The Blitz Party

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london

Thu Jan 1 1970

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Kevin

Before I get stuck in I need to say that my score is not based on the music or band, the band were amazing and I was on the dance floor for most of the evening. My review is based more on how the event was run. Firstly the drinks: champagne was £8 a glass and £50 a bottle. It was really cheap and nasty stuff. I'm not someone who drinks a lot of champagne, I might have 8-10 glasses in a year for special occasions and I know what Lambrini, Buzzs Fizz and Moët du Chandon tastes like. What was served was without doubt the cheapest they could find and every glass served was definitely paying for the bottle it came from. Avoiding the champagne I decided to stick to soft drinks and ordered a coke, without asking for it the bartender packed the glass with ice. Only half of a small bottle of coke was used, when I asked to have the bottle that it came from the bartender refused. There's an event organiser waking up this morning, licking his/her lips happy in the thought that he/she made an average yearly wage from the bar alone. Secondly the venue was ram packed and had no air con or ventilation. There were way too many people for the size of the venue. Come 11:30pm it was so hot that after one dance we were streaming with sweat. If we wanted to pop outside to get some air then we had to queue to get into a ram packed smoking area and put up with second hand smoke to cool down. Thirdly there wasn't that much to do with the Blitz or WWII. Aside from the band there were a few small Union Jack flags on a few tables and door step sandwiches and Scotch Eggs on sale, but that was it. People dressed up but the organisers didn't go to any serious effort to create a 1940s atmosphere. My suggestion is to dress up and get yourself down to the Jazz Cafe or a swing evening at the 100 Club. You'll pay less for better quality drinks, you'll have access to fresh air, you'll have similar music and you'll have room to move, which is a lot more than what you'll get at The Blitz Party.