Posts Tagged ‘Hackney’

Rainy June

Saturday, June 18th, 2011


Argh! So much has happened since I did a proper blog I don’t know where to start. With a list of course!

  • In October 2010 I had the start of my first ever tattoo. It was finished in February 2011 and is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I love it and I am so grateful to the artist Henry Hate. He is like the Juliette Binoche character from Chocolat but for tattoos. I went in with an idea and came out with my soul on my skin.
  • I did my first ever solo tour of the UK. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to book any Wales gigs this time round but I’m hoping to soon enough. I went to Bristol, Cambridge, Glasgow and Ayr. The Scottish gigs were with tour buddy Dave Hughes who is like a cross between Shane MacGowan and Macaulay Culkin and knows more about Bruce Springsteen than anyone I know. I had tonnes of fun and adventures along the way. The new set-up using a small 80s keyboard rather than my big full-size one works much better (even though it does leave me with nothing to hide behind!).
  • I have new hair. It is short-ish and blonde. I adore it. The best hairdresser I’ve ever had did it. You can find her on Twitter. If I ever get a world tour, Sapphire is coming with me to do my hair.
  • I finally got to the Out Of This World exhibition at the British Library. It is fantastic. The only frustrating thing is not being able to touch and smell the original copies of these wonderful books. I will be going back again before it finishes.
  • My favourite wannbe-rollergirl’s boyfriend arranged an incredible birthday surprise treasure hunt for her around the National Galleries and Trafalgar Square. Her closest friends all dressed up as characters from her two favourite stories: Alice In Wonderland and Mary Poppins. It caused a bit of a ruckus when security tried to chuck us out though and we ended up being chased by around 7 security guards. It all ended in a tea party. I was the Cheshire Cat, obvs.

Future things:

  • The Very Exciting Thing I am doing is now underway. I still can’t say much about it but as soon as I can I will let you know. At the moment it is just in the research stages.
  • I booked my first holiday for about 5 years: In October I’ll be visiting one of my best friends in Bangkok then we’re also going to Bali too! I almost fainted when I read the confirmation emails. I have been ordered I’m not allowed to do any work at all while I’m there. I might have to sneak some online time to dispel any withdrawal symptoms!
  • The new single Milk and Water is almost ready. It has been a labour of love.
  • The artist development programme I created for Drake Music has finally been given a little bit of money for the first session. I’m really looking forward to it although it means more work for me!
  • Lots of changes have happened that make me think East London might not be the place for me soon, I love it here and of course my heart will always belong to London but I’m thinking more and more about moving away. I won’t be going too far and I’m sure you’ll read about this in the forthcoming year.
  • And FINALLY I am planning my next party. It won’t be until the autumn and will have a very different feel as well as be a more ‘exclusive’ event. More to follow!

So all in all a transforming few months. Not sure what’s next, which is (as you know) how I like it. Exciting times. #followthesigns

Song and Dance

Friday, July 16th, 2010

I do believe in following the signs. First step, I guess, is figuring out what your signs are. I have mine but won’t bore you with the whole list!

The connection between the body and the voice is well documented and any good singer uses the whole of their body to create versatile sound qualities.¬†You’ll remember that I got my favourite books out of storage. In among them is The Mastery of Movement by Rudolf Laban. Simply inspiring.

The other day while walking through Shoreditch, I stumbled across an exhibition at the Rivington. The sign outside said it was several artists’ interpretations of maps.

One was by new Hero List entry Gayle Chong Kwan and mapped the history of Rumba. It is a superb mixed-media piece and includes a large map on the wall with the geographical routes of the dance form and explanations colour coded on it.

Hanging from the ceiling in front of the map is a set of headphones.

Standing listening to segments of interviews from the people listed below with Cuban rhythms playing in the background, you can’t help but start to move your hips. Looking at the map while hearing each piece of anecdotal evidence brought the subject into true perspective.

While listening, I was handed the final piece of the puzzle: a dance card (complete with wrist elastic) with each section/interview paraphrased and some of the dance notation for rumba moves.

The only things missing were some real life dancers and a Mojito.

Kele Baker

Sergio Brilhante

Colette Leong-Son

Susan Hacking

Heather Gladding

Rudolf von Laban

Yvonne Daniel

Curt Sachs

Walter Laird

Monsieur Pierre

Ann Hutchison Guest

Can You Stay Up For The Weekend?

