Win // The Old Blue Last 313th Birthday Party

Thursday September 26th – 7:00pm until Late

Featuring…// Very Very Special Guests (Announcing Sept 23rd) Plus Queen’s English (Linimal Sounds) and Phèdre

Playing records: Jen Long (Radio 1), RFB & Transgressive Sound System, Rich Thane (The Line Of Best Fit), DIY, Subject, Russ Tannen, @Edlilio, Streets of Beige, Baby Love, Pink Mist, No Pain in Pop, Misha Mafia and Steve XL

On September 26th The Old Blue Last is throwing a party to celebrate 313 years of selling beer in the only way that seems appropriate; by inviting a bunch of their mates to play and giving away a massive pile of free booze.

For three whole centuries The Old Blue Last has stood on the corner of Great Eastern Street and Curtain Road, dominating Shoreditch like a gigantic ancient rock that sells beer. In that time it has endured several complete rebuilds, no less then three Nazi bombs, a stint as a brothel and structural collapses too numerous to mention (again).

In 2005 it was bought by VICE – who’s staff at that time numbered five people – for use as an booze-hole-come-staffdormitory. They didn’t have any money to redecorate so they kept the sixties decor, invited all their friends and in a matter of weeks were running one of the busiest bars in London. GQ credited them with destroying the style-bar and NME described it as “the world’s coolest pub”.

That it became a music venue as well as a pub was an accident. In May 2005, Martin Wade Thomas, then bar manager now co-owner of the pub, booked José González to play. “I had no idea who he was”, says Thomas, “then 400 people showed up, so I got a really long cable and ran one of the stage monitors downstairs. People were crowding round to hear.” Sensing the hand of providence they rented a crappy PA and constructed a makeshift stage in the upstairs lounge bar.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Now to win tickets to this competition winners and Guestlist only party just head over here and put your name down.

Fingers Crossed.