Vu Guide (November 2011)

Never The Bride Rock The Exchange

By VU Guide

Having seen Never The Bride several times in Bristol I knew that we were in for a great evening. It was our first visit to this community funded venue in Sturminster Newton and at first it didn’t seem like an obvious choice of venue. Sturminster Newton is a small town and I wasn’t sure whether it was the most appropriate place for a Never the Bride gig. I was proved wrong though and on entering the main hall it reminded me of a smaller Colston Hall. The acoustics were fantastic and it felt very intimate. The Exchange has recently won the coveted title of “Best UK small live venue” by Rock the House and it is well deserved.

Nikki Lamborn wasted no time in warming up the crowd and after a short introduction proceeded to belt out the opening song. Never The Bride have been described as rock music’s best kept secret and it is easy to see why. Nikki’s voice has the audience mesmerised from the very first song. Couple this with the extraordinary musical talent of Catherine Feeney (Been) and the result is a faultless performance.

Nikki has a great connection with her audience, taking the time between songs to share funny anecdotes and talk to individual audience members. She says that she talks too much, but I find this endearing and with the loyal fanbase that they have accued over the years obviously feel the same. The band take the time to sing happy birthday to a familiar fan and share their trademark hip flask of tequila with the entire audience. One young fan event presents them with a bottle of tequila along with a song request.

A highlight of the night was the performance of “The Living Tree“, this song was written by Nikki and Catherine for the 2002 album ‘Surprise’. In 2007 it was a top 40 hit for Dame Shirley Bassey. This is an amazing song that never fails to get an audience on it’s feet. Another highlight was the soulful ‘Loser in Love’. Nikki is a vocal powerhouse and puts 100% of herself into every performance making every gig a completely different experience. Never the Bride are not to be missed, there is a very good reason why I keep going back for more.

 
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  • UPCOMING SHOWS



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  • GUESTBOOK

    Andy: Hi Nikki, Been and the band Fantastic evening at your birthday gig last night my friend and i had a great time. Your second set just blew me...
    Alan: HalfMoon last night : great first set as usual , but oh dear, the "support" Short and Girly were IMHO rubbish. Stand up isn't easy , and the...
    Doc: Wow, that set blew everybody away, it was just fantastic. Everybody was high at the end. I had a s**t morning and was feeling a bit down but...
    KEITH ARMITAGE: Coming to london between Christmas and New year. Hope to see the band at the half moon. Last time I saw the band was at Pacific Road Birken...
    Rosanna: Rosanna here. Sat was incredible my friends and I so enjoyed. Julie my friend ex BBC violinist has been to several of your other gigs. ...
    Melonie Calam: Amazing night, well done and a huge thankyou to you , Been and the boys . Hadn't seen that bass player before but I recognise him as the one...
    Andy: Thanks once again Nikki Been and the band for a fantastic night out at the pheasantry last night. I just love seeing you at that venue and t...
    Lindsay Baker: Really Brilliant gig at the Square & Compass. Lovely to see you both again. We really enjoyed ourselves. Hope it's not too long before ...
    Andy: Hi Nikki & Been Fantastic night yet again at the Bulls Head. So much better now they have rejigged the room. Great guests as alway. L...
    Sue and Sarah: We are having NTB withdrawal, haven't seen the band for months! Maybe we can find some spare time next year to head South and party! T E...
    Alan: great gig at Barnes last night. You did amazingly despite obvs protracted probs with your monitor phones!. The piano guy from the audience...
    jacob hammer: LOVE your lyricks! do you never come to cobenhagen again? we are some fans who love your music! I will trye to promote you by danish radi...
    Sophie: Great night at Queens Pub in Moss. Met lots of new friends. Shame I was so pissed I can't remember any of their names!...
    Olav Bjørngaard: Amazing performance at Hell Blues, thank you for a unforgetable moment when doing a duet with Davina....
    Dagfinn Nuttall: Thank you so much Nikki for the great concerts in Hell.. it was good to see you again and i hope it wont be a year til next time the only s...
  • PRODUCTIONS

    Never The Bride had lots of fun recording with legendary Dame Shirley Bassey!



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RT @SLeveretteActor: @NeverTheBride What a pleasure to perform at your birthday party last night! Your voice is fucking AWESOME!! Have a lovely weekend xx via @NeverTheBride 19 hours ago
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