Still playing a bit of catch-up with my monthly posts! Here’s a lowdown on the gigs I attended in April!
Absolute Bowie @ Brooklyn Bowl *
Brooklyn Bowl tend to put on a lot of tribute acts and I can usually get passes to these through Jukely. As soon as I saw there was a Bowie night, I knew I HAD to be there! Absolute Bowie take you through all of Bowies eras, from Ziggy to The Thin White Duke, all paired with the appropriate costumes and makeup. If you’re a fan of Bowie, I can’t recommend these guys enough!
The View @ Brooklyn Bowl *
I was back at Brooklyn Bowl the following week, but this time for those Scottish indie rockers, The View. I only really know that one song, Same Jeans, but all their other stuff is so catchy you can’t help but bop along! We’d actually spent the whole night at Brooklyn Bowl starting in their dining area for food whilst the band’s sound checked, followed by a game on a lane before the gig. This is a great venue which is quickly becoming one of my favourites!
Dead Man’s Whiskey @ Fiddler’s Elbow
Amy’s cousin’s husband is in a band and they played their first ever gig at the Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden. They’d announced they would be donating any money they made from the night to the Go Fund Me page I set up for Amy, so it felt only right that I pop along. I brought The Boyf with me and he was really impressed that it was Dead Man’s Whiskey’s first ever gig as they sounded so great! Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for loads more gigs coming up.
Wilko Johnson @ The Forum
James had a spare ticket to see blues rocker Wilko Johnson. I, of course, am always up for some free music so I tagged along. I can only describe Wilko as a cross between J. K. Simmons and Mr Krabb, mainly because he kinda walks across the stage sideways. He was great, but I feel he was slightly overshadowed by his support for the evening. Joanne Shaw Taylor was absolutely fantastic! I’ve never seen a woman play guitar the way she did, and she looked like she was having a hell of a time too! Everyone in the crowd was in such awe. Definitely check her out if you can.
Meilyr Jones @ Moth Club
In the 10 months that I’ve known of Meilyr Jones, it’s been lovely to see his audience numbers grow. James also noticed he seemed a lot more confident in his performance from the last time we saw him together back in July. We managed to grab a quick word with him after his set. He’s so lovely and rather softly spoken, so you can really see just how alive he becomes on stage.
Sauvage @ Pullman St Pancras
I was invited along to the Pullman Hotel in St Pancras for an exclusive live set from Sauvage. The French duo had made an original new song especially for the luxury hotel chain which will be played in all of their hotels around the world. They played a great little set and afterwards some of us even got the chance to have a chat with the boys, as well as our own tour of the hotel.
Red Hook @ Arch 1
I’d never been to Arch 1 before. It’s a small venue underneath the arches close to West Ham. Inside there was an assortment of chairs; from big high bar stools, to little stumps with cushions placed on top. It felt very cosy and homely. I think the Red Hook boys were a little worried as they usually play to a rowdier crowd. Their fears were quickly put aside as once the last of the acoustic acts had played, all the tables were packed away and chairs pushed to the sides. The crowd suddenly came alive as soon as the boys started playing!
Gigs marked with a * are those which I got passes for through Jukely. You can get £10 off your first month by using my special code: JUKECE1
Did you manage to make it to any of these gigs? Or maybe you saw someone else. I’d love to hear in the comments below!