News and Reviews: June 24, 2017

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It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
Check out Motown The Musical,Beautiful,Dreamgirls,42nd Street and others.
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'Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical' opens in London's West End, and before the long-awaited world premiere has taken place, the producers have extended it's season at the London Coliseum, due to overwhelming public demand.
The musical will now run, following previews from 5th June, for a limited season, now extended from 22nd July to 5th August 2017 and tickets for the extra performances are now on sale right here.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Glastonbury Festival Weekend - lots of coverage on BBC tv and radio each day.
Can someone pleeeeezzzze get rid of those annoying BBC dj presenters.
The worlds most famous music festival...140,000 will be there the weekend.
Pretty incredible the amount of stages and stuff that goes on at Glastonbury.
I have been three times in 1994,1995 and 1997.
Sat - Foo Fighters , Sun - Ed Sheeran.
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Sat 24 June---Jeff Lynne's ELO play Wembley Stadium.
A massive show with support acts Tom Chaplin(Keane) and The Shires.
Jeff Lynne returns to the UK after the huge success of his UK arena comeback tour in 2016.
ELO were very successful in the 1970s and 1980s with many hit singles and hit albums.
During ELO's original 13-year period of active recording and touring, they sold over 50 million records worldwide.
I saw ELO in 1976 and 1978 (one of their eight shows at Wembley Arena) and a warm up show in 2016
at the 500 capacity show at Porchester Hall, London.
In 1978 the band set out on a nine-month, 92-date world tour, with an enormous set and a hugely expensive space ship stage with fog machines and a laser display. The band played at London's Wembley Arena for eight straight sold-out nights during the tour, a record at that time.
During 1979 Jeff Lynne also turned down an invitation for ELO to headline the August 1979
Knebworth Festival concerts. That allowed Led Zeppelin the chance to headline instead.
Sun 25 June---Jackson Browne plays the second of two shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
I saw Jackson Browne seven times at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s when I worked front stage security.
I have seen him a couple of times at The Royal Albert Hall over the past decade.
Jackson Browne now aged 68 was a massive act in America & The UK in the 1970s and 1980s.
Mon 26 June---Third and final Monday of Punk Season films on London Live tv.
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RADIO ALICE PIZZERIA open their second branch at 67 Venn Street,Clapham.
The Gold Coin Campaign will give guests at both Hoxton and Clapham branches of the pizzeria the chance to buy any second pizza for £1 between June 26 and the end of July. All proceeds from this will be donated to Libera Terra, a co-operative who produce organic wine in Sicily on land liberated from mafia control.
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Tues 27 June---Cheap Trick play The Forum.
Fresh from their track 'Surrender' closing Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, Rock Legends Cheap Trick
return with their 18th album!..'We’re All Alright' lands on the 16th June along current single 'Long Time Coming'.
Tues 27 June---A Night Of Comedy in aid of the people affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire starring; Michael McIntyre, Kevin Bridges, Alan Carr, Micky Flanagan, Jo Brand, Rob Beckett, Josh Widdicombe, Jon Richardson, Katherine Ryan, Seann Walsh, Adam Hills & Russell Kane.
All tickets £50 (plus booking fee)
Tues 27 June and Wed 28 June---Tony Bennett plays The Royal Albert Hall.
A selection of guitars and vintage amps from the private collection of the late Gary Moore will be offered at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale at their Knightsbridge saleroom on 28th June 2017.
Wed 28 June---Rainbow + Sweet play The Genting Arena, Birmingham.
