The venue is everything you’d expect from a Uni City music venue – dingy, worn and in need of a cleaner! But, the staff are all really chilled out and it’s got a relaxed vibe.
The drinks are ridiculously overpriced – coming in at around £12 for a beer and spirit/mixer.
The women’s loos are pretty ropey. You’re lucky if you find one that has the holy trinity of lock, a door and a toilet seat!
That said, you do really feel like you can just let your hair down and not worry about anything once in there. This was the 3rdtime we had been to the 1865 and the crowd have always been awesome. There’s never been a hint of problems or issues.
If the venue isn’t to go the way of The Talking Heads, it needs to make sure it attracts people. Drinks pricing may not turn people off (people aren’t really there to drink in the main), but the facilities will. Clean it up guys!
Millie Manders and the Shutup
Hailing from Norwich Milli Manders and the Shutup are:
Millie Manders - Vox/Alto Sax/Uke
Lewis Slater - Guitars
Matt Munford - Bass
Alessandro Vitiello - Drums
Nick Onley - Tenor Sax
George Alan - Trumpet
Dom Walker - Tenor Sax
Millie Manders and The Shutup’ promotional blurb goes like this:
MMATSU create cross-genre punk that is hard to ignore. With lyricism that pokes fun, draws you in or leaves you questioning social norms teamed with incredible vocal dexterity, grinding guitars, irresistible horn hooks and a pumping rhythm section.
I went fully prepared to dislike this act – I’d seen some videos online and their punky sound really isn’t my thing. However, I was pleasantly surprised!
They definitely didn’t have much of a crowd, but you could see Millie was just happy to be up there performing. The vocal sound wasn’t great, unfortunately it was tough to make out any of the lyrics – but in terms of her talent, she was a great frontman.
The band weren’t interacting with the crowd at all, this was all left to Millie. I took the micky out of the band members after the show and they assured me it was all part of their act.
Their set was a fun start as support act for The Dub Pistols!
The Dub Pistols
Having been awarded DJ MAGAZINE Best live band 2012, Breakspoll best live band 2013 and BMA Best live act 2014, London based Dub Pistols performed at The 1865 as part of their Mad on the Road 2018 Tour and ahead of a new album release - ‘The Return of the Pistoleros'. The reformed Happy Mondays tweeted that the Dub Pistols were the best live band they’d seen in years.
I have seen a lot of bands in my time, but I honestly have the MOST fun ever when I watch these guys. They are just brilliant – catchy tunes that are impossible not to dance to, constantly engaging with the crowd and always looking delighted to be there!
Barry and Seanie T get the place jumping as soon as they step foot on stage and their energy never slips throughout their show.
A good mix of classic Pistoleros tunes, covers and newer material. You can always rely on them to tear it up with Mucky Weekend – the entire place went mental!
All in all, an absolutely brilliant night. Can’t wait for the next one!