Story dated 17th June, 2002
What a great combination - live music and pinball - and that's what was on offer at this year's Pinball The Pinball is part of the Stoke Newington Festival in north London and took place last Saturday at the Stoke Newington Assembly Halls.
Entrance cost £6 (£4 concessions) with a flyer or £2 more without. Luckily there was a flyer on the pavement outside the Halls so for once, litter collection paid off.
The Pinball has run for a few years but this was the first with actual pinball games. There were six games in all, covering a wide range of years but none were that recent:
Bally Minizag, Gottlieb Far Out, Bally Star Trek, Bally Escape from the Lost World, William's Bride of Pinbot and Data East Star Trek.
But the Pinball isn't all pinball. The major draw for the crowd was the prospect of seeing and hearing five bands playing live.
There wasn't time for me to hear all of them, but one which particularly grabbed my attention was called Spaghetti West One. (West One. Western. Geddit?)
As you might have guessed they play Ennio Morricone-esque music but with a more modern twist. I started writing this review while they were on but had to stop to appreciate the music.
So after a few more songs and a change of band it was back to the pinball.
Unfortunately in the interim several games had developed faults. The Bally Star Trek had run out of credits, the Bride of Pinbot had a broken flipper and the Far Out had a stuck ball.
There was good demand for the games and it would be nice to see even more games at the next event - perhaps some newer games too, to let non-pinball players know that new games are still around and being made.
© Pinball News 2002