 500 million times on YouTube.
I have seen Europe around a dozen times since 1987.
Support band , King King are a British blues rock group, formed in 2008.
On their last UK tour King King headlined Shepherds Bush Empire.
Mon 24 Sept---Biffy Clyro play The Royal Albert Hall....Biffy are on a UK acoustic tour...
A smallish gig for them as they have headlined Wembley Arena and The 02 Arena in the past.
Mon 24 Sept---Nick Mason plays The Roundhouse.
Nick Mason back at this venue where Pink Floyd played gigs in the late 1960s.
Pink Floyd co-founder Nick Mason is touring a complete set of early Pink Floyd songs covering 1967 to 1972 and the albums pre-The Dark Side Of The Moon.
1973’s ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ was Pink Floyd’s eighth album. The seven albums prior to that making up Mason’s set.
Tues 25 Sept---Rothwell + Bang Bang Romeo + others live at The Monarch, Camden...FREE ENTRY.
Best to get your name down on their advance guest list via FaceBook.
Wed 26 Sept---Franz Ferdinand play The Roundhouse.
Wed 26 Sept and Thurs 27 Sept---Rodriguez plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Cult singer-songwriter Rodriguez will return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2018.
I saw him a few years ago at Hammersmith Apollo where he mumbled the vocals a lot
and appeared a bit frail/drunk and under rehearsed...expect plenty of South Africans in the crowd...
Wed 26 Sept , Thurs 27 Sept , Fri 28 Sept---Kylie Minogue plays The 02 Arena.
Kylie on a UK arena tour to promote her country tinged album 'Golden'.
The CASSETTE version of her album is the best selling cassette this year selling over 2800 copies.
Kylie is still looking amazing for age 50 as she celebrates 30 years of hit singles and albums.
I have seen her a dozen times since 1998 when she played at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Thurs 27 Sept---Pale Waves play Shepherds Bush Empire.
A great new band who have broken through this year.
Goth on the surface but glittering pop underneath, the Manchester quartet have taken the airwaves by storm, with "Kiss", "The Tide" , ‘Television Romance’ and ‘There’s A Honey’ getting frequent exposure.
They are on a UK to promote their debut album, 'My Mind Makes Noises', released on Friday 14 September.
Fri 28 Sept---Rod Stewart's brand new album ‘Blood Red Roses’ is out today.
Good timing as this morning he is on Chris Evans BBC Radio 2 show.
Good timing as he is on The Graham Norton show tonight along with Lady Gaga.
Fri 28 Sept---Peter Hook & The Light play Koko.
Fri 28 Sept---Brian Downey plays The Underworld, Camden.
Thin Lizzy drummer plays a set of Thin Lizzy classics.
I was lucky enough to have seen Phil Lynott with Thin Lizzy 18 times between 1975 and 1981.
Fri 28 Sept---Sex Pistols Experience + The Vulz play The 100 Club.
Fri 28 Sept---Zico plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Zico, is a South Korean rapper, record producer, singer-songwriter and leader of the boy group Block B, signed under the label KQ Entertainment. He has released two solo albums, ' Gallery ' and ' Television '.
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Fri 28 Sept---FREE ENTRY gig in Paddington.
Upstairs we'll have producer and DJ Femi Fem, formerly of Young Disciples and DJ for everyone from Janet Jackson to Prince - he’ll be play a mix of disco, hip hop, soul and perfect funk. Complemented by live performances from singer Heidi and her guitarist. Her voice offers both range and texture, she’s played everywhere from Jimmy Kimmel in the US to the Royal Albert Hall here in London. She’s also performed at the Blue Note Jazz Festival and Coachella.
Arrivals: from 6.30pm
Starts: 7pm...two sets of 45 mins each.
RSVP: rsvp@thepilgrm.com to confirm your attendance ASAP, as spaces are extremely limited.
Address: The Pilgrm Hotel, 25 London Street, Paddington, London, W2 1HH
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Sat 29 Sept---Sex Pistols Experience play The London Stone, Staines.
Sat 29 Sept---Ocean Colour Scene + Black Grape + Echobelly plus others play Brixton Academy.
Sun 30 Sept---Soft Cell play The 02 Arena.
Synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell will reunite for one last time ,in their first UK show for 15 years.
Marc Almond and Dave Ball will perform together for a one-off show, ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary as a duo with their first UK show since 2003.
The show will be beamed live to selected cinemas around the UK.
Soft Cell had ten Top 40 hits in the UK.
Soft Cell have returned with ‘Northern Lights’, their first new song in fifteen years to coincide with the show.
Mon 01 Oct---Rod Stewart is on BBC One show at 7pm.
Tues 02 Oct--- 8pm - Reading play QPR...bottom of the table clash...
Tues 02 Oct and Wed 03 Oct---Shania Twain + The Shires play The 02 Arena.
Wed 03 Oct---Sophie Ellis Bextor plays The Royal Festival Hall...with orchestra...
Wed 03 Oct---Hollie Cook plays The Scala.
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Thurs 04 Oct to Sun 07 Oct --- FRIEZE ART LONDON is on at Regents Park.
Frieze London features more than 160 of the world's leading galleries. View and buy art from over 1,000 of today's leading artists, and experience the fair's critically acclaimed curated sections and Talks programmes.
www.frieze.comVisit the FRIEZE website here for more info.
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Thurs 04 Oct---Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited - at The Royal Festival Hall...- Band with Orchestra -
His UK tour also includes another date at The Palladium on Thurs 11 Oct.
Fri 05 Oct----Sir-Vere release their wide ranging and energy-packed ‘PsychoBallisticFunk’ album on
Wall of Sound....Think Prodigy mixed with AC/DC.
Mon 08 Oct---Level 42 play The Hexagon, Reading...also Royal Albert Hall on 25 Oct...
Thurs 11 Oct and Fri 12 Oct---Paul Weller plays The Royal Festival Hall.
Paul's new solo album 'True Meanings' is released on 14 Sept 2018.
These shows will be the only UK shows for the new album in 2018. He will be accompanied by his usual band members and an orchestra to present and celebrate the release of the album.
Fri 12 Oct and Sat 13 Oct---Suede play Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen Suede around a dozen times since 1993.
Sat 13 Oct---Menace + Satellites + Blue Carpet Band + Nuffin' play The 100 Club.
Four band punk night...tickets £10 advance or £15 on the door.
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The very first National Album Day has been announced.
A week of celebrations culminating on the 70th anniversary of the album on Saturday October 13 will take place, with all corners of the British music industry coming together to honour the format.
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Mon 02 April onwards---Winner of Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 and nominated for 8 WhatsOnStage awards in 2018, Jim Steinman’s smash-hit musical Bat Out of Hell returns to
London at the iconic Dominion Theatre!
I saw this great show in 2017 when it was at The Coliseum.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
School of Rock ,Dream Girls, Young Frankenstein and others.
Mamma Mia! The Musical is still packing them in.
From 21 Dec 2017 - Hamilton - this musical has finally opened to great reviews.
It is the hottest theatre ticket in town this year.
It is on at The Victoria Palace Theatre which has had a massive refurbishment.
I saw gigs here between 1975 to 1977 when it was called The New Victoria Theatre.
Bands i saw included Alex Harvey Band, Thin Lizzy, ELO, Lou Reed and others.
08 April 2018 - Hamilton won seven awards including Best New Musical at The Olivier Awards.
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TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL opens at London's Aldwych Theatre is on until Feb 2019.
The hotly anticipated musical based on the life & songs of music legend Tina Turner.
Opening press night on 17 April got loads of great four and five star reviews.
Tina Turner and Rod Stewart turned up on the opening night.
www.tinathemusical.comVisit the website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Sun 14 Oct and Mon 15 Oct---Cliff Richard plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Cliff is playing a UK tour to celebrate his 60 years in the music biz.
The show on 14th Oct will be celebrating his 78th birthday.
It will beamed live into many cinemas across the UK.
Sir Cliff has sold over 250 million records ( albums/singles ) in his career.
He is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
Cliff Richard's debut single "Move It" was released 60 years ago in August 1958 and reached number 2.
This tour is his first since winning his privacy court case against the BBC.
The 77-year-old is now looking to resume his music career, with the singer announcing the release of his next studio album ‘Rise Up’, which is due on November 23.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, ‘Rise Up’ will see Richards tackling “the bad period I went through in my life” during the aforementioned investigation and subsequent legal battle. It’ll also see the singer express his “renewed feeling of freedom”.
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Tues 16 Oct---Smashing Pumpkins play Wembley Arena.
Tues 16 Oct---Tony Hadley plays The Palladium.
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Wed 17 Oct---The Q Awards are held at The Roundhouse.
The 1975, IDLES, Janelle Monae, Christine And The Queens, Arctic Monkeys and Goat Girl lead nominations
with two nods each!
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Wed 17 Oct---Anglo French singer Anne Pigalle releases her new album 'Ecstase' with a drinks launch.
'Ecstase' : the odyssey of a woman through the underground of Paris, London and Los Angeles.
Venue = 01zero-one, Hopkins Street, Soho, London W1....6pm to 9pm...
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Wed 17 Oct, Thurs 18 Oct, Sat 20 Oct , Sun 21 Oct---Jeff Lynne's ELO play The 02 Arena.
Jeff & ELO back for another massive UK tour.
Jeff & ELO have had 27 Top 40 hits in the UK including one number one.
