25 March 2013

Barclaycard x Professor Green secret gig

Professor Green secret gig

To celebrate the launch of contactless payment on TFL buses, Barclaycard arranged an exclusive Professor Green gig at a secret London venue on Saturday 23rd March. I was lucky enough to acquire two tickets for myself and a friend, which resulted in the most enjoyable day I have spent in London for a long while - even if it did involve battling a blizzard on Oxford Street. (Snow in springtime, say what?)

Professor Green secret gig
H&M SKINNY TROUSERS / ZARA TRENCH COAT / TOPMAN SNAKE PRINT SHIRT
ETRE
FIVEPOINT GLOVES /
ASOS SATCHEL
/ DR MARTENS LANGSTON BOOTS
Professor Green secret gig
Professor Green secret gig

My plus-one for the day was my best friend, housemate, coursemate, drinking partner and all-round Devonshire beauty, Maddy Watkins. I wish more events I were invited to offered plus-one invitations, because I do appreciate the company of a good friend. Have I ever mentioned that my blogging has become rather a lonely affair? I suppose my lone wolf approach finally turned around to bite me in the tooshie.

Having somebody like Maddy around reminds me that I can have fun. A trip to the city needn't always be about photographing people or interviewing somebody, as it has more than often been the case. Fighting the bitterly (and visibly) cold weather, we had a browse in the Oxford Street stores, followed by drinks at a Covent Garden bar, then onto the gig. The only time we stopped for "blog stuff" was to snap a few outfit photos. But hey, I am a fashion blogger after all.

Professor Green secret gig
H BY HENRY HOLLAND JACKET / VINTAGE SHAWL / PRIMARK SUEDE BOOTS
REPUBLIC
DISCO PANTS /
TOPMAN POLKA DOT JUMPER / RIVER ISLAND BAG
Professor Green secret gig
Professor Green secret gig

The snowfall eventually dissipated, but as the night grew steadily colder, a cheeky tipple (read: a couple of bottles) of rosé was on the cards. Verve Bar on Upper St Martin's Lane offers a very welcoming Happy Hour promotion, and suffice it to say, yours truly did get a teeny bit tipsy, much to Maddy's amusement. And I guess the wine at the gig later that evening didn't help either. But when the venue is outdoors and the temperature drops to below freezing, at least the illusion of warmth is a sweet pleasure.

I don't know how Professor Green performed in a t-shirt. "I have got a lot of powers, but unfortunately, controlling the weather isn’t one of them," he joked. But in spite of the unseasonable chill, his performance at the old Kings Cross goods depot - transformed into a London bus station - was well-received by his fans and VIP guests. Knowing very little about music, I am in no position to write a review, although I can say I enjoyed myself thoroughly. I am equally grateful for the concert's exclusivity. I am unsure if I could have dealt with any more screaming girls.

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Overall, gallivanting in a blizzard, chatting nonsense, and seeing Pro' Green perform live made for one of the best days out in my life. I have to thank Barclaycard for throwing such a great gig, to Benedicte at LBi UK for offering me the tickets, and also to Maddy for teaching me to loosen up. Mr Serious needed to know how to have fun!

Professor Green secret gig

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