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MADONNA: We have Tickets!
LONDON was today gripped with Madonna fever as tickets for her
Earls Court stint went on sale. Tickets for the first date were
sold out before they even went on sale. Yes, we think that's
a contradiction in terms too, but there you go. As the day unfolded
more nights have been announced and each in turn has sold out
Thankfully, LondonNet has managed
to get hold of a sizeable allocation for the event.
Our Madonna 2001 package
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LONDON DANCE: Romeo and
OUR FRIENDS down at the Royal Albert Hall have set aside a whole
pile of top draw tickets for June's run of Prokofiev's ballet
Romeo and Juliet. This acclaimed English National Ballet production
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LONDON DIARY by LondonNet's Editor David Clee:
What a Wag to Go
A lot of people who care about
the soul of London shed a tear or two when it was announced this
week that the Wag Club is to shut up shop to be replaced by yet
another Irish theme pub, especially since there are already two
Waxy O'Connor's within spitting distance of the Wag's Wardour
Street base and another 6,347 ludicrous Oirish bars within a
two mile radius.
Nil points to the dozy planners
over at O'Neill's then, though maybe we should be careful about
getting too precious about our favourite ex-haunts. The Wag is/was
one of those eccentric places that we like to think make London
such an interesting city. But it is not as if there aren't hundreds
of other top clubs in which to while away the small hours, and
slapping preservation orders and blue plaques on happening institutions
kind of defeats their own modish purpose, I would have thought.
It is annoying that bland corporate
interests are muscling in on every last corner of Soho, seemingly
intent on turning it into a carbon copy of Basingstoke town centre
or something, but the good news is that trendy types are usually
handy at finding somewhere else to play, like Brixton, Hoxton
or the Borough, for instance.
Non-Soho club promoters and
geographically-adept barflies apart, the other winners in this
game could be the anarchists come this year's May Day demonstrations.
Thanks to the invasion of the West End by O'Neill's, Starbucks,
All Bar One and their ilk, the rock-chuckers have never had so
many targets at which to aim.
London Diary Archive
HOTEL NEWS by Peter D. Clee
A POSSE from the LondonNet
office paid a visit to two of our most enduring hotels last night.
A winning formula
First up was the mighty
Columbia Hotel, our biggest seller ever since its debut
on the site several years ago. The Columbia defies most of the
rules of modern hotel management. They set their room charges
at a very competitive rate and avoid getting bogged down in the
intricacies of 'yield management' whereby hotels (and airlines)
seek a plethora of price points to 'maximise yield'. Gosh, what
a mouthful. Thankfully at the Columbia what you see is what you
get. Good honest value and a level of service only witnessed
in independently owned hotels. That's the simple formula and
their efforts are rewarded by a highly loyal gang of repeat visitors.
The downstairs rooms are as
grand as any you might find across the capital's swanky establishments.
The Columbia was, after all, home to the U.S. Officers Club throughout
the last war. The bedrooms are simply furnished but always clean
and in good order. Many are remarkably spacious too for the class
of hotel. Those on the lower floors have seriously high ceilings.
A good proportion of the rooms overlook Kensington Gardens; the
nice part of Hyde Park.
Despite this year's tourist
troubles in London and the countryside, the Columbia was completely
full last night and is looking good for the months ahead. Several
thousand of our readers have stayed at the Columbia and I have
not once received a complaint about the hotel (so far!). Indeed,
the feedback we do have ranges from the positive to the ecstatic.
The Columbia Hotel,
Next stop was the recently
refurbished Commodore Hotel. The results of the spruce
up are dramatic, I felt I was visiting a different hotel to the
one I had visited more than 2 years ago. Things change. Thankfully
for the Commodore the changes have worked well and I see them
attracting substantially greater interest over the coming season.
Accommodation varies from the
better value standard rooms, through superior rooms to town house
suites. Located on the same central square as the Columbia Hotel,
the hotel is well situated for shopping and sightseeing expeditions.
The Commodore Hotel,
This week's hit-parade of the
most popular hotels featured in our secure-booking site:
LondonNet's Top Five
1 (1) The Columbia
2 (-) Chelsea Lodge
3 (3) Hazlitt's
4 (-) Commodore
5 (-) Chesterfield
(*based on bookings between 12
- 26 April 2001. Previous issue's figures in brackets)
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LONDON MUSIC by Catherine Chambers
Friday, 27 April
Borders, Oxford St, 6.30pm
SOMETIMES the best gigs are
in the least likely of places. Borders is one such place that
has garnered a reputation for holding weekly music performances
upstairs in the midst of the hordes of bookshelves.
More than just a bookshop and
a million miles away from the beer-drenched sweatboxes, Borders
finds a couple of metres of room amongst the shelves for talented
musicians to showcase their work- recent guests include Linoleum,
ex Dream City Film Club singer Michael Sheehy, alt-country star
Ed Harcourt and indie-rockers Clearlake.
