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Saturday 09 March 2024.

Saturday 09 March 2024. BRAINSTORM live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Latvian pop-rock band BrainStorm (Prāta Vētra) are coming to the UK to perform songs from their several studio albums. Not to be confused with the German power metal band with the same name. ---------- Level 3 is closed but the other levels are full, so maybe 1500 are here, with mainly Lavian folks who are living in London. Lots of very attractive females here tonight. There seems to be a lot of drinking by this crowd. BRAINSTORM arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for two hours. Seven musicians on stage, including a female percussionist. The song lyrics are all in Latvian, apart from one of two. Simple catchy pop-rock , with a nice mix of dancier tracks and ballads that got the crowd all swaying. The singer looks like a young Jim Kerr. He did a good job of creating a great atmosphere. The crowd loved it , and although it was a foreign language ,the show ticked along nicely. ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- Friday 08 March 2024. JARLATH REGAN live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Following millions of downloads and views on YouTube, TikTok and Instagram Jarlath Regan’s epic new standup comedy show “Yer Man” has landed. Ireland’s favourite ‘Irishman Abroad’ is back after appearances on Tonight At The Palladium (ITV), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC) and Goggle Box (Channel 4). ----------- Level 3 is closed tonight , and Level 2 is near empty ,and it is stalls seats so maybe just 500 here. NEIL O'ROURKE arrived on stage at 7.30pm for his 20 mins. JARLETH REGAN arrived on stage at 9.10pm for his 75 mins. The crowd is pretty much half Irish half English. Great to hear two Irish voices on stage tonight , as my parents are Irish and 75% of my relatives live over in Ireland. The first act ticked along ok, and the headliner was great. Just a stool , table and pint of Guinness was his stage set-up. He is very pleased to be playing this historic venue, and tells the crowd that Charlie Chaplin and The Wogan Show were here. Lots of jokes related to being back in Ireland....really good.