Support comes from Billy Lockett.
The Northampton-born singer-songwriter burst onto the scene in 2016 with his debut EP Burn It Down, which was championed by BBC Introducing and went on to amass an impressive 1.6million streams on Spotify.
Fri 19 Oct---Saxon + FM play The Roundhouse.
Fri 19 Oct---Enrique Iglesias and Beverley Knight play The 02 Arena.
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I bought all four albums when they came out 40 years ago.
The four solo albums released by Kiss members in 1978 are to be reissued in a limited edition box set.
There will be only 300 bundles made available worldwide, with each set containing the albums recorded by original Kiss members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss on 180g coloured vinyl – and it’s being launched to mark the 40th anniversary of their original release.
The Solo Album Collection will arrive on October 15, with pre-orders now being taken exclusively through the band’s website.
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U2 return in Sept/Oct/Nov for a European Arena Tour.
Fri 19 Oct and Sat 20 Oct---Manchester Arena
Tues 23 Oct and Wed 24 Oct---02 Arena, London
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BluesFest is at the 02 Arena.
Thurs 25 Oct---John Fogerty + Steve Miller Band
At the age of 73, John Fogerty plays his biggest ever London headline show.
I first saw him in 2000 when he supported Tina Turner at Wembley Stadium.
That was his first London show since 1972.
On June 29, 2006 I was at his first headlining British concert since 1972, at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.
I have seen him a couple of more times since then.
He will play solo material as well as Creedence Clearwater Revival classic tracks.
Fri 26 Oct---Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters + Van Morrison
Robert Plants first London show since he turned 70 on 20 August 2018.
In August , Robert Plant spoke highly of Van Morrison "I used to open the show for Van
in Stourbridge Town Hall in the 1960s.He was tremendous.He still is".
Sat 27 Oct---Zac Brown Band + Beth Hart
Sun 28 Oct---Counting Crows + Alison Krauss
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Sat 27 Oct---Tom Robinson Band play Shepherds Bush Empire.
TRB play a UK tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut album.
'Power In The Darkness' - the Tom Robinson Band's debut album - was released in 1978. It was followed by their 28-date Out Of The Darkness tour of the UK and Ireland, with Stiff Little Fingers as special guests.
I was at both the London shows at Hammersmith Odeon on that tour in Oct 1978.
I have seen Tom Robinson Band around 20 times since 1977.
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Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds is playing a UK tour in October to promote his new album
which is released on Mercury KX / Universal.
‘re:member’ comes out on 24th August, and the Icelander is set to take the record on a world tour, which runs for the rest of the year, finishing in his hometown of Reykjavik just before Christmas.
In May 2018 he sold out The Royal Albert Hall and returns for a full UK tour that includes
two nights at The London Palladium on 30/31 Oct 2018.
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Sat 27 Oct and Sun 28 Oct---Black Eyed Peas play Hammersmith Apollo.
Mon 29 Oct---David Byrne plays The 02 Arena.
Earlier shows this year received more than fifteen 5 star reviews from the UK's press.
Mon 29 Oct---Andrea Bocelli biopic 'The Music of Silence' arrives on DVD 29 October.
Internationally renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli has been entertaining and thrilling audiences all over the world with his astounding voice for some 25 years, selling more than 20 million records, filling stadiums galore, and bringing joy to the masses.
Starring Game of Thrones’ Toby Sebastian, Hollywood favourite Antonio Banderas, and an appearance from Bocelli himself, who also provides his angelic singing, The Music of Silence arrives on DVD and digital from 4Digital Media on 29 October 2018, ahead of Bocelli’s arena tour dates, including London’s O2 Arena and Dublin’s 3Arena.
Before he was Andrea Bocelli, he was Amos Bardi. Born nearly blind, Amos (Sebastian – Barely Legal) is separated from his family to attend an institute for the visually impaired, but a terrible accident occurs while he’s there, resulting in complete loss of sight. Despite being told that he will never be a serious opera singer, Amos is driven by great ambition and with the help of his maestro (Banderas – The Mask of Zorro, Puss in Boots), overcomes every obstacle and becomes one of the most renowned opera singers in the world.
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Mon 29 Oct---Spandau Ballet play Hammersmith Apollo.
After a debut club show, this is the first major UK show with their new singer.
New singer Ross William Wild replaces Tony Hadley who is focusing on his solo career.
First time ever that Spandau Ballet have played this venue in their 35 year plus career.
Before this London show they will play warm up gigs in Italy and Holland.
Fri 02 Nov---Richard Ashcroft plays The Forum.
Fri 02 Nov---Sham 69 play Sub 89, Reading...featuring three original members...
Sat 03 Nov---Slayer play Wembley Arena....Slayer are on a 2018/2019 Farewell Tour...
Sun 04 Nov---Michael Bolton plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 04 Nov and Mon 05 Nov---Hawkwind play The Palladium.
Thurs 08 Nov and Fri 09 Nov---Rick Astley plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Fri 09 Nov, Sun 11 Nov, Mon 12 Nov ---Greta Van Fleet play The Forum.
Rising stars play three London shows on their European Tour.
Their highly-anticipated debut album, Anthem Of The Peaceful Army,will be released on October 19.
Mon 12 Nov---MC5 + Michael Monroe play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Wed 14 Nov and Thurs 15 Nov---Interpol play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 17 Nov--Killing Joke play The Roundhouse.
Sun 18 Nov---Gary Numan plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Mon 19 Nov---Gary Numan plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 23 Nov---The Damned play Shepherds Bush Empire...with support from Johnny Moped.
Sat 24 Nov---From The Jam play Shepherds Bush Empire.
From The Jam feature original bass player from The Jam - Bruce Foxton.
'All Mod Cons' album 40th anniversary UK tour...with support from Nine Below Zero.
Tues 27 Nov---Billy Ocean plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 29 Nov---Starsailor play Shepherds Bush Empire.
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U2 finish off their European tour with four hometown shows in Dublin.
Mon 05 Nov, Tues 06 Nov, Fri 09 Nov, Sat 10 Nov.
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Wed 19 Dec and Thurs 20 Dec---Wolf Alice play Brixton Academy.
Wolf Alice won The Mercury Prize with their second album in Sept 2018.
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Saturday 22 September 2018...I spent a full day in Reading today.
3pm to 5pm.
Reading 3 Hull City 0
A very damp rainy day but Reading at last win a home Championship game.
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then a bit later...
Wall Of Sound showcase @ Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading.
Mark Jones, pioneer behind Wall Of Sound Records, invites you to experience some of his favourite new discoveries in Love Love Live, the first in a series of new music happenings.
HOT SAUCE PONY head up tonight, as they unleash their sound of explosive and brutal beauty. Described as a “a collision of the crushing and the delicate” by Soundblab, the sound is their own self-styled genre of ‘avant hard’ with echoes of hardcore, grunge and punk and topped off with the exquisite, sultry vocals of Caroline Gilchrist. Imagine Deerhunter and Mudhoney facing off while Marianne Faithful grabs the mic.
Their debut album is due for release early next year, recorded and engineered with Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey) at his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago with his trademark sound very much apparent. It follows the success of their controversial debut HSP single Fenced In, a raucous and heartfelt protest against gentrification and social apartheid. With their recent track ' Burnt Ends ' debuting at BBC 6Music, they’ve been described by Marc Riley as “Pretty Special”.
CHINA BEARS return to Reading with their self-styled soirée of alt.indie rock, as they combine ambient guitars, choral vocals and raw lyrical talent. Picking up attention across the board from Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy and BBC Introducing, they have been called upon to support bands from Declan McKenna to The Big Moon and have been booked for a whole host of festivals this summer, with their recent track Night Calls and their live sound commented on as “A bunch of strong sounding melodies” by Steve Lamacq at BBC 6Music
Kicking off this evening are THE PURPLE LIGHTS as they deliver a sound clash of rock and reggae topped off with loopstation magic within a sound that reflects the upbeat buoyancy of Vampire Weekend, Reginald Omas Mamode IV's distinctive take on Afrobreat to the free-flowing wig outs of Fuck Buttons. Watch as an “atmosphere of studied cool turns into glorious carnage” (GIITTV)
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Saturday 22 September 2018.
Very sad news.
CHAS HODGES - one half of the musical duo Chas and Dave - has died at the age of 74.
The duo's Twitter account said he recently received treatment for oesophageal cancer but
died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours.
Known for their rock and cockney style, Chas and Dave enjoyed the height of their fame in the 1970s and 1980s
with hits such as Rabbit and Snooker Loopy.
They also performed four FA Cup final songs with Tottenham Hotspur FC.
I saw them live several times with the first time back in 1976 as well as their recent big headline show at
The Royal Albert Hall just a few months ago in April 2018.




