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Thursday 29 September 2022.

Thursday 29 September 2022...I went to two events tonight... 6.15pm to 7.30pm. BEAT LONDON - showcase - 48 Margaret Street, London W1. This basement club is just a couple of minutes from Oxford Circus tube. Before the internet and mobile phones this same venue back in the 1960s and 1970s was a popular late night musicians hangout called THE SPEAKEASY. The Speakeasy known as The Speak, was a club situated at 48 Margaret Street, London, England, and served as a late-night meeting place for the music industry from 1966 to June 1978. I was lucky to have seen three midnight shows there just before it closed. Johnny Thunders Allstars feat Hot Rods And Snatch members Speakeasy Club, London 31.01.1978 Depressions Speakeasy Club, London 22.03.1978 Johnny Thunders Allstars feat Steve Jones and Paul Cook Speakeasy Club, London 25.03.1978 Around 200 folks here and it is nice and buzzy as a DJ is playing tunes too. Punk fan original and fashionista PHILIP SALLON was here. The venue has a 250 capacity and is available for hire. Complimentary Spicy Margaritas, Rum Cocktails, prosecco, wines,beers and canapes for all guests. www.beat-london.com - Visit their website here. ------ then 8pm to 10.15pm. ALL STAR LANES - Christmas Showcase - Westfield, White City, London W12. We are in their private space at the rear, which is available for Christmas office parties etc. It can hold 120 and has two private bowling lanes and its own bar etc. They have four branches in London - White City, Holborn, Stratford and Brick Lane. Great fun to have a couple of games of bowling - won one and lost one. Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, cheese-burgers, chicken-burgers, hot and cold canapes. Always very enjoyable at this bowling venue. www.allstarlanes.co.uk - Visit their website here. ------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------- Wednesday 28 September 2022. THE BIG MOON play The Forum. They are on a UK tour to promote their third album "Here Is Everything" released 14 Oct 2022. The Big Moon are a London all female four-piece band formed in 2014 by Juliette Jackson.Their debut album, Love in the 4th Dimension, was released on 6 April 2017, containing a number of singles previously released on their EP, The Road. The album was shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2017.The band is signed to Fiction Records and have toured internationally. Fiction Records are best known for signing The Cure over 40 years ago. The video for their track "Your Light" has had over 7 million views on YouTube. ---------- Another one of those shows with over 100 folks on the guest list. It is full in the stalls, but the circle is half empty. This year some acts have been complaining about venues taking 25% of their merch sales for letting the act sell the merch inside the venue. The Big Moon have taken a stand against this and there are signs saying we are not selling merch inside the venue and their merch is available at the nearby Abbey Tavern Pub in Kentish Town Road until midnight. GENTLY TENDER arrived on stage at 7.25pm for their 30 mins set. A five piece band who played songs just like their band name implies. ART SCHOOL GIRLFRIEND arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 30 mins set. A four piece , with dreamy vocals from the female singer. THE BIG MOON arrived on stage 9.15pm for their 75 mins set. The four girls walk on stage , one by one, all wearing white trousers, and look great. They have large circular screen behind them, showing the moon and other images. Some nice stripped lighting too, along with a glitter ball. The band swop instruments, and their harmonies are fantastic. A cover of Fatboy Slim "Praise You" went down really well. Final song "Your Light" got everyone dancing down the front. Really good to see a confident all girl band playing their own material. Full setlist played tonight... It's Easy Then Take a Piece Don't Think Barcelona Cupid 2 Lines Wide Eyes Daydreaming Formidable Sucker Why Praise You (Fatboy Slim cover) Bonfire (the singer sang the whole from in the pit) Trouble Encore: Waves (the singer sang the whole song from in the pit) Your Light