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Tuesday 24 May 2022.

Monday 23 May 2022. PISTOL - UK Premiere - Odeon Luxe , Leicester Square, London WC2. There are loads of big name tv series on the likes of Netflix , Amazon and Disney, but not many have full on launch events like this one. It is held in the same cinema that Top Gun : Maverick was last week when Tom Cruise and royalty turned up. A full red carpet with punk tunes playing loudly and security barriers keeping the crowds back. Pre-reception at the venue with complimentary wines, beers and popcorn. Steve Jones arrived with Chrissie Hynde and Paul Cook is with his wife. It was attended by the show’s Director Danny Boyle and key cast including Maisie Williams, Anson Boon, Louis Partridge, Jacob Slater, Talulah Riley, Emma Appleton, Sydney Chandler, Christian Lees, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dylan Llewellyn and Iris Law. The show’s creatives joined Danny Boyle on the evening, including writer Craig Pearce, and other Executive Producers including Tracey Seaward, Gail Lyon and Anita Camarata. Other guests included Ian Brown, John "Boogie " Tiberi, John Giddings, Alan Edwards, DJ Fat Tony, Tony James , Philip Sallon, Eddie Lock and Tallia Storm amongst others. At 7.10pm - Danny Boyle introduced the cast and producers on the stage, and dedicated the evening to Jordan , who sadly recently passed away. At 7.20pm - we were shown the first two full episodes and highlights of three to six. Not perfect, but much better than expected. All guests got a complimentary GSTQ t-shirt on leaving the venue. 9.30pm...half a dozen coaches are laid on for those that want a lift to the afterparty so we got on one from Haymarket to Camden. 10pm to 1am...afterparty at PowerHaus (ex Dingwalls) in Camden. They have dressed the venues walls in photocopies of legendary early Sex Pistols gig posters. At 10.45pm HOLLIE COOK & her band played a really good 35 mins set of her tropical pop. Hollie was introduced on stage by her dad who chatted to all, but Steve stayed upstairs in a private room. She is playing loads of indoor and outdoor gigs over the coming summer. Ian Brown was one of the last to leave. We stayed to the end, and we each took a couple of the posters off the walls to take home. Non-stop complimentary drinks and food until the end at 1am. Veuve Clicquot champers all night, Harvey Wallbanger cocktails, Tom Collins cocktails, wines, lagers, Guinness...along with cheeseburgers, fish n chips , pizza etc. An excellent event as Disney certainly splashed the cash for the screening and party.