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The Night Shift – As it happened

Mon 15 Sep 2014

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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.

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5 Things you (probably) didn’t know about Henry Purcell

Tue 9 Sep 2014

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In honour of the upcoming Night Shift featuring the music of Henry Purcell, we present you with some little known facts about the composer and the future musicians he inspired.

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Fresh new Night Shifts – just announced

Fri 5 Sep 2014

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We know many of your summers have been spoilt as you’ve been fretting over when our next events will be, and our inboxes have been literally deluged with emails pleading for news. We know it’s been tough guys so we’re pleased to be able to reveal to you details of our next gigs…

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The Night Shift: E1 – New details announced

Tue 10 Jun 2014

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Next week we’re making a return visit to the fantastic Village Underground, an amazingly atmospheric venue hidden in the heart of Shoreditch. We can now reveal some more details of the event, which is a bit different to your normal Night Shift…

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Keeping it Vague

Fri 6 Jun 2014

Keeping it Vague

In today’s Keeping it Vague, controversy, Star Wars, cats and pugs.

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Keeping it Vague

Fri 16 May 2014

Keeping it Vague

In this week’s Keeping it Vague, we tell you what different people in the office have been looking at.  It’s like a box of Celebrations, minus the Bountys – because everyone knows they’re rough.

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The Night Shift – Twitter Speak

Thu 15 May 2014

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We’ve been very busy this week, drinking beer, playing music, drinking beer, playing music. It’s not easy…. but thankfully you (our amazing Night Shift audience) were there with us the whole time.

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The Night Shift – Playlist

Tue 13 May 2014

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Tonight we head to The Doodle Bar, Battersea for some drinks and insanely good opera.  Then tomorrow we’re off to Wilton’s.  Click on the link below for a taste of the music we’ll be playing…

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Idle Fret

DJ

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Over the last three years Idle Fret have put on shows at The Lock Tavern, The Social, The Shacklewell Arms and The London Palladium and have released records by Stealing Sheep, We Were Evergreen and Listing Ships.

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Speed Interview – Olivia Chaney

Fri 9 May 2014

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Singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney joins us on Wednesday to opened The Night Shift.  We spoke with her about her approach to writing and what she fears most.

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Olivia Chaney

Singer-songwriter

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Multi-instrumentalist and accomplished lyricist and vocalist, the London-based singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney has built a loyal and growing audience, both in the UK and internationally, following her eponymous debut EP in 2013.

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Matthew Truscott on Purcell

Tue 29 Apr 2014

Matthew Truscott

This May, The Night Shift is back to make your ears smile in two amazing venues.  What will we be playing?  Purcell that’s what.  Here’s violinist Matthew Truscott to tell you why that’s a good thing…

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Keeping It Vague

Fri 7 Mar 2014

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In this week’s Keeping It Vague I take a look imitation art.  They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so here are examples of flattery within fashion, music and art.

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Keeping it Vague

Fri 21 Feb 2014

Keeping it Vague

In this week’s Keeping it Vague, when the world of art meets the world of crime.  Is it a crime to love art?  Is it an art to commit a crime?  No.  crime is always wrong.  Plus, other unrelated pictures and a video.

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Keeping It Vague

Fri 7 Feb 2014

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In this week’s Keeping It Vague I’m feeling nostalgic, looking at childhood toys from a new perspective, remembering the 90s, contemplating the evolution of music and reminiscing on my favourite arcade game.

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The Night Shift, 6 Feb, what you thought…

Fri 7 Feb 2014

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Last night, over a hundred of you braved the tube strikes and miserable weather to join us at the top of The Old Queen’s Head, for a few drinks and some music by John Blow, Matthew Locke and Henry Purcell.  Here’s what you had to say about it…

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Get on top of travel!

Thu 6 Feb 2014

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Due to the London tube strikes, Angel station is closed.  But no worries, there are still plenty of ways to get to The Old Queens Head for tonight’s Night Shift.

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Matthew Locke (1621-1677)

Composer

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The Man:
Matthew Locke was born in Exeter, Devon and trained as a chorister at the Cathedral there.  He lived through the English Civil War and left the country in favour of the Netherlands at the age of eighteen.  After returning to England, he and his friend Christopher Gibbons wrote the score to various plays and operas, including Cupid and Death by James Shirley.  He then went on to serve King Charles, as Composer of the Wind Music and Composer for the Violins.  The successor for this role was  none other than Locke’s childhood friend; Henry Purcell and it’s believed that Locke may have had some influence on the young Purcell.

Not much is written about Locke as a person, but it’s believed that he had very long wavy hair and wore a tiny beard, no bigger than that of a child’s thumb print.  In June last year, Exeter Cathedral took down one of their organs and, in doing so, found graffiti left by a teenager Matthew Locke.  As you might imagine, this was very exciting for all involved (until they covered it up again with a new organ).  You can watch a short video about it here.

The Music:
Today Locke’s instrumental music is considered to be among the finest of the 17th century and his Melothesia treatise was one of the earliest English works to deal with Certain General Rules for playing upon a Continued Bass.

You can hear music from Locke’s Tempest, along with music from John Blow and Purcell at The Night Shift this Thursday at The Old Queen’s Head.

BOOK TICKETS

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Keeping It Vague

Fri 24 Jan 2014

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In this week’s Keeping It Vague – things that are ugly/terrifying.

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Keeping It Vague

Fri 10 Jan 2014

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My new year’s resolution is to bring you a blog of even higher credibility.  Not really, it’s to come up with brilliant puns.  And, as you’ll see below, I’m currently nailing it.

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