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Review – Chvrches DJ set @ Chick Habit

28 Sep

Thursday was a fab night at Chick Habit as they managed to secure a DJ set from Chvrches, or more accurately Lauren Mayberry the lead singer of the band. Chick Habit is a great night out every Thursday at Candy Bar, hosting live acts and DJs spinning some top indie and pop tunes – so I was really excited when they announced this DJ set only a week before.

Chvrches have been going from strength to strength this year, performing at festivals, TV appearances on Jools Holland and nominees for BBC’s Sound of 2013. Their infectious, electro-pop sound has a wide appeal. Lauren’s simple yet soaring vocals perfectly compliment samples and synths, creating brilliant and uplifting songs that you just can’t help but dance to. Their new album The Bones of What you Believe is out now with fantastic reviews!

There was a great atmosphere at Candy Bar as DJs AmyB, Phoebe & Chloe warmed up the crowd. Just after 11 pm and armed with a can of Strongbow the Scottish beauty – or Lauren – arrived taking over the decks. The set was a mixture of fun and dancey tunes, perfect for a night out. There was some crowd pleasers and some songs that took us all by surprise; everyone got dancing to Azealia Banks’ 212, there was a bit of Katy Perry, Hole, as well as some 80’s classics. To be honest I was supposed to be making notes of what she played for this review but I instantly forgot about that once the songs started up – sorry guys. My note taking went out the window as I danced happily to pop and indie tunes – the rest of the crowd dancing too – us all soaking up the laid-back and friendly atmosphere.

Hunched over the laptop, cute and pixie-like Lauren seemed nervous at first but soon got into the set. She was very sociable, having no problems saying hello to fans, taking pictures with people and having mini conversations in between lining up tunes. I nervously went up to her to shake her hand and she was all smiles and conversation. After telling her how great Chvrches were at Field Day festival this summer she thanked me graciously and said she preferred small gigs and meeting people, which I thought was charming.

The set ended too soon with a blast of Madonna – again taking the crowd by surprise but not stopping the dancing. There wasn’t much in the way of the synthy electro I was expecting but everyone was happy and buzzing during the set and I couldn’t hear any complaints.

Well done Chick Habit! Fantastic night with one fantastic DJ. Maybe she could get a permanent slot at Candy..? Now there’s a thought!

Girl Guide London – www.girlguidelondon.co.uk


Indie Night at Bite

21 Mar

What can I say about Bite. Well it’s a club night falling on the grim day that is Monday brightening it up with the best selection of indie music, a cool collection of sexy people and so many offers on drinks you’ll be sipping on the house cocktail without the need to scrape together the sticky change in the bottom of your bag. So really what I’m saying is get yourselves there.

 Set in MIABELLA on Greek Street, the music is none of your overplayed chart pop but a selection of old and new indie tunes played by DJ Lydia Butler and a whole host of glammed up glittered up guests. Featuring artists like the Pixies, Boys Noize, AlunaGeorge, Daft Punk, Bart B More, Crystal Casles Rustie, Phoenix, M83, and YYYs making you all excited and giving you eargasms. If you haven’t heard of any of these wonderfully glorious musicians it’s time to don the sexy dress and get down to this night.

 I went this Monday and swanned  into a room playing disclosure’s White Noise before shotting a tequila for three pounds,  then having to shot another one because I forgot it was two-for-one drinks before eleven, and then being twirled around by a woman in checked trousers who said she’d actually met The Cure.  Such is Bite and its wacky dancing twirly crowd.

 MIABELLA is a cute little basement club with enough room for a dance floor for stomping, swaying, shuffling  and shingaling and enough seats for meets and greets or kisses with the mrs.  The night isn’t a lesbian one and it’s not on the scene but if you came in dressed as a unicorn smooching your girl, no one will bat an eyelid. They’ll probably just want to try the costume.

 If you get on the Mailing list you can get free entry before 11pm and of course you get there in time for the two for one drinks, otherwise it’s five pounds afterwards or three with one of the beautiful flyers or student ID.


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