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Luke’s Alphabet Tour – P: Paul Weller at London 100 Club – 2nd August 2012

 
By on Tuesday, 14th August 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

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?

 

Live Review: Everything Everything with Romance at London 100 Club – 20th July 2011

 
By on Wednesday, 27th July 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Touching down from their current high of a 2011 Mercury music prize nomination earlier in the week, Everything Everything are the headliners of tonight’s Converse curated gig at London’s prestigious 100 Club. The band’s debut album ‘Man Alive’ reached #17 in the UK album charts upon its release and has achieved critical acclaim from the likes of the BBC, the Times and NME. Before the Mancunian electro-indie quartet take to the stage, though, it’s tonight’s only support band, Romance.

The Local four-piece rockers do their best to warm up the slowly filling crowd, but unfortunately the momentum seen on stage isn’t transferred to the 100+ people in front of them. Despite giving it their all, especially frontman Jamie Lovatt’s efforts of riling up the crowd, Romance aren’t destined to start a love affair with tonight’s Everything Everything devotees. Their rock ‘n’ roll overtones and at times catchy lyrics are enough to get the front row or two moving, but the majority of the 100 Club are only here for the headliners.

As the band take to the stage at 10 pm, the now full 100 Club are waiting with much anticipation. None of the audience paid for their tickets tonight as they were available for free from the Converse website. Despite this, the Everything Everything fanbase are out in force. Playing an hour long set to the London audience, the band appear to be enjoying every second. Drawing primarily from ‘Man Alive’, vocalist Jonathan Higgs makes no reference to the band’s Mercury nomination for the LP.

Dancing and clapping their way through fan favourites ‘QWERTY Finger’, ‘Schoolin” and ‘Suffragette Suffragette’, London is coming alive to the sound of the Manchester mob’s synth lines and infectious beats. The band also treat their fans to a new song, hopefully to be featured on the as yet unannounced new album. The biggest sing-along of the evening goes to Everything Everything’s Ivor Novello Award nominated ‘MY KZ, UR BF’. The floor comes to life as the chorus echoes around the compact room, accompanied with the customary bouncing and finger pointing. The whole band seem to be humbled by the intimate gathering they have amassed after a recent run of festival shows.

Ending on the dance-infused indie-pop (how’s that for pigeonholing) anthem ‘Photoshop Handsome’, Jonathan Higgs’ vocal range resonates throughout the room. Overlooking his audience scream the words he wrote back at him, the smile is as big as it is heartfelt. Despite making no allusions to their Mercury nomination, it must be on the band’s mind. An album that has already received so much recognition throughout the industry and music fans alike is boosted by a performance as impressive as this one – definitely not a band anyone wants to end soon.

 
 
 

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