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Frost* => Gigs => Topic started by: Trapezium Artist on December 11, 2015, 07:25:00 PM

Title: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Trapezium Artist on December 11, 2015, 07:25:00 PM
So, who's going to be in London in 9 days time for JM and Lonely Robot, aided by Jem on-stage?

I imagine that many Frost*ies will be, so what's the story regarding a pre-gig meet-up and perhaps some post-gig nosh?

And where are people staying? I'll be at the Premier Inn St Pancras, about 500 metres from the Scala. I'm arriving there from Amsterdam around 4pm ...
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: lyn on December 11, 2015, 11:54:55 PM
Before? Where? When? ;)
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: MikeEvs on December 12, 2015, 10:08:24 AM
this has been suggested over on facebook (see attachment)
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: MikeEvs on December 12, 2015, 10:10:46 AM

And where are people staying?
..

I'm staying at the Novotel Wembley as I'm going to (and photographing) a gig at Wembley Arena the night before
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: JakeWorrell on December 12, 2015, 03:40:08 PM
I shall be there with the missus. We're staying at some place called Mabledon Court Hotel. Always a bit of a gamble picking a hotel in London so fingers crossed.

Does anyone know if The Scala is still covered in scaffolding? Will make it easier for us not to get lost if we know in advance  ;)

I'm quite excited. I know it's not Frost* (as JM was very keen to point out) but it's a Frost*ie friendly gathering in the same venue as Frost*bites and it shall be nice Christmassy fun :)
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Trapezium Artist on December 12, 2015, 07:56:05 PM
this has been suggested over on facebook (see attachment)

Facebook.

Seriously?

What time?
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: MikeEvs on December 12, 2015, 08:41:22 PM
Not sure on time just before the gig  :)
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Trapezium Artist on December 12, 2015, 11:23:15 PM
Not sure on time just before the gig  :)

BTW, Mikey: are you planning to take pictures? If so, have you arranged for a photo pass? With who?
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: MikeEvs on December 13, 2015, 10:58:30 AM
I checked with Prog mag some time ago if they wanted me to take photos seen as though they used a  couple of mine from the launch gig earlier this year, however they'd already assigned it to another photographer but I'd mentioned I was in London for the weekend as I was going to see Nightwish at Wembley Arena the night before, so they asked if I'd like to cover that gig  8)

So my week looks like:

15th Photographing Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge guitar player) at the 02 Academy Bristol.
17th Photographing The Aristocrats at the Bierkeller Bristol.
19th Photographing Nightwish at Wembely Arena
20th Night off enjoy Lonely Robot gig with friends  ;D
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: johninblack on December 13, 2015, 02:33:21 PM
You guys are going to have to enjoy it for me I'm afraid. I finish my radiotherapy on Tuesday and at the moment staying awake after an hours strenuous laying around doing nowt is a rarity! Should be back to full strength for the Frost gigs so not all bad.
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Mikey on December 14, 2015, 01:44:15 PM
Not sure on time just before the gig  :)

BTW, Mikey: are you planning to take pictures? If so, have you arranged for a photo pass? With who?
You really want me to take pictures?
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: DueyC on December 14, 2015, 05:51:38 PM
Does anyone know if The Scala is still covered in scaffolding? Will make it easier for us not to get lost if we know in advance  ;)

As of last night - yes.
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: owen on December 15, 2015, 07:01:32 AM
Not sure on time just before the gig  :)

BTW, Mikey: are you planning to take pictures? If so, have you arranged for a photo pass? With who?
You really want me to take pictures?

you could borrow Mike Ev's: he's having a night off
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: JakeWorrell on December 15, 2015, 09:28:59 AM
Does anyone know if The Scala is still covered in scaffolding? Will make it easier for us not to get lost if we know in advance  ;)

As of last night - yes.

Ta! I shall follow the scaffolding like the star in that story about the baby in a barn and the 3 lost men.
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: owen on December 15, 2015, 10:19:07 AM
Your going to see JM, not JC ;D
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: JakeWorrell on December 15, 2015, 07:24:43 PM
Your going to see JM, not JC ;D

heh :D
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Trapezium Artist on December 15, 2015, 11:48:04 PM
Not sure on time just before the gig  :)

BTW, Mikey: are you planning to take pictures? If so, have you arranged for a photo pass? With who?
You really want me to take pictures?

