20 September 2018
The 100 Club
Wow! What a night! Last night The 100 Club rocked once more with five bands from across the UK coming together to battle it out. We had Marks & Clerk from London, Harrison Drury from Manchester, Harrison Clark Rickerbys from Hereford, TLT from Bristol and Blake Morgan from Southampton!
Blake Morgan opened in their usual way - note perfect and rocking out! Two of their number (John Parkinson and Richard Wade) have been playing at Law Rocks! since 2010 so they know their way around a set list or two. Brave to take on Simple Minds' Don't You Forget About me, but they pulled it off, and then some!
Next up were were Law Rocks! virgins Harrison Clark Rickerbys. A particularly impressive rendition of Zombie got the crowd behind them and they didn't do themselves any harm with a note perfect Creep by Radiohead. The vocals and drums stood out as excellent with the Judges.
Mid evening respectability was given to TLT. The TiLT boys have been a favourite of many for a long time at law Rocks! - they always have the most eclectic sets, and deliver what they came to deliver - a set of rock songs. We think it's the first time What's The Frequency Kenneth? has been played at a Law Rocks! gig, and it was brilliant!!
Penultimate band up were Harrison Drury. These guys won the first ever Law Rocks! Manchester last year and part of the prize for doing so was a slot in London. When you consider only their second LR performance ever included songs by The Smiths, Primal Scream, Martha Reeves, The Zutons and U2, you might agree with us it was a brave set!
Last up but by no means least, were Marks & Clerk. These guys are previous winners and regularly play our Unplugged gigs too. A first airing of Clean Bandit and Jamiroquai at LR we think, and they killed it. A very clever mash up was involved too - quite how much work goes into those we can only imagine.
There can as ever only be one winner, and that was Harrison Drury. But what next for them? They have a 100% record of the LR gigs they have entered so far...... Well done guys - great work!!!
We have a few more gigs left this year in London - make sure you are at one of them! They are all going to be pretty special!!
12 September 2018
Timbré at The Substation
Timbre @ Substation saw the return of the fourth annual Law Rocks! Singapore. Our resident compere and co-chair of Law Rocks! Singapore Anil Changaroth presided over what was always going to be an exciting gig. The weather was kind to the open air venue and the evening was a perfect temperature come the first set. Reigning champions Raja & Tann opened and set their stall out very early by playing what they wanted to play, not what they thought the audience would love. But a very special rendition of Creep by Radiohead had the crowd loving it. Next up were Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow who had a mixed set which included most if not all of the band members singing lead vocals. It was Sultans Of Swing that had the crowd cheering loudest, with a particularly accurate guitar solo that was applauded hugely.
Pinsent Masons took the third slot. This was their first time of entering in Singapore and had a hard act to follow – last year their Hong Kong office entered Law Rocks! Hong Kong and won it at the first time of trying. Who thought that lawyers rocking out in Hawaiian shirts would ever work? But it did! A high energy set followed including Muse, Evanescence, Nirvana and GnR had every one of their 10 piece playing a part. Finally up were Ashurst ADT. Well known as entertainers they did not disappoint. A real mix of music that had some Toto, some AC/DC, some John Farnham and even some Disney (a Law Rocks! first we think!).
The Judges (Norton Rose Fulbright’s Nicky Davies – a previous winner of this event, Paul Darling OBE QC of 39 Essex Chambers, Zach Sharpe of Jones Day Singapore – a hugely talented musician in his own right, and G. Jayakrishnan of Enterprise Singapore who had very healthy commercial music success in his previous career) had a very tough job on their hands. So much so that the results meant that the bands were separated by only one point each.
Pinsent Mason’s Subpoena Colada’s (hence the shirts) walked away victorious at the first time of trying, and well deserved it was too. Woe betide the next Pinsent Masons office who enters Law Rocks! for the first time – they have a doubly hard act to follow now!!!
The audience agreed that the entire gig was a brilliant show of musicianship. Our bands in Singapore are some of the best around and really do know how to put on a great show. Sara Paradisi of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and co-chair of Law Rocks! Singapore said, “The bands just keep getting better and better! I can’t wait for next year!!”
The two charities that we were delighted to support through our gig are the Arc Children’s Centre, and Tasek Jurong Limited – both local children’s charities, and both deserving recipients of our funds raised!
We will be 5 years old in Singapore next year – our very generous venue supplier is giving us their 1,000 pax venue for nothing – that will be a gig to be at……….
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21 June 2018
The 100 Club
The first Law Rocks! London of 2018 was a great night with four bands going head to head for the win. Winner of numerous Law Rocks! gigs from around the world, Nikki Link of Irwin Mitchell, opened the gig, just to save anyone from going first! TWM’s Totally Without Merit stormed on to the stage next, and had the crowd in their pocket from the first song. Next up, 2KBW’s The Bar Mess did their usual and took it up a notch with a particularly audience participation of Take On Me by A-Ha (at least, for those that could reach the high notes). The Skinless Lizards were up next with a set list aimed clearly at the 30 to 40 year olds – Blink 182, Sum 41, Green Day – all perfectly executed. Taking the 100 Club stage last were The A Street Band from Shearman & Sterling who are, unusually perhaps, a band made up entirely of partners. Wheatus, Oasis, The Foos, and GnR had the audience begging for more. A play-off ensued, given that the judges couldn’t decide between Trowers & Hamlins and Shearman & Sterling, and in the end, The A Street Band from Shearman & Sterling took home the top prize - on their first time out, no less! Congratulations to all the bands and a big thank you to the judges, sponsors, and everyone who came out!