MRS. MILLS @brixtonbuzz @disastronaut @audiosushi @mikeurban @dogstarbrixton THIS SATURDAY
THE MRS MILLS EXPERIENCE IS HERE! "Once seen, never forgotten! A tribute band to the versatile piano jollity of the post-war light entertainment phenomenon that was Mrs Mills. A stalwart of the Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise and as British as fish and chips. The audience is the star and variety is King as we singalong, tap dance and do the Lambeth Walk like it's 1899!" Vintage Festival 2012 "With the audience cheering, laughing, singing and dancing along ...
this was a great gig, by a great band..." - BrixtonBuzz review
As seen on Channel 4, and soon to be featured on BBC TV!
Rolling out a barrel of irony-untroubled, hipster-free, good time entertainment, the Mrs Mills Experience is made up of an unlikely combination of Brixton-based dance DJs and punk musicians, united by their improbable love of piano-thumper extraordinaire, Mrs Gladys Mills. Delivering a variety pack of authentic, working class singalong tunes, the Mrs Mills Experience aims to make the audience the star, unleashing a salvo of good time music for these austerity stricken times. Such was the buzz behind this new outfit that a prestigious Saturday night slot at this year's Vintage Festival was secured - without the band even recording a demo! - and the BBC will be filming them over the summer for a forthcoming documentary. Keen to bring the might of Mrs Mills to the masses, the band have embarked on a small tour of unconventional - some may say confrontational - slots at various venues leading up to their festival show.
On the road
The band's debut was on June 1st 2012 at the hugely popular Offline Club in Brixton. Playing to a packed crowd, the band roused the crowd to sing along to music hall classics, while party hats were handed out to get folks in the mood. Accompanying the Mrs Mills Experience on selected songs onstage were a trio of ukulele players from the Dulwich Ukulele Club [see photos]. On Sat 9th June, the band played their first festival show on the main stage of the London Nocturne 2012 at Smithfield Market, Farringdon. The first live band to ever play at the popular Nocturne event, the Mrs Mills Experience provided musical accompaniment to the exciting Penny Farthing bike races [see photos] and were featured on Channel 4's coverage. Next up is a date on the river with the band taking over the Tamesis Dock boat on the River Thames on Thurs 21st June, with all-girl go-go troupe The Actionettes providing the moves in a nautical themed evening of entertainment. Finally, the band will be bringing the full Mrs Mills honky-tonk pub piano thunder to a packed dancefloor at Brixton's legendary dance venue, The Dogstar on Saturday 30th June. Clubbers will be treated to the unexpected spectacle of the Mrs Mills Experience in full flight, performing in the middle of a packed dance floor at midnight, complete with tap dancer, party hats and streamers. Several other surprise appearances with mystery guests are planned at similarly unusual venues before the band take to the stage for their Saturday night slot at this year's Vintage Festival in Northamptonshire, a 20,000 capacity event curated by fashion designer Wayne Hemingway.