Friday 21 September 2018.
SEX PISTOLS legend GLEN MATLOCK releases his new solo album 'Good to Go' today.
I have an advance copy of the album which is full of great catchy tunes.
The Amazon link above have the cd for £10.99 and the vinyl version for £14.99.
1 Won't Put the Brakes on Me
2 Wanderlust
3 Sexy Beast
4 Speak Too Soon
5 Piece of Work
6 Hook in You
7 Montague Terrace (In Blue)
8 Cloud Cuckoo Land
9 Strange Kinda Taste
10 Chill
11 Couldn't Give a Damn
12 Keep on Pushing




Thursday 20 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.15pm
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL - party - The Conran Shop ,Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3.
With a heritage spanning over 50 years, the Conran name has established itself as a brand synonymous with all areas of design. As a collection of design led entities founded by Terence Conran, the principal activities of the Conran Group are architecture, interior, product and graphic design, brand licensing and the operation of shops. Improving the lives of their customers is the aim and lifeblood of the Conran Group – whether it be creating a range of cookware or running and furnishing shops in major cities around the world, or large scale urban master planning.
A big crowd of around 500 guests here at this massive store that is over two levels.
A dj is playing some tunes.
Complimentary prosecco and Peroni beers for all guests.
www.conranshop.co.ukVisit the Conran Shop website here for more info.
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7.30pm to 11pm
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL - opening launch party - V & A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.
This was the big opening party for London Design Festival which started at Olympia earlier.
LDF brings together more than 400 international design brands as well as a range of innovative projects from the likes of Tesla and Riko by Starck. The highly coveted Talks with 100% Design will return for 2018, featuring keynote sessions by industry heavyweights, panel discussions, trend forecasts and more.
LDF is the destination for architects and designers to source the latest products, discover new interior design trends and emerging brands.
It is open to the public this weekend.
Another massive crowd as there must be 600 or 700 guests here as they are using the outdoor garden space
out the back as well as the normal front reception area.
There are different djs every hour playing tunes.
Complimentary drinks and food here including two different gin cocktails, white wines, beers,
tasty canapés and big tubs of ice-cream.
www.londondesignfestival.comVisit their website here for more info.




Wednesday 19 September 2018...7pm to 10pm...
TIMOTHY OULTON - flagship gallery launch party - 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.
During London Design Festival 2018, daring furniture and interiors company Timothy Oulton will launch its new worldwide flagship gallery at Bluebird, Chelsea. The 7,200 square foot space will feature the brand’s most iconic designs alongside rare vintage collectibles and one-offs including a custom-designed spaceship to look like a very comfy seated bar space.
Timothy Oulton have over 30 stores/galleries worldwide.
A full red carpet was here along with flowers all over the entrance area.
Over 200 guests here in their massive space next to Bluebird restaurant & bar , Chelsea.
Timothy Oulton was here as was interior designer Kelly Hoppen.
Inside is a treasure trove of great furniture that includes part of one of the world’s largest collections of customised Louis Vuitton trunks. A giant fish tank housing a Yellow Submarine.There’s Apollo, a custom designed ‘spaceship’, showcased at this year’s Milan Design Week, along with 200 vintage cricket bats behind the bar,20 vintage typewriters on another wall and many other visually spectacular one off items.
A dj playing tunes in the background.
All the staff are dressed in white outfits with black bowler hats as they top up your drinks.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, red wines, beers, canapés , cheese table buffet
and mini ice-creams for all guests.
A great party , and much better than expected.
www.timothyoulton.comVisit the Timothy Oulton website here for more info.




Tuesday 18 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
JIM MOIR (VIC REEVES) - private view - Grosvenor Gallery, 35 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.
Jim Moir is better known by the stage name Vic Reeves, is an English comedian, artist, actor and television presenter, best known for his double act with Bob Mortimer as Vic and Bob. He is known for his surreal sense of humour.
Jim is showcasing 200 small drawings/sketches which are for sale at £250 each.
Various themes including pop stars, footballers and wrestlers from the 1970's.
Jim (Vic) is here with his wife Nancy.
There are three or four lesser known comedy faces here as well that I can't put names too.
Complimentary prosecco for all guests.
www.grosvenorgallery.comVisit the gallery here for more info and photos.
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DIONNE WARWICK with orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
'The Queen of Easy Listening Pop Soul' returns to London.
Dionne's hits have included Walk On By, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Do You Know The Way to San José, and Heartbreaker.
Dionne, now aged 77 first appeared at the Hall in 1970 and this special orchestra evening
will mark her 10th date at the venue.
In America , Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. She is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time, with 56 of Warwick's singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998 and 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined.
Many of them were with legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach.
Dionne also performed some easy listening covers in the set.
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JON ALLEN took to the stage at 7.30pm for a brief 20 mins.
Jon is a folk rock guitarist who has brought out four albums.
He is best known for the songs "In Your Light" and "Going Home", the latter of which featured
in a worldwide advert for the Land Rover Freelander.
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An older crowd as expected to see Dionne whose career spans over 50 years.
DIONNE WARWICK took the stage at 8.15pm and was on stage for 2 hours 5 mins.
For Dionne there are around 30 musicians on stage including band & orchestra.
It was her own band and the string section sounded great when at full tilt.
A pretty long set for someone of her grand old age of 77.
For some songs she stood up and for some songs she sat on a stool.
Dionne comes from the era of great songs that had great melody.
The crowd hang on her every word and Dionne got a full standing ovation at the end.
The crowd sing along to each song as everyone knows the words to these classic songs.
An enjoyable show.
This setlist has most of the songs performed tonight...
Don't Make Me Over
Walk On By
Anyone Who Had A Heart
I'll Never Fall in Love Again
Always Something There To Remind Me
Message to Michael
Close to You
This Girl's in Love With You
I Say a Little Prayer (with David Elliott her son on vocals, he is also on drums tonight)
Aquarela do Brasil
Do You Know the Way to San Jose
Heartbreaker
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Love's (Still) the Answer
99 Miles From L.A.
I'll Never Love This Way Again
The Look of Love
Alfie
Love Will Find a Way (with Cheyenne Elliott)
Let There Be Love (with Cheyenne Elliott)
What the World Needs Now is Love
That's What Friends Are For





Tuesday 18 September 2018.
Guitar legend JIMI HENDRIX died 48 years ago today aged just 27 in London.
Jimi Hendrix died at the Samarkand Hotel, 22 Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, London W11 early on 18 September 1970. He had spent the latter part of the previous evening at a party, was picked up by his girlfriend Monika Dannemann, and driven to her flat at the Samarkand Hotel.This average looking hotel is still there with the same name.
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STEVE PERRY ex original singer of Journey (1977 to 1987) is in London to promote his new solo album.




