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World Rock Reggae Hip Hope Folk Music London style
Babar Luck is an enigma.
He is Something that is a multicultural mix he calls himself a Britishtaanee a Jamaicanstaanee a Englishtaanee and naturally a worldcitizen.
Babar was born in Pakistan (Quetta)and came to uk when he was 8 years of age raised by a single mother of devout Muslim faith and educated principles.
He fell in love with all forms of music from his teenage years. Growing up in a poor working class area Canning Town, East London, he chose to mix with and was taken under the wing of Africans Jamaicans and white working class communities and traveler communities.
Babar was the bassist songwriter/shouter in alternative/punk legends King Prawn for ten years 1992-2002 they were/are a very political and underground phenomenon.
After the King Prawn years Babar has established himself as solo artist having released 16 albums in a variety of guises.
His last 3 releases are on Bandcamp.com. He has several albums on iTunes.
He has the DIY ethic BUT he would admit he has been blessed to be looked after by many peoples. He has toured all over the UK, Europe, Australia and Japan.
He has a wonderful folk band called The Babar Luck world citizen folk band, they have recorded 2 albums…about to record their 3rd.
He also has a punk/rock band called Eastendtrinity
The 200 year long story of The Castle Hotel is woven not just into it’s bricks and mortar, its Victorian tiles or its mosaic floors. It’s a feeling that you can’t put your finger on. It’s in its people. In its memories. And in the layers of history built up over centuries of experience.
The Castle Hotel started life in 1776, although records show that there has been a dwelling on the site since the 1400s. Over the course of a century the pub changed name several times, trading first as The Crown and Sceptre, then The Crown and Anchor and later The Clock Face. In the late nineteenth century the pub was acquired by Kay’s Atlas Brewery and started a new chapter as The Castle Hotel; which is probably when the current tiled façade and bar were added. In the early 1930s Frederic Robinson took over Kay’s Atlas Brewery and, consequently, The Castle Hotel.
The pub’s now deeply cemented relationship with the city’s music scene probably began when it was a stopping off point for people on their way to Band on the Wall.
In 1979, a now legendary John Peel interview with Ian Curtis took place here, weaving The Castle further into the fabric of Manchester’s musical heritage. Sadly, The Castle fell on hard times and closed it’s doors in 2008. This cherished public house was not to remain closed for long though, and in 2009 friends Jonny Booth and Rupert Hill took over The Castle Hotel and set about bringing the decrepit building back to life.
After a period of restoration which saw the infamous leaky roof replaced and the pub’s entire interior sympathetically brought back in line with it’s rich heritage, the renovation was completed in October 2010 with the grand unveiling of the new Music Hall and Theatre at In The City 2010.
So that’s the story so far. And now The Castle Hotel is ready for it’s next chapter; one which will see this historical drinking house continue to evolve at the beating heart of Manchester’s creative communities. So come along, pull up a stool, and become a part of our story.
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