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London celebrity photographer is showing a collection of his photos to celebrate 40 years of punk.
Richard Young has been taking photos of the famous for over 40 years.
He was there for The Sex Pistols signing in 1977 of their contract with A&M outside Buckingham Palace.
He was also at the band’s 1976 gig at The Notre Dame Hall just of Leicester Square...(I was there too).
ANARCHY IN THE UK is on display until EXTENDED date of 12 August 2016...free admission...
Prices for the works on offer start at a most reasonable sum of just £60.
Richard Young Gallery, 4 Holland Street, London, W8 4LT. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7937 8911.
It is located just off Kensington High Street.
Glen Matlock attended the opening preview evening.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the birth of punk music, The British Library showcases exhibition exploring the genre and sub culture's early days and how its influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide. Runs until October 2.
The exhibition includes the Glen Matlock resignation letter to leave The Sex Pistols.
Also The Sex Pistols signed termination of their recording contract with EMI.
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1.
Punk 1976-78 - exhibition (13 May 2016 to 2 October 2016)
The exhibition is free entry but there are a few q n a sessions with members of punk bands and others.
Here are some of the highlights which are paid ticket events.
Mon 04 July---Danny Fields(The Ramones) manager
Tues 05 July---The Sex Pistols and America---Bob Gruen (photographer) and John 'Boogie' Tiberi
The British LibraryCheck out their website for full info.
From 01 June 2016.
PUNK LONDON: The Museum of London's calling as it celebrates 40 years of punk with a display of all things anarchy in the Show Space. Discover customised clothes, accessories, photos, material from punk gigs (including flyers, patches and posters) from the 1970s onwards. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm
Nearest tube station is Barbican.
Fri 24 June to Sun 26 June---Glastonbury Festival Weekend.
Headliners are Fri - Muse, Sat - Adele, Sun - Coldplay
Gregory Porter returns to the UK's biggest music festival next month to perform on the Pyramid Stage,
on Sunday 26th June at 1pm.
Gregory's new album 'Take Me To The Alley' went straight in at number five in May 2016.
Sat 25 June---Glen Matlock plays Glastonbury Festival on the acoustic stage at 3.15pm
Other acts playing include ELO, Beck, Cyndi Lauper,Madness and ZZ Top.
ZZ Top still have all three original members---have a new live DVD out this month.
Lots of coverage on BBC tv and radio stations every day.
Rain on Tues,Wed and Thurs saw lots of rain at Glastonbury and nightmare pictures of folks dragging their
stuff through the mud once they have survived hours in the queue to get in..and that's before the bands even started.
Did Glastonbury in 1994,1995 and 1997 but won't be going there ever again...too big and too many people...
Fri 24 June ,Sat 25 June,Sun 26 June - Nile Rodgers plays Fulham Palace...special guests each night...
Sat 25 June,Sun 26 June,Mon 27 June- EURO 2016 play-off games.
Sun 26 June---Happy Birthday to Mick Jones ex The Clash who is 61 today.
Tues 28 June---Coldplay to play Kensington Palace in Hyde Park.
Coldplay are to perform a gig at London's Kensington Palace for a charity established by Prince Harry.
The show on June 28 will be to 3,000 fans in the palace’s gardens. Tickets go on sale at Friday (May 27).
Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale, helps adolescent children living with HIV and Aids in sub-Saharan Africa.
Also playing the gig will be Laura Mvula, Nico & Vinz and George The Poet, who is a Sentebale ambassador.
Coldplay have spent June playing massive outdoor shows in the UK that have included four nights at
Wembley Stadium and a headline show at Glastonbury Festival.
They are on a massive world tour that will end being one of the biggest grossing of this year.
Tues 28 June---George Benson plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Tunes 28 June---Beck plays Brixton Academy.
Tues 28 June---Rising vocalist-songwriter-musician Emily Burns (21) will make her London headline debut at The Old Blue Last , in association with Rob Hallet’s emerging artist supporting 360 promotion agency: Robomagic....free admission...
