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After Converse and the 100 Club joined forces in the early part of last year, the venue has been going through a resurgence of legends and of up-and-comers returning to one of the most important venues of London’s history. Converse’s Represent series of nights is the primary reason the greats have graced the hallowed ground. A showcase of some of the biggest names including Nas, Blur and Plan B are lined up to headline the intimate basement to a capacity crowd of ticket winners. Tonight’s performance comes courtesy of the Modfather himself, Paul Weller.
The compact, sweat-filled hall is rammed to the rafters with a predominantly male audience sporting that haircut. As the clock strikes 10, the man behind the Jam strolls on stage to rapturous applause and chanting of “Weller! Weller! Weller!” until throats are dry and gasping for another lager. Kick-starting on the suitable ‘Wake Up the Nation’ the collective consciousness of central London is bouncing and singing as one, while lapping up every sly smile and nod that Weller tosses its way.
“It’s good to be back!” are the words Weller offers to tonight’s glistening crowd who again erupt in an explosion of cheers. The respect for the man on stage can be felt beaming from every body in the building who has obviously grown up listening to either the Jam or his own solo offerings. It’s his solo material that is the primary focus for tonight, mainly 2012′s ‘Sonik Kicks’, which leaves a large number of tonight’s audience looking despondent and confused that it’s not just a greatest hits set.
Contrary to Weller’s own rules, he strums out a few Jam tracks to the delight of the 100 Club. ‘Art School’ and ‘In the City’ create a deafening echo within the close music hall while ‘Stanley Road’ and ‘Broken Stones’ end the night on a high note as Weller leads his diehard fans into a frenzy that closes a career-spanning set. Not jam-packed with the biggest hits, but for true Weller fans, it’s over an hour of party anthems. What more do you need?
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 14th March 2012 at 6:00 pm
Following on from ‘This Dangerous Age’, which we featured in this previous Video of the Moment post, here’s another new (but clearly NSFW and not safe for kids either!) video from the Modfather for ‘Dragonfly’. But I’m not sure if I’m liking Paul Weller with a dance flavour? Watch it below and see if you agree.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 8th March 2012 at 10:00 am
What can be bigger than a Paul Weller mp3 giveaway? The fact that Weller track ‘This Dangerous Age’ was remixed by Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys. Listen to and download the remix from the Soundcloud widget below.
Have a gander of the original’s music video, posted last month as a Video of the Moment here. The Modfather is headlining the Sunday night of Live at Jodrell Bank this year; tickets are still available at this time of writing but I imagine not for long. Read more info on this Manchester 2-day festival here.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 28th February 2012 at 4:00 pm
The headliners for this year’s Live at Jodrell Bank have been announced. The annual festival that goes on annually in the shadow of the iconic Lovell telescope on the grounds of the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory will take place in 2012 on 23-24 June. Local heroes and now the folks responsible for making this year’s Olympics in London sound great Elbow (pictured above) will headline Saturday the 23rd; the Modfather Paul Weller will assume headline duties on Sunday the 24th. Support acts have yet to be announced.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (1st of March) at 9 AM; tickets for each day are £35 and will be purchasable from the official Live at Jodrell Bank Web site.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 22nd February 2012 at 6:00 pm
Not sure how I feel about this new Paul Weller track ‘That Dangerous Age’. The melody marginally reminds me of Stealers Wheel’s ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’. Weller’s new album ‘Sonik Kicks’ will be out next month, and he will play two shows at the Roundhouse (18 and 19 March) where he will play the new album in full.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 9th November 2011 at 9:00 am
The holiday season reminds us home is where the heart is…and sometimes in our busy lives, we need to be reminded that there are people who are not as well off as we are, people who do not have a roof over their heads, people that are wondering where their next meal is going to come from. To mark their 40th anniversary, UK homelessness charity Crisis will be holding a special Stand Up and Rock music and comedy gig at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on Tuesday the 20th of December.
All proceeds from this special Christmastime show will go directly to fund Crisis’s important work and dedication to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change. Both standing and seated tickets are available, with ticket prices ranging from £39.50 to £75.00. Tickets can be purchased from Gigs and Tours here.
Scheduled to perform include Paul Weller, who will be performing a full live set of favourites as well as songs from his latest Mercury Prize-nominated album ‘Wake Up the Nation’; Tim Minchin, Graham Coxon, and Jo Brand. The performers will also be joined on stage by The Choir with No Name, an acclaimed choir made up of homeless people, including some that Crisis has helped. The event will be hosted by Ross Noble. More information on the programme can be found on Crisis’s official Web site.