Saturday 11th August 2012: Free music! Correction, free and awesome music, woop! Hackney House is a great pop-up venue in the middle of “Tech City” in Shoreditch. It has been host to various events from live music to comedy nights to techy expos.
It felt like we were at a festival in one of those big stage tents with moving floorboards and portaloos, except it’s been finished to a higher standard with spanking new everything and a nice bar in an adjoining tent which sold us yummy wine bought from the local market. There was even an outside area, with Astroturf and tables and chairs of the white garden furniture and stripy deck-chair variety.
We were going there to see James Yuill, a one-man-band of sorts, not in the traditional sense…
….rather in the modern-day-musical-genius kind of way, complete with laptops, guitar, keyboard, mixing decks and vocals, to name a few. Who knew a man could multitask so well!
He graced us with his electropoptastic tunes for a good couple of hours together with some arty graphics in the backdrop, which only helped increase the feel of being lost in an electronic cartoon of colourful craziness!
We were also treated to a couple of his new tracks, which definitely got a thumbs up from the crowd. James is a talented, solo, musical cowboy with a difference and a pretty nice bloke to top it off!
You’ve probably guessed that there are no negative things to say about James, the music, or the venue. Some say Hackney is the heart of London, tonight I agreed wholeheartedly.
It was a top night, thanks Hackney House! Please stay!