Category: music

Soho’s iconic Roundhouse reopens as Soho Resid…

Opening on November 28th with a capacity of 350 and spread across three floors at 83-85 Wardour Street, the magnificent Soho Residence is the most exciting and anticipated new venue Soho has seen in decades.Housed in Soho’s most famous and historic landmark, this chic and sleek new venue will be open until 3am every night except Sundays, with DJs providing a classy soundtrack.

The ritzy Ground Floor of Soho Residence boasts a hint of art deco style with enormous Crittal inspired windows allowing light to flood in, a fresh botanical feel, hanging plants and banquette seating, plus plump cushions and a plush Soho vibe, all complemented by professional service and contemporary cocktails that dazzle with their fun, flair and flavour.

The Basement Club is a place to be mischievous with festoon lighting, big screen imaging and a selection of craft beers and cocktails that will welcome the capital’s glitterati for nights of grown-up fun and late night partying.

Lastly, the First Floor has high ceilings and tall windows which direct your gaze down to the bustling streets of Soho below as well as snug sofas and sumptuous fabrics, all in a cosmopolitan and carefully curated space designed to make you feel like a million dollars. This floor and the Basement Club are both available for private hire.

Soho Residence is the most adventurous and exciting new development to hit the West End in many years and this artfully realised vision of a venue is set to become the most talked about and must visit destination in London.

Soho Residence
http://sohoresidence.co.uk/
020 7434 9413
83 -85 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D 6QE

Album review: Johnny Halliday ‘Mon Pays C’est …

Credited for having brought Rock’n’Roll to France, Johnny Halliday AKA Le Taulier’s 51st opus, ‘Mon Pays C’est L’amour’ released in October by Warner France, reintroduced us to what we love the most about the man: his passion for Rock, lust for life, American dreams, torn love and jailbirds. 

A potshumous album that may be lasting a mere 38 minutes but full of rock’n’Roll, ballads and intense lyrics. Most songs either written by Maxim ‘Yodelice’ Nucci or co-written with Yarol Poupand. Johnny also used authors from past albums such as Christophe Miossec ‘Back in LA’ , Pierre Jouishomme, Jérôme Attal, Pierre-Dominique Burgaud who adapted JD McPherson’s ’Let The Good Times Roll’ into ‘Made in Rock’N’Roll’ and even newcomer Boris Lanneau with ‘Tomber Encore’.

Straight off, first song ‘J’en Parlerais au Diable’ stabs us in the heart with its uncanny premonitory title that feels like a message coming from beside the grave. Full of piano, synth and strong vocals, this seems like a prelude to what is yet to come, a sombre confession to the devil, not unlike Roy Wylie Hubbard’s Country spell on ‘Conversation With The Devil’, but with a Johnny Cash undertone.

’Mon Pays C’est Lamour’ and ‘Made in Rock’n’roll’ bring Johnny back to its roots, rekindling his love of rockabilly in the 21st century followed by his first ballad ‘Pardonne Moi’, a seemingly last ode to his wife Laeticia. 

Half way through, Yvan Cassar gives us a breather with a short instrumental interlude leading us to the second part that feels more like a narrative, a story that needs to be told for prosperity.

With ‘Les Portes du Penitencier’ closed, it is now time for bluesy Rock ‘4m2’, an apparte on the carceral universe so dear to johnny’s heart.

Back to the American dream with ‘Back To LA’ where Johnny sings about girls, or more specifically about a girl that abandoned him and ’L’Amerique De William’, a country/gospel ballad paying tribute to the images of photographer William Eggleston .(Did I also hear a clin d’oeil to Elvis towards the end, I leave you the judge of that.)

‘Un Enfant Du Siècle’ thumping drums and electric guitars at the forefront keeps the pace and would be worthy of any Rock FM aficionado.

The album also contains the unexpected story of Boris Lanneau, the fan who gave a notebook filled with lyrics to Bertrand Lamblot . Out of it came ’Tomber Encore’, words filled of love and desire under a pop/rock envelope. 

Just as the intro title, the climatic ’Je Ne Suis Qu’un Homme’ concludes on a premonitory note ‘J’aurais voulu rester/pour le pire le meilleur/mais je ne suis qu’un homme’, as if, knowing what lies ahead, he is saying goodbye to his audience, the final curtain.

Having already reached Disque du Diamant in a mere 3 days ( over 630.00 physical sales ) and beating his own record achieved with ’Sang Pour Sang’, johnny’s last opus will no doubt makes it way under the Christmas tree, bringing a touch of pure and savage Rock into 2019.

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The Struts release new album ‘YOUNG&DANGEROUS’…

Flamboyant glam-rockers The Struts have released their brand new album,YOUNG&DANGEROUS, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s critically acclaimed debut Everybody Wants.