Friday, December 4th, 2009


Officially just over halfway through the two-week birthday extravaganza and I’m not flagging at all (although I have drunk my weight in alcohol and eaten more food than they have in Costcutter)

So far, I have:

  • enjoyed a luscious Thanksgiving meal cooked by Hannah and Aubrey
  • DJed at BBA for the quiet and non-dancing crowd at the Marie Lloyd Bar (although we danced enough for everyone!)
  • written new crush lists
  • seen some performance art in a warehouse in Stoke Newington
  • chatted up beautiful artists
  • had Advent Tea and played with my nieces
  • watched Milk and A Streetcar Named Desire
  • hidden from huge storms and eaten pizza
  • gone to Biddles with all of my Hackney family
  • worn Sandi’s dress as a top
  • learned about measuring social impact
  • attended my first ever Beer Festival (and tried some Welsh perry)
  • chatted on the phone to Nathan in India
  • cried into my vodka and watched Akira the ultimate collection


Catching Up

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

As it turns out, I’ve completely backed up on myself with my blogging. So I’ve decided to skip through the last week and a half or so with a quick summary…

On Saturday 14th November I moved home, I saw Carter USM (who were absolutely awesome, can’t wait to see some of Jim Bob’s upcoming solo stuff), I stormed the stage during the Hoodrats’ set at the afterparty – like their own personal Bez, I found my way back to East London through a storm at 5am…

On 15th woke to find I had already (in less than 24 hours) earned a ‘partygirl’ label by my new flatmates and received an amazing gift of groceries from my gorgeous sister (she knows me so well!)…

A lovely dinner with Hannah and Aubrey on 17th, helped us all compile our latest crush lists…

I met with fantastic and inspiring artist Melanie in Hackney Wick on 19th, who taught me about my addiction to an Intermittent Reward Schedule as well as gave me lots of ideas for future work…

Had an amazing time in Brighton playing at the gorgeous West Hill Hall in a huge storm, opening for Chris T-T who was supported by The Indelicates on 21st November…

Sunday 22nd November (one of the best hangovers ever) – woke up in Brighton, went for lush fry-up with 2/4 hoodrats, went to conceptual exhibition by Beatabet Collective at the Phoenix Gallery, got train to London, was cooked a massive gorgeous roast dinner. Slept well…

On 25th November, I saw the Filthy Dukes album launch gig (mindblowing how good they are, hot too, really know how to put on a show, got lovely fans as well) and hung out with lovely Emily at The Flowerpot…

Today is Thanksgiving, I am celebrating with my gorgeous theme-loving American friend and her sexy culinarily-gifted flatmate…

As it is my birthday soon and because I think I’m much more important than I really am, my friends and I are celebrating with 2 weeks of parties, seeing performances, gigs, AtD’s boat party, shopping, and more! The two-week mayhem kicks off with my guest DJ spot at the BBA Thanksgiving Party at the Marie Lloyd Bar tomorrow night, free entry – come along, dance, sing and say hello.

BBA Halloween Party – oooooooh!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Halloween Party poster

For a rainy day…

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

On Saturday I discovered this: AOTE, a web comic by Jimmy Misanthrope and have immediately become a huge fan of his work since reading all the archives in one go. I like his story-telling and the sci-fi mixed with mythy stuff (like the actual creatures) but most of all I really love the artwork and comedy touches.

Last night I went out to my local, Biddles with good friend and next door neighbour, Emily. We had a few glasses of wine. The bar was packed and, ¬†unusually for a Saturday night, the different groups of people there weren’t interacting at all. It turned out most people were there for a huge birthday party – it was quite dull so we bimbled back to the flats to watch a couple of randomly picked Mighty Boosh episodes and make popcorn (YUM YUM!)


East London

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

As many of you already know, I love street art. I take pictures of any pieces I particularly like on my phone (excuse the quality and skill – I am not a photographer!)

I’ll upload some more soon and might make a page out of it.







Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Hi all

Just got back from playing a stormin’ set at the Marie Lloyd unsigned night.

The evening started a bit strangely, I was very nervous and didn’t know why. I think I instinctively knew that a lot of the audience there wouldn’t get my stuff. I warmed up early into it though and was pleasantly surprised at some great response.

The Marie Lloyd bar is a great venue situated in the heart of my manor. It’s a fairly big venue for a small pub-style gig and has a wine-bar feel which can be a bit weird from the stage. Some people are there just to have a drink somewhere local, some are visiting the Hackney Empire where it is based and some are specifically there to hear new music at their Signed/Unsigned weekly night.

I know that my music is an acquired taste so I was not at all thrown when a few people decided it wasn’t for them. All in all though, it was a supportive crowd and since the doors were wide open onto the street some people from outside started to wander in to listen as well. I battled a bit with the sound especially as it lacked any bass (not good when all your tunes are designed to be on phat clubby bass speakers!).

I caught the start of the next act who were a very tight, well rehearsed guitar band playing Kasabian-style stuff. Not really my cup of tea but they did a good job of it.

It was also great to meet Hannah from Blind Baby Animal

Next gig Bull & Gate on 16th June. As it’s a longer slot I’m going to get the opportunity to play a couple of different tracks and I’m hoping to include a new song I’ve been working on as well! Very excited.

Signing out for now, gotta catch some zzzzzzzs, will upload photos later (please do send me any you have).

Thanks so much to everyone who came along.

Anna Madeleine xx

First Gig and First Blog

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Tuesday night was the first (of many) solo gigs for me. I played a 20 minute set at Biddle Bros in Hackney to a mixed crowd of locals, friends and family. It was absolutely stormin’.

Biddle Bros is a really lovely small arty bar, with books you can pick up and read and a few beaten up leather sofas. The night itself was called MySpace or Yours and featured a range of artists from myspace. The crowd was great and the songs successfully stood up to their first airing.

Anna Madeleine @ Biddle Bros