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Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit @ St. John Hackney – Gigslutz

It’s hard not to equate a gig to a spiritual experience when it takes place in a church. The acoustics are perfect, the audience is rapt, and the lighting is usually simple, but effective. This was the case when Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit took the stage at St. John at Hackney. This is the only time I will mention this hackneyed metaphor, because what Flynn and his band delivered wasn’t divine or heavenly: it was human. Real, down to earth musical talent that just so happened to take place in a holy space. The set list was comprised of old classics and more recent material. It was clear that the die-hard fans had already memorised the words to the newer songs. Yet, even during the most well known ones, the audience sing-along wasn’t as overwhelming as one might expect. Whether out of respect for Flynn, or simply wanting to hear his dulcet singing, not the kid next to you, one can’t be too sure. The few moments where the audience let loose came …

LIVE: Beans On Toast & Will Varley – Rockwood Music Hall, NYC 12.10.16: Gigslutz

Home is a funny thing. It can transcend the physical, or be so rooted in location and proximity that it is almost inescapable. On Wednesday night, Beans On Toast and Will Varley brought a taste of home to, well, my home. In the tiny stage one area of Rockwood Music Hall in the Lower East Side (my birth place), the two English folk musicians filled the room with their equally unique, disparate, and yet complimentary sounds. It was a breath of fresh English air (which I have adopted as the one that fills my lungs) in the cool October New York City evening. Read more…

A Night in Paradise: A Fundraiser at the Ministry of Sound – Guestlist

On Sunday 30th November Ministry of Sound, one of London’s biggest dance and house music venue, is hosting A Night in Paradise: the official HIV fundraiser consists of a night of seminal US and UK garage music. Coinciding with World AIDS Day, the event aims to raise £20,000 to be split evenly between two major HIV charities, New York’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis and UK’s Terrence Higgins Trust. Read more…