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Man of London is no more. Long live Man of Scotland.

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once again thank you for following Man of London.

Please check out my new project Man of Scotland. A different focus on modern Scottish culture. 

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Man Of London Listens : Gossip : A Joyful noise

Beth Ditto has done it again.

 

Correction, Beth Ditto, Hannah Blilie and Brace Paine have done it again.

 

Gossip (Formally The Gossip) have produced an album that is simply top notch.

 

The group, who found fame in the U.K with Standing in the way of control, a track many still associate with E4 show Skins, have raised the bar once again with their latest sound.
A joyful noise is an eleven track album which has a sound that Man Of London cannot get enough of.

 

Immediately when listening to a preview of the bands new album on The Guardian website, several tracks instantly bounce from the speakers.

 

The first is move in the right direction is an anthem of hope, determination and self-empowerment. The delicious tones of the synth that fill your skull from the beginning of the track made it very difficult for Man Of London not to dance.

 

Rewinding one track to Get a job and the ferocious power of Ditto’s voice comes through very quickly. Her voice matches her strong ‘not giving a fuck’ persona that she’s been known for throughout her career and, as always, she tells it like it is.

 

Not every track on the new release has the party atmosphere. The album as a whole is more emotive than that.

 

I won’t play is a track that is for anyone who has ever loved and lost. However, rather than sit alone and the corner and cry, Ditto takes a stand, she isn’t going to lose out. Man Of London doesn’t like quitters. One thinks Beth Ditto and friends know this.

 

 

It’s hard to convey how fantastic this album is without listening too it. Man Of London offers you one piece of advice. Go Listen! This is definitely going to be a staple of my music collection now, rather than later.

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Singin’ In the rain : Man Of London visits The West End

Palace TheatreStanding outside The Palace Theatre in London’s west end there is no mistaking what is being performed inside.

The oversized umbrellas and neon signs make sure that everyone around knows that Singin’ in the Rain has arrived.

It’s been a long time coming.

The Gene Kelly classic debuted on screen in 1952, and it’s only now that a realistic representation of the work has come to the stage.

From the heights of the somewhat cramped balcony (If you are tall or suffer from vertigo, Man of London thinks you should sit in the stalls below) Man Of London eagerly awaited the arrival of one’s favourite musical to the stage.

Man Of London was somewhat wary if the production would do Kelly, Reynolds and O’Connor justice, and, one was pleasantly surprised.

To put it simply, Singin’ in the Rain is the best West End show that I have seen in a long time.

Fantastic cast

The talented ensemble cast ensured that you were constantly entertained and when it came to mastering some extremely difficult dance moves, particularly in the ‘dream’ sequence where protagonist Don Lockwood (played by Adam Cooper) takes us into a vibrant and multicolored New York City, where one foot wrong by any cast member would ruin the performance.

Scarlett Strallen is fantastic as Kathy Selden, contradictory as she is powerful yet shy.

Her talent is seen to be unlocked by Lockwood and it seems as if there is nothing stopping her.

Daniel Crossley and Katherine Kingsley who play Cosmo Brown and Lina Lamont respectively provide the comic relief.

Brown’s quick whit and Lamont’s high pitched shrill ensure that a laugh is never far away.

Michael Brandon’s performance as studio head RF Simpson manages to give the performance that old Hollywood feel, and at times , makes you feel as if you are in the age of the “talkie” and that the 1930’s are just around the corner.

Mesmerising set design

The design of the set is one of the most complicated I have ever seen for the stage.

The huge backdrop of Monumental Pictures studio lot was heavily used and allowed actors to fully interact with their surroundings to really bring the script to life.

The director’s ingenious use of video clips throughout the performance allowed the stage version to stay true to the original story and perhaps that’s why the performance was so enjoyable.

The real spectacle of the stage is unleashed during the title number.    

Just as we see Lockwood enter the stage, water streams down from the room and, as you will notice if sitting in the higher levels of the theatre, will rise up from the floor, and in seconds the stage is flooded and, as you are warned as you enter, the first seven rows of the audience were soaked by the cast.

It’s not commonplace for one to attend a show and have absolutely no criticism of it, but there is a first for everything.

Man Of London can honestly not find fault with the performance, the cast are simply phenomenal, the production value is high and makes the performance, while interval refreshments are reasonably priced compared to some other performance spaces in theatre land.

If you’ve not bought a ticket for the production yet, what are you waiting for?

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Man Of London misses you.

Apologies for being missing of late. Expect new content soon. 🙂

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from ManOfLondon.

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ManOfLondon works it: Presenting Velvet pose.

ManOfLondon interviewing clubbers for Velvet Pose

ManOfLondon has a new gig! MOL is now presenting a new T.V show called Velvet Pose. We filmed the first episode on Saturday night/Sunday morning and it was an amazing experience.

Filming took place at the world famous Ministry of Sound at their  ‘ Defected in the house’ night. Loving house music means this was a dream come true.

We had the shoot scheduled from 10pm until 3 am. We managed to get some fantastic footage of the club before the clubbers arrived and then even more when the party was in full swing.

ManOfLondon had two main tasks of the evening. I was tasked with finding out what drinks fulled the clubbers well into the early hour. Man Of London was told about a Cuban cocktail, a mix of Vodka and Rum amongst other things. This gentlemen is going to need to conduct a taste test.

I also got the amazing chance to interview Chocolate Puma, two very talented Dj’s who were also very down to earth.

ManOfLondon and ChocolatePuma

I interviewed them in the Green room of ministry of sound and they were very interesting and friendly, which made our interview very natural.

ManOfLondon is currently exhausted. The point of this post is to tell you to look our for Velvet Pose, and to watch our episodes as and when they are released.

Follow @ Velvetpose on Twitter (and @GregFlucker while you are at it!)

‘Like’ Velvet Pose on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/Velvetpose

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