Lately we seem to be doing a lot of gigs in places with misleading names. Just as Manchester’s Soup Kitchen doesn’t actually give away soup, Brighton’s Green Door Store does not actually sell green doors (although they may store them somewhere in the building – I haven’t asked). However, my disappointment with the lack of green doors for sale is mitigated by a number of other factors. First and foremost, the place is exceptionally cool.Read More
In the midst of our Night Shift tour, here are some facts you may not have known about the man of the moment, Ludwig Van Beethoven.
Violinist Matt Truscott is a familiar face at Night Shift events and has, together with the other members of the quartet, put together the sets for the upcoming tour. We asked him about the music featured:
“It has long been an ambition of ours to present a Beethoven quartet at a pub Night Shift.Read More
We’ve kept it under wraps for a while, but we can now reveal that The Night Shift is going to be making an appearance at the legendary post-queer club night Duckie.Read More
In honour of the upcoming Night Shift featuring the music of Henry Purcell, we present you with some little known facts about the composer and the future musicians he inspired.Read More
Double Bass Player Cecelia Bruggemeyer joins us for The Night Shift: E1 at Village Underground on 18 June. She spoke with us about how she got into music and Ms. Dynamite.Read More
In today’s Keeping it Vague, controversy, Star Wars, cats and pugs.Read More
We spoke with clarinettist Katherine Spencer who joins us on 18 June for The Night Shift: E1 at Village Underground, as part of Spitalfields Music Summer Festival.Read More
In this week’s Keeping it Vague, we tell you what different people in the office have been looking at. It’s like a box of Celebrations, minus the Bountys – because everyone knows they’re rough.Read More
Singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney joins us on Wednesday to opened The Night Shift. We spoke with her about her approach to writing and what she fears most.Read More
Multi-instrumentalist and accomplished lyricist and vocalist, the London-based singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney has built a loyal and growing audience, both in the UK and internationally, following her eponymous debut EP in 2013.Read More
If you’ve ever been told off for writing on the walls, try and put that behind you. The next Night Shift will take place at The Doodle Bar, where aspiring doodlers can have a drink and scrawl all over the walls to their hearts content.Read More
In this week’s Keeping it Vague, when the world of art meets the world of crime. Is it a crime to love art? Is it an art to commit a crime? No. crime is always wrong. Plus, other unrelated pictures and a video.Read More
Last night, over a hundred of you braved the tube strikes and miserable weather to join us at the top of The Old Queen’s Head, for a few drinks and some music by John Blow, Matthew Locke and Henry Purcell. Here’s what you had to say about it…
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Matthew Locke was born in Exeter, Devon and trained as a chorister at the Cathedral there. He lived through the English Civil War and left the country in favour of the Netherlands at the age of eighteen. After returning to England, he and his friend Christopher Gibbons wrote the score to various plays and operas, including Cupid and Death by James Shirley. He then went on to serve King Charles, as Composer of the Wind Music and Composer for the Violins. The successor for this role was none other than Locke’s childhood friend; Henry Purcell and it’s believed that Locke may have had some influence on the young Purcell.
In this week’s Keeping It Vague – things that are ugly/terrifying.Read More
My new year’s resolution is to bring you a blog of even higher credibility. Not really, it’s to come up with brilliant puns. And, as you’ll see below, I’m currently nailing it.Read More
The hangovers have just about worn off now, so as the year draws to a close, we look back at some of our favourite moments from The Night Shift Pub Tour 2013 as captured by photographer Joe Plommer. Thanks so much to all of you that helped make this happen.
In this week’s arts blog – more creative parents, camouflaged products, Doctor Who and the greatest holiday location of all time.Read More
Last night was the last Night Shift of the year, featuring music from Beethoven and Mendelssohn, Robert Levin and Ya-Fei Chuang on fortepianos, Maggie Faultless directing from a first edition manuscript, pre-show excellence from Harry Harris, an amazing DJ set from Clean Bandit and the ever popular Alistair Appleton keeping the whole thing under control, like a lion tamer with a penchant for knitwear. Here’s what you had to say…Read More