Qype Does Brighton!

Qype Does Brighton!

After enjoying huge success in London and all over Europe since it launched in Germany in 2006, international reviews site Qype is finally hitting Brighton. In style.

We’ve got three floors, yes THREE FLOORS of open-mic and open-house shenanigans at Lucky Voice, Brighton on 23rd June from 6pm. And the best bit? It’s TOTALLY free. Just make sure you RSVP to hartingale@qype.com so you don’t miss out.

The evening will feature live music from Brighton-based singer-songwriters Mike Wilton, Louis May and Gemma Williams, poetry from Tony Flynn and karaoke hosted by Brighton’s karaoke king Stephen Leppard. There’ll also be some thai-style nibbles (first come, first served), a free cocktail for ALL performers (even the terrible ones) and two-for-one cocktails for everyone else. Bargainous, eh?

If you feel like you’ve got far more to give than one karaoke number will allow, then get in touch with me on alicereeves86@gmail.com to be added to the main bill of performers.

There are also prizes to be won for the best performances and the best reviews of the venue and event – including dinner at new Vietnamese restaurant, Pho.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Qype Event at Lucky Voice in Brighton


Whatever your preconceptions are about karaoke – whether it evokes bad memories of drunken family reunions or rowdy New Year’s Eve parties where you pop a quid in a pot then belt out ‘I Will Survive’ at the top of your voice and embarrass yourself – think again. Lucky Voice is karaoke with serious CLASS.

On the debut Qype Does Brighton event, ten of us lucky Qypers made our way there armed with severe lack of confidence in our vocal ability. Well, some of us more than others.

We were greeted by vocal coach Zoe (not a usual fixture of Lucky Voice, but we felt we needed a little help to get us started) and then embarked on a series of vocal exercises including breathing, singing yawns and bizarrely acted renditions of Happy Birthday. Then, full of confidence (helped by a delicious mojito-style cocktail) we were ready for our first challenge: Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me Baby.’ I have to say… we TOTALLY nailed it (no honestly, you seriously missed out).

Our karaokeing took place in a large, dimly-lit, padded pod (sounds a bit scary, but it was actually rather cosy). They’ve got the obligatory folder-bound song list to flick through for inspiration, as well as a touch-screen browser which links up to a flat screen television. You can even queue up a playlist in advance, pause and rewind tracks. Much better than relying on a pub DJ!

My personal highlight of the evening was policeman Steve’s Michael Jackson impersonation and genuinely fantastic rendition of ‘Man in the Mirror’ (complete with ‘huh!’ and ‘hoo!’ noises) and new Qyper Chloe’s frighteningly accurate Lady Gaga impression.

Price-wise, a room as large as the one we were in will set you back over £50 an hour, but divided by over 10 people it doesn’t work out too expensive. Where you have to watch yourself is that every karaoke pod gets a food and drinks tab that you settle up at the end. I’d imagine if you’re having that much fun it’s very hard to keep an eye on your spending, particularly when all you have to do to get a drink is press a button that says thirsty. Brilliant, but lethal.

I’d definitely go here again, as it’s a fantastically original idea for a birthday party, team-building work do or hen night. I’m warming up my vocal chords for next time already…

Check out my review of Lucky Voice – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype

Qype: Bowlplex in Brighton


Sexy bowling shoes. Oh yes.

Ever since I was a student, bowling has been one of my favourite ways to have fun. This was such an excellent value place for us to go when I was at university, as they do a student deal on a Sunday where every game of bowling (usually £3.99 or thereabouts) is £1.99. This is probably where I regret the loss of my student card the most. If you’re going at peak time (Friday or Saturday) then the games are just over £5 each. On those nights they also do a “meal deal” for £12.99 which includes two games of bowling and a McDonald’s-style fast-food basket. Most definitely not to my taste, but a nice idea nonetheless.

If you do happen to take advantage of the student-aimed Sunday cheapness, that’s when they have their karaoke night. Bowling was the favourite pastime of my student radio station, URF, so karaoke was always immense fun as it served to fuel our love of cheesy choons. First Wetherspoons for cheap drinks, then bowling, then belting out 90s pop-punk hits until they chucked us out at closing. Fabulous.

If your games of bowling are over to quickly and you still want to exercise that competitive streak, then you can head to their pool tables in the back room – full size tables that charge for the time you use them, not per game. It’s not particularly expensive and students get it half price with a valid NUS card (although they ask for a returnable £20 deposit for the balls and cues). A word of warning though – the bar staff do ID militantly, so take some with you or you won’t even be allowed inside the bar or pool table area.

While some staff members are really friendly and up for a laugh and a joke with you (which is how they should be in a place like this), the rest just stand around looking bored and grumpy.

All in all, you’ll have a great night of tacky, loud fun. And for the record, I have the bumpers DOWN. Oh yes.

Check out my review of Bowlplex – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype