Valentine’s Season this year had two flavours. To coincide with the release of ’50 Shades of Grey’, London chose to take events to the extreme. Two Valentine’s Weekend events couldn’t have been more different.
Valentine’s Friday Grunge
On Friday, a rock and grunge night set inside a dilapidated kiddy’s playground. Grunge was picked for the Anti-Valentine’s theme to protest about commercialism around the most romantic day of the year. Instead of ball gowns ad tuxedos, people wore black rubber and masks. Instead of the luxury of a ballroom, people gathered in a disused playground. The tracks played came from rock and grunge style music.
Top 3 Grunge Bands
Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged during the mid-1980s. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” transformed grunge from a handful of bands in the Pacific Northwest who played rock music to a genre, a movement, a lifestyle, creating a shift in music history.
Pearl Jam’s “Alive” is a story of survival when everything was crumbling. It’s become a universal anthem and mission statement for a generation set on longevity and resilience.
Alice in Chains is a classic band for this genre, with its dark, moody, often unmelodic lyrics and sounds. Strong guitar riffs from Jerry Cantrell are characteristic of this angry band, along with the steady drum beat and rasping voice of Layne Staley. If you want to know what grunge is – this is the band to listen to.
Valentine’s Saturday Swan Lake Romance
Saturday was a total contrast to Friday’s grunge night – semi-formal dancing on the lake. Just how romantic can you get? There were over 30 couples dancing to the music played by DJ LB and Marek. First it was the romantic requests we all love with DJ LB. Next was DJ Marek going way back in time to the 40’s 50’s and 60’s. He played big band and swing among other popular choices from the early years.
The whole of London got ‘in the mood’ with these wistful tunes from before we were born. It was a night to remember too as the soft evening light sparkled across the water of the lake.
Not to be left out, the folk in the HUB also got into theme.