Thurs 29 June---Gladys Knight plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 29 June---Adele plays the second of four sold out shows at Wembley Stadium.
These are the final shows on her world tour.
Fri 30 June---Phil Collins + Blondie + Mike & The Mechanics play Hyde Park.
I have seen all three acts already play great shows this year...a very nice triple bill...
Also on the bill are Chas & Dave.
Chas Hodges, of music duo Chas & Dave, has finished cancer treatment and is going back on tour. The 73 year old will play a gig at London's Hyde Park , marking the singer's first performance since he was diagnosed with oesophagus cancer in December.
www.bst-hydepark.comBuy tickets here for Phil Collins and other BST Hyde Park shows.
Fri 30 June---The Wombats play Brixton Academy.
Fri 30 June---THE SATELLITES play The 100 Club---First London show in over 30 years...since 1985...
Formed in 1977 in West London and immediately The Satellites immediately caught the attention of The Damned's Rat Scabies, who went on to produce their debut single Urban Guerilla and the follow up Human Being, both now regarded as great lost Punk rock gems. Over the next few years The Satellites were at the centre of a west London Punk scene with The Ruts and shared a stage with Tubeway Army, Crass, The Pack (later Theatre of Hate). Every gig was unpredictable, riotous and unforgettable. And singer Del still managed a spot of modelling, for the cover of the legendary 'New Wave' compilation LP. His handsome young visage can be seen in the new Trainspotting movie. Tonight, after a 30 year plus absence from the London stage we welcome back this brilliant Punk band - with the traditional howl of Eeyore - for what will be an unforgettable and emotional night.
With punk & new waves tunes from dj Jeffrey Munday.
I saw The Satellites a few times back in the day.
Sat 01 July---Green Day + Rancid + Hives play Hyde Park.
Other support acts include The Stranglers,The Damned and Stiff Little Fingers.
Sat 01 July---Status Quo (Aquostic) play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 01 July---The Vulz play The East Barnet Festival.
Sun 02 July---Woody Allen & His New Orleans Jazz Band play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 02 July---Monkish play The Anchor,Maidenhead.
Mon 03 July and Tues 04 July---IMBIBE LIVE 2017 is held at Olympia.
Major showcase for the drinks industry with over 5000 visitors per day.
Mon 03 July---Linkin Park play The 02 Arena.
Their classic debut album from 2000 'Hybrid Theory' has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
Tues 04 July---Linkin Park play Brixton Academy...extra show added due to public demand...
Linkin Park are on a world tour to promote their new album 'One More Light'.
Tues 04 July---Radiohead play a massive show in Manchester.
Following the enforced cancellation of their two dates at Manchester Arena, Radiohead have announced that they will now play Manchester Emirates Old Trafford on Tuesday 4th July. This one night replaces the two previously announced.
Wed 05 July---Steve Winwood plays The Hammersmith Apollo.
Fri 07 July---Glen Matlock and his band play The 100 Club...tix £20 adv...
In aid of Crohns & Colitis UK OPG & DtB present Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, Rich Kids) & Neal X (Sigue Sigue Sputnik)... With support acts Feckin' Latchicos, Phobics, DJ Jeffrey Munday.
Fri 07 July--The Untold Story of the Sideman which is due to TX on 7th July on BBC Four.
The documentary tells the story of the sidemen who work alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry and includes really rare, brand new interviews with Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards as well as Billy Joel talking about their loyal sidemen and also the sidemen who have worked alongside Prince, Otis Redding, the Stones and Beyoncé.
Sat 08 July---Glen Matlock plays The Thame Music Festival,Oxfordshire...free festival...
Sat 08 July and Sun 09 July---U2 play Twickenham Stadium...only UK shows on their European Tour.
with support from Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds.
I have seen U2 over 15 times since 1980 when they were support act to The Talking Heads at Hammersmith Odeon.
