Ricky has been running himself ragged the past few months, setting up Belleruche’s US tour (*fingers crossed*) and helping to plan the launch of the band’s third album – 270 Stories (Tru Thoughts) – at the Bloomsbury Ballrooms last Friday. I guess there’s a slight perk to it, as they invited the Shadow Orchestra to support them at the gig.
In the ongoing saga of my hand problems, I actually woke up that morning pain-free for the first time in a couple of months. Then managed to lamp my bad hand into the bedroom door by accident, bruising the tendons and setting things back to square one and making me worry I wasn’t going to make it through the gig. And then I badly banged my other hand on a chair during our set. Typical! (They’re both feeling a lot better now though)
The venue looked amazing. Tim from Belleruche had spent weeks creating massive cut-out ravens, and the whole place was packed with fairy lights and projections – to say nothing of the gorgeous sexy lady ravens fluttering about in their corsets, feathers and hotpants…
The Shadow Orchestra were really lucky with the sound, and played a great gig to a lovely warm crowd. Sadly, the sound for the rest of the night wasn’t so great.
The Correspondents’ set was a bit quiet, and Belleruche were dogged by terrible sound problems (although it did sort itself out towards the end of the night). I really felt sorry for them – an album launch should be a fantastic party, and instead it fell a bit flat.
Anyway, I still had a really good time. Here are my pics and wittering from the night:
Brownie recipe here – use 100g Maya Gold choc and 140g plain dark choc.
The real downer of the night for me was the fact that I lost my beloved cake tin. If anyone found a blue Roses chocolates tin backstage at the Bloomsbury Ballrooms, it’s mine!
Were you there? What did you think? Did you have fun? And did you get tickled by a raven?!