Here at IAmMusicTv we’re all about gigs and festivals, it would be fair to say we’re hooked on everything music related, so when we heard about something called Musical Bingo, we were intrigued. When you think of Bingo you picture a portly number caller and a dowdy hall full of ageing women but this game broke all the rules.
For starters the game was held at one of West End’s trendiest clubs that you may have heard of, Mahiki. As we waited for the fun to begin we enjoyed some of the tastiest and most exotic cocktails and relaxed in the environment before meeting our hostess with the most-est, Luisa. She was a fruity character, rocking her best Mc Hammer pants and she reminded me of myself; slightly loopy, way too energetic and a keen dance enthusiast. Anyways back to the game in question, what was it all about? Well this was my scene because instead of waiting to hear your number, you were listening out for the songs that were on your card. It provided that extra factor of having some musical know how and that was a bonus for me as I’m useless with numbers but I eat and sleep music.
There were 3 rounds which ranged from current songs like Rihanna and Paloma Faith to golden oldies like The Kinks and Bananarama. Try as you might but everyone was jiggling around in their seats and at some points I was getting so involved in the song that I forgot I should be checking off my songs. I’m almost certain I would have got a line if I hadn’t been so pre- occupied with my moves like Jagger. I didn’t leave empty handed though as Luisa invited myself and two other ladies to get our Vogue on and being an ex- dance school pupil, I shone, winning myself a lovely looking cocktail, thanks for that again!
As well as bingo and dance- offs, we witnessed bobbing and a sing- off which for work purposes I decided to do, obviously. This time I was unsuccessful but I’m no sore loser. Prizes were far and wide, you could win hilarious ‘no need for’ items including DVD’s with a bag of popcorn, pink clip in hair for those Nicki Minaj wannabes, floating ducks, a cheese toastie and the funniest of all, a Claire Sweeney CD (no offence Claire!) we did have our eyes on that cheese toastie though! If that puts you off, read on.
There were more enticing treats on offer if a poncho didn’t float your boat: a 2 hour karaoke session in Mahiki’s No Tell Motel Room, a bottle of plonk and the most sought after prize, a delectable and famous Mahiki Treasure Chest cocktail. What I loved about Musical Bingo is that you got yourself a night of music, laughs and commotion. For those that aren’t after anything too wild you can rest assured that host Lauren would never force you to do anything that you didn’t want to do, just overly encourage you.
The fun and games kicked off at 7:30 and after the game we were more than welcome to stay for a DJ set from Paloma Faith as Mahiki also bring in the best guest DJ’s. So if the night was definitely too young, you could let your hair down even more and party with some of the greatest hosts and staff around. We think Musical Bingo is the perfect occasion for birthday celebrations, work do’s and get-togethers! Who knew Bingo could be so much fun?
We’ve already planned our next visit because these eyes are still very much on the prize of that Treasure Chest. If West London isn’t the closest you can also get involved with Musical Bingo in East London, Shoreditch as Concrete play host every Thursday.
Written by Vanessa Carby