A Grim North

Musings from a northerner living in the deep south…

Posts Tagged ‘comedy’

Lock in at Pure Groove

Posted by Alan on April 30, 2010

Got your hopes up there? Nope not a real lock in… I still haven’t made a pub my proper local enough to be invited to a lock in (and I certainly wouldn’t be writing about it online if I did!!)

Thursday night this week I took a bunch of work mates and some CAMRA crew down to Pure Groove near Smithfield Market, for Fordy’s lock in (as well as the beer festival that has been going on all week).

Matt Forde

Matt Forde & Romesh

Somehow we ended up on the front row. Normally a bad idea for a comedy gig – but this time we didn’t come in for any flack! (Win!!). The basic premise of the night was that of a lock in – people talking over a few beers about their most embarrassing stories etc.

This worked well for the first half…then the beer started to show a bit…

Romesh and Jon Richardson

Romesh and Jon Richardson

…at which point were weren’t really sure if Matt and John Robbins had got into an arguement…

Romesh, Robbins and Fordy

Romesh, Robbins and Fordy

…still seemed to work out OK in the end 😉

Beer wise the event was a bit of a let down. Pure Groove seemed to have gone for the quantity over quality approach – given the place can probably at best hold 120 people, 8 ales as well as the bottles/wines/spirits seemed a bit optimised. I would have much preferred 4 good ales instead of the 8 flat ones that seemed to be on offer…still I hope they carry on an try again. I’m sure I’ll pop in from time to time and if I ever get a turntable again look at the music they sell – the prime reason the place exists!

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Glastonbury Revisited

Posted by Alan on June 21, 2009

On Tuesday, I’m off to Glastonbury festival. This is my second time – the first being in the gap between studenthood and paid employment.

So… I thought it might be nice to put up a quick reminder of last time to help get me in the mood 🙂

Glastonbury 2007…

Sunset

Friday

  1. Modest Mouse
  2. Amy Winehouse
  3. Chas ‘N’ Dave
  4. Charlotte Hatherley
  5. The Coral
  6. Jack Peñate
  7. Arcade Fire
  8. Arctic Monkeys
  9. Björk (last track only… amazing light show!)
Polar Bears Mud Glorious Mud Arcade Fire

Saturday

  1. Liz Green
  2. Three Daft Monkeys
  3. John Otway
  4. Nina Conti & Stan Stanley
  5. Simon Munnery
  6. Maxïmo Park
  7. Editors
  8. The Horrors
  9. Iggy Pop & The Stooges
  10. Dragonette
Simon Munnery Maximo Park Silent Disco

Sunday

  1. Cold War Kids
  2. The Horrors (unintentional repetition!)
  3. Rumble Stripes
  4. The Young Knives
  5. Manic Street Preachers
  6. Kaiser Chiefs
  7. KT Tunstall
  8. Bellowhead
Manic Street Preachers Bellowhead

Panorama of Park

Wonder what I’ll see this time…

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Pies, Peppers and Proper Comedy

Posted by Alan on March 29, 2009

Not much on lately really. The pie shop in Wanstead disappointed hasn’t opened yet, but I did get to buy this enormous Red pepper in the shop. See. It really was a no-news kind of a week.

Sunday night we went to the Royal Albert Hall to see the Teenage Cancer Trust comedy gig. Pretty good. Highlights included were Sean Lock, Noel Fielding and someone called Jack (possibly Whitehall?) who I hadn’t heard of before. Horne and Corden were passable* as compares and the lovely Lauren Laverne hosted.

*They even did some comedy. It wasn’t awe inspiring but it could have been a lot worse.

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