Pippa Marias, Them Changes, Prima Donna – bands @ Nambucca, London review

Them Changes
Photo: Them Changes. So when they ask, “what were you doing for New Year’s Eve 2010?” I can say with a cheeky smile that I was drinking and soaking up the atmosphere at Nambucca on The Holloway Road, Islington in London.

Them Changes

Photo: Them Changes

So when they ask, “what were you doing for New Year’s Eve 2010?” I can say with a cheeky smile that I was drinking and soaking up the atmosphere at Nambucca on The Holloway Road, Islington in London.

We arrived there with our mate Greig Stewart who was to be offering himself up as a DJ for a couple of hours before joining us in celebrating the onset of 2011.

Nambucca Live Music Venue – Review

There were also to be a number of bands playing. Earlier that evening, before they took to the stage, I was talking to a guy called Dan who turned out to be the bass player in the aptly named Prima Donna. There’s lots of hair in this all male 3 piece outfit. Led by keyboard playing vocalist Roo Rothwell they kicked off their set with an up tempo number that got the crowd moving.

Roo is a good front man and knows how to handle an audience. The bassist and drummer – that’s Dan Perilous and Louis Court to you – have a lot of emotion on stage. Louis oozes raw energy as he thrashes his drums. Dan compliments him with some very impressive bassing. They span a rock stroke pop gully and bridge it very well. Good band and after their last tune they leave the stage and we quench our thirst with more lager.

While ordering my drink I enjoy Greig’s DJing, he’s perched up there above the bar like some cherub type of music giver. We have a drink, then it’s time for Them Changes. Who knows what to expect? We are greeted by another 3 piece band this time with a guitarist, a singing bassist and a very professional subtle drummer. Very good and very passionate. My first initial impression is amazement at how tight and infectious their tunes are. The guitarist knows his craft and impresses us with some mean licks.

The vocalist/bassist has his own style of singing. I like his voice and you know, I reckon 2011 could be a good year for Them Changes, they deserve it, and it would be good to see this band on a bigger stage.

After wetting our whistles we return to the music room and are greeted by the Pippa Marias who are already on stage. The clock has announced the start of a new year yeah!!

Happy 2011 and we are dancing like children to this eighties pop fueled band. Another group to add to the list of “ones to watch out for” in this bright new year. There is a party happening on stage and I want to be up there with them. Good vibes and a positive energy that makes me smile like a deluded fool. Yeah I look forward to more Pippa Marias in the forth coming year.

You really should visit Nambucca when you are in London. There is a warm welcome here and it has the vibe of an up and coming legendary music venue for the future. Say hello to Gemma and her family and you will be guaranteed an evening to remember.

Photo credit: Dave Richardson

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Nambucca Live Music Venue – Holloway Road, London – Review + Bands, DJs

Nambucca New Year's Eve party
At first I was hesitant with the idea of traveling from Oxford to London for the New Year’s Eve festivities, thinking it might be difficult to get around London, and back to Oxford at such late/early hours. But the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like it could be a good night out, and worth any travel hassles that might occur.

Nambucca New Year's Eve party

At first I was hesitant with the idea of traveling from Oxford to London for the New Year’s Eve festivities, thinking it might be difficult to get around London, and back to Oxford at such late/early hours. But the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like it could be a good night out, and worth any travel hassles that might occur.

So, destination: Nambucca in London. 596 Holloway Road, Islington. Our friend Greig Stewart (Guillemots) was DJing plus Orthadox Junkies and Michael Latif. Also, the bands lined up for the night were Swedish indie rockers Pippa Marias, London bands Them Changes, Prima Donna and Wildlife.

Pippa Marias, Them Changes, Prima Donna @ Nambucca review

This was an important night for venue owners Gemma Clarke (former drummer for The Suffrajets, Babyshambles) and her family – her father Graham Clarke and brother Jack. After being closed for two years because of a fire, which gutted the building in 2008, Nambucca had its grand reopening December 18, 2010. Their New Year’s Eve party was going to be another celebration, this time, at year end after all the hard work of rebuilding, looking forward to the future of the establishment.

When we arrived at the venue around 8pm Gemma was outside, and talked to us about the preparations that went into making this a night to remember. I was looking forward to it, and the bands that she arranged to play for the night – oh and not to forget, Greig’s DJing slot. She also said that the venue caters to live music every night – including a weekly open mic in the front bar.

The venue looks great – there’s rock memorabilia and posters on the walls, including Gemma’s old Babyshambles drum kit placed above the door. The bar area is nice, with plush leather seating by the windows, the DJs are set up above the bar and then straight through to the back of the room and up a couple steps takes you into the live music venue area.

We were able to catch some of Greig’s DJing, he was spinning current pop and indie tunes mixed with some old favorites, but it started around the same time as Prima Donna, so the live music was calling us into the other room to watch the bands, which were perfectly chosen for the night. The theme was raw, old school rock with a mix of glam and punk. All three young bands could easily show up on Top of the Pops if the charts program was still on the air. Them Changes were stand-out, a three piece with the bass player on lead vocals. Hopefully they’ll come to Oxford, as I would like to see them play again soon. The sound in the live room is excellent – not too loud, but certainly loud enough.

The staff is friendly and welcoming, as was Gemma, and I was lucky to meet her father Graham Clarke at the end of the night. He was in good spirits and I hope that they continue.

It was definitely worth the trip from Oxford, and in the end, it was free tube travel New Year’s Eve from 11:45pm – 4:30am. By the time we left, there weren’t many people on the streets or the tube, which made travel around London a piece of cake.

I highly recommend checking out Nambucca if you’re a fan of live music, or if you’re a DJ or in a band, get in touch with them for bookings!

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