“Fade to grey” was one of the most iconic songs back in the 80s recorded by Visage, a band fronted by Steve Strange and which help providing the soundtrack for the New Romantic or Blitz movement which marked the London nightlife 30 years ago in clubs like the Blitz, the Fridge or Camden Palace. “Mind of a toy”, “The damned don’t cry”, “Malpaso man” or “Whispers” were some of the songs recorded by the band and which were meant to stay.
But the world hasn’t heard from him for years, aside from some occasional parties he attended and/organised in England, particularly in London, marking a shy return of the new romantics to life, particularly in the last two years. These parties were there to bring back somehow the spirit of the Blitz, a club inspired by electronic music and David Bowie looks .
But Visage promised to come back in 2013. The band has just announced a new line up comprising Steve Strange, Steve Barnacle, Robin Simon (ex Ultravox) and Lauren Duval and a new album to be released in the Spring. Hence, and considering the role of Steve Strange as a true master of ceremony and the relevance of some of his songs and taking into account the attendance and acceptance of live acts by Heaven 17 and BEF, Human League or ABC, the music that marked a whole generation may be here to stay and make a comeback, with new music variations and not sheer revival, we hope.
Av. Guerra Junqueiro is one of the most beautiful shopping streets in Lisbon. Located in the modern part of town, with the beautiful Alameda park in the south and the large square Praça de Londres in the north it is still the selected location for many shoppers. Sided by trees and with large sidewalks it is the ideal boulevard where you can shop in a relaxed atmosphere. And the amenities and the excellent transport network make this a privileged location in an affluent part of town.
But the rise of a strange form of consumerism has taken some people away, to the closed atmosphere of shopping malls, a stange habit in a country known for its mild climate. In order to revive the place, to welcome the usual customers and to attract a new clientele shops from Benetton to Stefanel, through to Cortefiel, Springfield, Perfumes & Companhia or Marionnaud, among others, decided to join efforts and to stage an Open Night and to open their shops until midnight. Take this opportunity to linger in this avenue and in Praça de Londres and help bringing back the allure to a shopping district which has much more to offer and with the potential to become again one of Lisbon’s major shopping hotspots. Use the opportunitt to shop till you drop and to finish this shopping excursion at Cafe Mexicana, one of the most iconic cafés in Lisbon.