Burlesque, blue hair and the blues made for a belter of a night

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Wondering what Nick Painless’ Black Cat and Top Hat events are like? Read Rachel Rocks' latest review

Friday, 6th December, 2019 5:40pm

By Rachel Rocks

Did you know The Balcony in Ryde has reopened?

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It's been through many versions over the years, but The Balcony is back and now under new management with some cracking live music this weekend

Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019 6:35pm

By Rachel Rocks with one comment

White Hot Chili Peppers rock The Kasbah: Review

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Friday night at the newly reopened Kasbah in Ryde was a huge success for the fans, the bar and the band. The White Hot Chilli Peppers hit the spot perfectly, says Rachel Rocks.

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019 3:43pm

By Rachel Rocks

Love letter to The Lud from three Isle of Wight bands

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Three Isle of Wight bands played tribute to The King Lud's rich musical heritage with an emotional farewell gig before its refurbishment and new life as a craft pub.

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019 12:48pm

By Rachel Rocks

A night of beautiful burlesque and ‘Strange’ live music to celebrate the ‘Crimbo Limbo’

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Rachel reviews The Black Cat and Top Hat show held at The Tap in Sandown between Christmas and New Year. Hosted by Nick Painless and featuring Mr Strange and Ravenna Grimm.

Monday, 7th January, 2019 4:04pm

By Rachel Rocks

Review: A night of decadence with the Gothic Circus

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The Gothic Circus Big Top promised a feast for the senses on Friday 13th, with an array of jugglers, aerial hoops, sideshows, fire performers and freak show acts performing alongside the bands and burlesque stars.

Thursday, 19th April, 2018 2:58pm

By Rachel Rocks

Foo Fighters tribute act rock Newport

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Something From Nothing offer the full caboodle, music, vocals, lights and smoke to give the full Foo Fighters experience. Rachel Rocks shares her latest review.

Friday, 23rd March, 2018 3:51pm

By Rachel Rocks

Review: It came from the Devil’s Isle

A great evening was had by all and over £100 raised for the Isle of Wight Youth Trust at this Devil's Isle event.

Friday, 22nd July, 2016 8:20am

By Rachel Rocks

What do you do during a zombie apocalypse? Watch Burlesque of course

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Not for the faint-hearted, the Lunar Hex marked a zombie apocalypse last Saturday night in Ryde. Survivors were treated to an evening of Gorelesque Burlesque, live music, spoken word, drag and lots of glitter.

Friday, 15th July, 2016 9:40am

By Rachel Rocks

A night of mischief, mayhem and rock in Ryde

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Rachel Rocks has been out on the town again, hitting not one venue but two on Friday night. Check out her review of two events in Ryde.

Tuesday, 26th April, 2016 11:47am

By Rachel Rocks

Singles mingle night raises hundreds for chronic pain charity, The Paige Trust

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This singles night at the Wight Rock Bar in Ryde provided a great night out for those looking to meet someone special as well as raising much needed cash for a chronic pain charity.

Thursday, 24th March, 2016 5:33pm

By Rachel Rocks

Black Cat and Top Hat delivered a sophisticated evening of burlesque entertainment

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Not for the faint-hearted, Rachel Rocks reviews the feisty performances at the recent Black Cat and Top Hat burlesque show.

Wednesday, 17th February, 2016 11:49am

By Rachel Rocks with one comment