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Scarlette reaches Fever pitch at 100 Club

New up-and-coming act Scarlette Fever brought her power pop tones to London’s oldest live music venue, writes Paul Watson

It’s no secret that Oxford Street’s 100 Club is under threat of imminent closure; but perhaps more packed-out performances from new-blood artists like Hertfordshire-based Scarlette Fever can help keep its rock and roll legend alive. Signed to independent record label Starfisch Records, 29-year-old Scarlette has twice peaked at number two in the Music Week chart this year; and her much awaited debut single Crash and Burn (mixed at Metropolis by Cenzo Townshend, best known for his work with Snow Patrol) is due for release on January 16th 2011. Scarlette says the venue’s history and atmosphere proved to be somewhat inspirational; and that young artists everywhere would benefit from taking to its hallowed stage. “The 100 Club is steeped in musical folklore,” she says, “and it was a privilege to join the list of amazing acts that have played there; it would be such a shame to see it close its doors.” Chris Bunce worked from the in-house 32-channel Soundcraft Spirit Live4 console at FOH position. His outboard included a Lexicon MPX100; a dbx 2231 graphic EQ; and Behringer gates and compressors. The Turbosound PA system comprised of six TSE-111s, two TMS-4s, two TSE-18s, plus a pair of active Cerwin Vega CVA-118 subs; all other speakers were powered by QSC power amplifiers. Despite finding the room ‘a bit over-lively in places’, Bunce was quite at home with the venue and its in-house facilities. “I’m a big fan of Turbosound systems; and despite being those speakers being on their last legs, they’re still loud & kicking – and the Soundcraft desk is both solid and dependable,” explains Bunce. “Even though it’s an acoustically challenging room, I love the 100 Club; its narrow space and pillars that obscure the stage give a certain Eastern Bloc charm.” Scarlette’s thirty-minute set to a pumping, packed-out 100 Club on November 18th included renditions of Black and White (which was also mixed by Cenzo Townshend); and the oh-so-very-catchy upcoming single Crash and Burn, which already seems to be a crowd-favourite. On reflection, Perhaps Steve Diggle of The Buzzcocks wasn’t that far off the money when he claimed that the 100 club is ‘as important as St.Paul’s Cathedral’. After all, if we can’t keep landmark venues like this alive, then what hope is there for the future of the grass-roots British live music scene? Perhaps the boys that made this place great back in the day should delve a little deeper into their ample pockets to save this gem of a venue before it goes the same way as The Cavern, The Astoria, and as of 31st December, the iconic Luminaire club in Kilburn. Mick, Keith – what do you say?