For good or for bad, I have MikeEvs in my mental Rolodex as a Mikey (must be the hair  ;)), if not necessarily the Mikey.

We're a broad church: we can all be Mikeys  8)

Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Mordwin on December 16, 2015, 07:15:08 AM
Not sure on time just before the gig  :)

BTW, Mikey: are you planning to take pictures? If so, have you arranged for a photo pass? With who?
You really want me to take pictures?

For good or for bad, I have MikeEvs in my mental Rolodex as a Mikey (must be the hair  ;)), if not necessarily the Mikey.

We're a broad church: we can all be Mikeys  8)

MT = Mikey Too ? :D
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Trapezium Artist on December 16, 2015, 12:35:16 PM
Not sure on time just before the gig  :)

BTW, Mikey: are you planning to take pictures? If so, have you arranged for a photo pass? With who?
You really want me to take pictures?

For good or for bad, I have MikeEvs in my mental Rolodex as a Mikey (must be the hair  ;)), if not necessarily the Mikey.

We're a broad church: we can all be Mikeys  8)

MT = Mikey Too ? :D

By my count, I must be Mikey Three, but the acronym still works  ;)
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: owen on December 16, 2015, 12:56:47 PM
God help Mikey Four
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: MikeEvs on December 16, 2015, 03:54:42 PM
When I was younger I used to really hate being called Mikey.  Mike or Michael were fine but I hated Mikey.  Unless your name was Helen Davies you didn't get away with calling me Mikey  ;D
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Mikey on December 17, 2015, 01:58:54 PM
I'm Mikey, and so's my wife  :)
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Nellie on December 18, 2015, 08:14:08 PM
I shall be there with the missus. We're staying at some place called Mabledon Court Hotel. Always a bit of a gamble picking a hotel in London so fingers crossed.
I have stayed at this hotel before. The rooms are quite small and the lift is......interesting (make sure you shut BOTH doors and that some idiot has not left them open on the ground/third floor). However, it's ok.
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: JakeWorrell on December 19, 2015, 02:23:14 PM
I shall be there with the missus. We're staying at some place called Mabledon Court Hotel. Always a bit of a gamble picking a hotel in London so fingers crossed.
I have stayed at this hotel before. The rooms are quite small and the lift is......interesting (make sure you shut BOTH doors and that some idiot has not left them open on the ground/third floor). However, it's ok.

Sounds like it's going to be an experience. to be honest, we're not very fussy - we just need a warm, safe and dry place for the night
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Trapezium Artist on December 19, 2015, 06:15:56 PM
I shall be there with the missus. We're staying at some place called Mabledon Court Hotel. Always a bit of a gamble picking a hotel in London so fingers crossed.
I have stayed at this hotel before. The rooms are quite small and the lift is......interesting (make sure you shut BOTH doors and that some idiot has not left them open on the ground/third floor). However, it's ok.

Sounds like it's going to be an experience. to be honest, we're not very fussy - we just need a warm, safe and dry place for the night

What are you, a man or a hedgehog?  ;)
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: rogerg on December 19, 2015, 06:34:26 PM
heh
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: lyn on December 20, 2015, 12:14:23 AM
pre gig beer.. when, where?  inbound kgx
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Trapezium Artist on December 20, 2015, 10:18:36 AM
pre gig beer.. when, where?  inbound kgx

See earlier in thread: The Craft Beer Co., 55 White Lion St, whenever.
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: lyn on December 20, 2015, 10:37:27 AM
pre gig beer.. when, where?  inbound kgx

See earlier in thread: The Craft Beer Co., 55 White Lion St, whenever.

thx
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: JakeWorrell on December 20, 2015, 03:56:35 PM
I shall be there with the missus. We're staying at some place called Mabledon Court Hotel. Always a bit of a gamble picking a hotel in London so fingers crossed.
I have stayed at this hotel before. The rooms are quite small and the lift is......interesting (make sure you shut BOTH doors and that some idiot has not left them open on the ground/third floor). However, it's ok.

