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Monday 12 September 2022.

Sunday 11 September 2022....I went to two events today... 3.45pm to 4.30pm EPIC BURGERS - press preview - Crown Buildings, 4 The Green, Chingford, London E4. This recently opened restaurant does a great range of top notch burgers. We each had a DA VINCI (beef patty, bacon, two cheeses) which was pure five star yumminess and fries. You can also order home delivery via their website. They have a 9.99 special opening meal deal offer for a Klassiq burger, fries and drink www.epicburgers.co.uk - Visit their website here. ----------------------- then EPPING FOREST MUSIC FESTIVAL is at Chingford Plain, Epping Forest, London E4 - Essex. Sat 10 Sept - CLEAN BANDIT plus support acts. Sun 11 Sept - UB40 feat Ali Campbell plus support acts. I have seen UB40 over 15 times since they supported The Pretenders at Brunel University in Uxbridge in 1980.There are now two versions of UB40 due to the Campbell brothers falling out. UB40 had 17 x Top 10 hits in the UK, including 3 x number ones. Easy to get to the venue by train, tube or bus as Chingford is Zone 5 for Oyster Cards. Tickets are 50 per day for general admission and 100 with complimentary drinks in VIP lounge area. ------------------- 5pm to 10.15pm. Very nice to be in this countryside setting on the Sunday. A smallish festival with maybe 2,000 to 3,000 here. There is the one big screen on the right side of the stage. We saw a Rod Stewart lookalike singing Rod hits to a backing tape for 30 mins then a covers band playing a 30 mins set , then a DJ playing a 30 mins set. Thankfully we were in the VIP/press marquee to the left of stage. We chatted to a lovely local couple (Michael and Jackie) who took our minds off the lame support acts. Our wristbands were valid for free drinks inc rose wines , beers and spirits and mixers until 8pm. UB40 feat Ali Campbell arrived onstage at 8pm for their 85 mins set. It was nice and dark when they arrived on stage, so the lightshow looked nice. Several members in the band including sax, and the overall sound was great. Nice and easy to have a dance to many of their pop reggae hits,many of which were covers. Highlights included "Homely Girl", "Cherry Oh Baby", "One in Ten", "Too Many Rivers To Cross" and great four song encore of "Food For Thought", "Kingston Town", "Can't Help Falling In Love", and "Red, Red Wine"......a very enjoyable show. ----------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------- Well done to YUNGBLUD who i have seen play two great shows at The Forum in the past. UK punk-pop artist YUNGBLUD sees his self-titled third studio album debut at No.1 in Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand this week.