On Wednesday 7th June 2017 Arcade Fire played The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe.
Like many people around the world, I was shocked at the announcement that global music superstars Arcade Fire had confirmed they were playing a warm up gig at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe, just days before headlining the Isle of Wight festival on Saturday.
The Circus Of Horrors have come a long way since first experiencing them on Britain’s Got Talent. Obviously on a TV audition a lot more is crammed into a small slot of time so I wasn’t quite sure what the full show would entail or how it would be padded out.
Initially first impressions were made by the dazzling set. The props and set design are interesting in themselves.
The show is filled with bright lights and lots of fire and smoke so be prepared to see some pretty fancy staging. The introduction to the show was very comical and got the crowd nicely warmed up with plenty laughable innuendos then it’s onto a great aircraft style introduction video. I don’t mean it says wear your seatbelts (it maybe should) but it makes a fun instructional video and warns people of a nervous disposition to “F**k Off”. I’d say this is pretty acurate as if you’re easily offended or ridiculously squeamish then you are probably at the wrong show because what you are about to see digs deep into some people’s emotions of shock, horror and amazement. I will also warn that if you are crazily scared of clowns then please be prepared as some people in the audience looked at though they may faint or cry at this part of the show. I won’t say what happens but I will say the show does get involved with mixing in the audience at times.
I really loved the accompanying videos on the multiple screens throughout the performance and the camera man filming the show for the screens did a brilliant job at focusing on the detail of what was going on. In shows like this when you are rows away from the action it can sometimes be a little hard to see and then in turn results in it being less dramatic but the close ups were brilliant. The pyrotechnics and lighting arrangements were quite striking. At times the lights used to illuminate the audience were a little blinding but never the less a very good arrangement.
I am not going to write a play by play of what happened in the show because this show is based on it’s element of surprise so if I went into “this happened and that happened” then you would know what to expect. This show is definitely one that’s better left a mystery until you see it. Although the nice man sat next to me said he had been many times before and enjoyed it more and more each time he came. The shows full live band and the vocals throughout were powerful and rocky and the female vocalist especially had a great rock range.
Be prepared to see some full frontal nudity of the male and female origin and bare in mind this is advised for more mature audiences so the advisory is 16+. There are some pretty raunchy costumes.
All the acts in the show are great entertainers and all dressed to perfection and you will not be bored or disappointed, maybe a bit horrified at some parts but mostly entertained. The show builds suspense nicely as the audience watch intently to see what will happen next.
There is a lot to see from the cast from contortion, to swinging around in the air by their hair to swallowing or attaching things to themselves that you didn’t think possible and plenty of fire to warm your face.
The show is built around the element of combining a freak show and circus into one, which works very well. There were a lot of impressive things throughout the show and I would definitely go see it again next time it comes to the area. I would recommend this show as a MUST SEE. Some shows I walk away and wonder are people getting their money’s worth here, well with this show I don’t need to wonder because YES, YOU ARE! It is great value for money.
I’ll be quite honest in this review and say there wasn’t all that much of a gig from Puddle of Mudd themselves to review. Which if I had read up on the band and the lead singer Wez Scantlin, I probably could have expected that for my £15, I would see a grown man at his lowest in life rather than the two songs I know them for “She f**king hates me” and “Blurry” now I won’t pretend I was or am a massive fan of Puddle of Mudd but their songs bring some nostalgia from my era of growing up.
The two support bands worked hard and got the crowd pumped for the headliners Puddle Of Mudd, but they probably couldn’t quite have prepared the crowd for what did happen.
It was quite apparent that something was wrong when we waited around 30-40 minutes after the second support band “Unzucht” from Germany finished their set. People were getting a bit restless and the hype seemed to die down. Eventually the bands entered the stage and a guy with a black hoodie with his hood up and long blonde hair stood with his back to the audience, clearly everyone assumed this was Wez, so cheering occurred but no this was his friend pretending to be him until he arrived, sort of funny seen as Wez then rocks up a few minutes later with a backpack and a beer strolling onto stage like he was just passing through. I don’t really remember too much of what happened after that, not because I was drunk, but to be honest I wish I was drinking, as then it might not have been so cringey to watch. I say I don’t remember because I was just so engrossed by this man and how he was going to make it through a whole set.
The crowd stood and watched Wez struggle through barely managing to pronounce the words, the band continued to play and no one did or said anything to stop this horror show. In between songs he went off on a bit of a rant and a story in which he admitted to some addictions. Although i’m not sure it needed admitting as we could clearly see this man was in no fit state to be performing nevermind on tour with paying fans. Wez gave up mid song and threw the mic to the ground and walked off, to be honest it was probably the best decision for him, if it had ended there!
