A little trailer for our upcoming pub tour which kicks off in two weeks time on 31 January. A five date tour in the run-up to our shows at the Roundhouse and Southbank Centre (24 Feb and 4 March). Not to be missed…
Full info in our events section.Read More
We know its been a bit quiet on the Night Shift front of late, so we thought we’d give you a quick update on pub tour progress. We know it sounds easy to put on a few gigs in pubs but there’s a fair amount of organising that has to go on. First thing is that players have to be booked. They’re busy people, working not just with us but also teaching and also playing in other orchestras. We think we’re just about sorted now, and the line up should look pretty similar to the last one…that means we have also sorted out (almost!) the dates for the pub tour, with things most likely to kick off right at the end of January.
Then, Ceri and I have had the task of checking out pubs. I can hear you all saying ‘oh how terrible for you’, but it’s actually been really tiring schlepping across London to look at various pubs and bars. The other week we saw about 14 in just two afternoons! We reckon we’re pretty much sorted for North and East London but we’re still looking at venues in South, Central and West London. Suggestions always welcome…
Oh yeah and the music. Thats sorted too. We’re having two different programmes, both of which are different to our gig back in September.
If everything goes to plan we’ll be posting full details of the tour in mid December…exciting stuff! And if anyone wants to get involved and help us promote these shows then please do drop us a line.
Communications Director / Night Shift Creative Director
Now that we’re ready to go full-steam ahead with our pub tour we’re looking for your venue suggestions. We’re aiming to put 5 gigs on, in venues in North, South, East, West and Central London. We’re particularly looking for central London suggestions but all your ideas are welcome. The only stipulations are that it should be a pub or bar, geared up for live performance, and able to hold at least 150 people. This is your chance to hear us perform at your favourite pub!
So, let us know – you can leave a comment here or drop us an email. Thanks!Read More
As you may have seen, over the past month we have been busy raising funds to put on a whole tour of Night Shift’s in pubs, following on from the success of our initial event in September. Well, we had a flood of donations in the closing days of the campaign and were thrilled not just to meet our target, but to smash through it with £1,255 raised overall. We were thrilled with everyone’s generosity and enthusiasm, and with over 50 donors it really did prove the concept of Crowdfunding – a lot of small donations making a BIG difference. Thank you!
So we’re now proceeding with planning the tour, pinning down dates with musicians and scoping out pubs. We’d love to hear from you with any venue suggestions. We’re looking for pubs that have a space suitable for live music and which can hold 150+ people. If you have any ideas then drop us a line. We hope to announce dates and venues in early 2012, if not before.Read More
There’s only a few days left to help us reach our £1200 goal, letting us take our Night Shift gigs to London pubs all over the capital.
We’re so grateful to everyone who’s donated already and we’re nearly there…but even with a sell-out crowd, each event loses a little money, once the musicians, DJ, room hire and publicity have all been paid for – so we need YOUR help to make up the difference and to make them happen.
We’ve got £400 left to raise- if just 80 people gave a fiver, we’d reach our target! In return, there’s loads of thank you’s up for grabs, including a pint with the players, a VIP package at a future event or even a group hug from the office team.
So if you’re feeling generous, please do spare a few pounds to help us make this great project possible.
You can read more about the project and donate online here.Read More
Our September podcast is a packed edition – we look back at the hot, sweaty and beery pub gig back in September, talking to punters, musicians and staff and asking how the experience was for them. We fill you in on how YOU can help more pub gigs happen and we also talk to pianist Robert Levin who featured in our 29 September event. Enjoy!
The Night Shift September 2011 podcast by The Night ShiftRead More
If you’ve been following our Night Shift page on Facebook or our Twitterfeed you might have seen some odd pictures posted in recent days…the office giving each other a hug (repeated here for your viewing pleasure), pork scratchings, a pint, a bunch of postcards…
Well we can finally reveal what it’s all about. As you may have read on here, or perhaps you were there, earlier this month we put on a Night Shift event in a pub in King’s Cross. It was a great evening, and it seems that performers and audience enjoyed it equally.
So we’d like to do more. 5 more in fact. The idea is to do a tour of London pubs in February next year, taking in all corners of London. But, there’s a problem. As with almost every other event we do, ticket sales don’t cover costs, even with a sell-out. So we’re embarking on a fundraising campaign with a difference to make up the shortfall.
We’re doing something called crowdfunding. This is a quite new form of fundraising – all done online and based on the principle that a lot of people donating small amounts can make a big difference. We’ve partnered with Crowdfunding site wedidthis and have 30 days to raise the £1,200 required.
But it’s not all about take take take. A key part of crowdfunding is giving you, our funders (we hope!) the chance to get something back too. So, depending on your donation we have a whole raft of interesting thank yous lined up. For example, give us a fiver and we’ll say thanks on Facebook and Twitter. A tenner gets you a postcard sent to you from an OAE tour. £50 buys you a group hug from the office.
There’s some more background about the campaign on the video below, including footage from our ‘pilot’ pub gig.
So, if you’d like to make our pub tour happen please visit our campaign page. Any donation, large or small, is useful. We have just 30 days to raise the money and if we don’t meet the target we get nothing at all. No pressure.
Thanks for reading, and a final, very unBritish plea: Get your credit card out and get crowdfunding!
We’ll surely do a proper blog about last night’s Night Shift pub gig soon, but here’s a quick roundup with pictures and your feedback. Huge thanks to everyone who came along – we couldn’t have fitted many more of you in! A full set list will follow shortly.
“this was a great night out “
@rubertg: Was at @theoae’s Purcell In The Pub last night. Fabulous evening, sweaty, beery, noisy, tuney. Like being there the first time around.
@katysaustin: Fun, rustic pub ‘n’ Purcell chez @theoae last night; @thoroughlygood as compere.
@kitmonsters: Fab pub gig @theoae setting a new benchmark for vintage kit + gorgeous tuneage from DJ @rocking_bob @bobpetesarah St Etienne
@paulcampy: fantastic music at #TheNightShift courtesy of @theoae – but a bit of a shame either venue too small or too many tickets sold.
Pics (all by Joe Plommer)Read More
Violinist Maggie Faultless just sent through the full playlist from our pub event last week. We’ve also updated our Spotify playlist for the event with some more tracks from it.
Corelli Opus 1 No 4
Handel Opus 2 No 3 Andante & Allegro
Bach Prelude from suite in C major for solo cello
Purcell from Sonatas in 4 parts No 6 in G minor
Corelli Op 2 No 12 Chaconne
Purcell from Sonatas in 4 parts No 1 in B minor
Bach Largo from suite in C major for solo violin
Vivaldi La Folia
There are two weeks to go until our first ever Night-Shift-in-a-pub on 8 September. Here’s a little video preview. If you watch it and are subsequently desperate to buy tickets you can do that here. By the way, does anyone know what the background music is? It’s insanely catchy…Read More