Monday 17 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
5.15pm to 6.25pm
BLOWN AWAY - private view - Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1.
This event was part of London Design Week opening day.
Always nice to be in this stunning venue with its iconic 'pod loos'.
Design research gallery Matter of Stuff returns to iconic London venue sketch in September with a new site-specific exhibit for London Design Festival 2018 - Blown Away. Six international designers will showcase a series of innovative hand-blown glass works and movement, including a new chandelier by master glassblower Simone Crestani in borosilicate glass. For the first time in London, WonderGlass will present Echoes chandelier – a never seen before illuminated speaker sculpture by studiopluz. The show will also feature a bespoke chandelier by Bocci, adapted exclusively for sketch.
The six stunning glass works and movement are in the entrance area before you get to the main rooms.
It is on until 14 November 2018.
They also have a bigger exhibition on at their sister gallery in Kings Cross at 5 Lewis Cubitt Walk.
Complimentary Venetian rum cocktails, wines and Peroni beers for all guests.
www.matterofstuff.comVisit their website here for more info.
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6.30pm to 9.15pm
The Frank & Lorna Dunphy Yellow Ball Collection : private view -
Sotheby's , 34 New Bond Street, London W1.
This September, Sotheby’s is delighted to celebrate one of the most extraordinary art world collaborations of our times: that of Damien Hirst and his unstoppable business manager, mentor and ‘partner in crime’, Frank Dunphy. Yellow Ball: The Frank and Lorna Dunphy Collection - a two-part sale and exhibition of over 200 artworks that charts the iconoclastic 1990s art scene of which Frank and Lorna Dunphy were at the very heart.
Over 300 guests here at this major art event.
Many of the items are on display here are by Damien Hirst.
The sale is this week and will certainly reach many millions in overall sales.
Frank and Lorna Dunphy were here but there was no sign of Damien Hirst.
Other guests here included Sir Peter Blake and Mark-Francis Vandelli.
Complimentary Ruinart champers, three different cocktails and tasty canapés for all guests.
www.sothebys.comVisit the Sotheby's website here for more info.





Sunday 16 September 2018.
2pm to 5pm
I bashed the drums for a bit with my band GUN CONTROL.
This was our sixth rehearsal.
We are trying to arrange a free admission gig in Acton in November.
We will play ten songs...eight originals and two covers.
then
8pm to 10pm
AADNEVIK - Spring / Summer 2019 Show - Royal Horseguards,
One Whitehall Place, London SW1.
Day 3 of London Fashion Week.
AADNEVIK is a London based luxury womenswear label as a design partnership between Hila and Kristian Aadnevik, whose defining themes are a blend of opulence, sensuality and gloom. The brand is currently at a steady growing position with a strong customer base amongst the celebrity and elite society, stocking in key cities worldwide. Celebrities include: Rihanna, Beyonce, Madonna, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and many more.
The company’s essence is driven by values such as tradition, passion, nature, vision and hard work, but above all by family ideals. Hence, the designers incorporated their workplace into their home when their baby Silver was born, keeping their production line very close. The pair works at hand with their couture team at their London Atelier to create the luxury handcrafted garments.
A very nice choice of venue for this catwalk show with it's swirling staircase up to the show area.
Complimentary De Watere champers at the reception for an hour then at your seats as well.
It is a proper catwalk show area with 200 seated and 200 standing...and 20 photographers...
200 seated with four rows of 50...two rows of seats either side of the catwalk show.
We have a seat in the second row.
Only those seated get the goodie bags of a few items including Moroccan Oil and 250ml champers.
One end of the catwalk is nicely dressed as the theme for their collection...'Alice in Wonderland'.
The show was on from 9.10pm for 20 mins and featured stunningly sexy dresses in vibrant colours.
A nice soundtrack that included a couple of songs by The Cure.
www.aadnevik.comVisit the Aadnevik website for more info and photos.




Sunday 16 September 2018.
MARC BOLAN sadly died 41 years ago today.
Marc Bolan was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bolan was one of the pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. He died at the age of 29 in a car accident a fortnight before his 30th birthday.
Amazingly another T.Rex album 'Gold' has entered the charts this week at number eight.
It is a budget priced three cd box set that is only £5.99 on Amazon.
I saw Marc with T.Rex last ever London show at The Rainbow in March 1977 with The Damned as support.
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KENNEY JONES ex drummer with The Small Faces, The Faces and The Who is 70 today.
Kenney Jones is the sole surviving member of the Small Faces.
Kenney recently brought out his biography.




Friday 14 September 2018...7.30pm to 10pm...
NINA NAUSTDAL - AW18/19 London Fashion Week catwalk show -
Maddox Club, 3/5 Mill Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Upmarket designer Nina Naustdal is showcasing her latest creations.
Nina recently featured in the Channel 4 tv documentary 'Too Posh to Parent'.
Nina got plenty of press attention when she mentioned she hired a 'LEGO THERAPIST' for her three kids.
And there’s always a nanny on hand, if you can afford to employ one per child (and put them on pooper-scooper duty to pick up after the seven Chihuahuas) , not to mention two tutors, a personal assistant, chef, butler and chauffeur-cum-bodyguard.
Staff wages are £200,000 a year but that's peanuts when your husband is a big hedge fund manager and
they own big houses in Chelsea and Monaco.
We arrive on time and it gets very busy....lots of great looking women all dressed up here...
Mark-Francis Vandelli from tv series Made in Chelsea was here.
Before the catwalk show we had a ballet dancer perform for 10 minutes.
We are part of the 150 guests seated and there are maybe another 100 standing.
Our host was LIZZIE CUNDY who looked stunning in one of Nina's elegant gowns.
At 9.05pm we get a full 30 minute catwalk show featuring Nina's incredible creations.
The music soundtrack was a singer and an acoustic guitarist.
The dozen models walk between the seats.
What got plenty of cheers was Nina's three young kids who were modelling the Children's couture
while carrying small dogs who were wearing the Dog couture.
Womenswear Couture and Black Collection AW18/19
Womenswear Fur and Leather Collection AW19/20
Children Couture and Black Collection AW18/19
Dog Couture and Black Collection AW18/19
Complimentary prosecco and vodka cocktails for all guests.
A nice goodie bag with a dozen items in each one.
www.nina-naustdal.comVisit the website here for more info and photos.




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September 15, 2018

Friday 14 September 2018...7.30pm to 10pm...
NINA NAUSTDAL - AW18/19 London Fashion Week catwalk show -
Maddox Club, 3/5 Mill Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Upmarket designer Nina Naustdal is showcasing her latest creations.
Nina recently featured in the Channel 4 tv documentary 'Too Posh to Parent'.
Nina got plenty of press attention when she mentioned she hired a 'LEGO THERAPIST' for her three kids.
And there’s always a nanny on hand, if you can afford to employ one per child (and put them on pooper-scooper duty to pick up after the seven Chihuahuas) , not to mention two tutors, a personal assistant, chef, butler and chauffeur-cum-bodyguard.
Staff wages are £200,000 a year but that's peanuts when your husband is a big hedge fund manager and
they own big houses in Chelsea and Monaco.
We arrive on time and it gets very busy....lots of great looking women all dressed up here...
Mark-Francis Vandelli from tv series Made in Chelsea was here.
Before the catwalk show we had a ballet dancer perform for 10 minutes.
We are part of the 150 guests seated and there are maybe another 100 standing.
Our host was LIZZIE CUNDY who looked stunning in one of Nina's elegant gowns.
At 9.05pm we get a full 30 minute catwalk show featuring Nina's incredible creations.
The music soundtrack was a singer and an acoustic guitarist.
The dozen models walk between the seats.
What got plenty of cheers was Nina's three young kids who were modelling the Children's couture
while carrying small dogs who were wearing the Dog couture.
Womenswear Couture and Black Collection AW18/19
Womenswear Fur and Leather Collection AW19/20
Children Couture and Black Collection AW18/19
Dog Couture and Black Collection AW18/19
Complimentary prosecco and vodka cocktails for all guests.
A nice goodie bag with a dozen items in each one.
www.nina-naustdal.comVisit the website here for more info and photos.