Wed 29 June---Heart play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 30 June---Cyndi Lauper plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Fri 01 July---Earth Wind & Fire play The 02 Arena.
Fri 01 July---Punk Britannia on BBC4...3 x hour long programmes.
The rise and origins of punk...punk 76 to 78...and post punk 78 to 81...
AEG BARCLAYCARD BRITISH SUMMER TIME shows at Hyde Park in July.
Fri 01 July---Massive Attack play Hyde Park...with main support Patti Smith...
Tricky will perform with Massive Attack.
Massive Attack are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1991 classic album 'Blue Lines'.
Sat 02 July---Florence + The Machine play Hyde Park
Sun 03 July---Carole King plays Hyde Park...one off special show...with main support Don Henley...
Fri 08 July---Mumford & Sons play Hyde Park... with main support Alabama Shakes.
Mumford & Sons release The Johannesburg EP feat Baaba Maal on 18 June 2016.
Sat 09 July---Take That play Hyde Park...with main support Olly Murs...
Sun 10 July---Stevie Wonder plays Hyde Park...as of 07 June this is the only show of the six that is sold out..
Stevie Wonder will perform his masterpiece album Songs In The Key of Life in its entirety.
www.bst-hydepark.comVisit their website for full list of the acts playing over the six days.
Sat 02 July---Buddy Guy plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 02 July---Lionel Richie plays the first of three shows at The 02 Arena.
Lionel is back in the UK after the massive success of his Glastonbury Festival show last year.
Lionel Richie is set to receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s most prestigious honour in June. Richie will follow in the footsteps of songwriters including Carole King, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Stephen Sondheim when he receives the Johnny Mercer Award, the Hall of Fame’s highest honour, reserved for artists whose work “upholds the gold standard".
Support comes from Corinne Bailey Rae whose comeback album 'The Heart Speaks In Whispers' has gone
straight in at number 31 in the American Charts.
Sat 02 July and Sun 03 July---FORMULA E returns to Battersea Park.
The boss of the all-electric version of Formula One has predicted this year’s London race will attract a
record number of spectators as tickets for the event in Battersea Park.
The London leg of the Formula-E FIA championships — where the cars are capable of a 140mph top speed — will once again be the climax to the season after races in Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin and Moscow.
Last year, a crowd of 60,000 over the weekend watched English driver Sam Bird clinch victory. This time, organisers are hoping for up to 10,000 more over the two days, July 2 and 3, as cars compete on the 1.5-mile circuit in Battersea Park. Speaking from the latest leg in Mexico City, Formula E chief executive Alejandro Agag said the sport was a “completely new vision of motor racing” as the “industry moves to cleaner, electric technology”.
www.fiaformulae.comVisit their website for more info and tickets.
www.ticketmaster.co.ukVisit the Ticketmaster website to buy tickets.
SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE is due to re-open in early July after roof renovation.
It has been closed since Dec 2015.
HENLEY FESTIVAL returns in July 2016 for six days.
The black tie event Henley Festival billed as 'The UK's Most Magical Summer Party' returns to Henley On Thames bringing music, visual arts, fashion, street theatre, comedy and fine dining for 5,000.
The 34th festival by the Thames takes place from Wednesday 6th until Sunday 10th July 2016,
culminating in a firework spectacular.
Henley is around an hour from West London and pick up the train at Paddington or Ealing Broadway tube stations.
HEADLINERS play on a floating stage.
Wednesday 6th July 2016...Elton John and his band (sold out pronto)
Thursday 7th July 2016...Elvis Costello & The Imposters
www.henley-festival.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets from £35.
Thurs 07 July---The Royal Mail are to celebrate 50 years of Pink Floyd with a set of stamps out today.
The 10 stamps will mark 50 years since the group turned professional, and will include innovative album covers such as The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and Atom Heart Mother.
