On Saturday night, I was up at the Black Horse in High Barnet to see my good mates The Silencerz. The band was put together by Madness Sax player Lee Thompson and his son Daley. They are by far the most entertaining band you'll see in a pub or club in Barnet this year and you will be pleased to know you'll have the opportunity to see them at The Bull Arts Centre in Barnet on the 19th February.
It was my first gig of the year. I have quite a few booked up, as live music is a big part of my life. It was great being in a room that was really rocking! If you are at a loose end, why not make your way down to The Three Wishes in Edgware for the jam night. Alan Warner of The Foundations will be in action and Alan is always wonderful.
As the pandemic is starting to lift, bands are starting to book gigs and promoters and venues are starting to fill their diaries. Grassroots venues are the absolute backbone of the UK Music scene. It is on life support at the moment. Those of us who are musicians need your support as never before.
I was speaking to Robert Elms on behalf of the Save London Music Festival on Friday on his show on BBC Radio London. As an example of some great gigs, I pointed him at The 100 Club. They have an amazing programme of gigs coming up.
There are some excellent ones coming up! Despite not seeing a gig last year until June, it turned out to be a classic year for me and live music. London is relatively quiet, many restaurants have great deals, transport is quiet. Why not treat yourself?