Thursday 13 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.15pm
STREET PARTY - Savile Row, London W1.
Women may have Milan and Paris but London is undeniably menswear’s global capital and the most important street in this world is Savile Row, a modest Mayfair row of the men’s tailors that quite simply make the best suits in the world.
The street is closed off at both ends as there must be 1000 people here.
Many are in expensive looking suits that were made in Savile Row.
The area in the middle had a dj spinning the tunes and there were complimentary
gin cocktails , Peroni beers and canapés for all.
then just around the corner to...
7.20pm to 9.45pm
AISSO - London Fashion Week showcase, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1.
AISSO is the Global Online and Offline Destination for Greek Designers, promoting Greek creativity across the world.
Their mission is to discover and support world class Greek creative talent.
Very unusual to have a fashion show at this prestigious venue as it must be expensive to hire out.
There are 21 female models on podiums (seven designers are showcasing three outfits each).
They are static and then every 30 mins they have a catwalk through the crowd and change places.
Over 300 guests here and a very nice vibe in the big space.
Complimentary wines and canapés for all guests.
www.aissofashion.comVisit their website here for more info.




Wednesday 12 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
5.15pm to 6.15pm
VENUES SHOWCASE at The Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch, London W1.
Around 30 venues are showcasing here for pre Christmas hire.
It is big business so lots of competition for event planners to check out.
Some well known names including The Ned, Intercontinental Park Lane,
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The British Museum, Nobu Restaurant, The Hurlingham Club and others.
Over 200 guests here with complimentary wines, beers and canapés.
We had to move on to the next event , so missed out on the raffle prizes from the exhibitors at 7.30pm.
All guests got a small goodie bag with a couple of Cowshed products inside.
then
6.45pm to 9pm
FORTNUMS X FRANK - private view - Fortnum's & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1.
Fortnum & Mason announce their 3rd collaboration with art collector Frank Cohen: a presentation of work by
British landscape artist John Virtue.
At 7.15pm we had speeches from Frank Cohen and John Virtue.
Around 150 guests here at this famous upmarket store.
Guests included Stephen Webster, Meredith Ostrom, Naughty Boy and Lady Sabrina Percy.
Also here was David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, styled as Viscount Linley until 2017 and known professionally as David Linley.As of June 2018, he is 20th in the line of succession to the British throne.
Complimentary Fortnum's & Mason champers along with tasty canapés and desserts.
All guests got a nice goodie bag with half a dozen food items from Fortnum's & Mason.
www.fortnumandmason.comVisit their website here for more info.
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Although they put me on the guest list i could not get along to THE START ART FAIR private view at
The Saatchi Gallery , Kings Road , Chelsea as it was the same time as the event above.
www.startartfair.comVisit their website here for more info.




Tuesday 11 September 2018...6.30pm to 9.15pm...
THE LONDON CABARET CLUB - Gatsby Christmas Showcase - Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House,
Bloomsbury Square, London WC1.
The London Cabaret Club offers a sophisticated entertainment concept combining an exquisite dining experience with an innovative live cabaret show. A night at The London Cabaret Club is an
impressive production of music, dance, food and drink.
Around 150 guests are here at this showcase.
From 6.40pm to 7.20pm we have live entertainment in the main bar area which included
a duo singing covers, a Latin dance duo routine and a three female string section.
From 7.35pm to 7.55pm we went into their impressive ballroom for the main cabaret show.
Dancers, singers, acrobats etc are performing on the centre stage..with a Gatsby theme...
The cabaret is every Friday and Saturday and the venue can be hired out on other days.
Guests can enjoy a three course dinner along with a two hour show.
There was a fun photo called 'The Mighty Booth' here that folks enjoyed getting dressed up for.
Complimentary prosecco, gin cocktails, wines, bowl food , canapés and desserts for guests tonight.
All guests got a small goodie bag with a pair of tickets to see the full two hour show.
www.thelondoncabaretclub.comVisit their website here for more info.



Monday 10 September 2018...available to buy from today...
D.O.A. A Right of Passage, finally arrives for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD Dual format.
D.O.A.: A Right of Passage is the unique, grainy and up-close document of an iconic musical movement, packed with live footage of the Pistols’ incendiary American shows in 1978, as well as live performances from the greatest punk band you’ve never heard of, Terry and The Idiots, alongside Dead Boys, Generation X, Rich Kids, X-Ray Spex, Sham 69 with additional music from The Clash and Iggy Pop. It arrives on 10 September 2018, complete with brand new bonus features and limited edition booklet in the first 2000 copies.
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The film centre's around the Sex Pistols 1978 tour of the United States which ended with the group breaking up. The tour was the only one the group played in the U.S. before they reformed nearly two decades later.
Film director Lech Kowalski followed them with handheld cameras through the clubs and bars of their seven-city Southern tour. Mixing this with footage of other contemporary bands, trends in the fashion capitals, and punks of all shapes and colours, Kowalski created a grainy, stained snapshot of a movement at its peak,showing how certain authority figures saw the movement as a threat.
It features interview footage (including the famous interview of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in bed), and behind the scenes shots from the tour as well as interviews with audience members who had strong and widely varied reactions to the group.
Many of the 20 plus songs feature classic Pistols , but it also included other performances by first wave Punk acts such as The Dead Boys , The Rich Kids , Sham 69 and Generation X with Billy Idol.
A great film that's well worth buying.







Monday 10 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm
TV CHOICE AWARDS 2018 - The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
TV Choice is a British weekly TV listings magazine published by H. Bauer Publishing.
Last year I got a great photo here with Penny Lancaster (Rod Stewarts wife).
Always nice to be at this famous five star hotel.
Lots of autograph hunters and showbiz photographers outside the venue as we arrive.
We are here for the red carpet arrivals in the press area before guests sat down for dinner.
Around 400 guests here with black tie for men and women wearing nice dresses.
Lots of well known faces from tv are here.
Danny Dyer collected the Best Soap Actor prize at The TV Choice Awards, joining his daughter Dani Dyer and her boyfriend, fellow Love Island star Jack Fincham, at the annual ceremony. Kelly Brook, Michelle Keegan, Paddy McGuinness, Joey Essex, Kate Garraway, Kem Cetinay, Leigh Francis, Megan Barton Hanson and Wes Nelson also took to the red carpet at The Dorchester where Coronation Street took home Best Soap, Peaky Blinders won Best Drama Series, Call The Midwife collected Best Family Drama, and This Morning was feted with the Best Daytime Show prize, with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on hand to accept the award.
Also here were ex footballer Dennis Wise, Janet Street Porter, Gloria Hunniford, Linda Robson,
Lisa Snowdon, Nicolas Parsons and a few others.
Complimentary prosecco (previous years was champers) and beers for all reception guests.
www.tvchoicemagazine.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and pictures.
then
8pm to 11pm
DUKES HOTEL - 110th birthday party - 35 St James's Place, St James's, London SW1.
This year marks 110 years since DUKES LONDON first opened its distinguished doors. One of Mayfair’s most celebrated hotels, the five-star bolthole in St. James’s Place first opened in 1908 as a hotel for dukes and aristocracy.
Around 200 guests here over the two levels of this very smart hotel.
A few of the local Mayfair stores are showing their products.
We have a male singer perform some Rat Pack classics.
For the last hour it got very lively as the dj played tunes.
Complimentary wines, beers, canapés and cup cakes for all guests.
All guests got a nice goodie bag with half a dozen items inside.
www.dukeshotel.comVisit their website here for more info.
To celebrate their birthday they are having a two course meal for a special price of £19.08
Stay on a Sunday night for only £110 compared to the usual £300 nightly charge.




