Great Scott! What a night in Crawley!

Great Scott, Christmas Live From Your Bedroom!Great Scott, Christmas Live From Your Bedroom!
Great Scott, Christmas Live From Your Bedroom!
REVIEW: Great Scott, Christmas Live From Your Bedroom!, The Holiday Inn London Gatwick Worth.

2020 has demanded a radical rethinking of the pleasures we once took for granted.

It’s had to be – for all the wrong reasons – a year of innovation.

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And in the beleaguered world of our treasured arts, it’s hard to think of any innovation greater or more successful than the Live From Your Bedroom! concept at The Holiday Inn London Gatwick Worth.

It worked instantly when it was launched back in the autumn – and its sheer specialness has now made it the perfect festive platform with the new mini-series Christmas Live From Your Bedroom!

In a year of thwarted gig-going, the venue offered something truly remarkable on Friday night. From the comfort and safety of our bedrooms, it was our privilege to bop along to the brilliant covers band Great Scott.

They are an exceptionally classy outfit, with a superb sound and a vocalist to match, offering a repertoire based around a choice of classic songs all richly redolent of easier, happier times.

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The first set scored with tracks including Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Teenage Dirtbag and Go Your Own Way, rounding off with Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.

The second set was even stronger with stand-out numbers including A Town Called Malice, You Can’t Hurry Love and I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) before a festive encore of Merry Xmas Everybody.

The delight was that this was a band evidently enjoying playing to us every bit as much as we were enjoying listening to them. The atmosphere was electric.

But full marks, above all, to the venue for coming up with the idea – and for putting it into practice with such efficiency but also with such friendly warmth of welcome.

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So many of the innovations of 2020 are things you can’t help but find yourself hoping will survive if ever we get back to anything approaching normal.

It would be lovely to think that Live From Your Bedroom! will also be part of a happier future.

But while we wait for that to arrive, Live From Your Bedroom! is an idea which has certainly spread a huge amount of happiness already.

Also coming up: New Year’s Eve – The Greatest Show: A Party Through The Decades