One of the great things about being a complete music nerd in the heart of London is the abundance of gigs.
Every single night of the week you can explore the darkest corners in search of some delicious sounds to tantalising your musical desires. I’m making this all sound a bit raunchy, and it is. Music is a passion that takes over your entire being. Any other passion out there does exactly the same.
A couple of years ago, a struggling freelance writer on £50 per week with a fulltime job in retail contributing to most of my monthly salary, I needed to fuel my love for music and have a life too. I was working at least six days a week and gig tickets and albums were already draining what little income I had, yet like any addiction, I needed more.
I decided to do something about it, combine two passions and try my hand at music reviewing. An extremely competitive market, but why not eh?
The first role was Drunken Werewolf for approximately two years. The site has since come along leaps and bounds, but I could have missed this initial opportunity as the response from DW Editor went into my spam folder…
I know you should never look in your spam folder, but I do enjoy some of the messages; gastric band surgery offered to a size 10/12 (know your audience, guys), “Amanda from the Congo” wants to be my friend, hmmm shall I test that dubious new medicine? I don’t think so. It makes me chuckle.
Now News Editor and Reviewer for exciting online publication Middle Boop, I’ve had the opportunity to see the wonderful Benjamin Clementine, write about one of my favourite bands Fleetwood Mac and broaden my musical horizons even further.
Last night was the turn of The Wytches; grungy dirty rock goodness. It was a sold out gig and brilliant fun. Review to be put onto Middle Boop in the next few days so I won’t say anymore but here’s a tasty photo:
Also check out my Instagram for a couple of videos: http://instagram.com/sarponsford
However, the main focus of this latest blog post is another obsession of mine; BURGERS.
Having reviewed all the burgers I’ve had the pleasure of trying since moving just over one year ago, last night was the turn of Honest Burger; a popular chain, I do tend to stick with the independent business being one of those infuriating hipsters.
One thing I immediately like about Honest Burger Kings Cross is the relaxed vibe and Somerset cider (even though Sheppys doesn’t exactly TASTE like Somerset cider). It’s friendly, and the food smells goooooood.
After seating I decide to opt for the Tribute (Tenicious D would be proud) whilst my friend went for the Cheese. This is the third great thing about Honest Burger; it offers fries WITH THE MEAL! What is it with places and ordering a “side portion” of fries. No, you tight bastards, give me the fries.
On arrival, the burger doesn’t actually look THAT good. There is plastic cheese (although I am a fan of this, in a burger you’ve just spent a tenner on, hmmm maybe not) and two small crinkly pieces of bacon. However, the rosemary seasoned fries are delicious ESPECIALLY when dipped into bacon ketchup. Yep, you heard right; BACON KETCHUP.
As I cut open the burger, it is cooked to perfection. So pink inside, it is moist and kind of makes up for the sad bacon. The pickled cucumber are delicious as well as the American style burger sauce.
It’s still no Dip and Flip, but it was darn tasty.
Next stop, the Scala and its £5 Strongbows…scandalous