Sounds like it's going to be an experience. to be honest, we're not very fussy - we just need a warm, safe and dry place for the night

What are you, a man or a hedgehog?  ;)

I was bitten by a radioactive hedgehog once and ever since then I have been both

Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: D S on December 21, 2015, 06:22:15 PM
Well, how was it?!  :o
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: L33VEY on December 21, 2015, 06:36:42 PM
Well, how was it?!  :o

Jolly good. Played the whole album track by track.  Peter Cox guested on "Boy on the Radio", Heather Findlay on "Why Do We Stay", Jem on "Lonely Robot", Kim Seviour on "Oubliette". So only Steve Hogarth missing - washing his hair!
Mental drum solo from Craig started the encores, then a blistering BLM and an unfestive "Take Me Home" cover to finish.

Caroline Campbell on bass throughout and very good on BLM - watch out Nathan...

Sound mix was a little iffy in places and JM had a cold - otherwise FAB

Jem and the band disappeared afterwards but learnt from Nellie that he is still fired up about the new album, although Paul Tippett said that he hadn't met Jem to discuss designs yet and didn't have a title   ???
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: JakeWorrell on December 22, 2015, 04:32:43 PM
Well, how was it?!  :o

It was great! I didn't very much like having to wait 30 minutes to go in after making the effort to travel for 3 hours each way, paying for a hotel room for the night and making effort to get there on time but this isn't unique to this gig or even this genre.

It felt very much like a typical Christmas prog shindig; great music played by great musicians in a great atmosphere. You couldn't really ask for more and the 1960s Sci-fi stage adornments were inspired, I thought.

Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: MikeEvs on December 22, 2015, 06:35:12 PM
Well, how was it?!  :o

I had a late night the night before editing my photos from the Nightwish gig (shot for prog so can't share till the magazine comes out).  When I woke up the next morning at my hotel near Wembley I decided to get the tube to Maida Vale then walk from there to Abbey Road, I've been in London loads but never been there before.

From there I walked to Marble Arch then got the tube to Holborn and had food in the Shakespears Head pub.  When I went to leave there it was pissing down with rain so I got back on the tube to Kings Cross and then Angel.  It had stopped raining thankfully as I walked the 5mins (make that 50mins if you're VitaminP who managed to get lost) to the craft beer co pub on White Lion Steet.

When I got there already there were Rob, Susie , Russ and VitP. Later we were joined by LJ Blackmore who shot the video's for Lonely Robot. Then MT showed up. After a few drinks made my way over to the venue.  By this time the queue was gone and I walked straight in with Hekz already on stage.  Had a bit of a walk around said hello to lots of people I knew.

After Hekz I headed to the bar with fellow photographer Kevin Nixon who was there shooting for Prog.  We'd both been had Nightwish the night before. 

Then it was time for the main event and it didn't disappoint.  Despite his cold I thought JM did a great job as did the whole band and the guests. After the set I hung around talking to people long enough for someone to give me a wrist band for the after show (thanks Jill ). Headed up to the after party and mingled talking to everyone I knew there.

At some point I looked at the time and realised that the tube's were going to be shut and I had no idea how I was going to get back to my wembley hotel.  I decided I'd walk for a bit , found a cash point just in case I needed to get a taxi and then carried on walking. I got as far as Baker Street and then checked the bus stops and found that I could get the N18 bus to Wembley in 10mins time so I waited there for the bus. I managed to get of the bus at the nearest stop to my hotel and went to bed sometime after 2am  ;D
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: DueyC on December 22, 2015, 11:14:41 PM
Well, how was it?!  :o

 Paul Tippett said that he hadn't met Jem to discuss designs yet and didn't have a title   ???

I thought Jem said in his blog a while ago that he was going to do something different artwork-wise this time...
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: JakeWorrell on December 23, 2015, 10:32:22 AM
Well, how was it?!  :o

 Paul Tippett said that he hadn't met Jem to discuss designs yet and didn't have a title   ???

