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Sunday 25 September 2022.

Sunday 25 September 2022. COMEDY WAREHOUSE SPECIAL live at Shepherd's Bush Empire. Several black comedians will play short sets throughout the evening. I have seen this event a couple of times before as it's an annual event, and a couple of them performing were here last time, including the host. It stalls seating and pretty full so maybe 800 or 900 here. Around a 75 % black audience here tonight. The DJ was on from 7pm to 8pm and was very playing tunes very (too) loudly. The show was on for two sets of 95 mins and 75 mins - 2 hours 50 mins total. Each act had around 15 to 20 mins on stage. The host did a great job with banter and jokes when talking to the audience between the acts. Lots of funny moments throughout. Plenty of jokes relating to black folks, white folks and even The Royal Family and The Queens funeral. Comedians were Kojo, Dizzle, Richard Blackwood, Kane Brown, Babatunde, Slim, Curtis Walker. Special guest on the night was ALEX BLAKE who recently won Britain's Got Talent and plays his own special headline comedy show at Hammersmith Apollo soon. An enjoyable evening. --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Saturday 24 September 2022. FU MANCHU live at Shepherds Bush Empire. American stoner rock band are playing a 30th anniversary UK tour as a band. They have released a dozen albums since 1994. I have seen them twice before , in 1999 and 2000. Support comes from ELECTRIC CITIZEN who have released three studio albums. Electric Citizen are an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio formed in 2012. The group's current line-up features Laura Busse on lead vocals. ------------- Levels 2 and 3 are closed , but stalls standing is very full, so maybe 1000 folks here. ELECTRIC CITIZEN arrived on stage at 8pm for their 45 mins set. The blonde female singer headbangs away as her great band play a crunching noise. Guitar , drums and bass are all very Black Sabbath sounding and they rock good. FU MANCHU arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 80 mins set. Support band had a tiny singer, and the Fu Manchu singer looks at least 6' 3" tall. The atmosphere for the band is pretty amazing as the front half of the stalls is frantic moshing all night, and crowd-surfing bodies continually end up in the pit. Heavy swirling guitar riffs , with highlights including "California Crossing" , "King of The Road" and encore of "Eating Dust". Both bands were really good tonight. ------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------- This is a good 15 mins video on YouTube. A typical day in the life of a touring band set-up playing arenas in America. If you are unfamiliar on the amount of work that's goes on behind the scenes during a tour, check this out. Type in search....The Absurd Logisics of Concert Tours ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- Friday 23 September 2022. Not many megastars cross the Atlantic to plays shows in Dublin, and ignore England, but that is what country music star GARTH BROOKS has just done. He has just played five massive stadium shows at Croke Park , Dublin to 80,000 fans a show. More than 400,000 tickets have been sold to see the country music superstar perform across the five nights. Happy Birthday to BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN who is 73 today. --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Thursday 22 September 2022....I went to two events tonight... London is back to normal as loads of events and gigs on tonight. 5pm to 9pm. GALLIARD HOMES 30th ANNIVERSARY PARTY, 95 Dean Street, Soho, London W1. Big name house builders are celebrating their 30th anniversary and showcasing their new block of apartments - TCRW (Tottenham Court Road West). Comprises 81 studio, 1 , 2, & 3 bedroom luxury apartments. It was surprisingly a full on proper event for 200 guests, so we stayed here longer than planned. They had a marquee in the courtyard. At 7pm we had a speech and then a 15 mins drag act performed a few cover songs. Then the DJ played tunes. Lots of complimentary drinks and food as a full bar including Laurent Perrier champers along with some very tasty food. All guests got a goodie bag on departure. www.galliardhomes.com - Visit their website here. then 9.30pm to 11.15pm. MARKET PLACE VAUXHALL - press launch - next to Vauxhall station, London SW8. Boutique food hall group Market Place open their third location , after Peckham and Hounslow. There are 12 food traders here alongside a bar, a DJ and seating for 200. We arrive a bit late due to attending the previous event but we have a nice complimentary meal from Rudies Jerk Shack and a couple of whiskey n cokes. www.marketplacevauxhall.co.uk - Visit their website here for more info.