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Rock the Strand: Loving Live Music

Regular readers of SEEN will know how much we enjoy the monthly performances in the Lounge Bar of the luxurious Strand Palace Hotel. From 7.15 until 10.15 this Thursday 23rd March, a variety of performers will be entertaining live music fans, visitors and guests alike in the relaxed and intimate bar.

At 7.15pm, Natalie Shay will kick the evening off. The 18-year-old multi-award-winning singer/songwriter and BRIT School student has performed at many of London’s iconic venues including the Roundhouse, and The Brooklyn Bowl at the O2. Natalie’s many accolades include the Guardian’s 2015 Music Award, the winner of Open Mic UK and the London Music Award for Best Undiscovered Talent. Her début single “Follow You Home” reached number 15 in the iTunes top 200 chart.

April perform for us at 8.30pm. They’re a 5-piece female-fronted dark folk/alternative rock band based in London. Haunting and powerful lead vocals are provided by Gibraltarian composer and singer/songwriter Hollie Buhagiar, accompanied by highly experienced professional musicians on guitar, viola, bass and drums. For this performance April will be showcasing more intimate and stripped-back versions of their songs as a duo of lead vocal and acoustic guitar.

At 9.30pm Tony Moore takes the stage. He is something of a fixture at Rock the Strand having performed with Ilona last month. Tony’s long and eclectic career in the music business began after he left Bristol, to move to London and become an original member of Iron Maiden. Throughout this time, he worked with the likes of Tanz Der Youth and Radio Java before becoming the becoming keyboard player in Cutting Crew – “I Just Died In Your Arms”. For 2017, Tony is continuing to work and tour with Ilona, as well as release new original material.

SEEN will be in attendance, of course, so stay tuned for our review.

www.strandpalacehotel.co.uk

Rock the Strand
The Strand Palace Hotel
372 Strand
London
WC2R 0JJ

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