Some of the stamps will celebrate the band's live performances, which broke new ground with extensive use of lights and projection of films.
Sat 09 July---The Glen Matlock Band play The Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena complex....tix £10...
The band will include Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) and Chris Spedding.
Sun 10 July---Marc Almond plays The Royal Festival Hall.
Fri 22 July and Sat 23 July---Rodriquez plays The Palladium.
Following sold out shows at the Royal Albert Hall and Hammersmith Apollo, cult singer-songwriter Rodriguez will return to London in 2016 for two shows at the Palladium. Rodriguez's rise to international fame is one of the most fascinating stories in music. After the release of two little-sold albums in the early 1970s, his music became hugely successful in South Africa, Australia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, unbeknownst to him. Years later a group of loyal South African fans set out to establish what had happened to their hero, only to discover he was still alive! Their successful journey and Rodriguez's life-story and body of songwriting were retold in 2012's BAFTA and Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man.
I saw him play at Hammersmith Apollo.
Thurs 04 Aug to Sun 07 Aug 2016---The Rebellion Festival is held in Blackpool.
The UKs number one punk and alternative festival celebrates it's 20th anniversary.
Over 100 bands on multi-stages over the weekend and all of it indoors.
DESCENDENTS---COCK SPARRER---STIFF LITTLE FINGERS---THE DAMNED---UK SUBS---
JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE---BUZZCOCKS---999---
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT---SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS (original line-up) and many more.
www.rebellionfestivals.comVisit The Rebellion Festival website for more info and tickets.
ROLLING STONES Exhibitionism at The Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.
This massive exhibition is on until 04 Sept 2016.
I went to the great launch party for this event where all the band turned up.
Lots to see here so you can easily spend a couple of hours mooching about.
Tickets are £20 Monday to Thursday
Tickets are £22 Friday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday's
The full line-up for BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park on Sunday 11 September has now been announced. Elton John, Madness, Status Quo (Aquostic set), Gregory Porter, LeAnn Rimes, Jamie Lawson, Andreya Triana and Travis will all perform live on BBC Radio 2 and in vision via BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the Radio 2 website.
Saturday 25 June 2016.
FU 2 number plate sells for an extraordinary sum
The “rather cheeky” private number plate FU 2 sold at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
for the extraordinary sum of £152,700 yesterday.
Friday 24 June 2016.
A Tribute To Prince live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
Autism Rocks, the UK-based charity, is honoring Prince with a tribute show featuring CeeLo Green,
Mark Ronson (dj set) and Morris Day & The Time and Larry Graham & Graham Central Station.
Just two years ago Prince performed as the headliner at the launch of the Autism Rocks charity in London.
This special concert is part of Autism Rocks ongoing effort to raise awareness and funds for autism research, while commemorating the late musical legend who did so much for the Autism Rocks charity.
Still hard to believe that Prince is longer with us.
I am wearing a purple Prince t-shirt in tribute that i got at his last UK show.
We have wristbands for the vip/press area and AUTISM ROCKS have put on a full complimentary bar
so we have Moët champers,JD n cokes etc all the through the evening while watching the show...very nice...
The only face I saw here was soul singer Lemar.
We have a nice big screen showing images during acts and Prince videos between acts.
LARRY GRAHAM & GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION
In 2011, Graham Central Station opened for Prince on Prince's "Welcome 2 America" tour.
Larry Graham also attended the funeral of Prince.
Larry Graham is dressed all in white and looking a cool dude.
He is on early at 7.05pm for a mere 25 mins.
He played Prince songs including '1999','Alphabet Street' and 'Baby I'm A Star' and
Sly And The Family Stone 'Dance To The Music'.
CEELO GREEN is on from 7.50pm to 8.35pm for 45 mins.
A couple of weeks ago he headlined the London Palladium.
