I don't feel like dancin'
It’s not often that Astragal spends Sunday evening at a popular music venue, but he will make an exception for a Grade II-listed building and a good cause: this was a concert in aid of the charity Body & Soul, which supports children, teenagers and families affected by AIDS, held in the cheekily named ‘Koko’, the one-time Camden Theatre designed by the prolific theatre architect WGRSprague. Astragal spent a convivial evening swaying gently in a corporate box hosted by Alex Lifschutz of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, a trustee of the charity. Fellow revellers included Paul Sandlilands, CABE’s Sarah Jackson and Ben Knight from 40 Under 40 practice de Metz Forbes Knight – currently transforming the old Amnesty International offices in Clerkenwell into Body & Soul’s new headquarters. Astragal was admiring the Classical proportions of the interior when he noticed that the rock band on stage appeared to be fronted by an adolescent who should quite clearly have been in bed. It is an occupational hazard of growing old (111 years and counting) that pop stars, like policemen, are getting younger by the day. Hence, it was something of a relief when a kindly fan explained that the young gentleman in question was, in fact, none other than Lil Chris, winner of the Channel 4 reality TV show Rock School’ in which pupils at a Lowestoft high school were mentored by Gene Simmons from Kiss. L’il Chris – who appeared early in the evening presumably so that he could get to bed at a decent hour – was followed by comedian Ben Elton, DJ Pete Tong and disco pop sensation the Scissor Sisters. Astragal could almost be seen tapping a foot.