Not only is this the perfect
chance to check out upcoming bands in the capital's music scene,
but also has the added bonus of a fairly intimate atmosphere
(with the chance to grab a coffee in the café later) and
all for nought pence. Sheffield born singer Richard Hawley who
played his first headline gig at The Monarch in March and supported
erstwhile Pixies frontman Frank Black earlier this year, brings
his gritty Americana to the bookstore this Friday, where he'll
be performing songs from his Scott Walker-esque mini album, Prize
The former Pulp and Longpigs
guitarist, described as a 'guitarist guitarist who has found
his voice' has the enviable ability to stamp each song with a
timeless classicism that would have his contemporaries weep.
You know the gentle guitars on All Saint's version of Under The
Bridge? That was Richard Hawley.
See you on the second floor.
**The Americana section
in music is now fully operational!
Click here: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/americana.html
Thur April 26, Kristen
Hirsh, Shepherds Bush Empire
Former Throwing Muses singer returns for a solo acoustic gig
playing newies from her fourth solo outing, Sunny Border Blue.
Sat April 27, Sonny Rollins,
Tenor sax septuagenarian who keeps on getting better with age
returns to his London home.
Sun April 29, Amor Belhom
Duo, Twisted am lounge, Windmill, Brixton
French avant pop continues in style this week after Air's performance
on Tuesday, as this Paris duo - now relocated in Arizona - hop
over to Brixton for an evening of improvised tunes with distinctly
pop leanings. Regular collaborators with Calexico's Joey Burns
and John Convertino, Naim and Thomas once ploughed the fields
of Parisian hardcore before moving on to more experimental pastures.
Tue May 1, Slobberbone,
Fantastically-named Texan rockers kick out gritty alt-country
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by Helena 'Spid' Thompson
In the spotlight
History really can
come to life. Real history, that is, not the stuff they make
textbooks out of - and for proof, peddle on down to the Tricycle
this week. South Africa's township uprising is the theme of this
risk-taking venue's current gamble, Suip, a show which
takes its title from the South African word for alcohol consumption.
Other words you'll learn include
Boer (farmer), Naaiers (f****rs), Toyi Toyi (dance song of political
protest) and Jas (out of your mind). That's the vocabulary of
a particularly insidious form of expoitation, and don't worry
if you're not in the mood for learning a new language - the tale
of farmers getting paid in beer and ending up as Bergies (homeless
people) won't pass you by. For one thing the action is accompanied
by specially devised live music that heightens the emotions at
stake. For another there are no scenes, so the downward spiral
of the narrative feels more like an endless journey than any
well-made three-act play could hope to.
The result of a 1993 student
project carried out through research on the streets close to
election time, Suip makes a necessary departure from the traditions
of Western theatre. It exposes the wounds that need to heal before
the dream of a New South Africa can become a reality - and it
proves that the theatre that brought us the Colour of Justice
is committed as ever to staging what demands public attention.
Up and Coming
The Vagina Monolgoues,
The New Ambassadors, Leicester Square tube
Eve Ensler lets women shout out about what gives them pleasure.
Semi-Monde, The Lyric
Shaftesbury, Piccadilly Circus tube
Noel Coward dares to show his softer side in this glitzy staging
of the play the censors banned.
Best Play: Stones
in his Pockets - Hollywood
comes to provincial Ireland in this hilarious two-hander from
Best Musical: Cats - Lloyd Webber tames Eliot's feline
- For details, tickets and reviews see: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html
My Fair Lady
We have tickets!
For the show's run at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
London Theatre Menu
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LONDON CLUBS by Catherine Chambers
The Wag RIP
THIS week we were sad to announce
that The Wag will open its doors for the last time next Saturday,
May 5th. In what is a soul-destroying move which many will
see as yet another commercialist assault on Soho, the club leaseholders
have thrust upon London yet another droll, characterless pub.
Yes folks, they've sold the venue's lease to the O'Neils pub
The Wag was a regular haunt
for many celebrities including screen legend Robert De Niro,
Al Pacino, David Bowie, Mick Jagger during the 80s, at the height
of the new-romantic era. The 90s played host to memorable club
nights including the ever-popular Blow Up. Every Saturday
queues would line Wardour St as clubbers queue to get their weekly
fix of 60s R&B, psychedelic and classic pop tunes. Blow up,
which has seen The Wag as its home for the last five years, are
planning to give the venue a send off in style, having the honour
of hosting the last night The Wag will be open.
"It is a prime example
of how enormous UBRs (uniform business
rates) combined with later licensing for bars and pubs is directly
affecting established music and club venues, leading to radical
restructuring of club nights and, in some cases, closure,"
said former Blow Up promoter Jo Kendall. "It seems
the only way to compete in modern night time entertainment is
to dumb down - cheap entry, cheap booze, populist jukebox, novelty
attractions. As Paul Weller said in 'Going Underground', 'The
public wants what the public gets' chain businesses are the safe
brand for a lot of people."