The crowd started boo’s and shouting abuse. We were then told he was just cooling down and would be back in a minute to sing “Blurry” the crowd cheered and changed their tune again to encourage him back on. This didn’t last long , he started to sing “She F**king Hates Me” and was really struggling to remember the words or even speak. Again someone apparently threw some drink at him and he got up to leave again when a fan entered the stage to calm him down and get the crowd to support him. Funnily enough it didn’t work this time and the crowd were pretty mad.
Another fan invaded the stage and started to carry on the song for him until security took him off “he actually wasn’t bad” and clearly is a bit of a legend for giving the people what they wanted to hear, words to a song they know the band for. I won’t go on much more but let’s just say after this, the gig did not continue and it turned more into chants, drinks thrown and boo’s. I did feel for Wez, as yes it is wrong people have paid to come and see him and his band perform songs and they didn’t really get to see that and Yes, he probably shouldn’t have spent all day getting wasted in a local bar. But this guy has some serious issues and people abusing him and throwing things at him was not really appropriate. He is a human and he clearly needs help. Yes, it was disappointing to fans, but you did at least get a show of some sort.
Now a positive would be the support bands seemed to go down really well, Fear the Fallen and Unzucht, not really my cup of tea but very well played and plenty of enthusiasm. The venue itself “The Diamond Live Lounge” handled it well, probably the best they could and the bouncers and security seemed pretty good and fair with any problems that arose. The venue did remind me of The Light in Scunthorpe a little, with a similar layout. It had great lighting and a nice atmosphere “Until the plastic cup throwing”. The sound for the headliner wasn’t great as Wez’s mic kept giving feedback but to be honest, there wasn’t any point in sorting it out because I don’t think it could have got any better even if they adjusted the sound. Don’t get me wrong Wez can sing but probably not when he is that out of.
I wish any venue and crowd good luck for his upcoming gigs, but please try to refrain from throwing things at him or the stage. I mean not only is it quite inhuman to do to someone in such a state but your f**king up a lot of expensive instruments and sound equipment. Just because someone else is being disrespectful doesn’t mean you have to lower yourself, just learn from the lesson, don’t go see the band again and play it on your cd or mp3 player instead.
This hasn’t put me off visiting the venue again. I don’t expect my money back because I paid to see Puddle Of Mudd and that’s what I saw. It’s a top venue and I wouldn’t blame them for a band’s actions.
And for those who wanted to hear Blurry and didn’t get to, this will have to do.
It seems stupid to review Party In The Pines because well if you weren’t there to experience it, where the hell were you? For everyone that did turn up local and from far and wide, well done and thank you for supporting this growing local festival.
Situated in countryside and woods on a private clearing between Appleby and Broughton, the venue itself is just atmospheric in itself but once it started filling up it went off the scale.
Pines this time decided to go for some variety with the Main stage being indie based, the Fortress stage bringing you alternative and also an acoustic and dance tent. I did wonder how this would all fit in and if there would be sound clashes but once each individual stage was going you could only hear the one you stood in front of. Continue reading Review // Party In The Pines 2015 (Albums & Videos)→
Scunthorpe Nights were lucky enough to preview the new Native Braves track and video ahead of it’s release date (18th June 2015). I don’t usually like to review videos and songs because I believe music speaks for itself, it’s for hearing not so much describing, but I received the preview today and eventually got round to having a look at the new video “Cathedral.” Continue reading NEW MUSIC // Native Braves – Cathedral→
What’s a quick food review, as appose to a Food review? This means it’s short and sweet as it wasn’t booked in but we fancied eating out and giving an opinion on what we ate. We try to be honest and opinions are our own so we do not expect everyone to agree. That is why we welcome comments and guest reviews.
So Sunday afternoon we fancied a drive out to see where we ended up for food, we passed the Black Horse Inn, which is in Blyton. Not too far from Blyton Ice cream.
A well looked after building from the first appearance on the outside and quite a quaint little country pub inside. We were pointed towards a free table and ordered a Sunday dinner.
There were options for how many different meats you wanted on your plate. As you could pick 1, 2 , 3, 4 different meats on your plate from a selection of Beef, Turkey, Ham, Pork and I think for a little extra you could get lamb. I chose to have 3 meat traditional Sunday roast dinner. The Ham was tender and very tasty, the beef was a little hard to cut but wasn’t bad at all and we could blame the knife and my cutting skills, the pork was OK a little dry. The one thing I would liked to have seen more of is, condiments as we didn’t have an sauces to go with our meat. Although we did get quite a bit of gravy all over our plate, which for me I like, because I can never have too much gravy but I think some people may prefer less or non at all and that option of a jug wasn’t given.
