As a fairly central district in London, Shepherds Bush is well-connected by public transport to other parts of the capital and its attractions. However, another major plus point of being in Shepherds Bush is the variety of exciting events that take place right on the doorstep. The area’s autumn calendar looks particularly packed and promising – here are some of the local events to which we are especially eagerly looking forward.
Reginald D Hunter, Bush Hall, 22 September
Bush Hall has a higher number of music than comedy offerings in its schedule; however, it sometimes pulls some real comedy gems out of the hat, too. For those of us who like our humour particularly provocative, a chance to catch up with Have I Got News For You regular Reginald D Hunter is especially hard to give a miss. On this Friday night at Bush Hall, he will be supported by the up-and-coming Nish Kumar, who has also been active on the panel show circuit.
Michelle Branch, O2 Empire, Shepherds Bush, 29 September
Earlier this year, the Arizona-born songbird Michelle Branch released Hopeless Romantic – her third studio album and first in more than a decade. The album was written and produced with Branch’s partner Patrick Carney – and the resulting music has attracted critical acclaim. In September, you can enjoy much goodness for yourself at the O2 Empire, Shepherds Bush. This venue is only a few minutes away from our Shepherds Bush hotel.
Mike + The Mechanics: End Of Tour Party, O2 Empire, Shepherds Bush, 10 October
Think of legendary rock band Genesis and you probably immediately think of Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins. However, another member of the group to have scored glittering success outside it is guitarist Mike Rutherford. He’s been doing that since the 1980s with his band Mike + The Mechanics – who, here in Shepherds Bush, will be staging the last gig of their European “Let Me Fly” tour.
Sara Pascoe, Bush Hall, 28 October
One comic who is especially adept at getting us thinking as much as chortling is Sara Pascoe. Her appearances on TV favourites Mock the Week and QI have already delighted us, but her erudite if offbeat comedy has more room to breathe when she’s given the attention that comes with a headline slot. It’s fortunate, then, that she will have one at Bush Hall this October, when there will be numerous other stand-up stars – not revealed at the time that we write – joining her on stage.
Howard Jones, O2 Empire, Shepherds Bush, 30 November
The 1980s brought us a string of British synth-pop icons – think Pet Shop Boys, Erasure and Kim Wilde, to name just a few. To that list, you can also add Howard Jones – who, back in 1984, sang “What is Love” in a way that had us more entranced by the beautiful lyrical content than reaching for a dictionary. We can expect him to sing that and other ’80s classics at this November gig.