On their last UK tour in 2015 i went to three of the 02 Arena shows which were mega.
U2 are playing 'The Joshua Tree' album in full for the first time ever on this tour for its 30th anniversary.
The heart of the show will be the eleven songs from 'The Joshua Tree' album.
They will be performing in front of a gigantic screen that covers the entire area behind the band.
I saw U2 three times on the original Joshua Tree tour in 1987 at Wembley Arena,Wembley Stadium.
and Cardiff Arms Park.
Sat 08 July---The Killers play Hyde Park.
As of 09 June The Killers show is the only show sold out of the six Hyde Park gigs this summer.
Sun 09 July---Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers play Hyde Park.
Tom Petty's only show in Europe in the middle of his North American tour.
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Tues 11 July---Brian Setzer plays The Forum...sold out...
Only UK show on his European Tour.
Tues 11 July and Wed 12 July---Coldplay play The Principality Stadium,Cardiff.
No London shows this summer as they played four massive shows at Wembley Stadium in 2016.
Wed 19 July---Nick Heyward plays 229 Great Portland Street ,ahead of his new solo album in 18 years, set for release on 4th August via Gladsome Hawk. The singer-songwriter has successfully completed the pre-order Pledge Music campaign from which fans ordered signed CD, deluxe mediabook CD and vinyl copies of the album.
Thurs 20 July---Culture Club play Epsom Downs Racecourse.
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Truck Festival is held in Oxfordshire.
Fri 21 July - Franz Ferdinand + Slaves + many others.
Sat 22 July - Libertines + Wombats + many others.
Sun 23 July - Vaccines + Maximo Park + many others.
www.truckfestival.comCheck their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Ramblin Man Fair is held at Mote Park,Maidstone.
Fri 28 July - Saxon + Y n T + Last In Line plus others.
Sat 29 July - Extreme + Black Star Riders + Dokken + Glenn Hughes plus others
Sun 30 July - ZZ Top + UFO + Quireboys plus others.
www.ramblinmanfair.comCheck their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Final dates on U2 European Tour
Tues 25 July and Wed 26 July--- Paris - Stade de France
Sat 29 July and Sun 30 July---Amsterdam Arena
Tues 01 Aug---Brussels - King Baudouin Stadium
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Rebellion Festival weekend in Blackpool...the UKs biggest and best punk festival....
Around 5000 fans per day visiting multi stages with around 50 bands each day.
Thurs 03 Aug---Bad Religion + Pennywise plus others
Fri 04 Aug---Slaves + The Professionals + The Members + The Godfathers plus others
Sat 05 Aug---Sham 69 + UK Subs + 999 + Glen Matlock plus others
Sun 06 Aug---The Skids + Richie Ramone + The Ramonas plus others
Scottish punks The Skids reform for their 40th anniversary...and their first UK tour for over 30 years...
I saw them seven times in their heyday period of 1979 to 1981 including headline shows at
The Marquee Club ,The Rainbow,Hammersmith Odeon and Hammersmith Palais.
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SALON PRIVE returns on Thurs 31 Aug, Friday 01 Sept and Saturday 02 Sept.
Returning for its 12th year, Salon Privé is the UK’s longest-standing, professionally-judged Concours event. Confirmed to attend the highly regarded and highly lauded Chubb Concours d’Elégance on Thursday 31st August is a stunning 1939 Horch 853A Special Roadster, which has recently undergone a four-year restoration, and a competition-focused 1965 AC 427 Cobra. Joining the automotive spectacular will be a carefully crafted, hand-picked selection of vintage motorcycles, all of which will be showcased in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace.
Boodles Ladies’ Day is a glamour-filled and elegant treat. Held on Friday 1st September, the event will focus on fashion and socialising, alongside the hundreds of beautiful cars on display, promising a day of fine dining, luxury brands and afternoon tea with champagne that runs throughout the event.
www.salonpriveconcours.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.





