Up Close and Personal with Gary Kemp
Written by: Claire Holly Davies
Ah Gary Kemp, brother of Martin, father of Finlay, hottie of Spandau Ballet fame. Your face has decorated many ladies (and fellas) bedrooms. ON BAND POSTERS… jeez guys, you really had to lower the tone there.
Spandau Ballet were the heartthrobs of the late 70’s and 80’s, an integral part of the New Romantic movement and purveyors of excellent man accessories (we particularly enjoyed the neckerchief phase). The band have now acquired somewhat of a cult following. Still adored by the original fans who grew up listening to their music, which included global hits such as True and Gold, they’ve managed to achieve even more fame among a more hipster-centric audience of early twenty-somethings, who have taken to playing their tracks in retro and 80s nights popping up across the city.
Gary Kemp is the guitar player and chief songwriter for SB, his writing skills are so badass that they were recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection. From a proudly working class London upbringing, Gary rose to musical stardom with the band, before scoring roles in films The Krays and The Bodyguard. More recently he recieved theatrical acclaim as Teddy in Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming in London’s West End. Spandau Ballet have also reunited, headlining The Isle of Wight Festival and embarking upon a world tour last year.
Ladies and gents prepare yourselves, deep breaths, knickers at the ready! For this is your opportunity to get Up Close And Personal With Gary Kemp (not that close, or we’ll have to call security). Next Thursday at the Barton Theatre in Finsbury Park, Daily Telegraph music journalist and TV presenter Neil McCormick will talk to Gary about his incredible experiences and extraordinary life as a pop star, film star, stage actor and songwriter in front of a live audience. Furthermore, the audience will be invited to ask questions – so this is your chance to find out why you never heard back from him after sending 52 love letters between 1981 and 1983. We’ve been told, on good authority, that Gary might even be persuaded to play a couple of songs… be still my beating heart.
Tickets are only £10 and all money raised will go towards the Arts and Media School Islington – so he’s not just a pretty face, he’s a charitable soul too. Swoon.
Up Close And Personal With Gary Kemp
Thursday May 26th, 7.30pm
Taking place in the intimate Barton Theatre
(Arts & Media School Islington, Turle Road, Finsbury Park, London)
Tickets available here
North Four are chuffed to be the media partners of Up Close and Personal and are proud supporters of the Arts and Media School Islington. Now go buy some tickets!
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