His set included his own hits 'Crazy' and 'Forget You/Fuck You' and 'Take Me With U ' (Prince),
'The Beautiful Ones' (Prince),'I Feel For You ' (Chaka Khan and written by Prince).
MORRIS DAY & THE TIME were on from 8.55pm to 9.55pm for 60 mins.
Morris Day was part of the Prince inner sanctum in the 1980s and was in the 'Purple Rain' film.
I saw Morris Day headline Hammersmith Odeon way back in 1988.
He is still super cool with his assistant bringing on a mirror to 'check his look'.
They played their own funky dance tunes including 'Jungle Love'.
MARK RONSON (DJ SET) is on from 10.10pm to 11pm
With a big light show behind him and the big screen showing images he plays Prince classics
and his own hit 'Uptown Funk' and classics by the likes of James Brown,Chaka Khan and Amy Winehouse.
Lots of dancing done tonight and a very enjoyable evening.
Thursday 23 June 2016.
The Rich Kids and The Professionals live at The Academy,Islington,London.
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY - First Time Ever They Have Played On The Same Bill.
The Sex Pistols may not be playing this year but how about this for a one-off double header
special featuring two Sex Pistols members.
The Rich Kids featuring GLEN MATLOCK and The Professionals featuring PAUL COOK.
Two post-Pistols bands from the late 1970s.
For the first time since the Steve New Testimonial in 2010, which was The Rich Kids first show for over
30 years,Midge, Glen and Rusty will take to the stage again to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the birth of Punk.
I attended the Steve New funeral in North London as we shared hotel rooms a couple of nights
when I toured with Glen Matlock & The Philistines when Steve New was playing guitar in the band.
UPDATE on 15 May - Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet will be playing guitar with The Rich Kids.
The Rich Kids line up will be - Midge Ure vocals and guitar, Rusty Egan Drums,
Glen Matlock Bass and vocals, Gary Kemp guitar and James Hallawell keyboards.
The Professionals played their first London gig for over 30 years in 2015 at The 100 Club.
Like for that show Steve Jones has opted to stay in Los Angeles.
I was at both the above shows.
Needless to say I was really looking forward to this show and got to the venue at 7.30pm
to catch all of both bands.
At the front was a female friend Ally ...so I stayed FRONT ROW right of stage with her the entire evening.
Respect to Ally who came all the way from Norwich and others who had come from Bristol , Brighton and Gosport.
Really nice to chat to so many friends here tonight who had braved the rain for this special event.
The Professionals take to the stage just after 8pm for a 12 song 50 mins set.
Loads of great catchy tunes from their heyday material and we have a new track called 'New Generation'.
This was first played at a couple of shows earlier in the year but it's the first time ever played in London.
Tom Spencer did a great job on vocals and hinted of more new material as Steve Jones has been sent
an MP3 to add some guitar parts too.
Ray McVeigh was prowling the stage with some trademark low slung guitar playing.
Paul Cook on drums and Paul Myers on bass both really seemed to be enjoying it.
A great set.
Full setlist played by The Professionals tonight...
Just Another Dream
Too Far to Fall
Friday Night Square
Join the Professionals
Kick Down the Doors
Silly Thing (Sex Pistols cover)
The Rich Kids arrive on stage just after 9.30pm for a 12 song 60 mins set.
Midge Ure in the middle flanked by Glen Matlock and Gary Kemp who are both wearing white jackets.
Through the show the main vocal duties are shared by Midge and Glen.
The Rich Kids have put in a lot of work for this one-off reunion show.
Drummer Rusty Egan has barely picked up his sticks since the last Rich Kids gig six years ago.
He has spent most of the past three weeks getting up to speed with rehearsing for tonight.
Really great to hear these songs again.
Gary Kemp played some nifty guitar solos.
Very funny when Glen introduced him as "A real Rich Kid"...with a nod to his Spandau riches..
Another great set and a very special evening overall.
Full setlist played by The Rich Kids tonight...
