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Tuesday 05 September 2023.

Monday 04 September 2023....I went to two events tonight... 6pm to 8.15pm. THE ENDORPHIN SHOP - launch party - Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, London W1. Feel good TV personality Fred Sirieix is set to open Neilson Beach Clubs Endorphin Shop on Tuesday 5th September. The summer pop-up shop - taking place 5th-6th September - is being launched by the award-winning active holiday company and has been scientifically curated to give visitors a boost in endorphins with a wide array of activities...Neilson Beach Clubs are dotted around the Med. The free experience will be hosted at Gallery Different on Percy Street from 9am-6pm, with Neilson Beach Clubs’ GEO (Good Energy Officer) Fred Sirieix on hand to welcome the general public into the Soho space to walk them through the different ways they can optimise the brain-chemical enhancing suite of energetic activities. Visitors can expect the Endorphin Shop to boost their mood with offerings including Vitamin D drips, spin bikes, edibles made of endorphin-boosting superfoods, massages, an audio erotica booth, yoga sessions, and an indoor Pickleball court where visitors can challenge Andy Murray’s former tennis coach Mark Petchey to a game, to be in with the chance of winning a free Neilson Beach Clubs holiday in 2024. The very likeable FRED SIRIEIX is here and is friendly and chatty to all. He was playing Pickleball here, and he told me he has been into keeping fit all his life. MARK PETCHEY is working up a sweat, as he is playing Pickleball non-stop with the guests. Very interesting to see guests hooked up to a Vitamin D drip, with the trained nurse overseeing. Complimentary Peach Bellinis, Aperol Spritz, Gin & Tonics, cans of Mythos lager, canapes and chocolate orange brownies for all the guests. The venue is near Tottenham Court Road station and i was told soft drinks and coffee and edible superfoods will be complimentary for everyone who turns up on the Tuesday or Wednesday. then KULA SHAKER live at The 100 Club. Kula Shaker are an English psychedelic rock band, with Indian influences. Led by frontman Crispian Mills,the band came to prominence during the Post-Britpop era of the late 1990s.The band enjoyed commercial success in the UK between 1996 and 1999, notching up a number of Top 10 hits on the UK Singles Chart, including "Tattva", "Hey Dude", "Govinda", "Hush", and "Sound of Drums".The band's debut album, K, reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart. The venue is full of mainly folks in their 40s and 50s who remember the band from their 1990s heyday. I have seen Kula Shaker just the once before, in 1997 supporting Sting at Glastonbury Festival. KULA SHAKER arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for 80 mins. The band have been touring again after a few years hiatus since the release of their 6th studio album. Last year they played Shepherds Bush Empire to promote it, so tonight is much more intimate. It is hot and sunny in London today, so this iconic club is humid and sweaty inside. The smell of incense is wafting heavily around the venue. Crispin Mills is a good frontman , and the band have some nice wah-wah guitar sounds and pyschedelic keyboard and Indian sounds and for a couple of songs their mate wearing a turban comes on to bang his Bhangra drum.A solid set of old and new tracks with highlights including 'Tattva' , 'Hush' and 'Govinda'. A very enjoyable show. It is an early start early finish gig, so the band can chat and pose for selfies and sign stuff after the show. Full KULA SHAKER setlist played tonight... Hey Dude Sound of Drums Gaslight Infinite Sun Waves Grateful When You're Dead / Jerry Was There Natural Magick Shower Your Love 2STYX Narayan (The Prodigy cover) 303 Tattva Hush (Joe South cover) Encore: Indian Record Player Into the Deep Govinda