Sunday 09 September 2018...1.30pm to 9.30pm...
KYLIE MINOGUE headlines BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, London.
The other acts featuring in the line-up include Lenny Kravitz, Manic Street Preachers, Boyzone,
The Shires, All Saints, Rita Ora, The Band of Love.
As the headliner Kylie Minogue will be last for around 60 mins set...others play 30 to 40 mins...
Most ticket holders get there early as organisers never say the running order until the day so could
easily be Lenny Kravitz or Manic Street Preachers first on at 1.30pm.
Kylie Minogue headlining set will be shown on BBC1 tv on the same evening.
Highlights of the other acts will be on the BBC Red Button over the following week.
Kylie is promoting her new album 'Golden'.
Lenny Kravitz released his 11th album 'Raise Vibration' a couple of days before this show.
I always go to this event as the eight bands are usually big names from different musical genres.
Look at this... at what festival would you have the Manic Street Preachers coming on after Boyzone?
A big crowd of around 50,000 will be there.
I will be there mainly to see Lenny Kravitz, The Manics and Kylie.
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A lovely sunny day compared to some of the previous years of this festival.
Each act has their own band and their own stage production.
Each act has use of the big screens.
Each act is introduced by a couple of the BBC Radio 2 djs.
The robbing bastards here are charging a hefty £10 for a lanyard with the stage times
and a postcard sized booklet...and people were buying them.
LENNY KRAVITZ arrived on stage at 1.35pm for his 30 mins set.
Lenny and his band (including Gail Ann Dorsey on bass) all look super cool as usual.
Lenny wore a floppy hat for most of his set before he got rid of it to shake his dreads and
get out his Flying V guitar for 'Are You Gonna Go My Way'.
A short but very sweet set with four of his classics , a cover and a new album track.
Full Lenny Kravitz setlist played tonight...
Fly Away
American Woman (The Guess Who cover)
Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers cover)
5 More Days 'Til Summer (live debut)
Let Love Rule
Are You Gonna Go My Way
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RITA ORA arrived on stage at 2.35pm for her 25 mins set.
A decent hits based set with a dozen backing dancers.
Full Rita Ora setlist played tonight...
Your Song
Poison
I Will Never Let You Down
Lonely Together (Avicii cover)
For You (Liam Payne & Rita Ora song)
Anywhere
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THE BAND OF LOVE arrived on stage at 3.20pm and played for 30 mins.
They are a British folk band who played folk covers of disco classics from their album 'Folk Fever'.
Pleasant enough but they should have opened the event rather than Lenny Kravitz.
Full setlist played by them tonight...
We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover)
Born to Be Alive (Patrick Hernandez cover)
Love Don't Live Here Anymore (Rose Royce cover)
Give Me the Night (George Benson cover)
Night Fever (Bee Gees cover)
I'll Put You Together Again (Hot Chocolate cover)
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THE SHIRES arrived on stage at 4.20pm and played for 30 mins.
UK country sensations The Shires have had a very impressive rise over the past few years
where all three of their albums have gone Top 10 in the UK.
A pleasant enough set with many of their biggest tracks.
Full setlist played by The Shires tonight...
Echo
Guilty
State Lines
Nashville Grey Skies
Tonight
A Thousand Hallelujahs
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ALL SAINTS arrived on stage at 5.10pm for their 30 mins set.
Back in the late 90s they were the edgier rivals to The Spice Girls and had several hits.
They are on another comeback tour and play Hammersmith Apollo on 06 Dec.
Great versions of their hits 'Never Ever' and 'Pure Shores' in their set.
Full setlist played by All Saints tonight...
I Know Where It's At
After All
Never Ever
Love Lasts Forever
Pure Shores
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BOYZONE arrived on stage at 6.05pm for their 35 mins set.
Boy band (now man band) Boyzone are on a a 25th anniversary farewell tour during 2018/2019.
Their UK arena tour next year includes dates at The 02 Arena and Wembley Arena.
They have sold over 25 million records worldwide ( singles and albums combined).
They were a bit heavy on the ballads but the girls in the crowd liked them.
Boyzone setlist tonight included their big hits...
Words
When The Going Gets Tough ( Billy Ocean cover)
Love Me For A Reason (The Osmonds cover)
No Matter What
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MANIC STREET PREACHERS arrived on stage at 7.05pm for their 45 mins set.
The Manics have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
Remember they played Cuba many years before The Rolling Stones did.
They have played a lot of gigs this year but it's always great to see them play live.
James Dean Bradfield plays some nifty guitar and Nicky Wire has his face covered in glitter.
A great set with loads of the classics played and a couple of newer tracks.
Full Manics setlist played tonight...
Motorcycle Emptiness
International Blue
You Stole the Sun From My Heart
Everything Must Go
Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
People Give In
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
You Love Us
Hold Me Like a Heaven
A Design for Life
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KYLIE MINOGUE arrived on stage at 8.20pm for her 65 mins set.
A nice production with a giant disco glitter ball and eight dancers (4 M / 4 F).
Kylie looks incredible for her 50 years.
Kylie was joined by Jason Donovan and Rick Astley for a couple of songs.
Pop princess Kylie is always great live.
Full Kylie Minogue setlist played tonight...
Golden
Spinning Around
Got to Be Certain (Acapella/Snippet)
Step Back in Time (Acapella/Snippet)
Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi (Acapella/Snippet)
In Your Eyes
Stop Me From Falling
Can't Get You Out of My Head
The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover instrumental snippet as Kylie changed outfits)
Especially for You (Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan song) (with Jason Donovan)
The Loco-Motion (Carole King cover)
On a Night Like This
I Should Be So Lucky / Never Gonna Give You Up (with Rick Astley)
Kids (Robbie Williams cover) (with Rick Astley)
Dancing
Love at First Sight
All the Lovers (with ticker tape over the front area of the crowd)



Saturday 08 September 2018.
KEVIN BRIDGES + PAUL McCAFFREY live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges is playing the third of seven sold out nights at this venue.
Kevin is playing a massive UK tour until mid December with multi-nights in each city.
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I have a perfect view just five rows from the stage in the front stalls.
Support PAUL McCAFFREY i had never heard of before but he took to the stage at 8.05pm
and performed a really good funny set for 30 mins.
KEVIN BRIDGES arrived on stage at 8.55pm and performed for 70 mins.
The biggest new name in Scottish stand-up continues his reign with another show packed with
astute observations and deathly funny gags.
He was soooo funny, with loads of great laugh out loud moments all through the show.
Like Billy Connolly his Scottish accent definitely helps the jokes sound better.
An excellent night of comedy.
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The DVD of the tour will be in stores on 07 Dec 2018...just in time for Christmas.
All his three live DVDs so far have sold over 100,000 copies each.




Fri 07 Sept---Paul McCartney new album 'Egypt Station' is out today.
Fri 07 Sept---Lenny Kravitz new album 'Raise Vibration' is out today



Friday 07 September 2018.
Happy Birthday to CHRISSIE HYNDE who is 67 today.
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40 years ago today.
KEITH MOON died tragically of a drug overdose on September 7, 1978, when he was just 32 years old.



Thursday 06 August 2018.
BARRY MANILOW + COLLABRO live at The 02 Arena, London.
Barry Manilow plays the first of three shows at The 02 Arena.
A bit ambitious by Barry to try and fill three nights at this big venue.
He should have put one night or two nights on sale and see how sales went.
For all three shows the entire upstairs Level 4 is closed off as unsold.
Barry Manilow's career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million....singles & albums combined...
Barry has had 13 x Top 40 hit singles and 7 x Top 10 hit albums in the UK charts.
I have seen Barry a few times over the years with the first time in 1993 when I was at one of his
EIGHT shows at The Royal Albert Hall on that tour.
Support act on the tour are Collabro.
Collabro are a UK-based musical theatre group and winners of the eighth series of Britain's Got Talent in 2014. The group consists of Michael Auger, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J. Redgrave
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COLLABRO arrived on stage at 7.30pm and performed for 30 mins.
They are popular in their own right with a few albums released.
The four male singers sung some show tunes to a backing track in a tiny space front of stage.
They were given use of the two big screens at the sides.
Most of the crowd were given green glow sticks as they came in and waved them enthusiastically
during both Collabro and Barry Manilow.
In the interval we had a random 10 minutes comedy turn from SHAUN WILLIAMSON who played
Barry in Eastenders...he was quite funny.
BARRY MANILOW arrived on stage at 8.30pm and performed for 1 hour 40 mins.
Barry was backed by a full band including three backing singers and big screens.
Plastic surgery and heavy make up is keeping him looking a young 75.
His legion of loyal older female fans are here as Barry tells the crowd this is his 23rd
UK tour since 1978 when he played The London Palladium.
Well written songs full of melody keep the crowd singing along.
The first half ticked along nicely and most of his big tunes were in the second half.
Barry changed his sparkly jackets several times during the show.
Barry is not everyone's cup of tea but he always puts on an enjoyable show.
Full Barry Manilow setlist played tonight...
It's a Miracle
Sweet Heaven (I'm in Love Again)
Stay
Daybreak
Looks Like We Made It
Can't Smile Without You
Bermuda Triangle
I Don't Want to Walk Without You
This One's For You
This Is My Town
On Broadway (The Drifters cover)
Even Now
Let's Hang On! (The Four Seasons cover)
Weekend In New England
Could It Be Magic (Disco version)
I Made It Through the Rain
Mandy (Scott English cover)
I Write the Songs (Bruce Johnston cover)
Copacabana (At the Copa)
It's a Miracle (Reprise)