I thought Jem said in his blog a while ago that he was going to do something different artwork-wise this time...

Yes I vaguely recall that also
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Jem on December 23, 2015, 06:52:53 PM
I think Paul might had a couple of beers by this point then as we're totally talking about the design and have been for weeks. I've sent him mood boards and everything. The album is very probably going to be eponymously titled as things currently stand. To be honest, it's the least of my problems right now, just getting the bloody thing finished before Feb 16th is what's taking up most of my brain space. Mastering is booked on Feb 17th at 11am. I may have to pull a couple of 24 hour shifts before then...

However, I'm not moaning, far from it, I'm having a completely brilliant time. It's so nice to be making my own music for a change. So much of my life is client based musically. I have to say I think I'm a brilliant client, I'd work with me all the time if I could!  :P

Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Jem on December 23, 2015, 07:04:02 PM

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It was great! I didn't very much like having to wait 30 minutes to go in after making the effort to travel for 3 hours each way, paying for a hotel room for the night and making effort to get there on time but this isn't unique to this gig or even this genre.

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I know what you mean, the Scala's a funny old venue, not sure I'd put Frost in there again.
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: L33VEY on December 23, 2015, 09:50:03 PM
I think Paul might had a couple of beers by this point then as we're totally talking about the design and have been for weeks. I've sent him mood boards and everything.

That's true - it was very late by then and Paul likes to start early   :-X
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: rogerg on December 23, 2015, 10:50:48 PM
The album is very probably going to be eponymously titled as things currently stand.

So F*** then?  ;D
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: L33VEY on December 25, 2015, 01:42:30 PM
The album is very probably going to be eponymously titled as things currently stand.

So F*** then?  ;D


Don't you mean F*****?
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: rogerg on December 25, 2015, 02:31:13 PM
The album is very probably going to be eponymously titled as things currently stand.

So F*** then?  ;D


Don't you mean F*****?

It's the third album, no?
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Trapezium Artist on December 25, 2015, 02:56:16 PM

I know what you mean, the Scala's a funny old venue, not sure I'd put Frost in there again.

FWIW, I agree: too much of a weird maze and the vestibule / merch area is very foreboding. Nothing particularly special about the auditorium / stage area, and the glassed-in VIP area is very (very) strange indeed.

There must be better venues in London. There was that amazing pub in Kingston, for example  ;)
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: L33VEY on December 25, 2015, 04:28:41 PM
The album is very probably going to be eponymously titled as things currently stand.

So F*** then?  ;D


Don't you mean F*****?

It's the third album, no?

Not if you count The Philadelphia Experiment and The Rockfield Files    ;)
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: rogerg on December 25, 2015, 10:53:19 PM
The album is very probably going to be eponymously titled as things currently stand.

So F*** then?  ;D


Don't you mean F*****?

It's the third album, no?

Not if you count The Philadelphia Experiment and The Rockfield Files    ;)

Hmm....  ;D
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: Nellie on December 31, 2015, 12:59:07 PM
Johnny wanted the Scala so Johnny got the Scala. :-)
The delay in opening the doors was down to a technical problem in the bar/foyer area. They couldn't let anyone in until that was resolved. I had someone blame me entirely for this :-D
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: JakeWorrell on December 31, 2015, 08:45:25 PM
Johnny wanted the Scala so Johnny got the Scala. :-)
The delay in opening the doors was down to a technical problem in the bar/foyer area. They couldn't let anyone in until that was resolved. I had someone blame me entirely for this :-D

Bloody hell Nellie, do you have any idea how mild it is outside at this time of year!?  ;)
Title: Re: Lonely Robot - Scala, London, 20 December 2015
Post by: lyn on January 01, 2016, 03:14:36 AM
loved it all. gig . merch. sound. company. robots. scaffolding. jm getting shut out of his own gig. red balloons. drum solo. sw. all the songs. all the vt. the kids room stuff. lauren and caroline. guests. black light machine with c on bass:-) the queue. security. all good thank you. happy new year xxx