The band are currently on a headline tour of the USA, gaining rave reviews in every city they play. They embark on their biggest UK headline tour to date in February 2019, which sees them play eight shows, finishing with London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 26th February. Full dates can be found below.

 UK TOUR DATES – FEBRUARY 2019
16th – Leeds University Stylus, Leeds
17th – Rock City, Nottingham
18th – Newcastle University, Newcastle
19th – Garage, Glasgow
22nd – SWX, Bristol
23rd – Academy 2, Manchester
24th – O2 Institute, Birmingham
26th – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Tickets are available here.

Winter Chalet pop up at FEST Camden Roof Garde…

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A new season brings a new experience at the always exciting Fest Camden, who have converted the Roof Gardens and 200 year old stables into a warming wonderland by the name of Fest Winter Chalet.

When you’re looking for somewhere to duck out of daily life, take shelter from the wind and rain and soak up some winter vibes and festive cheer, look no further than the Fest Winter Chalet. It’s a place to cosy up to mini hot water bottles, sit round candle lit tables, laze about under fleece blankets and warm your hands on roaring, crackling fire pits.

An on site snow machine will add to the Alpine effect and big screens will be showing Red Bull’s finest snowboarders pulling their most extreme and mesmerising tricks in the mountains. There will be live music each day with busker style performers working through seasonal set lists and the rooftop cinema club will take care of Mondays and Tuesdays, screening cosy and nostalgic films to stoke the festive spirit.

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A hearty winter food menu will offer delicious cheese boards, comforting jacket potatoes and classic pies as well as soups, Alpine pizzas and stacked burgers, plus a number of sweet treats, warm pretzels and toffee apples with the addition of a carefully curated cocktail menu.

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As the nights draw in and the weather grows colder, treat yourself to the perfect winter retreat at Fest Camden; a world away from everyday life.

The FEST Winter Chalet is now open at FEST Camden. Reservations and more information can be found at https://festcamden.com/

FEST Camden
Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AH
http://festcamden.com/ 020 7428 4922 / info@festcamden.com
FEST Camden Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/festcamden/

Review: THE WILDHEARTS @ Concorde 2, Brighton

20th August 2018

Review by Julia Savi – Photos Cristina Massei

The Wildhearts set a full house on fire tonight, as they make a stop in Brighton before bringing their tour to Europe and back to the UK until to October the 6th.  

This tour celebrates the Wildhearts’ three decades on the scene, and they are back in full power mode with the genuine line up fronted by Ginger (vocals), C.J. (guitar), Danny McCormack (bass) and Ritch Battersby (drums).  They deliver a powerful and tightly played  set of classics, opening with Sick of Drugs, TV Tan, My Baby Is A Headfuck, Suckerpunch, Caffeine Bomb, managing to rise over expectation right  from the start and offering the same livewire energy and spark of the old days, and with time they sound even better then ever.  It’s a mix of right choices and pure magic, enthusiastically received  by the audience; a supportive yet demanding crowd of veterans that clearly stood by since Ginger shaped the project in Newcastle upon Tyne back in 1989, ready on call at every come back after fall outs, at every resurrection after hardship.  

The Wildhearts are really a living tale of endurance and overcoming, but  equally importantly, of special lightness.  They master the art of passing on  the feel good  factor,  the ability to throw from the stage their very own brand of a hell of a rock party.  And be assured, they know how to party hard and engage their audience as a whole, making all and each one feel part of the one and  only Wildhearts family.  Plenty of sing along  and choral atmosphere, as expected by tradition, with  momentums at Geordie in Wonderland, Greetings from Shitville,  right to the end on a spinning I Wanna Go Where The People Go.   Full marks for  this perfectly classy iconic  show, leaving the reassuring feeling   that with this band  Nothing Ever Changes But The Shoes.

The Wildhearts will be on the road again celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their landmark album Earth vs The Wildhearts.

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Review: DJ AWARDS 2018 at Heart by Nelly loria…

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Celebrating its 21st birthday, the DJ awards once again recognised the contribution made to the clubbing world by dj’s, producers, artists and event organisers, rewarding the winners with its familiar glowing kryptonite.

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Hosted by Graham Sahara and Katie Hayley Knight, the event took place in a different venue, glamorous HEART, a multifaceted place that not only fuse art and gastronomy but also embodies the spirit of Ibiza…it couldn’t have been more perfect.

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The evening wouldn’t have been complete without the live guest that we have all come to expect. This year Barbara Tucker took time from her summer residency to enrapture us with her captivating voice and enticing live performance. 

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HRH ROAD TRIP CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY

Remember: Tickets will sell fast, so book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Check out http://www.hrhroadtrip.com or telephone on 0207 193 1164.

SHOW YOUR LOVE TO YOUR FAVOURITE DJ’S – VOTING…

Celebrating this special edition on Tuesday 11th September, the DJ Awards theme this year takes you back to the 70’s, paying homage to the sound that gave birth to the DJ and clubbing… Disco!

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