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Five things you (probably) didn’t know about Haydn

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Joseph Haydn (above, as he might look if he were alive today…) came from humble beginnings. He was the son of a wheelwright (a person who builds or repairs wooden wheels in modern terms), and born to musically illiterate parents in Rohrau, Austria.

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6 Things You May Not Have Known About Beethoven

Tue 21 Apr 2015

In the midst of our Night Shift tour, here are some facts you may not have known about the man of the moment, Ludwig Van Beethoven.


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And the winner is…

Tue 7 Apr 2015


We know you’ve all spent the bank holiday weekend fretting about the outcome of our vote to decide the flavour of the 2015 Night Shift rock.

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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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Set list for Brighton, Bristol and Camden

Thu 24 Oct 2013

The Night Shift at The Monarch

Here’s the full set list from the last three dates of the Pub Tour, in Brighton, Bristol and Camden. Keep an eye on our site in the next few days for recommended recordings and a Spotify Playlist. And remember, if you can’t get enough Night Shift, we have a full scale event coming up on 31 October.

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Video feature: Composer Kim B Ashton

Mon 21 Oct 2013

Kim Ashton

Kim is the third of the three composers we’ve been working with to develop new pieces of music for performance on The Night Shift pub tour, in collaboration with new-music organisation Sound and Music. Take a look at this short interview to find out more about him and what inspires his music.

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“I’d have loved to have had a drink with him”: Robin Michael on Haydn

Thu 17 Oct 2013

A few weeks ago (when it was still sunny and you could wear flip flops without looking like an idiot), we caught up with Robin Michael who is playing ‘cello on the Pub Tour.

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Pub Profile: The Monarch, Camden

Wed 16 Oct 2013

Amy Winehouse at Camden Monarch

The last night of the tour takes us back to London, and to a new venue for us – the Monarch, Camden.

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Pub Profile: The Hatchet Inn

Tue 15 Oct 2013

The Hatchet Inn

Famed for it’s cock-fighting ring in the 18th Century, and later its boxing ring, which produced Bristol’s boxing bare-knuckle champions Benjamin Brain, Jem Belcher and Henry Pearce, The Hatchet Inn is an alternative pub that has been in license since 1606.

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Pub Profile: The Blind Tiger Club

Mon 14 Oct 2013

The Pub Tour makes its’ first trip outside of London on 21 October with a visit to The Blind Tiger in Brighton.

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The Boy Dan Good: Mixtape

Fri 11 Oct 2013

The Boy Dan Good is one of The Night Shift’s most regular DJs, and while we don’t have a live DJ on the Pub Tour, you can hear Dan’s work in the mix we play before and after the gigs. We recently asked him to put together some of his all-time favourite tracks for you, a special Night Shift Mix Tape – and here they are.

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Hitting the road again – plus audience & critics reaction so far

Thu 10 Oct 2013

The Night Shift Pub Your 2013 - Audience Reaction

In just over ten days time the Night Shift Pub Tour is on the road again, visiting three more pubs in Brighton, Bristol and London. So we thought it was time to take stock and look back at our last three gigs  – here’s footage from them plus reaction from the audience.

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Pub Tour: Set lists from The George and Old Queens Head

Tue 8 Oct 2013

Here are set lists from our gigs last month in Whitechapel and Angel. We’re on the road again soon, with more pub gigs in Brighton (21 Oct), Bristol (22nd Oct) and Camden (23 Oct).

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Pub Tour: Set list from The Bedford

Tue 24 Sep 2013

Apologies all – we had planned to post these set lists ages ago but, to be honest, we clean forgot. But here it is now – the full set list from our gig back on 9 September at The Bedford in Balham.

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Video feature: Composer Satoko Doi-Luck

Wed 11 Sep 2013

Tonight at the Old Queen’s Head in Angel, Islington, we give the premiere of Satoko Doi-Luck’s The Flying of Fickle Time, as part of The Night Shift Pub Tour. In this new video interview we talk to the composer about how she got into composing and about the genesis of this new piece.

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Video feature: Composer Kate Whitley

Sat 7 Sep 2013

For the Pub Tour we’ve worked with three cutting-edge young composers to write short pieces for us, all composed with the pub environment in mind. On Monday and Tuesday of this week you get a chance to hear the first of them, Statice for String Quartet by Kate Whitley.

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Pub Profile: The Bedford

Thu 5 Sep 2013

We kick the 2013 Night Shift Pub Tour off at The Bedford on 9 September for a spot of late night music, top ale and international lager.

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Pub trailer now online

Wed 4 Sep 2013

With just a few days until our Pub Tour kicks off at the Bedford in Balham on 9 September we’ve released a 1 minute video trailer for the tour, giving you a flavour of what’s coming up.

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Speed Interview: Kate Whitley

Fri 30 Aug 2013

Kate is one of three young composers writing brand new music for our Pub Tour. Her piece, Statice for String Quartet, will be premiered at the first night of the Pub Tour on 9 September at the Bedford in Balham and will be performed again the next day at The George Tavern in Shadwell.

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Pub Tour – now on sale

Mon 19 Aug 2013

We’re pretty damn excited to announce that, thanks to your donations and support, the 2013 Pub Tour is now on sale!

The tour takes in 6 pubs in 3 cities, and will feature the music of 18th century musical super-star Franz Joseph Haydn

Why Haydn? Well, cellist Robin Michael says: ‘Within a single line of music he can make you laugh, cry, dance and shock you with the most audacious of surprises. You can feel his generous spirit, the music bursts with invention, still fresh 200 years on.”

In the first set we’ll have a selection of some of Haydn’s ‘best bits’ and in the second, a complete string quartet. The exact music played will vary from night to night, so there will always be something a little different about each gig.

The tour will also feature 3 brand new pieces by some of today’s brightest composing talents – full details of who is being performed where below.

Each evening will feature 30 minute sets of music at 8.30pm and 9.30pm and doors will open at 7.30pm. While there may be some limited seating at some venues in general these are standing events.

We recommend early booking to secure limited availability discount tickets.
All tickets are subject to a 10% booking fee. Student tickets are £4 – please be sure to bring ID on the night – we WILL check!

Enough blurb – here are the tour details and booking links

Monday 9 September
The Bedford, Balham, London
Including the world premiere of Kate Whitley’s Statice for String Quartet
More info

Tuesday 10 September
The George Tavern, Shadwell, London
Including the Shadwell premiere of Kate Whitley’s Statice for String Quartet
More info

Wednesday 11 September
Old Queens Head, Angel, London
Including the world premiere of Satoko Doi-Luck’s The Flying of Fickle Time
More info

Monday 21 October
Blind Tiger, Brighton
Including the world premiere of a new piece by Kim B Ashton
More info

Tuesday 22 October
The Hatchet Inn, Bristol
Including the Bristol premiere of Satoko Doi-Luck’s The Flying of Fickle Time
More info

Wednesday 23 October
The Monarch, Camden, London
Including the Camden premiere of a new piece by Kim B Ashton
More info

(all plus 10% booking fee)

£5 Mega Mega Advance
£8 Mega Advance
£10 Advance
£12 Not Advance (door)

£4 Students (NUS). Please bring ID

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