Blink Events- The XX at Somerset House

Last night we were all gathered in the courtyard of Somerset House to see the genius XX as part of the ‘Summer Series’ of gigs. Temper Trap had rave reviews for their gig the night before and on the nights ahead the venue plays host to Gil Scott-Heron, Florence and the Machine and Soul II Soul, amongst others.

Before for the gig last night, the clouds gathered and a smattering of rain fell. Somerset House looks beautiful under any circumstances, but my hairdo does not. Up came the brollies and the festival ‘whatever the weather’ spirit kicked in. This was my first time seeing these guys live and I was not disappointed. The moody lighting and amazing sound was enhanced by the beauty of the location as the rain thankfully faded away.

The hauntingly melodious voice of female vocalist, Romy Madley-Croft, made me think of Tracey Thorn from Everything but the Girl. I think this trip down an 80’s Memory Lane was also bought on by the male vocalist, Oliver Sim, whose slinky moves and guitar stance was like a smoothed out version of Joe Strummer, mixed in with bit of earnest late 80’s indie. These two both on guitar, along with Jamie Smith on keyboards and drums, created a stunningly atmospheric sound.

Hopefully we might have some coverage from the Florence gig for you too, and some great festival stuff to come.

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The XX gig at Somerset House

The XX gig at Somerset House

The XX gig at Somerset House

The XX gig at Somerset House

The XX at Somerset House

The XX at Somerset House

The XX at Somerset House

Blink Social- The Temper Trap

On Monday night we headed through snow storms up to the wilds of Camden on the promise of a brilliant night out. We were not disappointed!  To warm our cockles pre-gig, post snow drifts, we headed into ‘The Blues Kitchen’ for some soul food, Southern States style. Then on down to KOKO. Its a deep red delight of a venue. We have had some stellar nights out here and knew this would be another to add to the list.

We were determined to squeeze just one more gig in before the year was out and The Temper Trap tickets have been winking at us from the notice board for months. This Melbourne based band bought some Aussie sunshine to a very chilly London evening. They did not disappoint. In fact, we think that they exceeded expectations by delivering a set that was far more rocky and raw than the album. We were even treated to a TTT version of Springsteens ‘Dancing in the Dark’! We’ll be going to see them again when they are back in the new year. Hurry back boys!

The Temper Trap at KOKO

The Temper Trap at KOKO