So I received a call from my good muso friend David Lambert

“Jennet can’t come to this gig, do you want to take her ticket?”

This isn’t the first time he’s done this to me – I had a brilliant night at an audience with Bob Harris sometime earlier this year as a result of David. His recommendations are normally spot on.

So I said yes, then checked out the band online. Boy they sound good from the recordings.

Tin Pan Orange

Tin Pan Orange

Support was from Tin Pan Orange,  youngish looking Melbourne based band, who I guess are touring as resident support.  First thing that strikes (all the way to the back bar of the O2 Academy) is lead singer Emily Lubitz’s clear crisp vocal line, she looks cute as well to boot.

Good sound, clever workings of violin, mandobird, guitars and keys making something very interesting, coupled with trumpet strains and refrains.

The Cat Empire

The Cat Empire

Then the main act – a massive (mainly Australian ex-pat) crowd enjoying the surging and moshing as Latin vibes fuse with Country styles, all with a jumping drum beat and strident horns.

Turns out they were celebrating their 800th gig, which made this an evening not to be forgotten for a while – even if I did feel like a traitor going to the O2 instead of one of the local music bars.

Tempered that with a nice pint in Chaplins and the Cellar Bar afterwards – Si Crockett and Jonny Neesom providing tunes into the later evening.