Sparkle galore and an early New Year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney’s Moth Club

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

The New Year came early last night in Hackney as a trio of bands performed for Japan’s New Year’s World Rock Festival – the world’s longest running music show.

The show is the Japanese equivalent of Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, and showcases up-and-coming bands from across the world. Representing the UK was an all-star cast of Misty Miller, Black Honey and The Near Death Experience, all performing in the truly wonderful Moth Club in Hackney.

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

The Moth Club is a fascinating venue. MOTH stands for Memorable Order of Tin Hats, an ex-service organisation founded in 1927 by Charles Evenden as a brotherhood of South African former front-line soldiers []

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

The General Browning MOTH Club – the full name of the Hackney branch – has been hosting activities for its members for many years, and last year the people behind the Shacklewell Arms and The Lock Tavern got involved in putting on events there. []

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

The venue has an old fashioned front bar, with a glitter-encrusted ballroom next door.

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

The ballroom is liberally doused in gold, with a gold stage backdrop and a sparkling gold roof.

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

First on stage was the The Near Death Experience, pumping out fast, sharp and passionate soul.  The singer very much dressed for the occasion.

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

The singer had a big voice – and a terrific outfit.

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

The venue was a great place to see live music: the sound was nothing short of amazing and just look at that gold glittery ceiling!

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Misty Miller and her band delivered another stellar performance, full of passion, emotion and raw energy.

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

This lady danced with so much flamboyant energy she should have been on the stage as well!

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Seeing as it was being filmed for Fuji TV’s New Year’s Eve show, we all had to pretend that it was the start of 2016, with the compère leading us through the countdown.

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Happy New Year!

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Much festive hugging took place on stage.

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

The last act on was Black Honey, a fast and fun garage/grunge outfit from Brighton led by the charismatic Izzy B. Phillips.

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

With the bands finished by 10.30pm, I took a last look around the club.

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Sparkle and an early new year with Misty Miller, Black Honey & The Near Death Experience at Hackney's Moth Club, Sunday 29th November 2015

Scene in the front bar.

More: Moth Club website.

Chat about the gig and the Moth Club here.