This week I play the Time Out Rising Stars night at the 229 in Great Portland Street. I was so honoured to be asked to play at their event! We have been getting Time Out delivered to our house ever since I can remember! Its such a great magazine and I was lucky enough to also be given a tour round their offices by the lovely Ray Jones who organised the event!
I have played at the 229 club before years ago when I just left music college. I didn't realise that there was two rooms in the venue, theres a smaller one and a much bigger one! I had played the smaller one before and Tuesday was based in the much larger room. I'd say we played to about 400 people, but I might be wrong.. I know Ray said that he had sold over 300 tickets, so regardless it was a big audience!
Our regular drummer has been out of action for a while with a broken bone in his foot and so we had our del drummer Bemo with us! It was great! It was a really cool night to play! We opened the whole night too, so that did add a bit of pressure but we all coped well with it! Afterwards I had to do a little filmed interview for Time Out to go up on their website but they either haven't uploaded it yet or I can't find it, when I do I'll post it on here, but until then here are some pictures of the night!
On Wednesday this week I was lucky enough to play the support slot for the amazing Mari Wilson's album launch, 'Pop Deluxe' at St James' Theatre in Victoria.
I have supported Mari before and each time it is such a great honour to play at her night! Her album is fantastic and she is so cool!! So cool!! I was lucky enough to get a free copy of the album and I haven't stopped playing it, so if you haven't got a copy already, go and get one!!
As the night was an album launch there is quite a lot of industry people there but Mari is always so calm and cool you don't get stressed out. Thats not to say I wasn't nervous though cause i was so scared!
I played without my band and I only had the time to do 5 songs as they were pushed for time, but that was more then enough for me!
The audience were really great! I can't stress enough how nice it is to play to people who respect music enough to actually listen! Obviously they were all there to see Mari but they were so nice to me too!
I am super lucky to have the opportunity to play and sing! There are big announcements to come on this blog and I can't wait to tell you! To the point where i'll probably just tell you all this week anyway!