Islington Assembly Hall

If you’re going there tonight to see Ben Watt and His Band, featuring ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler and our very own David as special guest, playing songs from Ben’s new album Hendra, have a great time and do let us know how it goes.

If you’re in or near Islington, you could be in luck, because it appears that tickets might still be available – here. Doors open at 7pm.

David will be playing on three songs, including the one he plays on on the album – new favourite ‘The Levels’ – on which he plays pedal steel. Ben tweeted this photo from rehearsals yesterday.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

20 thoughts on “Islington Assembly Hall”

  1. Hey FEd,

    you’re getting on-topic with this post. 🙂 What a treat for those who’ll be there, but thanks to smartphones, we others will have a second hand impression soon after…


  2. Good show last night, by all accounts.

    The other two songs David played on, like ‘The Levels’ from Ben’s Hendra album, were ‘Young Man’s Game’ (complete with black Strat) and ‘Spring’ (back to lap steel).

    More over at Latest News.

  3. Very fortunate are those that were able to attend.

    I will keep dreaming… Perhaps, one day, I will have the honor to see David and witness his magic.

  4. It was a rather special night, as expected!

    Really enjoyed Ben’s music, he played pretty much all of Hendra, along with a couple of songs he had written with none other than Robert Wyatt!

    It was a very nice little hall, just along the road from the Union Chapel, where I last saw David play!

    Apparently it holds 500, and it seemed to be nearly full. I sat up stairs and had a great view. David himself came out and stood and watched a good chunk of the gig from amongst the crowd for a good while.

    David then joined Ben and played 3 songs (2 on pedal steel and one on black Strat, as FEd said). It was very nicely done, and he didn’t dominate the show, but fitted in very nicely.

    The song on the Strat was very good, with David and Bernard Butler trading big guitar licks back and forth!

    All in all a fun gig, I’m going to dig into Ben Watt’s back catalogue now.

    It was great to see David back on stage, let’s hope (with all the talk of his demos and how this collaboration came about) that we see and hear more from him soon, on stage and on record!

  5. Fantastic gig! David is incredible!! I really hope for a new album soon! (And tour!!) 🙂

    1. Nice links Ripper …

      Someone remind David he looks like he’s at home on that stage …

    2. Thank you for sharing, can hear nearly nothing, though. Where Gilmour’s guitar is, where is Butler’s? Because of “FM-rock quality”? Or maybe I need to change my earphones.

  6. I didn’t see the show, but I did have a good show in the car.

    I was taking my 3 year old grandson to the park and listening to Comfortably Numb on the way. I was doing a gentle old lady headbang. I looked into the mirror and there was Wyatt grinning at me from his car seat and he was headbanging away…a 3 year old Floydian!

  7. “There was a loafer-like aspect to the music, a relaxed, FM-rock quality that lay some distance from the downbeat indie music of his Everything but the Girl days and even further from his subsequent career as a dance music DJ. The shift in tone was aided by some classy accompanists, including ex-Suede man Bernard Butler, one of the best rock guitarists of his generation, and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, one of the best guitarists of any generation.”

    (from the Financial Times.)

    🙂 – I wish I had been there.

  8. I have a comic strip that shows a child hitting a baseball, running quickly to catch the ball proclaiming, I did it, I caught it! Then he looks up and says, I’m out! I was at the top of a telephone pole one day while I was in the Army when a drunk driver hit the pole and I went airborne. Luckily, I landed on freshly turned earth. I developed arthritis right away, lost most of my ability to balance and crushed my right foot. Lots of surgeries, lots of plates and lots of time in a cast. I have lots of scars on my Frankenfoot.

    All of that shows just how ironic it all is now that I’ve broken my left foot! I now have LOTS of time to watch all my David Gilmour DVDs!

    Yep, I caught my own ball and I am out!

  9. Hey Groovy, you should have placed a bet on yourself – you could have cleaned up at the bookies.

  10. FEd..just back from The Eagles gig in Dublin..what a show!!…Bernie Leadon and all!!

    1. Oh, lucky you. That sounds like a great gig, Paul. They know how to put on a show, don’t they? I might just have to pay YouTube a visit and hope for an official DVD…

  11. I haven’t been to a gig in years that there was so few cameras or phones in operation, if any in fact…the staff in the arena asked people around me not to use anything and an announcement was made over the PA just before they started…a welcome change to a sea of wee screens!

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