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Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 22:57
by sweepingthenation


I...I really don't know. (Filmed literally just down the road from the exterior shots in Hibbett's It Only Works Because You're Here, fact fans.)

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 06:35
by a layer of chips
Ha! That's ace.

Straight outta New Parks.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 08:12
by MJHibbett
Bless! In Leicester, even GANGSTAS are cuddly!

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 08:17
by a layer of chips
I like the "chop-chop" lyric especially.

Re: The Charlotte

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 08:36
by Jono Volpone
MJHibbett wrote:Someone's just told me that The Charlotte went into Administration yesterday. Can this be true? If so, DOOM!

I mean, yes,it was a terrible stinky hellhole with poisonous beer, but ALSO a part of Rock History. Never mind about the crappy old Astoria, the demolition of which is a BOON for humankind, if The Charlotte goes that's an end to SEVERAL eras! Has anyone heard anything about it?


EDIT: Sorry, I meant to put this in "Leicester" and did it wrong!!
I saw this last night on East Midlands Today. It's very sad. The Charlotte's my favourite venue anywhere.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 23:44
by sweepingthenation
Where the hell is Olive's? Nat Johnson's playing there next week according to her Myspace, and not only have I never heard of the venue, I've never heard of the building.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 07:41
by Pablo
I believe it's on Queen's Road, in Clarendon Park. It might be the upstairs of the old Hogan's

Re: Leicester

Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 16:51
by sweepingthenation

Re: The Charlotte

Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 20:38
by boney
Jono Volpone wrote:
MJHibbett wrote:Someone's just told me that The Charlotte went into Administration yesterday. Can this be true? If so, DOOM!

I mean, yes,it was a terrible stinky hellhole with poisonous beer, but ALSO a part of Rock History. Never mind about the crappy old Astoria, the demolition of which is a BOON for humankind, if The Charlotte goes that's an end to SEVERAL eras! Has anyone heard anything about it?


EDIT: Sorry, I meant to put this in "Leicester" and did it wrong!!
I saw this last night on East Midlands Today. It's very sad. The Charlotte's my favourite venue anywhere.
My parents had their wedding reception in the Princess Charlotte in 1967. Even I'm not that fond of it though, particularly post-pointless refit that made it tonnes worse 'cause you couldn't really hang out casually there in the same way, or excitedly queue to get into the gig bit. I saw my first gig there. Echobelly in 1994.

Perhaps if they hadn't put on a load of shit rockabilly and covers bands, perhaps if places like the Attik didn't end up going out of business... I didn't realise what a gig scene was until I moved out of Leicester. Oh well. The last stuff I saw at the Charlotte was generally upstairs, and great. The last great gig I saw there was Faust about a year and a half ago. Where once the walls were decorated with the pages of the NME, the history of the Charlotte was commemorated with laminated, generic reminders of the glory days of Cast and The Bluetones.

Re: The Charlotte

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 08:15
by Pablo
craigboney wrote:
My parents had their wedding reception in the Princess Charlotte in 1967. Even I'm not that fond of it though, particularly post-pointless refit that made it tonnes worse 'cause you couldn't really hang out casually there in the same way, or excitedly queue to get into the gig bit. I saw my first gig there. Echobelly in 1994.

Perhaps if they hadn't put on a load of shit rockabilly and covers bands, perhaps if places like the Attik didn't end up going out of business... I didn't realise what a gig scene was until I moved out of Leicester. Oh well. The last stuff I saw at the Charlotte was generally upstairs, and great. The last great gig I saw there was Faust about a year and a half ago. Where once the walls were decorated with the pages of the NME, the history of the Charlotte was commemorated with laminated, generic reminders of the glory days of Cast and The Bluetones.
Both of which you loved and love

Re: Leicester

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:06
by MJHibbett
Just been posting this on the GIGS bit, but just in case - if anyone's about this weekend and fancies a combination of ROCK and BEER, we're doing the full Validators version of "My Exciting Life In ROCK" at The Criterion on Friday AND on Saturday night at 8-9.30pm. Bizarrely we've nearly sold out of tickets for the Friday night ... but have very much NOT done so on The Saturday. I hope someone comes on the second night, it'll be a bit of a drastic comedown otherwise!

Re: The Charlotte

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 01:18
by boney
Pablo wrote:
craigboney wrote:
My parents had their wedding reception in the Princess Charlotte in 1967. Even I'm not that fond of it though, particularly post-pointless refit that made it tonnes worse 'cause you couldn't really hang out casually there in the same way, or excitedly queue to get into the gig bit. I saw my first gig there. Echobelly in 1994.

Perhaps if they hadn't put on a load of shit rockabilly and covers bands, perhaps if places like the Attik didn't end up going out of business... I didn't realise what a gig scene was until I moved out of Leicester. Oh well. The last stuff I saw at the Charlotte was generally upstairs, and great. The last great gig I saw there was Faust about a year and a half ago. Where once the walls were decorated with the pages of the NME, the history of the Charlotte was commemorated with laminated, generic reminders of the glory days of Cast and The Bluetones.
Both of which you loved and love
I do still love The Bluetones actually, that is true. I can't remember ever loving Cast, I think 'Flying' was the moment I realised that I didn't really like them.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 07:27
by Pablo
Oi, Hibbett!

Did you realise that there was a VERY brief clip of you on regional BBC One programme 'Inside Out' last night? It was part of a montage about the Leicester Comedy Festival.

I was slightly confused

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:53
by MJHibbett
ZANG! Thanks for pointing that out, I just went and had a look - i WONDERED what they were doing pointing that camera through the window, what I'm saying during my second of screen time is "LOOK! A CAMERA!"

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 20:10
by wyvern
Is there a link to it?

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 22:22
by MJHibbett
wyvern wrote:Is there a link to it?
Yes!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... 1_02_2009/

My bit is around 10:50... until 10.51! And then there's some other, less me-centric stuff, but I didn't watch that...

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 21:17
by sweepingthenation
The former Charlotte owner's going back into business, and he's found a less welcoming location for a gig venue then even Sumo: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leic ... 001978.stm

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 21:28
by Pablo
Frog Island - great!

There are some incredibly rough pubs there that you'll be able to have a pint and get punched in before the gig

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 22:27
by MJHibbett
Surely all those pubs are boarded up now... due to people being SHOT DEAD in them?

Frog Island! The bit of Leicester that makes Nottingham look merely MENTAL!

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 22:54
by boney
I went on a works do to a Frog Island pub in 1993. 6 people ended up in the Royal.