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New venue for Bristol date

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Marble Factory

Earlier this week we sadly learned that our venue in Bristol, The Birdcage, had gone out of business.

We are pleased to have instead secured one of Bristol’s most exciting new venues, the Marble Factory.

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Intense. Dense. Powerful. Matt Truscott on The Night Shift tour

Wed 25 Mar 2015

Matthew Truscott The Night Shift

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.

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What’s your flava? Tell me what’s your flava?

Thu 19 Mar 2015


So we’re doing this nationwide tour, and we’re going to be in Brighton. And what’s the best thing about Brighton?

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Announcing our biggest ever Night Shift tour

Fri 6 Mar 2015

The Night Shift Tour

Its been months in planning but we’re excited to today reveal our biggest ever Night Shift tour.

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Speed interview: Queen Esther

Fri 27 Feb 2015


Queen Esther supports us at our debut New York Night Shift. We put her through our rigorous speed interview and she performed admirably.

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Queen Esther joins The Night Shift in New York

Wed 25 Feb 2015

Queen Esther

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.

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Who the f**k is Michael Haydn?

Tue 24 Feb 2015


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?

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Rules? What rules?

Sun 22 Feb 2015


Refrain from:
Quiet conversations

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The George Tavern: Pub Profile

Wed 18 Feb 2015

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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.

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Check us out, New York

Thu 12 Feb 2015


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. 

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Announcing the Night Shift in New York

Wed 28 Jan 2015

The Night Shift in New York

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.

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Hot. Sweaty. Boozy. What happened when The Night Shift did Duckie?

Fri 12 Dec 2014


A month or so ago we took The Night Shift out clubbing. Night Shift team member Will blogs about the experience:

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What happened last night?

Tue 25 Nov 2014


Sometimes musicians can be unpredictable. They say they’re going to do one thing and then they go straight ahead and do another.

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“It’s a dream come true”. We talk to Richard Tognetti

Sat 22 Nov 2014

Richard Tognetti

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.

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Playlist: 24 Nov 2014

Fri 21 Nov 2014


Seem cultured and knowledgeable ahead of our gig on Monday by giving our Spotify playlist a listen.

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Richard Tognetti speed interview

Fri 21 Nov 2014


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.

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The Night Shift – support acts

Thu 20 Nov 2014


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.

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Keeping it vague

Fri 14 Nov 2014

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I’m meeeelting….

…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.


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Keeping it vague

Fri 31 Oct 2014


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.

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Vote now and keep us looking sharp

Tue 28 Oct 2014


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.

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