Spearmint at The Water Rats – everything you need to know

Here’s all the information you need to know ahead of Spearmint’s final gig for a couple of years tomorrow at London’s Water Rats venue…


Tickets are still available online here from WeGotTickets. Those who have bought tickets in advance are asked not to print off the email confirmation to save paper. Instead, ID for the named ticket holder will be checked off a list. Therefore, if multiple tickets have been booked at the same time, you all need to meet outside and go in together. Attendees are advised to bring photo ID like a new style driving license or passport and a note of the order number emailed after purchase.

Doors open at 7:30pm.

The Venue

The Water Rats is a well-known small London venue with a famously small stage and capacity of 200 all-standing, which hosted Bob Dylan and Oasis’ first appearances in the capital. More recently, this year it was the setting of an intimate show by Katy Perry for Capital FM, at the same venue where she made her British debut. Fans flocked outside to catch a glimpse of their idol.

The venue is part of a pub, which has recently been renovated and has re-opened under new management after some previous negative reviews. The Water Rats is also a food pub with generally decent TripAdvisor reviews since the refurbishment if you want to grab a bite to eat before the gig.


The Water Rats is less than a five minute walk from Kings Cross St. Pancras Underground station. If you’re getting the train to either Kings Cross (maximum 10 mins walk), St Pancras (10 mins) or Euston (15 mins) there’s no need to get the tube. From Liverpool Street, the journey to Kings Cross St Pancras will take ten minutes travelling eastwards on either the Circle, Hammersmith and City or Metropolitan lines. If you’re getting the coach into Victoria, walk to the underground station and take the Victoria line northbound, also for approximately ten minutes and also to Kings Cross St Pancras. There are no planned works or disruption on the tube.

For drivers, the postcode is WC1X 8BZ, although parking is scarce in the immediate vicinity of the venue.


As well as main support Fever Dream, promotors Guided Missile last month added Simon Love and the Old Romantics to the bill.

Simon Love describes himself as a ‘pop’ artist. His songwriting is witty, funny and rude, with light, catchy melodies. Love’s debut album It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time drew a slew of warm reviews. This summer he released the Tennis Fan EP. This show, with his band the Old Romantics, will be the last of his 30s and he is currently mixing another LP.

Fever Dream are a three-piece dreamy indie rock band from London who recently released their second album Squid, following the success of their debut effort Moyamoya. Singer/guitarist Adrian Fleet is joined by bassist Sarah Lippett and drummer Cat Loye.

Spearmint will be performing as their regular five-piece for the show with Andy Lewis on bass, although they played as their ‘original’ four piece with guitarist James Parsons on bass for their last performance at the Hastings Rock-A-Nore festival.

The Set

Spearmint’s set has been decided by an online vote, with fans asked to choose the three Spearmint or Shirley Lee solo songs they most want to hear. The most successful will form the setlist of the ‘jukebox’ show.

The band have been tight-lipped about the set so far and Shirley Lee said they’ll not be revealing anything until the night, but that “all the hits” had been polling well and would be played. The set is expected to be around twenty songs long but not necessarily in order of votes.

The band’s performance at Hastings could give a clue to the set, although there will be additions because of the longer stage time and five-piece band format. The printed setlist for that gig was posted on Spearmint’s official Facebook page and is as follows:
In the Shade
Isn’t it Great to be Alive
Left Alone Among the Living
Julie Christie!
A Week Away
I Will Sleep Tonight
Psycho Magnet
Sunflower Eyes
We’re Going Out
Scottish Pop
Sweeping the Nation

Andy Lewis gave no promises either, but in answer to a question by a fan on Twitter, hinted that Oklahoma! track Vivian might remain on the setlist.

Setlist Prediction

Just for fun, I’ve had a go at guessing the set list. This is in no way official, but it’ll be interesting to see how many I’ve got right:
(20 from)
Isn’t it Great to Be Alive
Left Alone Among the Living
Julie Christie!
A Week Away
Come on Feel the Lemonheads
Outside the Roundhouse
The Smack of the Pavement in Your Face
London Ghost Story
Good Days and Bad Days
Start Again
The Gleaners
News From Nowhere
You Are Still My Brother
Don’t Get Me Started
Giving It Away
The Flaming Lips
Happy Birthday Girl
This is Green, This Is Grey
Scared of Everything
A Bench In the Park
Single Again
Sunflower Eyes
We’re Going Out
Scottish Pop
Sweeping the Nation

Read an exclusive interview I did last month with Shirley Lee looking forward to the show here.

Featured image supplied by Spearmint. Poster (below) designed by James Parsons.

Spearmint Poster

Published by

Tony Allen

20-year-old student from Norwich.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s