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Tuesday 24 October 2023.
Tuesday 24 October 2023.
ROYAL BLOOD live at Hammersmith Apollo.
A sold out show to promote their fourth studio album.
All four of their albums have made number 1 in the UK charts.
Royal Blood are an English rock duo formed in Worthing in 2011. The current lineup consists of Mike Kerr (vocals, bass, piano) and Ben Thatcher (drums). Their signature sound is built around Kerr's bass playing style, which sees him using various effects pedals and amps to make his bass guitar sound like an electric guitar and bass guitar at the same time. The duo were signed by Warner Chappell Music in 2013 and have since released four studio albums: Royal Blood (2014), How Did We Get So Dark? (2017), Typhoons (2021), and Back to the Water Below (2023).
I have seen Royal Blood before and have even seen a Royal Blood (Royal Monster) tribute band who supported a Foo Fighters tribute band last year.
Royal Blood headlined The 02 Arena last year.
A fully sold out show tonight.
Lots of parents here with their teenage children.
HOTWAX arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins.
They are an all-girl trio from Hastings.
A nice mix of rock, grunge, punk in their sound.
ROYAL BLOOD arrived on stage at 9pm for their 90 mins set.
A mesmerising stage production as must be over 100
lights and strobes hitting our eyes from behind them.
Lots of moshing all through the evening , and a few crowd surfers into the pit.
Must be a dozen photographers in the pit.
The band have a great crunching rock sound, with heavy riff's and great to see the drum kit front of stage.
Near the end, both members are in the pit , and the drummer goes into the stalls standing area.
A really good show.
Full ROYAL BLOOD setlist played tonight...
The Ecstasy of Gold
Mountains at Midnight
Come on Over
Shiner in the Dark
Hook, Line & Sinker
Pull Me Through
Little Monster (Followed by Drum Solo)
How Did We Get So Dark?
Tell Me When It's Too Late
Out of the Black (Ben in the crowd)
Ten Tonne Skeleton
Figure It Out
Monday 23 October 2023...6.45pm to 10pm...
TRAVEL MEDIA AWARDS 2023 at The Savoy Hotel, Strand , London WC2.
Around 300 guests are standing in the lovely ballroom of this famous five star luxury hotel.
The headline sponsor was the Moroccan National Tourist Office; and consumer media partner was easyjet holidays.
I had a nice chat with Jane from www.visitsomerset.co.uk...so check out their website.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, wines, beers,different bowl foods,canapes and desserts.
The awards were held from 7.15pm to 8.15pm
THE WINNERS IN FULL:
National Broadsheet Newsprint Section
The Sunday Times Travel
National Tabloid Newsprint Section
Consumer Publication of the Year – Print
Condé Nast Traveller UK
Consumer Publication of the Year – Online
National Consumer Feature of the Year
Adrian Phillips for ‘Into the Deep’ in National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Consumer Magazine Section of the Year
Trade Publication of the Year – Print
The Business Travel Magazine
Trade Publication of the Year – Online
Trade Writer of the Year
Sophie Griffiths, TTG
Sustainability Travel Feature of the Year
Sam Haddad for ‘“It’s still as beautiful as ever”: the changing face of the French Alps’ in The Guardian
Phoebe Smith for ‘Thailand cove made famous in The Beach reopens to visitors after four-year closure’ in The Guardian
Sustainability Travel Writer of the Year
Blogger/Vlogger of the Year
Alex Hunter, Attaché
Guide of the Year – Book, Online, App
111 Places in County Durham That You Shouldn’t Miss, Elizabeth Atkin
Breaking Travel News – Print, Broadcast and Online
Ben Clatworthy, The Times
Regional Publication Feature of the Year
Ben Lerwill for ‘The joy of the search’ in Hidden Scotland Magazine
Mark Parren Taylor
Much Better Adventures Magazine
Young Travel Writer of the Year
Specialist Travel Writer of the Year
Jamie Lafferty, South America
Broadcast Programme of the Year – TV, Radio, Online and Podcast
BBC 100 Women – The Last of Albania’s ‘Sworn Virgins’, BBC World Service and BBC Reel
Consumer Writer of the Year
Special Contribution Award
Monday 23 October 2023.
Sad to report two deaths over the weekend.
MR UDO has passed away at the age of 92.
Legendary music promoter in Japan with UDO Concerts who since 1967 who has brought over all the Western music legends , with over 10,000 concerts promoted.
DAVE COURTNEY has passed away at the age of 64.
He was an East End celebrity gangster who i saw a few times at West End events.
He had connections with The Krays.
Reports say he shot himself.
"The physical pain of living the lifestyle he chose, especially due to the pain of both cancer and arthritis in his later years, became too much," his family added.