Queen Esther supports us at our debut New York Night Shift. We put her through our rigorous speed interview and she performed admirably.Read More
Our New York debut show is almost here and we’re very pleased to be able to announce that Queen Esther will be opening for us at Littlefield on 1 March.Read More
The more musically educated among you have probably heard of Joseph Haydn (big-shot Classical compser, pals with Mozart, taught Beethoven). But Michael? Who the hell is Michael?Read More
The George Tavern is not your typical London local.
Located in the heart of the East End, The George provides a hub where the artistic past and present combine. Established as long ago as 1623, this legendary venue seeks to welcome those already established in the creative world as well as embracing up and coming artists and musicians.Read More
New York! Are you ready for classical music, minus the rules? We think you are…
London’s rule-breaking classical night is coming to Brooklyn – more details.Read More
First there was the Southbank Centre in London. Then the Roundhouse, Wilton’s Music Hall, Village Underground, London pubs, Brighton and Bristol. Now the Night Shift spreads its wings even further with our first-ever event in New York on 1 March.Read More
A month or so ago we took The Night Shift out clubbing. Night Shift team member Will blogs about the experience:Read More
Sometimes musicians can be unpredictable. They say they’re going to do one thing and then they go straight ahead and do another.Read More
That’s what violinist Richard Tognetti when he was asked what it’s like working with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. And we didn’t even pay him to say it! Richard features in our latest event this Monday when he directs and plays violin in our 9pm concert with music by Grieg, Elgar and Dvorak.Read More
Seem cultured and knowledgeable ahead of our gig on Monday by giving our Spotify playlist a listen.Read More
Richard Tognetti is leading The Night Shift on Monday. The man composes, plays the violin, surfs and has tutored Russell Crowe. We put him through our speed interview.Read More
As you may/should be aware, The Night Shift is back at its spiritual home at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 24 November. That means live, pre-concert music from 8pm and a post-concert DJ set until late.Read More
…is what the house made of wax would wail, if it could talk.
Built from 8000 paraffin wax bricks, the Georgian house in London’s Southwark Street is brainchild of artist Alex Chinneck. It’s part of a festival, of course, and celebrates the history of an old shoe factory. Not really. It celebrates the history of an old candle making factory, obviously, which was in Bankside 200 years ago. The piece is called ‘A Pound of Flesh for 50p.’ Lovely.
At first glance I thought the walls had some kind of dead creeper plant growing up them, but actually that’s the melted wax. It’s not quite clever enough to be melting without a bit of help, in the form of people with massive hand held torches.
It’s rather effective though, and it will be there until 18 November when all that’s left will be a roof with a pile of melted wax beneath, a bit like the Wicked Witch of the West’s hat at the end of that movie.
The artist Alex Chinneck, above with his creation, is the guy responsible for the levitating market building in Covent Garden (I didn’t think that one was very impressive) and this crazy cool house in Margate:
No more Ocean’s 11 for China
Chinese censors are tightening even more on Film and TV that are streamed through the internet. They are trying to ban anything that includes one-night stands, murder, adultery, supernatural occurrences and gambling.
So no Love Actually (adultery), no ET or Harry Potter (supernatural), no Finding Nemo (I’m pretty sure in the Pixar world one fish eating another counts as murder). Hmmm.
Tall and small
To start your weekend with a smile, here’s a photo of the world’s tallest and shortest men, meeting in London to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Guinness World Records.
By the way, if you’ve read this far in order to find out why there is cake as the feature photo, there isn’t really a reason. We had brownies in the office today, and this is Keeping it Vague, so… yeah, brownies. Yum.
Back to the photo: Sultan Kosen 8ft 3 inches, and Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 1 ft 9.5 inches. That’s like 6ft 6 inches difference.
It’s the weekend after Halloween. It’s been a long week. It’s going to be unseasonably good weather. It’s time to sit back and relax with a bit of culture. Here’s a trio of suggestions to get you started.Read More
Hard to believe, but The Night Shift has been running since 2006. Where did the time go?
A lot’s changed since then so, about to embark on another round of events, we decided it’s time to freshen up our look.
This November we’re packing up our theorbo and heading out to Vauxhall, hitting up a new venue: The Vauxhall Griffin.Read More
One of the problems with classical music is that you can’t Shazam it. I mean, how the hell are you supposed to find out what that great tune was?Read More
We’re pretty happy about the fact that writer and blogger Jon Jacob will be hosting The Night Shift in Brighton on Friday. So happy, in fact, that in an effort to get to know him better, we subjected him to the rigors of our speed interview.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