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Wednesday 07 February 2024.

Tuesday 06 February 2024. 2.15pm to 7pm. ICE GAMING at Excel, London E16. The place the world of gaming goes to do business will welcome the entire industry on 6-8 February at ExCeL London, where 45,000+ trailblazers will gather to network with leading international decision makers, regulators, operators and innovators across all gaming sectors and verticals, over three days of expansive business opportunities. ICE is the biggest global showcase of the very latest and innovative technologies and opportunity providers, home to 600+ global brands providing FIRST access to products and services designed to enhance your growth potential in 2024. After many years in London, it moves to Barcelona from next year Over 10,000 visitors each day , and as usual it is a 90 % male crowd. Portuguese football legend LUIS FIGO is here as Ambassador for DIGITAIN. UFC champion ALEX PEREIRA is posing with his belts on the AVIATOR stand. This is the event where a few years ago i met DEE SNIDER from Twisted Sister on one of the stands. Lots of colourful digital screens and neon everywhere. Plenty of nice looking promo girls at different stands. You can have a go on all the various slot machines, casino related etc. Many of the stands are giving out complimentary coffees , cocktails, spirits n mixers, wines , prosecco , champers, beers and snacks. then 7.30pm to 12pm. ICE GAMING OPENING PARTY at Magazine , London SE10. Around 3000 guests at this massive venue. There are dancers in carnival type costumes, acrobats, burlesque and djs. Lovely surprise to see punk rock band THE DUEL here.. On at 9.10pm for just 15 mins, but they went down well with the crowd. GREG BANNIS had many years as singer with Hot Chocolate...replacing Errol Brown (R.I.P.) He was on at 10pm for his 20 mins of singing Hot Chocolate hits to a backing tape. SOUL II SOUL arrived on stage at 11.05pm for their 45 mins set A massive band as must be 15 members on stage including three female brass , two female violinists and three female backing singers. They played their great hits from 1989 ' Keep On Moving' and 'Back to Life'. Our wristbands were valid for complimentary drinks and food all night, that included champers in the VIP lounge area and elsewhere was spirits n mixers, wines, beers , prosecco and the food trucks in the VIP lounge area.