Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Riotous Weekend!

Well, I'm back to work after another super duper Rhythm Riot, and all I can think about is dancing.....and sleeping!  Hopefully everyone else that was there is feeling as thoroughly exhausted as I am, otherwise I'm getting old before my time...

This year we decided to Riot in style, and plumped for a posh 'luxury' chalet, which was the right decision, even though all the accommodation has been given a revamp since we were there last year.  Our chalet was located in the block right next to the main venue, and was very comfortable - it even included towels and toilet paper, what more could you want?

We had the perfect roomies, and a fridge full of cava - I like to dub our chalet 'Three redheads and an Aaron'!

It was great having so many friends as our neighbours and we were in a prime location for our friend Jim's (DJ Big Kahuna) annual Riot birthday party, complete with food, booze, dancing...and a Christmas tree!  Chalet parties are a nice way to catch up with friends, and this was no exception - of course there was a birthday cake and a birthday jam too....


The whole weekend is pretty much an array of dazzling vintage outfits, dancing, fun times, being amongst friends, drinking, tiny tea cups, giggling, drooling over all the amazing classic cars, chalet parties, and in my case - living on a diet of cheese and crackers!

As well as offering an opportunity to see legendary musicians such as Billy Boy Arnold, the Riot is also a great place to shop for vintage.  I actually managed to be on my best budget behaviour, and only came away from the weekend with a new bracelet!  I will admit, however, that this was partly down to being overwhelmed by the amount of pretty things in such a small space....and the amount of other people also crowding that space.  I was really not in the right mood for shopping, but dancing on the other hand, now that I was in the mood for!


Personal highlights for me included tearing up the dance floor to nearly every song that Mike Penny and his Moonshiners played at the Saturday afternoon honkytonk in the pub.  What a superb band!  I would never normally associate a German band with busting out some proper Texas-style country western tunes, but boy did they pack the joint and the dance floor.  I left the Queen Vic a hot sweaty mess, but it was so worth it.

I also loved The Rusty Pinto Combo - those Aussie guys know how to put on a great show.  They were great to dance to, as well as being fun to watch, and the songs they played showcased a range of styles, which added extra variety and kept the show really exciting!

Rusty Pinto's style is bluesy, r&b, rockin'...and with a country twang or two, thrown in for good measure!  I really can't sing his praises enough!

The Cleftones were always going to pull in a huge crowd, and they didn't disappoint.  They put on a vibrant, fun and soulful show, interacting with the audience, and enjoying every minute of it.  Having seen them a couple of years ago at the Rhythm Rocker, I knew we were in for a treat.  I even relived a romantic moment from that weekend in Long Beach, by having a slow and smoochy dance to 'I only have eyes for you' with loverboy.... *Swoon*...

I will admit, that having seen Si Cranstoun perform numerous times within recent memory, I was not particularly excited to see him, as say, The Bellfuries, whom I had never seen play before.

How.  Wrong.  I.  Was.

He put on a fantastic, high energy show, to a packed room full of people, and completely dominated that stage.  Wow!  By this point I had done so much dancing already that my little tootsies felt like they were about to drop off, and still I could not stop myself from taking to the dance floor.

This was definitely the best show I have seen him play - his voice was on point, the band sounded great, managing to completely fill the huge room with big sounds, and they were just so dang happy to be there, as it was the Riot two years ago that gave Si Cranstoun his big break and really put him on the musical map.  It's testament to his talent, that he played three nights at Viva Las Vegas this year (which I didn't get to go to, boohoo!), and is booked to headline again next year.

So I  finally got to see The Bellfuries, having listened to their album Just Plain Lonesome over and over and over again for the past couple of years.  I have to say that they pretty much sounded exactly like they do on the record - except that they didn't play 'Your love (all that I'm missin')' which was a great disappointment to me!  The singer Joey Simeone and drummer Bobby Trimble did, however, do a brilliant a capella version of Sam Cooke's 'Cupid' in the encore, which was an unexpected surprise.

I enjoyed standing up front and singing along to all their songs with loverboy - in our finest Southern drawls, of course!

Photo by Tony Bruce 

I am so glad that I finally got to see them live, but I would love to see them play a smaller venue in Austin, TX...

We didn't go to Rye for the car cruise this year (I took a well-needed nap instead!) but we did see some beautiful cars in the car park...

 Did I mention that I danced my socks off?  Because I did...and so did everyone else...

Photo by Tony Bruce

So another brilliant weekender has been and gone!  I am currently having dance withdrawals, and can't wait until this weekend so that I can go out and dance with friends to my heart's content!  Other than that...roll on Viva Las Vegas!!!


  1. Wonderful post! This weekender looks like so much fun! I wish I could be there. You are GORGEOUS by the way. You work so well with your short hair. Please post up some tutorials for us short hair gals. I love your all of your outfits especially the leopard print cigarette pants!!!!

    1. Thank you, lovely! It is definitely a fun way to spend the weekend, and I would recommend checking it out sometime, if you get the chance! You are so sweet - I have never done a tutorial, but maybe I should look into doing hair styling can be a bit hit of miss though hahah! You should do a make-up tutorial, as your make-up is always perfect! :) xx

  2. Oooohh, where to begin? There's so much fabulousness to this image rich post. From the cute custom printed candies to everyone's unique, awesome fashions to the pulsating energy of the music one can all but feel right through the screen, this is certainly a thoroughly cool post!!!

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thank you for your kind words Jessica! I felt like I was going a little bit overboard with the photos, but it was just so difficult to edit them, as I feel they really help to tell the story. I'm sure you would love it, if you make it over to the UK some time! :) xx

  3. WOWEE WOW WOW!!! That looks like so much fun. I can't wait to get over there one of these days. As per usual, you guys look great but I wonder if you ever got the chance to do any dancing at all...just kidding. Thanks for sharing all the great pics, I almost feel like I was there!!!

    1. Hahahahhah! Thanks Chris! You should come over for the Riot sometime (next year?!), I'm sure you would LOVE it! Maybe we should work on getting Mary on the line-up? :) xx

  4. It looks IMMENSE! So many beautiful people, clothes, cars...

    I'd love to know more about the UK/London rockabilly music scene, I'm perfectly clueless! I listen to a lot of music from yesteryear but miss live music (I used to go to a lot of shows back in the day). Who would you recommend for a newbie?

    Ruby xx

    1. It waaaaaaas! Ruby, you should totally come out dancing with us sometime! I would love to meet up with you! There are so many great bands - Personally, I love doo-wop bands, rock n roll, swing and a good old honky tonk! So quite a mixed bag. You should come to Hula Boogie - there will be a band playing this month, and next month will be Ray Collins Hot Club, who are one of the best live bands EVER!!! xx

    2. Ooh I might just pop along next month and see if Ray Collins Hot Club are as good as you say they are;) and it would be lovely to meet you too!

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