Following the closure, Blow
UP will move to The Syndrome, formerly known as Le Scandale,
on Berwick St. The first Blow Up at its new home will take place
on Saturday, May 12.
Have your say! What do you think about the gradual
commercialisation of Soho and the closure of London venues to
make way for soulless pubs? Email us with your views: [email protected]
This weeks picks:
Fri, Catch 23 1st Birthday,
Onefourfour, 144 Charing Cross Rd, WC, 10pm-6am
Those who like their hard house and trance should manoeuvre themselves
in the direction of the Onefourfour (formerly the Asylum) - named
after its address. Clever! Wonder how long it took 'em to dream
that one up.
Fri, Afro Turf, The Blue
Angel, Torrens Street, Off City Road, EC1 9.30pm-2am
Roots and Reggae are on the musical menu at The Blue Angel, with
plenty of soul-stirring stuff (ahem!) as well. LondonNet publisher
Peter Clee can often be found here, extolling the virtues of
Bob Marley and The Wailers to unsuspecting punters.
Sat, Saturday Night, The
Electric Ballroom, NW1, 11pm-3am
Ah, yet another inventively- named club night! It must take hours
to think up such an snappy title. Thankfully the music is more
than up to scratch with a fine mix of classic 70s to 90s disco,
funk pop and disco house on the main floor with thumping house
and garage upstairs.
Sun, They Do Play Records
Don't They, The Embassy, 119 Essex Rd, N1 1pm-10.30pm
Fab fortnighter that allows artists to spin their favourite tunes.
Tonight it's the turn of The Cocteau Twins.
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LONDON CINEMA by Catherine Chambers
This Week's Big Releases
La Captive ****
Director Chantal Ackerman
Starring Stanislav Merhar, Sylvie Testud
After an absence of several years, venerable French director
Chantal Akerman (Je, Tu, Il, Elle) returns with La Captive. Based
on La Prisonniere, from Proust's A la Recherche de Temps Perdu,
the film eschews the nineteenth century for contemporary Paris...
click here for full
Exit Wounds *
Director Andrzej Bartowiak
Starring Steven Segal, DMX, Isiah Washington
Seagal toplines as Boyd, a cop on the edge whose disliking of
the police nomenclature has him demoted to orchestrating the
traffic instead of busting bad guys. But as he stumbles upon
a case of crooked cops and dope dealing hoods he finds a chance
to redeem his career... click
here for full review
Other new releases this
Bread and Roses ****
Director Ken Loach
Immigrant cleaners in LA fight for their rights in well-observed
The Mexican ***
Director Gore Verbinsky
Brad Pitt is up to his eyes in mob mischief in intelligent, amusing
tale also featuring Julia Roberts. (15)
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Dear London Tips,
Take next Thursday off work.
The tubes are on strike again. If the last time was anything
to go by, I would rather attempt to board Noah's Ark as the rain
starts than board a bus on a strike day.
Ken Jones, Hackney
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Milk 'n' 2 Sugars COMPIE:
WE HAVE three pairs of tickets for Milk 'n' 2 Sugars upcoming
Question: Name the venue for Milk 'n' 2 Sugars?
Tip: See the Garage House clubs page:
HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email
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don't include your address we can't send you the prize!
RULES and INFO: First ten correct answers out of the
Editor's hat win a prize, details will be sent to the winners.
The Editor's decision is final. Closing Date: 5 May 2001.
Last Issues Competition
(12 April 2001,
Bridget Jones Compie:
Jane Holiday (London SW17), Chantal Palvadeau (Bouillé-Courdault,
Gayle Tonaki (Honolulu, Hawaii), Juarez Oliveira Júnior
Brazil), Marybeth Brush (London W1U), Margi Salih (Norwich, Norfolk),
Agelmo (London W1V), Janalle McMeekin (New Malden, Surrey), Catherine
Monahan (London W6), Mark Jefferson (London N1), Sam Okoh (London
N12), Nancy Watson (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)
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Dear Helenka @ LondonNet,I
just would like to give you a little feedback.
Everything worked very well
and it was no problem to get our tickets. We really enjoyed the
musical and had a great time.
Thanks for all your support
REPLY: Glad to hear you like
the show and our service Reinhard (Ed).
Dear Catherine @ LondonNet,
That HEY BOY HEY GIRL piece
on Londonnet was brill- thank U!!! Yes we had some Londonnetters
in- will get the exact figure if you're interested. The launch
went well although numbers could have been a bit higher- well,
launching into a new venue with a new club name was never gonna
be easy - but everyone had a good time! Loads of Good Wishes
Herb (at HBHG)
REPLY: Good luck with the future
dates Herb (Ed).
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