Saturday 24 June 2017.
Ten years ago this weekend i was at these mega gigs.
24 June 2007 --- Aerosmith + Chris Cornell - Hyde Park,London.
26 June 2007 --- Aerosmith + Chris Cornell - Marlay Park,Dublin.





Friday 23 June 2017.
KRAFTWERK live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Kraftwerk play the last of three sold out shows at this venue on their UK tour.
I went yesterday and am back again tonight.
I saw comedian Frank Skinner going in.
KRAFTWERK again start dead on 8pm for another 2 hours 15 mins set.
I use my 3D glasses off and on during the show...don't really notice the difference.
As expected the setlist and show is exactly the same.
Scroll down for the full setlist.
Again it is pretty much half the show is good and the other half a bit average.
It is more like watching an art film with synths playing the soundtrack in the background.
Great to hear 'The Model' and 'Autobahn' again.
Also good were 'Tour de France' (with lots of old good black n white video footage of the cycling)
and 'Trans Europe Express'.
Some other synth instrumentals plodded along in an average way.
A good show in parts.
I must say a word about the bootleg t-shirt sellers at this venue at the end of the show.
They have upped their game as all the t-shirts feature The Royal Albert Hall design logo.







Friday 23 June 2017.
Sex Pistol guitarist Steve Jones to get Hollywood Walk Of Fame star in 2018...in the Radio category...
Congratulations Steve!
Steve: “I love my job and I love doing it two hours a day. Very grateful to
The Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce and The Walk Of Fame Selection Committee.”





Thursday 22 June 2017.
KRAFTWERK live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Kraftwerk play the second of three sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Kraftwerk played eight shows at The Tate Modern in 2013 but these shows are part of their
first full UK tour for over a decade.
I saw them play at Hammersmith Odeon on their debut UK tour in 1975 and again in 1981.
German synth pioneers are down to one original member these days.
On May 26, the band released 8-CD and 9-LP sets of their last world tour, but the real gem will be the 4-disc Blu-Ray set which was filmed in high definition 3D and will be viewable in both 3D and 2D. Two-discs have the concerts while the other two contain tour films and concert projections. That special edition will also include a 228-page book with photos from throughout the shows.
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I must admit when i saw Kraftwerk in 1975 as a 16 year old I was not that impressed.
I was too much into guitars and bands and four German blokes standing static behind keyboards
seemed more like a weird gimmick from 1970s pop svengali Jonathan King than a serious music project.
These days they are highly regarded by the British press and always get great reviews.
As you take your seat everyone is given a pair of 3D glasses to use for a certain few songs in the show.
I do not use mine at all....maybe I will put them on at Fridays show...
KRAFTWERK arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 2 hours 15 mins.
The curtain pulls away and the four musicians take their positions behind their keyboard podiums.
We have a big screen showing great graphics and some of the lyrics to the songs.
Some neon strips of lighting but not much else.
It was one of those shows were half of it was good but the other half was pretty average.
It was great to hear gems like 'The Model' and 'Autobahn' but some of the tracks just plodded a bit.
They were dance pioneers but the audience just sat and watched and only a few actually got up and danced.
Some songs have lyrics but they are as simple as you can get and Ralf's vocals are unremarkable.
For the first encore 'The Robots' they were actually replaced by four Robots on stage.
The sound was the same which made me wonder how much of the show was just tapes.
So a good show in parts but some of the tracks were not that exciting.
For half of the show I wish i was back watching Phil Collins at this venue.
Full Kraftwerk setlist played tonight...
Numbers
Computer World
It's More Fun to Compute / Home Computer
Computer Love
The Man-Machine
Spacelab
The Model
Neon Lights
Autobahn
Airwaves
Intermission / News
Geiger Counter / Radioactivity
Electric Café
Tour de France Etape 1 / Chrono / Tour de France Etape 2
Vitamin
Trans Europe Express / Metal on Metal / Abzug
Encore:
The Robots
Encore 2:
Aéro Dynamik
Planet of Visions
Boing Boom Tschak / Techno Pop / Musique Non Stop






