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Friday 09 June 2023.

Thursday 08 June 2023...I went to two events tonight... SISTER SLEDGE + THE REAL THING live at The Royal Albert Hall. Sister Sledge will play hits like ‘Lost In Music’, ‘Thinking Of You, ‘We Are Family’ and many more. The Grammy-nominated group have accumulated over 15 million sales worldwide and earned multiple gold and platinum records, many of which were produced by Nile Rodgers, so you know you’re in for nothing but the best. They'll be joined by seventies hitmakers The Real Thing, performing their No.1 hit ‘You To Me Are Everything’, alongside ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel The Force’. I have seen Sister Sledge a few times since 1985 , when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon. I have seen The Real Thing several times since 1975 when i saw all four shows when they supported David Essex at Hammersmith Odeon. ------ The venue is over 90% sold for this very nice disco double-bill extraganza. The venue lighting is kept low throughout and there is a giant disco glitter ball, so it does feel like an actual disco, as folks are up and dancing and singing along to both acts. THE REAL THING arrived on stage at 8.35pm for their 50 mins set. A really good set including their classic hits 'Can't Get By Without You', 'You To Me Are Evergthing' and 'Can You Feel The Force. They dedicated a song to two members who have passed away. SISTER SLEDGE arrived on stage at 9.50pm for their 70 mins set. Lots of disco hits for this older crowd to get nostalgic for. They finished their really good set with their anthem 'We Are Family'. Full SISTER SLEDGE setlist played tonight... Lost in Music Everybody Dance (Chic cover) All American Girls Frankie Reach Your Peak Got to Love Somebody Gotta Get Back to Love He's the Greatest Dancer Summertime (George Gershwin cover) Easier to Love Thinking of You Good Times / Rapper's Delight (Chic cover) Le Freak / Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) / Rocksteady / Freedom / Shout! We Are Family then 11.30pm to 3.15am. ANNABEL'S 60th ANNIVERSARY PARTY , 46 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1. Famous private members club are hosting a massive party for several hundred folks. The entire venue is being used, so maybe a dozen rooms have a combination of male and female dancers on podiums , djs and a couple of singers are performing. Different djs including HONEY DIJON are playing tunes in different rooms. This newish Annabels has got colourful digital screens and top notch lighting in most of the rooms. The music sounds mixed Euro dance and more well known classics. ROD STEWART and wife PENNY had already come and gone when i got there. A nice surprise to see Latin pop star RICKY MARTIN here. Other guests here included LIAM PAYNE, MARK-FRANCIS VANDELLI, JOSHUA KANE, DAVID ARMSTRONG-JONES- the 2nd Earl of Snowdon, Lots of great looking women in stunning dresses and gowns. Young at heart Annabel's owner RICHARD CARING is now aged 75, but is still keen to party late. Near the end at 3am he got behind the DJ decks downstairs as all his staff danced and clapped away. Lots of complimentary drinks and food including Henriot champers, three different cocktails, different bowl food and cheeseburgers. An excellent event.