The food came quickly and we weren’t having to wait too long but maybe that is because of the time we went.
They do state on the little menus “We are a Pub NOT a restaurant” not quite sure what that means as it does look mostly a place people dine rather than get drunk. The menus did make me laugh as they seemed a little abrupt in some places, with certain quotes. Maybe that was the angle they were going for, or maybe it was to stop people moaning, I’m not sure.
The veg was freshly prepared and cooked so there wasn’t a microwave bag of veg on the plate. I found the whole meal quite enjoyable and home cooked and you did get a good portion for £7.50.
Overall the meal was good and looks perhaps like something you might receive at your grandmas house on a Sunday, which isn’t a bad thing. We also maybe went at a bad time as the staffs spirits were lacking a little. Perhaps we missed the rush and stressful period of dinner as we went after 3 and the staff were probably wishing for home time, but it made it a little awkward to ask anything, e.g for some apple and horseradish sauce, as you felt like you might be putting them out.
Would I go again? Probably as it was good value for money for the amount of meat and the pub itself is quite sweet inside. The Sunday dinner included all the right elements you’d expect and even some crispy parsnips, which were rather nice. Sometimes I prefer a Sunday meal brought to me rather than a carvery so it made a change. Next time I visit I would maybe try something off the normal menu.
(Please Note: At the time of this review the pub was under the management of chef-Paddy McIlhenny and his partner Ian Brooke who have now moved on from The Beckwood back to The Mallard. So this review cannot stand as a true review of the representation of the food that may be served now under the temp management & new chef.)
As some of you may have seen The Beckwood has now re opened for business and they are on top form with their new menu of freshly cooked food. Thursday Night at The Beckwood on Holme Hall Avenue is now the newly appointed STEAK NIGHT.
The deal is 2 steak meals for £14, which includes a choice of sauce for your steak, I opted for the peppercorn, which was beautifully tasty and creamy and it came in a separate little jug. You also get some very sweet ripe tomatoes on the vine, which taste good but also make the plate pleasing to the eye, 3 beer battered onion rings and some fresh rocket salad on the side. To accompany your steak you also get a large bowl filled to the brim with tasty thick cut chips each. I like how the steak was presented to us on the wooden chopping board. There’s something quite artistic about it.
We asked for the sirloin steak to be cooked medium rare and that is exactly what we got, it was tender and juicy without gristle. The meal was faultless and is by far at the top of of the meals leaderboard with the reviews we have done so far. I don’t know about you but I much prefer a pub with homestyle cooking. All aspects of the meal were excellent from taste to presentation admittedly we were taken back by the professional presentation of every meal and dessert we were served up, especially for the prices on the menu.
“The Beckwood is a must try place to eat out in the Scunthorpe area.”
We also took my mother along who decided to try the set menu of 2 courses for £7.95, she went for the Homemade special pie of the day, which was pork with cider and mustard. It came in a rather large round dish with a puffed up pastry topping. The pork was tender and melted in the mouth. It came with the same tasty chunky chips and some seasonal veg of leak, peas, carrots and broccoli.
There was quite a wide selection of puddings and we were pretty full after the main, but they all looked so good so we couldn’t really say no. Between us we ordered the Chocolate Fudge Cake, which was rich and tasty served with a scoop of good quality ice cream. Cheesecake of the day, which was lemon, with soft chunks of shortbread pieces throughout and dashes of lemon curd inside. I personally chose The Beckwood Chocolate Brownie Sundae as I’m not a massive cake or dessert lover but this was just right for me. It had strawberries, cream, little pieces of brownie and some delicious butterscotch pieces in the ice cream, which crunched in your mouth.
Overall Dining experience was also very pleasant, the dining area was in the lounge so there wasn’t people drinking at the bar it was purely for the purpose of eating. The venue itself was clean, tidy and comfortable. The staff were lovely, very polite, helpful and friendly. The service was quick, we didn’t have to wait long for our food to arrive in front of us.
We would really recommend next time you are looking for somewhere with good value for money to eat out that you try The Beckwood, it is a must try for the Scunthorpe Area and we will definately be visiting again.
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Please note: All scores are our own opinions.
Our Rating (Out of 5):
Price & value for money: ★★★★★
Overall Dining experience: ★★★★★
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