Hung on You
Put You in the Picture
Here Comes the Nice (Small Faces cover)
Bullet Proof Lover
Ghosts of Princes in Towers
10.45pm to 12pm
Around 50 folks are upstairs in the balcony bar area.
All members from The Rich Kids and The Professionals turn up and are very happy with how things went.
Other guests include Soho Radio punk dj Gary Crowley,Chris Musto,Spizz Energi and Nick Reynolds.
Nick Reynolds is a member of Alabama 3 and the son of Great Train Robber Bruce Reynolds.
A nice buzzy atmosphere with a pay bar.
Kevin Rowland was at the show but did not go upstairs after.
Thursday 23 June 2016.
The public have voted on the EU.
The Leave campaign won by a majority of 52%-48% against the Remain alliance to quit the EU. The result has triggered huge financial uncertainty, with the Pound at its lowest level since 1985. Residents of Scotland and Northern Ireland voted in favour of Remain, leaving political leaders in those countries to state that they could be seeking further referenda on voting to become independent.
Leave got 17.4 million votes
Remain got 16.1 million votes
I voted to leave.
Thursday 23 June 2016.
Hard Rock International, which operates 23 hotels around the world, has announced that it’s opening its first London property on the site of the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch.
The Hard Rock Hotel London is due to open in the summer of 2018. It will feature a vast lobby lounge with live music, an on-site Hard Rock Cafe, Rock Spa and 900 bedrooms.
Details of its event spaces are yet to be released but you can expect to entertain guests among an impressive collection of music-themed memorabilia.
Wednesday 22 June 2016...I went to two events today...
2pm to 4pm
Press launch for BLUES SMOKEHOUSE SLOUGH, William Street,Slough,Berkshire.
This venue is 3 mins from the main train and bus station and on the edge of the main shopping area.
The large 140 seat bar restaurant is the third Blues Smokehouse in the UK.
Other branches are in Twickenham and Bracknell.
It will open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, whilst also including a coffee and bakery bar. The look and atmosphere will be in line with the other Blues Smokehouses, relaxed American deep South, featuring stripped wooden floors, packing cases, brick walls and a mix of booth and freestanding up-cycled seating.
A feature of the interior will be an open servery where customers can see the preparation and smoking of all the fresh produce daily. The coffee bar and bakery will also be an Italian/ American ice cream bar serving milkshakes, smoothies and sundaes, along with hot waffles.
The meat is all smoked by The Blues Smokehouse team, with wood sourced to create the perfect taste. Sauces and rubs, such as hickory, applewood and mesquite are prepared to special recipes created by executive chef, Jackie Weight, the only Brit, as well as the only woman, to have won the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue. The meat is cooked using authentic American smokers along with grilled cuts on the churrasco grill and rotisseries for the chicken, giving genuine BBQ flavours. Jackie plans to give tips and masterclasses on BBQ cooking and will offer tours of the smoking kitchen. And for salad lovers, there’s a selection of super food salads, packed full of goodness.
Some nice nachos for starters.
For mains i had a very nice massive Blues Smokehouse Burger with extra cheese and bacon along with tasty
We had a full range of sides including Onion Rings Bundle.
We each had a different American cheesecake for dessert.
Drinks were Mojitos and Tiramisu Shake with a shot of Bourbon.
Well worth a visit when you are in the area.
www.bluessmokehouse.comVisit BLUES SMOKEHOUSE website here for more info.
5pm to 6pm
then on the way back we popped into a couple of little pubs in Colnbrook Village.
A nice bit of olde England.
Amazing to see a couple of pony and traps here which i presume were local gypsies.
7.45pm to 11.15pm
Victoria and Albert Museum Summer Party - The John Madejski Garden, Victoria and Albert Museum,
Cromwell Road, London, SW7.
The V & A tonight are hosting a massive party to rival The Royal Academy Summer Party
i went to a couple of weeks ago and The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party which is in a couple of weeks.
A very lavish party with over 500 glammed up guests here which is mainly outdoors.