Wednesday 21 June 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
THE CALEDONIAN CLUB - showcase - 9 Halkin Street,Belgravia,London SW1.
We have a bagpiper welcoming us as we arrive.
My first time inside this historic club that was founded back in 1891.
Around 100 guests in their garden area in the sunshine.
Many old boys from Scotland are working here.
A little bit of Scotland in the Heart of London for Scotsman living in London was its original purpose.
The building is one of those magnificent Grade II listed buildings in this Embassy heavy area.
They have eight different private areas for hire.
Guests enjoyed Pimms,wines and bowl food including haggis.
All guests got a goodie bag that included 12 year old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
www.caledonianclub.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
7.45pm to 10.30pm
V & A SUMMER PARTY - Victoria & Albert Museum,Cromwell Road,South Kensington,London SW7.
Over 500 folks at this major event that was held mainly in the John Madejski Garden at the back.
This is one of the 'big three' summer parties in London...I went to all three last year.
Like last year Harrods have sponsored all the food and drinks so complimentary Harrods champers,
different cocktails,wines and lots of nice food including lobster rolls ,salmon, canapés,cheeses,desserts.
Guests included Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) and Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet).
Bianca Jagger(with a walking stick) and Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran were here.
Also 70s and 80s man about town Philip Sallon...and comedian Rory Bremner...
Elizabeth Hurley, Ellie Bamber, Samantha Cameron and Alexandra Shulman welcomed summer in style as they attended The V&A's annual fundraiser, where Alice Dellal, Alice Naylor-Leyland, Erin O'Connor and Neelam Gill donned flowery summery dresses. Back from Royal Ascot, royals and socialites Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Donna Air and Lady Violet Manners also headed to the benefit, joining leading figures in the art and fashion world including Grayson Perry, Twiggy,
Ron Arad,Billie JD Porter,Claudia Winkleman,Rachel Johnson,Norman Lamont,Leon Max,
Patrick Cox , Brix Smith-Start, Suzy Menkez and Alan Edwards.
At 9.15pm we had a live act for 30 mins in front of the water...NAO...
NAO is a British singer-songwriter and record producer from East London. Her sound has been described as soul combined with electronic music, funk and R&B....Nao coined the term 'wonky funk' to describe her style.
Her debut album came out on RCA last year and went to number 17 in the UK charts.
She played some cool laid back tunes including 'Zillionaire'.
A great event.






