A Guilty Pleasure - something good you’re not supposed to like because it is supposedly bad for your health or credibility.
Guilty Pleasures, the hugely popular club night (that has recently celebrated its 4th birthday) takes over The Westbury on New Year’s Day for a marathon of hits you love to hate! The fun takes place from 4pm until midnight and is hosted by Guilty Pleasure curator Sean Rowley who’ll be joined by guests. Between them they’ll be spinning everything from Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice Ice Baby’, S Club 7’s ‘Don’t Stop’ to Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’ and all the truly fabulous tunes in-between (the songs you have on your iPod but would never confess to your friends!).
On New Year’s Day we’ll be celebrating music in all its wonderful glory, you’ll also be partying to the likes of Dolly Parton, Van Halen and Bonnie Tyler blasted loud and proud and can even confess your music sins to the priest of pop! What better way to shake off any woes of 2008 and celebrate the start of a new year with some great, poptastic, unashamed fun?!
Guilty Pleasures was created 4 years ago by Sean Rowley and began life in Hammersmith Working Men’s Club. The phenomenon is now so huge over 1,000 likeminded Guilty Pleasure fans flock to KOKO – its current residence - each month to sing-a-long to tunes they would only dream of singing in their bathroom showers. With their hair brush!
And the Guilty Pleasures brand doesn’t stop there either... Sean Rowley hosts his weekly show of the same night on BBC London every Friday night at 8pm. There have been Guilty Pleasure compilations, appearances at festivals up and down the country (Bestival, Latitude, etc) and an ITV show hosted by Fearne Cotton is in the pipeline. Established acts will perform cover versions of Guilty Pleasure favourites, a great opportunity to witness artists such as Craig David singing ‘If You Let Me Stay’ by Terence Trent D’Arby.
“Guilty Pleasures is a putative global phenomenon. Music is the star at Guilty Pleasures and Rowley obviously has impressive crate-digging skills - he has resurrected more tunes than you could mention.” The Guardian
Sean Rowley’s Guilty Pleasures Empire promotes shameless and blameless fun and is the perfect way to kick-start the New Year, especially as the £5 entry fee is a fraction of the £15 + entry fee into KOKO. Bring your friends as people just can’t get enough of Guilty Pleasures!
Address: 34 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 5UA
Public transport: next to Kilburn High Road (London Overground) and across the road from Kilburn Park (tube station)
Tickets: plus advance tickets available from The Westbury and ticketweb.co.uk
Buses: 16, 31, 32, 189, 316
Hours: 4pm – 12am
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