I had a nice chat with Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet about The Rich Kids gig the following night
where he is the guest guitarist.
John Madejski was here as he has sponsored the new garden structure.
Kylie Minogue turned heads in a bright yellow Stella McCartney gown as she joined Jenna Coleman, Dame Joan Collins, Twiggy Lawson and Brix Smith at the V&A's inaugural star-studded 'Met Gala' style fundraising benefit. Kate Moss and fellow committee member Nicholas Coleridge were on hand to greet London's fashion elite including models Edie Campbell, Erin O'Connor, Arizona Muse, Xenia Tchoumi and Jade Parfitt as well designers Patrick Cox, Amanda Wakeley and Sabine Getty. A-listers Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Fry, Sir Jeremy Irons and David Furnish were also among recognisable faces sipping champagne and tucking into the Harrods macaron tower at the soiree. Other VIPs spotted taking selfies against a Botticelli inspired floral wall included Donna Air, Yasmin Mills, Bip Ling, Alice Naylor-Leyland, Lady Violet Manners and Lady Alice Manners.
Soho club legend Philip Salon was here dressed up in a typically wacky costume as usual.
Also Janet Street-Porter,Suzy Menkez,Peter York and Charlotte Tilbury were here.
At 8.50pm ROISIN MURPHY and her band played a 30 mins set.
Roisin is playing a warm-up tonight for her Glastonbury Festival set on Friday.
Roisin is like an Irish version of Bjork/Kate Bush with lots of quirky costume changes.
A dj is playing tunes before and after Roisin.
HARRODS were the sponsors tonight so lots of complimentary drinks and very nice food.
Harrods champers,mojitos,gin cocktails,different bowl food,small plates,crab with black caviar
and loads of different desserts.
All guests got a small goodie bag.
An excellent event.
Wednesday 21 June 2016.
EURO 2016....Italy 0 Eire 1...An amazing win by Eire with a goal near the end.
They join England,Wales and Northern Ireland in the next phase.
Tuesday 21 June 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 8pm
SUZI NASSIF - Viva La Vida,Viva El Amor - private view at Coya,118 Piccadilly,London W1.
This very smart Peruvian restaurant & bar is around 100 yards from The Hard Rock Cafe.
VIVA LA VIDA, VIVA EL AMOR is Suzi Nassif’s stunning new exhibition of Latin American inspired paintings, opening at COYA restaurant, 118 Piccadilly, on June 21st and running until mid-September.
The vivid collection includes depictions of Latin American spirits, faces and backgrounds, in an artistic manifestation of Latin American culture through which you can almost read a special dialogue in each work, about themes such as Love, Art, Life, Challenge, Culture and Differences. Many include famous historical faces from different eras like Fernando Botero, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali and “Che” Guevara, who, in a one way or another portray the Latin American world.
All guests enjoyed some very nice complimentary Pisco Sour cocktails,wines and nibbles.
www.suzinassif.comVisit the Suzi Nassif website for more info and images.
www.coyarestaurant.comVisit the COYA Restaurant website here for more info.
8.15pm to 10pm
See The New JW Marriott Grosvenor House - garden party - JW Marriott Grosvenor House, 86-90 Park Lane, London, W1.
Around 300 guests here at this well known five star hotel in Park Lane.
X Files star Gillian Anderson is here as is Bip Ling.
Others here included Linzi Stoppard,Alistair Guy and Camilla Rutherford.
Over the past few months many areas of the hotel have been refurbished.
This hotel is the main awards venue in the UK as the main ballroom holds 1000 seated and this room holds 500.
This is the room where i attend The Q Magazine Music Awards every year.
They have done a fantastic job here as they have transformed it into an English Garden with artificial grass throughout.
We have complimentary Ruinart champers,different cocktails,wines,beers and different food stations
All guests got a goodie bag.
www.marriott.co.ukVisit the Marriott Hotel website for more info.
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