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Wednesday 18 January 2023.

Wednesday 18 January 2023. WALLOWS live at Hammersmith Apollo. On 06 Jan , Wallows have decided to move their Brixton Academy show to Hammersmith Apollo, on the same day as they are not risking The Brixton Academy having their license revoked when the venue goes under review on 16 Jan. American band Wallows are on a UK tour to promote their second album. Hammersmith is the last night of their UK tour, before they head into mainland Europe. Wallows second album "Tell Me That It's Over", was released on Atlantic Records on March 25, 2022. Both their albums have made The Billboard Top 100 chart in USA. Their most popular track "Are You Bored Yet?" has had over 72 million views on YouTube. Wallows have cited Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, The Libertines, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, and The Smiths as influences. ----------- The venue does not say sold out at the front, but the venue looks very full. Most of the crowd appear to be females under the age of 30. The queues for the merch tonight were very busy...anyone for a £65 Wallows hoodie? They did a good job of getting t-shirts and gig-posters done with the new venue. Luckily for them , their main t-shirt with tour dates just had London , UK, rather than the venue. MAY-A and her band arrived on stage at 8pm for their 35 mins set. Australian singer-songwriter played a good set of pop rock songs. Her set included a nice cover of Cheap Trick's " I Want You To Want Me". WALLOWS arrrived on stage at 9pm and played for 85 mins. Wallows are a trio on record but a six-piece onstage. The stage production featured six lampshades and some striped lighting poles. There is plenty of screaming and singing along from the females here tonight. They have a nice catchy dreamy sound, with guitar and keyboard indie-pop tunes. Confetti cannons were used after around 70 mins. Overall, it was a good show. ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- Tuesday 17 January 2023. CLAYS are to open at Unit 1b, 1 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 Clays is a stunning bar serving fantastic food, creative cocktails and a high-tech interactive clay shooting experience. Having opened their first venue in November 2021 in Moorgate, London they are now going to open their second site in Canary Wharf this December. Clays is a vibe and will fit gloriously into the bustling nightlife of West India Quay. Upon arrival you’ll be struck by the stylish décor. With a rose gold and blush pink colour palette, large trees blooming in delicate blossom and plenty of foliage, you’ll experience the glamour of a modern English country estate. Once inside Clays Canary Wharf you’ll discover eight pegs – semi-private shooting areas. Each giving a generous amount of space for groups of up to 20 people to enjoy their game play whilst supping on cocktails. www.clays.bar - Visit their website here. ---------- Tonight was the opening launch party from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. A lively vibe as pop & dance hits are played over the speakers. Just the right amount of guests here so there are no long waits to have a go on the shooting pegs. Everything is well organised regards the shooting on the digital screens, as whose turn is next etc. The rifles are quite heavy, and need a little bit of co-ordination regards the trigger and re-load , but practice makes perfect, and it soon gets very addictive, and you move on to levels with harder targets. The many office staff and workers in the area will love this place for group fun. There was a fun photo big screen. Lots of complimentary drinks and food including five different cocktails (JD whiskey with toffee was my fave), prosecco, wines, beers...along with several different small plates including Truffle Parmesan Chips, Crispy Chicken Silders, Beef Croquettes, British Calamari and Sweetcorn Ribs...and mini-desserts. A very enjoyable evening.