I love music and love to sing, but usually on my own rather than in front of an audience. When Iâ€™m doing the housework Iâ€™ll have my music ramped up and be belting the tunes out. Same when Iâ€™m in my car driving – Iâ€™m often prone to a little head wiggle and the occasional arm wave too!
So it was with trepidation that I booked a night out with my friends at a Lucky Voice karaoke bar. Iâ€™ll be honest; this wasnâ€™t my first foray into the world of karaoke, but the first time Iâ€™d be standing in front of my nearest and dearest to perform.
My karaoke cherry was actually popped in the most spectacular way on a press tripâ€¦to Tokyo! The lovely lady who jetted us over there was a huge fan herself, so before we left we spent an evening at the actual karaoke bar they used in the movie Lost in Translation. It was in what came across as a creepy tower block in the middle of nowhere, but when settled inside our own private karaoke haven, we pulled out the music directory (bigger than Thomspons!) and got into the spirit.
I did let a lot of others take the lead, and only really sang duets on that occasion, but you know what, shy as I am, I thought it was a blast!
And so that brings us back to Lucky Voice. I put forward the idea of karaoke for a get together of my gaming friends and although many were cautious, no one said no! We went along to the Islington branch (thereâ€™s several across the UK), which as you enter seems like a normal London bar with drinks, loud music and a small dance floor. But walk to the back and the karaoke reception and youâ€™re invited past the black double doors, directed into your own private room/booth and handed two wireless mikes.
Itâ€™s all pretty funky â€“ quite dark with disco lights and a box full of cheesy props to get you all involved. You control the tunes via an easy to use touch screen, which is right next to the screen that displays the lyricsÂ – itâ€™s as simple as that and youâ€™re ready to go.
We were a group of ten, ranging from confident exhibitionists through to timid non-karaoke fans, but as the night progressed (we got the veterans to get up and sing first, I snuck in the middle!) everyone eventually gave in to the pull of karaoke and had a sing-along. Those that didnâ€™t want to go solo did duets with the more confident, but more often than not the whole room sings along with you and your own voice is drowned out â€“ perfect for the shy guys!
Blow up guitars and purple cowboy hats become our props of choice (just donâ€™t ask!) and Iâ€™ll be honest and admit that the odd cocktail did help the nerves.
Which brings us to prices. Iâ€™d definitely recommend a night out at Lucky Voice, but be prepared â€“ it isnâ€™t cheap. A two-hour singing session will cost you Â£20 a head and the drinks are rather pricey â€“ my memoryâ€™s not great but I think you can expect to pay Â£5/6 a drink depending on your tipple of choice.
Still if youâ€™re up for a rocking night out youâ€™ve got to try this place as we had a blast. Iâ€™ll leave you with a run down of some of our favourite choices â€“ but youâ€™ve gotta share the love and let us know what your fave karaoke tunes are – let us know in the comments below!
I am the one and only â€“ Chesney Hawkes
Bat out of hell â€“ Meatloaf
Total Eclipse of the heart â€“ Bonnie Tyler
Wuthering heights â€“ Kate Bush
Get what you give â€“ New Radicals
Call me maybe â€“ Carly Rae Jepsen
Iâ€™ve got you babe â€“ Sonny and Cher
Donâ€™t Stop Believing â€“ Journey
Daydream Believer â€“ The Monkeys