Eye of the Needle

Thursday night music, art, wine and of course, oysters

Thursday 15th March from 6.30pm until close sees a late opening of Tim Meacham’s show, Eye of the Needle which we have been showing as part of Turner Contemporary’s off-site public programme in support of their critically acclaimed show Journeys With ‘The Waste Land’.

The work loops around ideas of dust and materiality, modernity and mechanical reproduction, but is tied together by David Bowie’s ‘Sound and Vision’ and a lot of haze! in order to open up the work for a late viewing we have asked some of our favourite music luminaries to come up with a playlist for the evening, exploring the loose idea of a soundtrack to Modernity.

I haven’t heard any of the playlists yet, so am quite excited to hear what Stephen Bass (Moshi Moshi / PRAH recordings), writer Laura Barton, Art’s Cool svengali Sammy Clarke, Rich from Kit Records and engineer / producer Ash Workman have come up with. As if that amazing lot weren’t enough, we may have even more special guests on the night.

Speaking of guests, on the evening of the 15th we will also have our mate Al from Wines Under the Bonnet pouring some of our favourite Loire wines for you to taste. Our list usually takes in about 10-15 Loire wines, and its also the area where Kate has (mis)spent most of her holidays in the family home, so it is close to our hearts. We are looking forward to offering you a chance to taste some of the wines that are coming from an area where minimal intervention wine making and fierce, but often fun, wine politics are on an ever changing border with tradition. £5 buys you a glass to try from and we’ll refund this if you buy a bottle to stay and drink. We will also have beer and all the usual stuff available.

Dinner service will run as usual in the new space at number 16, but we’ll also have some small plates & oysters available for those of you who want to come and listen, look & taste – no need to book for the evening at number 18, just rock up any time from 6.30pm.

For those that can’t make the 15th, we will be putting the playlists on repeat on the evening of the 22nd march with Tim’s show also on view – the bar will be open, but no Al this time I’m afraid!