I’m going to see Steve Wynn there next month. It’s a new venue for me. Anyone been there? Is there a bar? The usual facilities? Acoustics any good? Any and all info welcome. Thanks.
Have just heard that Jon Hiseman has passed.
Very sad news – a fine drummer and a decent bloke on the occasion I attended a talk he gave.
In February, my Family and I are spending a few days in the Smoke. We’re looking to see School of Rock in the sparkling West End. I liked the movie and my son’s is performing in his school’s version of it next year. My question is re snagging some tickets. Is it worth waiting until we’d down there and trying to get theme when we’re there (for a discounted price) or, given that we’ll need 4, is that a bit risky? What about outlets? Are some better than others? or am I best use the venue’s official box office?
On a similar matter, I have a pass to go out myself to a gig one night. Can someone send a link to a listing of gigs that I can filter my day/ genre. I’ve had a look at the various O2 venues for the nights I’m there but nothing particularly up my street. Or… any recommendation welcome. I’m there from the 11th to the 15th.
Thanks in advance.
Fans of this great London blog (there are a few round here, I know) may want to know that there’s a book coming out by the man responsible, Rob Baker, presumably full of content from the blog.
He doesn’t post nearly enough (he mostly tweets these days), but it’s always great stuff. How else would you know that Janet Street-Porter was an extra in Blow-up? http://www.nickelinthemachine.com
London. Fascinating place but an absolute bastard when it comes to finding peace and quiet. Anything resembling real countryside is bloody miles away, the parks are filled with joggers, buggy-pushing parents, cyclists and kids; the streets are simply full. My recent lightbulb moment was the realisation that cemeteries are usually empty, save for dead people, and give some opportunity to walk quietly while smelling wet grass and trees rather than exhaust fumes and Lynx. The bonus in London is that some graveyards have famous residents… And so, by bus, train, then another bus to cover the six miles between here and there, I went to see Sandy Denny’s final resting place at Putney Vale Cemetery, between Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common. It’s a simple grave: a horizontal rectangle of stone marking its limits, covered in green gravel, the headstone reading, line by line, The Lady // Alexandra Elene // MacLean Lucas // (Sandy Denny) // 6.1.47 – 21.4.78 Her birth name was Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny – MacLean from her Scottish granny while Lucas came from Trevor Lucas, the Australian musician she married in 1973. I didn’t know any of this until the last couple of days, searching it out » Continue Reading.
The ivory tinkler with The Attractions Imposters etc is bringing his show of variations on Costello tunes to the capital next month. Any other trainspotters been to see him perform this show? I’m no doubt gonna go as I think he’s a marvellous player and often elect to sit “Steve Side” at Costello gigs to watch him play.
I have a friend visiting London with the above nights free and hoping to see some live music. She’s asked me for suggestions. I don’t live in London so, having checked the itineraries of a handful of folk/blues type artists I know (none of whom are in town those nights), I can’t go any further – I just don’t know any welcoming, reasonably-priced club-level venues in order to be able to search from that angle. My friends not an AW-esque music connoisseur but so nothing really obscure or demanding – just something/somewhere that might be fun…
I’m talking about proposed London Mingle
I did suggest on the Mingle thread about using one of those polls, but have now decided that you can just vote here and state preferred date and venue and I’ll count them up and we’ll have come to a decision by the end of next week (February 27th).
So make your choices on:
1) I propose dates of either March 20th or March 27th (both Fridays)
2) A poll on aard-stryder’s suggestion of The Betjeman Arms (http://www.geronimo-inns.co.uk/london-the-betjemank) at Kings Cross / St Pancras stations against the old location of The King & The Queen in Foley Street.
For myself I can do both dates but lean towards the 28th and fancy the new Venue.
If we get enough takers I’ll sort out a booking with the venue