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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 Boilermaker Lights Out Shiner in the Dark Hook, Line & Sinker Triggers Trouble's Coming Typhoons Pull Me Through Little Monster (Followed by Drum Solo) How Did We Get So Dark? Tell Me When It's Too Late Loose Change Out of the Black (Ben in the crowd) Encore: Waves 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  The Sun  Consumer Publication of the Year – Print  Condé Nast Traveller UK  Consumer Publication of the Year – Online   FT Globetrotter  National Consumer Feature of the Year  Adrian Phillips for ‘Into the Deep’ in National Geographic Traveller (UK)  Consumer Magazine Section of the Year  Good Housekeeping  Trade Publication of the Year – Print   The Business Travel Magazine  Trade Publication of the Year – Online   TTG  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   Holly Tuppen  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  Photography Award  Mark Parren Taylor  Customer Content   Much Better Adventures Magazine  Young Travel Writer of the Year  Jacqui Agate  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  Ed Grenby  Special Contribution Award  Pippa Jacks  ---------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------- 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.