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Friday 02 February 2024.

Friday 02 February 2024. PEYTON PARRISH live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Popular TikTok star from America. Peyton Parrish laid the foundations for his career in 2020 with a cover of “My Mother Told Me”, made famous by the series, ‘Vikings’. He’s since released his debut album with original songs and covers, to versions of Disney classics, and his latest release, ‘Skalds Of Metal’, includes a collaboration with German medieval rock giants, ---------- The sign outside the venue says the show is sold out. DOMINUM arrived on stage at 8pm for their 40 mins set. German Heavy Metal band played a decent set of tracks from their album. They have a bald headed singer , and the other three musicians are wearing gruesome masks. They did a good cover of Dead Or Alive ' You Spin Me Round' . They signed stuff at the merch stand after their set PEYTON PARRISH arrived on stage at 9.15pm for his 85 mins set. You wouldn't think a heavy metal band would have a singer named Peyton. Plenty of crunching heavy metal tracks played , with lots of lighting. A superb cover of Cranberries ' Zombie' was a highlight. The big track ' My Mother Told Me' was performed near the end. A good show, that the crowd loved. -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- Thursday 01 February 2024. SHEN YUN live at Hammersmith Apollo. Historical Chinese theatre and music show returns to this venue...I saw it at this venue in 2023. Extensive daily advertising on TV all through January must have cost them a fortune, so maybe that's why the tickets are so expensive at £75 to £160. It is on at this venue from 26 Jan to 04 Feb. This stint in London is part of a UK tour. They have eight productions touring the world. --------- The stalls seats look sold out , even with the high priced tickets. As expected, it is an older respectable crowd. The two hour show was over two sets of 60 mins. The stage presentation is lovely. A huge digital screen showing colourful images. Around 30 performers in total on stage. A full live orchestra of 30 musicians in black tie, that sounded fantastic. Each piece had an introduction from a m/f couple. Only two pieces had singing , with a piano backing. The rest was classical Chinese dance routines with stunning costumes. An enjoyable show.