Tuesday 20 June 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 9pm
CARLY PAOLI - album launch party - at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly,London W1.
We are here at the headquarters for British Film.
Carly Paoli aged 28 is a classically trained singer/lyricist born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
After leaving college she performed in concerts and for corporate events. Performing at an event in Malaysia, she was spotted by the Geneva watchmaker Bedat & Co. In 2014, she was appointed as brand ambassador for the company and, as a direct result, appeared at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala.
In November 2014, Paoli made history as the first artist to perform at the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) Awards in Los Angeles, hosted by Hollywood actresses Olivia Wilde and Kate Hudson.
In June 2015, Paoli sang a duet with Three Tenors legend José Carreras in a unique performance at
Windsor Castle, for HRH The Prince of Wales.
Paoli’s song, ‘Ave Maria’ composed by Romano Musumarra with lyrics by Grant Black, was played on Vatican radio as the theme for Pope Francis' Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016.
In July 2016, Paoli was the headline singer in ‘Music for Mercy’, a concert staged in the historic, Roman Forum.
On 30 June 2017, Paoli will release her eagerly anticipated debut album ‘Singing My Dreams’.
Over 100 guests here including musical theatre group Collabro and baritone singer Rhydian.
At 7.20pm we go into the seated area as CARLY PAOLI performed several songs from her album
in a 40 mins set with over a dozen musicians.
The album is a mixture of classic and classical pieces. Some compositions have lyrics penned by Paoli, including ‘Memory of You’ (Theme from ‘Legends of the Fall’) with music by multi Academy Award winner composer James Horner and ‘Se tu Fossi’ (Cinema Paradiso) by Ennio Morricone and Andrea Morricone.
Carly has a stunning voice as she can reach the high notes yet somehow keep her winning smile intact.
The set finished with a great version of her fave track from her album 'One Bright Star'.
Guests were given a copy of the album.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
Once Carly gets on tv a couple of times I think she will take off big time.
Carly is supporting Collabro on an extensive UK tour later in the year which includes a show at
The London Palladium on Thurs 16 Nov.
www.carlypaoli.comVisit her website here for more info and to buy the album.
then
10pm to 12.30pm
JIM STEINMAN'S BAT OUT OF HELL - VIP/press opening night party - at
The Institute of Directors,116 Pall Mall,London SW1.
Time flies - I went to the press launch for this event six months ago when they closed the road outside
The Coliseum to traffic as 60 or so Harley Davidson's revved up their bikes before Meat Loaf himself
gave a speech and the cast sung a few songs from the musical.
The musical was held earlier tonight at The Coliseum and it features the greatest hits of Meat Loaf.
We approach the venue which is all lit up in flames to look very impressive.
Over 500 guests here in this stunning venue which is an iconic landmark of London’s Georgian heritage.
The function rooms in this John Nash-designed Grade 1 listed building have huge ceilings and paintings everywhere.
Harvey Weinstein and Petula Clark were at the show but not at the after party.
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and his wife were here.
Also here were Tom Fletcher , Gary Kemp, Jimmy Carr, Dr Christian Jessen, Liz McClarnon, Ali Bastian, Lesley Garrett and Gizzi Erskine. Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood enthusiastically mounted a motorbike, used as a key motif in the new rock musical, with current and former co-stars from the BBC dance show, including Arlene Phillips, Bruno Tonioli, Rob Rinder, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace-Mistry.
Also Faye Tozer, Lee Latchford-Evans, Lisa Scott-Lee, Richard Fleeshman, Jonathan Antoine and Danny-Boy Hatchard.
Also Sara Dallin from Bananarama and well known oldies dj and tv presenter Mike Read.
There was a covers band at the end of one of the rooms and a dj was playing tunes too.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.






Tuesday 20 June 2017.
It was 30 years ago this day on 20 June 1987.
I saw David Bowie + Big Country live at Wembley Stadium.
This was on David's Glass Spider world tour.





Monday 19 June 2017... I went two events today...
4pm to 6.30pm
GOFFS LONDON HORSE SALE at The Orangery,Kensington Palace Gardens,London W8.
I got a courtesy golf cart the 200 yards from the main road to the main entrance...a nice touch...
Another scorching hot afternoon for this pre Ascot event for at least 500 guests.
Thankfully there are plenty of covered areas.
Serious buyers from the racing world are here along with a few trainers and jockeys.
Guests included racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott (over 1300 winners to his name).
Also Jonjo O'Neill who is another very successful racehorse trainer.
Lady Alice Manners and her new beau Otis Ferry were here together.
This venue pretty much backs on to William & Kate's royal residence.
Rolls Royce have half a dozen new cars on display including convertibles you can sit in.
From 5pm to 6pm was the auction of 22 horses in the parade ring.
All the horses have been entered to run at Ascot...you just register it under your own colours.
We had complimentary Pimms, Leoube sparkling wines,coffees along with finger sandwiches,
hot & cold canapés,desserts.
A very nice summer garden party event.
then
7pm to 9pm
SOTHEBY'S SUMMER PARTY & PRIVATE VIEW at Sotheby's ,New Bond Street,London W1.
Around 300 guests at this world famous auction house.
There are fresh flowers all over the front entrance and all up the stairs...looked fantastic.
They have air-con which is nice.
There are lots of big name artists on display here including a couple of Damien Hirst with
estimated guide price of £500,000 each.
Complimentary Sotheby's champers,two different cocktails and canapés for all guests.
www.sothebys.comCheck the Sotheby's website here for more info.





Sunday 18 June 2017.
Happy Birthday to Paul McCartney who is 75 today.






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