Month: June 2014

Wow! Caffeine Nights Lisbon set has been voted as a Favourite Virtual City in the GuardianWitness!

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I am incredibly flattered to announce that our recent Lisbon set has been entered by the very lovely mister G-Winz into the GuardianWitness’s ‘My Favourite Virtual City’ article!


See our entry here: GuardianWitness – Caffeine Nights Lisbon set 

I must admit, I hadn’t heard of the GuardianWitness before today, but this is what it is:

What is GuardianWitness?

GuardianWitness is the home of user-generated content on the Guardian. You can contribute your video, pictures and stories, and browse all the news, opinions and creations submitted by others. Posts will be reviewed prior to being published on GuardianWitness, with the best pieces featured on the Guardian site.

So wow! Thank you very much G, for adding our little set to the entries. You made my day!   🙂

And here is a link to the main article, so you can see some of the other fabulous virtual locations that have been entered:

GuardianWitness – Favourite Virtual Cities

Santo Antonio Festival – Lisbon

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To celebrate the annual festival held in Lisbon every June, in honour of Portugal’s patron saint, Santo Antonio, Caffeine Nights hosted a special fado themed show this weekend.

Santo Antonio is considered to be many extraordinary things, most commonly the keeper of lost things. However in Portugal he has a specific yet vast role, including that of a defender of animals, a healer, the guardian of good marriages and the protector of the souls of purgatory.


And in case you’re not familiar with Portugal’s national music style, here’s a little history on the story of Fado:

FADO, a type of Portuguese singing, traditionally associated with pubs and cafés, that is renowned for its expressive and profoundly melancholic character, is an urban folk music, originating in the port city of Lisbon, where many cultures met and merged over centuries, and combines elements of Portuguese country folk music with Moorish and African influences, among others.

The singer of fado (literally, “fate”) speaks to the often harsh realities of everyday life, sometimes with a sense of resignation, sometimes with the hope of resolution. The music is performed by either a female or a male vocalist, typically to the accompaniment of one or two guitarras (10- or 12-string guitars), one or two violas (6-string guitars), and perhaps also a viola baixo (a small 8-string bassviola).

The Lisbon style emerged in the 19 th century in the city’s Alfama district, a socially and economically marginalized area that was a nexus of Iberian, South American (particularly Brazilian), and African peoples and traditions. A diverse array of dance traditions circulated within this milieu, including the Afro-Brazilian lundum;; the fofa, which was common both in Portugal and in Brazil; and the Spanish fandango. Also popular at the time was the modinha, a type of Portuguese and Brazilian art song that often was accompanied by the guitar.

The popularization of fado in the 1830s is widely attributed to Maria Severa, a tavern singer in the Alfama district and the first famous fadista (singer of fado). To the accompaniment of guitars, Severa sang of real-life woes in the harmonically predictable, notably improvisational, and strikingly mournful manner that came to characterize the Lisbon style. The dark shawl that she wore during her performances, moreover, became a standard accessory for subsequent generations of female “fadistas”.

In the late 1930s Alfama native, Amália Rodrigues, appeared on the scene. Renowned for her passionate performances, Rodrigues pushed the Lisbon style in new directions, incorporating Spanish and Mexican rhythms and tapping contemporary poets for her lyrics. (When she died in 1999, the country honoured her with three days of official mourning.)

The late 20th century brought an ebb in fado’s popularity, but by the early 21st century there was renewed interest in the music. Many artists, including Carlos do Carmo, Christina Branco, and Mariza, had begun to expand the traditional guitar accompaniment to include piano, violin, accordion, and other instruments.

So there you have it. Not only do we provide music and entertainment, but you get to learn something too!       😛

And now, here are some photos of the evening….

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And finally, some more kind words from our guests of the evening:

 ‘Wonderful place Anouk’

  • Alexiasul Americana

‘Loved the work. Always wonderful to see Lisbon again Anouk’

  • Valdez Lauria

‘Thank you for another lovely venue, Anouk. I want to see Portugal now. :)’

  • Niamh Gedenspire

‘Lovely as usual, Anouk – really evokes the feel of a seaside town.’

  • Rhiannon Colclough

The Caffeine Nights Orient Express – Woowoo!! All Aboard!

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Marcel’s Cafe took it’s entire crowd of Caffeine Nights clients on an amazing trip on the Orient Express last week. With DJ G-Winz at the wheel, we were taken on a musical journey through many of the countries visited by the original Orient Express, all with a fabulous chff-chff-chff rhythm to accompany the rocking of the carriages as we passed through each new location.

Here are some pics I took before the show, as Sword and I discuss the journey…

Arriving at the platform
Briefing the staff
Steaming up, and just waiting for the passengers to arrive
Waiting at the station
Sword gets a break from bartending as George takes over for the evening
Dining carriage with tables laid and tea trolley at the ready
Got your tickets?
Pre-departure drinks in the bar carriage
Pre-departure drinks in the bar carriage
DJ G-Winz getting warmed up
DJ G-Winz getting warmed up
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Yours truly showing off her new outfit 😉
Just a cool shot for no reason…

And now, click on the YouTube video to get an actual taste of the journey, with sounds and scenes recorded and compiled by the very talented Mr Sword Starfall!


And finally, here are some very kind words left by our passengers in the Caffeine Nights Guest Book….


 ‘I’m adoring your work. astonishing, really. congratulations……..Satu.’

  • satu Catronis

‘è bellissimo stare con voi! grazie!! it is wonderful to be with you, thanks’

  • Stella Anwyl

‘Thanks for having me – what a lovely event!  ~ Zoe’

  • Zoe Foodiboo

 ‘Thank you for fulfilling my dream for me!  HUGS!  Liz!’

  • Elizabeth Wallington

‘This place looks lovely :)’

  • gustav2005 Resident

‘First time aboard. Very excited!!!’

  • Emily Genopeak

‘Love this train and station – the detail is incredible!’

  • Rhiannon Colclough

‘lovely time had by all, thx, kalanite’

  • kalanite Bluestar

‘Great party Anouk’

  • alexiasulamericana Resident: