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
His times: Now it’s the Czech Republic; in Dvořák’s time it was Bohemia – an Austrian crown land that was effectively more ‘European’ in a musical sense than it was Slavic.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
The violinist Margaret Faultless is one of the OAE’s four leaders and regularly directs the orchestra.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
You know that feeling when you go to see a band, you’re really enjoying the show, but the rest of the crowd know every single song and you don’t?Read More
Quirky, different, individual… these are some of our favourite words, and they happen to describe our newest venue. Yep, we’re headed to the Marlborough Pub and Theatre in Brighton.Read More
As you might/should be aware, we’re returning to our favorite seaside town next week. Brighton, the home of rock, piers and retro sub-culture violence.Read More
David Attenborough eat your heart out, this week on Keeping it Vague: Wildlife SpecialRead More
Kings Place was rammed on Friday as the Kings Place Festival began in earnest. We were there, tucked away in Hall Two, for our debut Night Shift in Kings Cross.Read More