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Upbeat Live At The Half Moon, Putney 25.03.18

March 27, 2018

The walls of the Half Moon bear witness to the Stones, Elvis Costello, Kate Bush and the other musical greats who have played here. This Sunday afternoon it is the turn of Upbeat, where the tiniest of children are taught to rock out – a real life School Of Rock. After an excellent Sunday lunch of cauliflower cheese and roasties we saw five bands over a two hour period. Divided into Bronze, Silver and Gold (depending on age), each band performed three or four covers from a pleasingly eclectic list. Not only did everyone perform really well but they all changed instruments at the end of each song, showing amazing versatility. There was a smidgeon of adult-played rhythm guitar and tambourine for the Bronzes but by the time we reached Gold the training wheels were most definitely off.

Musical highspots for me were Burning Down The House (Talking Heads), London Calling (the Clash, “I live by the river”indeed), Wicked Game (Chris Isaak) and best of all Hazy Shade Of Winter (Simon and Garfunkel via The Bangles). The energy and enthusiasm on display made for a great afternoon, Upbeat are highly recommended.

 

 

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