Victory for Stalingrad!
Submitted by Hannah on 3 February 2013 - 8:52am
Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the famous battle against Nazism. To celebrate, "Victory at Stalingrad!" bought together the history, opinions & thumping music to create one rather unusual party. The historian Geoffrey Roberts opened the evening with a somewhat mumbled lecture, then over to a selection of panelists (including The Guardian's Seumas Milne) to discuss the legacy of the victory. On to the music: Thee Faction powered through their "soulcialist" set, with some blistering guitar work & their angular horn section "Brass Kapital". Finally, the Trans-Siberian March Band took the stage. I fell in love with this 13 piece Balkan brass band last year; their playful mix of klezmer, Turkish, Russian and latin music thrills me to the core. It's music that physically moves you - so loud it shakes you - that sweeps up everything & everyone before it. If I hadn't have had a bad back, I'd have been frantically dancing. I had to content myself with nodding my head & grinning along.
Mostly well-behaved, but - as I've come to expect - there were a number of people who'd just come to the gig for a nice conversation. Age-wise, possibly the most mixed gig I'd ever been to.
Food & drink:
There was just enough time to sprint to a little Ocakbasi place for some tender charred lamb. Back at the gig, I had a glass of rose which was 1) £5 and 2) horrible.
It made me think:
I wish I hadn't dropped history when I was 14. There are some embarrassing holes in my historical knowledge, but at least I feel like I plugged one of them last night.