Crazy karaoke

I love music and love to sing, but usually on my own rather than in front of an audience. When I’m doing the housework I’ll have my music ramped up and be belting the tunes out. Same when I’m in my car driving – I’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. I’ll be honest; this wasn’t my first foray into the world of karaoke, but the first time I’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 trip…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!

Lucky Voice

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 (there’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 you’re invited past the black double doors, directed into your own private room/booth and handed two wireless mikes.

It’s all pretty funky – 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 lyrics – it’s as simple as that and you’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 didn’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 – perfect for the shy guys!

There’s props!

Blow up guitars and purple cowboy hats become our props of choice (just don’t ask!) and I’ll be honest and admit that the odd cocktail did help the nerves.

Which brings us to prices. I’d definitely recommend a night out at Lucky Voice, but be prepared – it isn’t cheap. A two-hour singing session will cost you £20 a head and the drinks are rather pricey – my memory’s not great but I think you can expect to pay £5/6 a drink depending on your tipple of choice.

Still if you’re up for a rocking night out you’ve got to try this place as we had a blast. I’ll leave you with a run down of some of our favourite choices – but you’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 – Chesney Hawkes

Bat out of hell – Meatloaf

Total Eclipse of the heart – Bonnie Tyler

Wuthering heights – Kate Bush

Get what you give – New Radicals

Call me maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

I’ve got you babe – Sonny and Cher

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

Daydream Believer – The Monkeys

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By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

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