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Friday 17 March 2023

Friday 17 March 2023. TURIN BRAKES live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Turin Brakes are an English band.They had a UK top 5 hit in 2003 with their song "Painkiller (Summer Rain)". Since starting out in 1999, the band have sold around one million records worldwide. They are currently signed to Cooking Vinyl. They have released several studio albums. Their ninth studio album 'Wide-Eyed Nowhere' was released in 2022. They had seven Top 40 hits in the UK, including one Top 10. I saw Turin Brakes supporting Travis at The Royal Festival Hall in 2018. ------------------- Level 3 is closed and there is space on all other levels so maybe only 700 or 800 folks here. UNE arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set. UNE are BBC 6music and Radio 2 broadcaster, musician and author Mark Radcliffe and electronica tech head Paul S Langley (Robs Records/Yeti-MusicMan/SonyBMG) ​ UNE is electronic music spanning many styles with a plaintive lonely voice at its heart. A happy accidental collision of man and machines. A decent 1980s style synth-pop sound with their keyboard, electric guitar and backing tapes. TURIN BRAKES arrived on stage at 9pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set. The band's sound is very much like the acoustic rock of Travis and Starsailor that was very popular around 20 years ago....they played new album tracks along with the hit singles from their two debut albums. 'The Optimist' released 2001 - reached number 27 in the UK - nominated for the Mercury Album Prize. 'Ether Song' released 2003 - reached number 4 in the UK. An enjoyable show. Full TURIN BRAKES setlist played tonight... Isolation Up For Grabs The Door Future Boy Lost In The Woods Dark on Fire Into The Sun Keep Me Around We Were Here World Like That Long Distance Last Chance Pain Killer (Summer Rain) Fishing for a Dream Black Rabbit Encore: Something in My Eye No Rainbow Underdog (Save Me) Encore 2: Feeling Oblivion Slack --------------------------------- --------------------------------- Thursday 16 March 2023...I went to two events tonight... 6.15pm to 7.45pm. Zheng Lu 'Liquid Narratives' - private view - The House Of Fine Art, 11 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London W1. Zheng Lu's latest solo show, featuring a never before seen selection of works by the exciting emerging artist. Around 70 or 80 smartly dressed guests here to look at the steel sculptures and installations. Several of them had too many sharp points sticking out for my liking. Complimentary Charles de Fere sparking wine for all the guests. It is on here from 17 March to 29 March. then 8pm to 9.15pm. W1 Curates presents Constellations by Rewind Collective - Launch Night. Flannels , 161-167 Oxford Street , London W1. Around 150 guests in this gallery space , in the basement of this store. It is on the dark side, and with the DJ sounds, it feels more like a nightclub. Philip Sallon (now aged 71) was here..He is a British club promoter, event organiser, socialite, style innovator, impresario, and clothing designer.He was born in London, England.He is particularly known for being a prominent member of the Punk sub-cultural and New Romantic pop cultural movements during the 1970s and 1980s. Complimentary sprits with mixers, wines and beers for all the guests.