Last Thursday, we were back at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston, and what a dream of a night it was! Overcoming cancellations and changes of line-up, and at a time when we’re all struggling with everything going on in the world, it really was the wonderful musical catharsis we all needed. Huge thanks to the three totally amazing bands who played, and to all the lovely folk who came out to support them and fill the venue… We’re still feeling all the feels, and are extremely grateful to everyone who made it such a beautiful night.
Opening the night, duo Elena and Kyle, aka all cats are beautiful (ACAB, if you will), treat us to their truly dreamy whimsical allure. Delivering their utterly unique ‘sad dance tunes’ (plus a particularly moving cover of Daniel Johnston’s ‘True Love Will Find You In The End’) with a captivating energy, they offer a perfect fusion of immersive heartfelt emotion and uplifting grace.
Next up, Sheffield band Potpourri make their London debut. Walking onto the stage to a self-recorded calming guided meditation, the colourful trio deliver their wonderfully quirky offerings with a vibrant energy and endearing wit. With a sweeping, jazz-infused groove alongside catchy bass hooks and luscious shimmering vocals, the set brings a perfectly blissful interlude to the day’s worries.
Headlining the night, Jenny Moore’s Mystic Business deliver a special, stripped-back set, due to members of the full band that had been planned sadly not being able to make it because of illness. However, despite the last minute changes to both line-up and instrumentation that Jenny had to make, what’s delivered is something truly wonderful. Accompanied by four other vocalists, and occasional violin and bass parts, she sits at the piano delivering each spellbinding anthem with a raw honesty and sparkling charisma. Combining a heartfelt emotion with some much-needed laughs, it’s the perfect musical tonic – a beautifully rousing catharsis.
Massive love and thanks to all three bands who made Thursday such a joyous night! Join us back at The Shacklewell Arms next month, on 25th March, with headliners Fightmilk, Bitch Hunt and Sassyhiya – get your tickets here.
Photos: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto
Words: Mari Lane