Thursday 06 August 2018.
ERIC CLAPTON and The Who‘s ROGER DALTREY are among the first notable figures to be honored with stars on the Royal Albert Hall’s new Walk of Fame. The rock legends attended an unveiling ceremony Tuesday, September 4, at the famous London venue and were presented with special commemorative plaques.



Thursday 06 August 2018.
Sad news that film legend BURT REYNOLDS has died.
He was one of the most popular actors in the 1970s and 1980s.
Burt Reynolds, the legendary actor with the disarming smile and trademark mustache who starred in iconic films including "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The Longest Yard," has died, Fox News has confirmed. He was 82.
The actor's agent, Todd Eisner, told us Reynolds died Thursday morning from cardiac arrest.
Reynold's Hollywood career skyrocketed in the ‘70s after his breakout film role as Lewis Medlock in 1972’s “Deliverance.”
The star went on to appear in nearly 200 films throughout his lifetime.
He received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of adult film director Jack Horner in 1997's "Boogie Nights."




Thursday 06 September 2018.
Happy Birthday to ROGER WATERS who is 75 today.




Wednesday 05 September 2018...6.45pm to 9.15pm...
VIDEOGAMES : DESIGN/PLAY/DESIGN - private view - V & Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.
This exhibition delves into one of the most significant design fields of our time, investigating the work of groundbreaking designers, creative player communities and the critical conversations that define the medium today.
Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt explores the medium since the mid-2000s, when major technological advancements, such as increased access to broadband, social media, smart phones and newly available means of making, profoundly changed the way videogames are designed, discussed and played. This change has opened the door to new voices and ideas, allowing the medium to break beyond its perceived boundaries and aspire to new horizons.
Over 300 guests here at The Victoria & Albert Museum.
There are four old school gaming machines set up in the reception area to play with.
At 7.15pm we had a couple of speeches.
From 8.15pm i spent 30 mins wandering through the rooms of the exhibition.
A dozen consoles are there in the final room for guests to play.
A dj playing tunes in the background.
Complimentary Bouvet sparking wines, red wines and tasty canapés for all guests.
www.vam.ac.ukVisit their website here to buy the £18 admission tickets.




Wednesday 05 September 2018.
FLEETWOOD MAC debut.
The revamped Fleetwood Mac lineup, featuring Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House, made their debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today.
They played two classic songs, "The Chain" and "Gypsy," which you can watch on YouTube.
Host Ellen DeGeneres introduced the group by saying that it's sold more than 100 million albums and calling Fleetwood Mac "one of the most iconic bands in music." Finn quickly answered fans' questions about how his voice would fit in place of the departed Lindsey Buckingham by taking the lead on "The Chain."
Campbell then switched guitars in order to play the song's outro solo. For "Gypsy," Campbell pulled double-duty, playing guitar as well as the song's keyboard hook.
See the reaction of the tv audience when they are told they all get a pair of free tickets to see
the band play at The L.A. Forum.
Expect the band to play Europe next year.





Tuesday 04 September 2018...I went to two events today...
3.15pm to 5.15pm.
Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2018 at Olympia, London W14.
Over 200 stands here for this trade and press event.
Focusing on wines, beers, snacks, chocolate, ice-cream etc.
Most of the stands are giving out tasters and as it's the last of the three days many are
giving out their stock to avoid taking it home with them.
Special mention to...
Croatia Fine Food & Drinks
Walkers Finest Shortcake
Master of Mixes - Cocktail Mixers
Stag - Fruit Cake to go with Cheese
Play in Choc - organic chocs in a box with a surprise toy/gift
then
6.30pm to 9pm.
RM Sotheby's Classic Car Auction Preview at The Battersea Evolution, London SW11.
RM Sotheby's auction returns for another year.
Last years sales made over £7 million.
The auction itself is the following day.
Over 500 guests in this massive space.
Over 100 stunning classic cars here,all in immaculate condition.
Porsche, Aston Martin, Rolls- Royce etc and some quirky overseas cars.
Rod Stewart bought a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S soon after he became a hitmaker. Now it's been restored and is offered for auction by RM Sotheby's....with a guide price here of a million quid.
There was a great photo of Rod standing by the car back in the day.
Also a 1961 Aston Martin owned by Peter Sellers that has a guide price of three million quid.
Complimentary sparkling wines, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.
www.rmsothebys.comCheck out their website for photos of the cars and auction price estimates.





Happy Birthday to The Pretenders drummer MARTIN CHAMBERS who is 67 today.




Monday 03 September 2018.
High profile dj CHRIS EVANS is leaving BBC Radio 2 after 13 years and will return to Virgin Radio.
BBC figures show the former Top Gear host earns between £1.6 million and £1,669,999. He was the second-highest earner on the corporation’s list, below Gary Lineker. The BBC had to reveal the information under the terms of its new Royal Charter — which led to fears staff would leave rather than see their pay publicised and possibly cut.
In 2016 Rupert Murdoch's News Corp became the new owner of talkRADIO and Virgin Radio in a £220m cash deal.




Monday 03 September 2019.
A very nice double bill of rock legends are playing a UK/Ireland arena tour next year.
OZZY OSBOURNE with special guests JUDAS PRIEST
30 Jan 2019 Dublin, Ireland. 3Arena
01 Feb 2019 Nottingham, U.K. Motorpoint Arena
03 Feb 2019 Manchester, U.K. Manchester Arena
05 Feb 2019 Newcastle, U.K. Metro Radio Arena
07 Feb 2019 Glasgow, U.K. The SSE Hydro
09 Feb 2019 Birmingham, U.K. Genting Arena
11 Feb 2019 London, U.K. The O2, Arena



Monday 03 September 2018.
A very nice double bill are playing a UK/Ireland arena tour next year.
STEELY DAN with special guests STEVE WINWOOD
20 Feb 2019 Glasgow, U.K. The SSE Hydro
21 Feb 2019 Manchester, U.K. Manchester Arena
23 Feb 2019 Birmingham, U.K. Genting Arena
25 Feb 2019 London, U.K. The SSE Arena, Wembley
28 Feb 2019 Dublin, Ireland. 3Arena




Monday 03 September 2018.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols 'Guitar Hero' STEVE JONES who is 63 today.



