Cosy Club Birmingham Opening Party

Cosy Club Birmingham

So last Thursday I had the pleasure of going to the opening party of the newest bar in Birmingham, The Cosy Club. Located in the old Midlands Bank building on Bennets Hill, it a stones throw away from New St and Colmore Row making it a perfect location for after work drinks.

The building itself is very impressive with its high ceilings and art deco interior, which combined with the staffs 1920’s inspired uniforms give this bar a certain vintage retro feel to it.


As part of the opening party we were served a selection of tapas dishes. We had the mini cumberland sausages with wholegrain mustard and cider sauce, crispy potatoes with pesto mayo, mushroom rarebit and smoked paprika pulled chicken and chorizo with new potatoes accompanied with ciabatta to soak up all the tasty sauces. The food was a great combination of flavours and I would defintelty recommended if you fancied a light lunch or snacks with a few drinks. Cosy Club also offers larger meals such as pork belly, fish and chips and steak so there’s something for everyone!

Although I stuck to my usual drinks of white wine and prosecco, Cosy Club offers a range of cocktails which looked great and I’m sure I’ll be sampling a few on my next visit!

 

We even got a little goody bag when we left filled which included the lovely mug in the picture below ūüôā
I think the Cosy Club is a welcome addition to the Birmingham bar scene and will prove popular whether its for a well earned break from shopping, a drink after work or on a busy Saturday night.

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Finsbury Park

After months of waiting the day of the Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park finally arrived on 23rd May. After taking the early train to London and finding the Hotel we made our way down to Finsbury Park along with 40,000 other Arctic Monkey fans.

The weather had been less than desirable during the week but thankfully the weather managed to stay dry so I don’t need to put on my oh so flattering orange kagool.

The first band up were Royal Blood who are a two piece band¬†from Brighton. In my opinion they were a great band to open the show with, they really got the crowd warmed up. I thought Mike Kerr the guitarist was excellent, I can only imagine how long he’s practiced for to get that good!

Next up was Miles Kane, a close friend of the Arctic Monkeys and someone who I have wanted to see live for a but have never had the chance. Miles really got the crowd going with songs like ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’, ‘Inhaler’ and ‘Better Than That’.

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The third and final support act were Tame Impala all the way from Australia, ¬†I hadn’t listened to them a lot before the gig but I enjoyed their set even if it was a little more laid back than I think some people anticipated.

Finally at 9pm the band we came to see entered the stage to the riff of ‘Do I Wanna Know’ which instantly got the crowd going. Alex and the band were looking effortlessly cool as always as they played their way through most of AM with some classics such as BrianStorm, Cornerstone and Crying Lightning thrown in. One of my favorite moments was when Alex performed an acoustic version of ¬†‘A ¬†Certain Romance’ from their first album. Having been a fan of the band since their early days this was a nice moment hearing an ‘old’ track at such a huge gig as Finsbury Park. It was great to hear my favourite tracks from AM played live, after playing my vinyl to absolute death these past few months!

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Finsbury Park was an amazing gig and one I’m going to remember for years to come! There’s no doubt in my mind that Arctic Monkeys are the biggest British band in the world and their only going to get bigger.

The Vinyl Countdown

Like most things the way we listen to music has evolved over the years. These days you can carry your whole music collection around in your pocket and apps such as Spotify give you access to thousands of tracks at the push of a button without having to spend a single penny.

However with all this progress in technology there is still one format that has a place in a lot of music listeners hearts, the mighty vinyl record.¬†Although not as favored as in its hey day, vinyl has become increasingly popular within recent years and has seen a significant increase in sales, not including the vast second hand market. Record Store Day was created in 2007 as a celebration of independent record stores and sees numerous¬†artists releasing exclusive material on vinyl.There are even vinyl listening parties like ‘Classic Album Sundays’ in East London ran by DJ Coleen Murphy, where music lovers switch off their phones, and ¬†listen in silence to a classic album on vinyl .When speaking to thepositive.com, Murphy said the goal of the group ¬†was to¬†‚ÄúJust listen and just experience the music as fully as they possibly can.‚Ä̬†

After playing my Dads vintage sixties player to death, I got my very own record player for my 21st birthday and since then I’ve built up a ¬†small ever growing vinyl collection. Although I love the convenience of YouTube and Spotify, sometimes its just nice to sit down, relax and listen to music without it just being background noise.

My Dad's player from the sixties.
My Dad’s player from the sixties.

Like many others I feel music sounds a lot warmer when played on vinyl and. I love the crackling sound that the needle makes when you first place it on the record about to engage the grooves of the first track. Listening to vinyl can be a nostalgic experience for many, evoking fond memories  of days gone by and for people like myself its great listening to tracks on the format they were originally intended to be played on.

My treasured record player
My treasured record player

Its not just the records themselves that interest people but the artwork that comes with it. Many album covers such as The Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’ and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ have become iconic and are seen as standalone works of art. Retailers such as Urban Outfitters now sell vinyl photo frames allowing you to adorn your wall with album art.

As life long fan of music I enjoy listening to music on all formats but I’ll always have a special place in my heart for vinyl. How about you, do you enjoy listening to vinyl or do you think its a format past its sell by date? ¬†Let me know in the comments box!

 

 

Hello again

Hi Guys! Sorry for my lack of posts recently things have been pretty hectic on my end and life sort of took over for a few weeks but I am back in action now! Its been an exciting few weeks¬†with the second half of the tour, press engagements and organizing and completing Discovery Teams first […]

Song of the day – Amy Winehouse ‘Me and Mr Jones’

Todays song of the day is Amy Winehouse’s ‘Me and Mr Jones’ from her brilliant album ‘Back to Black’. This song is said to be about the rapper Nas whose last name is Jones (making him ‘Mr Jones), they also shared the same birthday (‘Mr Destiny, 9/14’).

Amy is one of my favourite artists and I was lucky enough to see her live before her death. Not only did she have that wonderful soulful voice but she was also a talented songwriter who poured her inner turmoil and emotions into some beautiful songs.