Saturday 01 September 2018...3pm kick off...
Reading 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2
A lovely sunny afternoon in Reading but the same old story.
Reading lose again and are 2nd from bottom after this game.
Respect is due to the hardcore away fans from Sheffield Wednesday.
They sold their full allocation of 2,200 tickets so the result was worth the trek for them





Friday 31 August 2018...I went to two events today...
1.45pm to 6pm.
Concours D' Elegance is held in the superb setting of Hampton Court Palace.
This was the opening VIP / press day for this three day event.
For three days only, the gardens at Hampton Court Palace will be home to over 300 of the finest and rarest motor cars ever to be seen. The crown jewels of the automotive world – 1896 pioneers to present day supercars.
The new 'Future Classics' feature this year looks at the Concours stars of the next few decades. Crowned by the one-off, totally bespoke Rolls-Royce Sweptail, guests will also be able to see the McLaren Senna #001, Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster and V12 Vantage V600.
As we arrive there are tourists everywhere who are here for just Hampton Court Palace.
At the rear is the stunning collection of top notch cars and they look incredible.
Around 1000 people are here mooching around looking at them.
From classic older models to brand new supercars models including Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Bentley,
Aston Martin, McLaren, Bucatti, Porsche, Lotus, Lamboughini, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and others.
At 2.45pm we have a procession of around 30 cars which are paraded in front of Prince Michael of Kent.
Each car is given a verbal description of its history before the trophy is given out to the winning car.
At 4pm i was in the hospitality / press marquee for afternoon tea of complimentary
wines, beers, sandwiches, cakes,
The ticket for Concours includes admission to Hampton Court itself so i had a mooch around for an hour
from 5pm onwards wandering through the historic rooms and it's gardens.
A very enjoyable afternoon.
www.concoursofelegance.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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then
GLEN MATLOCK BAND live at The 100 Club, London.
The band feature Chris Musto on drums and Jim Lowe on bass and legendary guitarist Earl Slick.
Glen plays another London show to promote his new album 'Good to Go'.
This gig is the official launch for the album and Glen will be signing copies of it after the show.
With support from JC Carroll (The Members ) who is playing an acoustic set and first on will be
Thee Unholy Innocents.
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A full house for Glen Matlock & his band tonight.
Lots of folks here i know which is always nice.
First up are garage rockers THEE UNHOLY INNOCENTS who have just released their debut single.
‘White Jesus’ which is taken from the band’s debut album 'Shadows Drag',which is due for release in 2018.
The brainchild of Scottish songwriter Neil Robertson, it also features SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK guitarist Neal X, bassist Gavin Jay from JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND and drummer John Russell.
Much better than expected with great vocals and some nifty guitar licks from Neal X in their 25 mins set.
JC from The Members arrived on stage at 9pm and played an acoustic set for 20 mins.
His five songs played included The Members gems 'Offshore Banking Business' , 'Working Girl'
and 'Sound of the Suburbs'.
GLEN MATLOCK BAND arrive on stage at 9.30pm and play for 90 mins.
Seeing them earlier earlier this month at Boisdale is one thing but seeing them at a proper legendary
club venue like this is certainly the perfect place to see them play live.
They play several tracks from the new album along with Sex Pistols and Rich Kids classics and a few covers.
The tracks from the new album all go down well with the crowd.
There was a couple of extra songs in the setlist compared to the Boisdale shows.
Glen is working the crowd well and getting them to sing and clap along.
Guitar legend Earl Slick looks full on rock star cool and plays loads of sublime guitar licks.
For the encores we had special guests including Chris Spedding and Neal X for all three songs
and for the final track Maggi Ronson and JC helped out on backing vocals.
Chris Spedding produced Sex Pistols demos in the 1970s.
By coincidence The Sex Pistols played this date with Glen 42 years ago at The 100 Club on 31 Aug 1976.
An excellent gig.
Full setlist played tonight...
1.Wont Put The Brakes On Me
2.Wanderlust
3.God Save The Queen
4.Sexy Beast
5.Hook in You
6.Speak Too Soon
7.Couldn't Give A Damn
8.Chill
9.Montague Terrace (in Blue)
10.Ghosts of Princes in Towers
11.Happy
12.Blank Generation
13.Born Running
14.Keep on Pushing
Encore :
15.Pretty Vacant (with Chris Spedding and Neal X)
16.Rainy Day Woman (Everybody Must Get Stoned) (with Chris Spedding and Neal X)
17.All or Nothing (with Chris Spedding and Neal X)
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A few minutes after the show Glen was signing copies of the album for fans.




Thursday 30 August 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8pm.
My Chelsea, 35 Ixworth Place, Chelsea, London, SW3.
A free gig in the very nice lounge bar of this stunning four star boutique hotel.
The Sessions' with a live performance from Joe Chiari and company playing a rare mix of funk, soul and jazz
Singer, songwriter & guitarist Joe Chiari, who recently played British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, Glastonbury Festival and the Royal Albert Hall - will be joined by Rich Zbaraski on bass, Dom Anthony on percussion and, Jay Phelps on trumpet, as they tear down the house with two lively and unique sets.
Around 30 guests here in this relaxed and intimate setting.
At 7.05pm they played the first of their two 45 mins set.
I did not see the second set as i had to move on to the next event up the road.
Four musicians on the floor , up nice and close with perfect sound.
Acoustic guitar and vocals, bass guitar, trumpet and bass drum/percussion.
An enjoyable set of jazz, soul and funk cover tunes played.
Great that this small venue is supporting live music by putting live acts on every month...and free to get in.
www.myhotels.comVisit their website here for more info on future events under their food & drink section.
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then a walk up Fulham Road to this...
8.15pm to 11pm.
THE CHELSEA CORNER - launch party - 451 Fulham Road, London SW10.
This ex pub has had many different owners over the years and is now an Italian bar & restaurant.
It is near to the Esso garage on The Fulham Road if you know the area.
Sex Pistol John Lydon lived two minutes away in the early 1980s ,a top-floor flat he owned at 45 Gunter Grove.
The venue is decorated elegantly with cream and green, to give a light and spacious feel, and lovely dark wood bar which you can sit at. The tables are decorated simply but beautifully - rose gold napkin holder, and gorgeous wine glasses.
Although we are sat down at a table the food served is canapés and small tasting plates rather than
a full three course meal.
We also had complimentary drinks including prosecco, rum cocktails,gin cocktails and wines.
As it's Italian it was a late finish and others were still there when we left.
www.thechelseacorner.comVisit their website here for more info.





Wednesday 29 August 2018...6.15pm to 10pm...
ALL STAR LANES - showcase - Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush, London W12.
Pretty amazing transformation this area has had over the past decade.
This venue is actually nearer White City tube rather than Shepherds Bush tube.
Last night it was a crazy golf themed bar and tonight it is a ten pin bowling bar.
It has 10 bowling lanes, 2 art deco inspired bars, a whopping 100 cover restaurant, a heated outdoor terrace and a swanky private room, this recently opened venue is located in the extended Westfield White City development.
At the entrance we are greeted by two girls in Virgin Atlantic uniforms.
Over 150 guests here.
There is a four piece band playing semi-acoustic cover versions for 30 mins.
There are also caricaturists, card magicians and a dj.
At 8pm we have a dance duo perform for five minutes.
At 8.20pm there is a raffle to win a pair of flights to USA with Virgin Atlantic.
A small goodie bag for all that included a couple of pairs of Virgin Atlantic socks.
Complimentary prosecco, shots, wines, beers , mini burgers and canapés for all guests.
www.allstarlanes.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.




Tuesday 28 August 2018...5.30pm to 9.30pm...
SWINGERS WEST END - showcase - 15 John Princes Street, London W1.
A small entrance leads up to a massive space on the first floor of the old BHS flagship building.
The British seaside theme looks great for this crazy golf, bar and restaurant venue.
It is just two minutes from Oxford Circus tube , in a spot somehow even bigger space than their
huge debut venue in the City.
This spot boasts two all-new golf courses, on a par, so to speak, with their original nine-holers – named respectively The Big Wheel Course and the Helter Skelter Course, they’re both 9-holers, packed with moving obstacles, jumps, bumps and loop-the-loops, all designed with a nostalgic nod to the 1920’s English riviera. There’s even a 10 camera, 3D photo podium for team photos, should you feel like commemorating your visit to the past with a brief jaunt into the future.
The 20,000 Sq ft space can host up to 600 guests which gives you an idea of how huge it is up here.
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Around 70 or 80 guests are here at the far end crazy golf course area for the showcase.
We are in a group of five here and we had a great time.
We had a round of nine hole crazy golf which was good fun.
Nice tunes played in the background and a nice buzzy vibe.
Complimentary spirits with mixers, prosecco, wines, beers and lots of tasty food including PATTY & BUN
burgers, pizza, tacos and yummy ice-cream from HACKNEY GELATO.
A great evening.
www.swingersldn.comCheck their website here for more info.






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