Pick of the Year: 2006

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  1. Hard-fi – Cash Machine
  2. Richard Ashcroft – Break The Night with Colour
  3. Notorious BIG – Nasty Girl
  4. Starsailor This Time
  5. Madonna – Sorry
  6. Simon Webbe – After All This Time
  7. Pussycat Dolls – Beep
  8. Keisha White – The Weakness in Me
  9. Sugababes – Red Dress
  10. Ne-Yo – So Sick
  11. Kelly Clarkson – Walk Away
  12. Embrace – Natures Law
  13. Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
  14. Mary J Blige & U2 – One
  15. Rihanna – SOS
  16. Will Young – Who Am I
  17. LL Cool J – Control Myself
  18. Pink – Who Knew
  19. Paul Oakenfold – Faster Kill Pussycat
  20. Nelly Furtado – Maneater
  21. Sugababes – Follow Me Home
  22. Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
  23. Zutons – Valerie
  24. Pussycat Dolls – Buttonz
  25. All American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
  26. Lupe Fiasco – Kick Push
  27. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
  28. Justin Timberlake – Sexyback
  29. Pink – U & UR Hand
  30. My Chemical Romance – Welcome to the Black Parade
  31. James Morrison – Wonderful World
  32. Girls Aloud – Something Kinda Oooh
  33. Beyonce – Irreplaceable
  34. Amy Winehouse – Rehab
  35. McFly – Star Girl
  36. All Saints – Rock Steady
  37. Keane – Nothing In My Way
  38. Justin Timberlake – My Love
  39. Take That – Patience
  40. Jamelia – Beware of the Dog
  41. Matt Willis – Don’t Let It Go To Waste
  42. Leona Lewis – A Moment Like This

Partners in Wine do Karaoke at Cosy Joes

‘I love karaoke and totally hog the mic when I go out and do it with my friends’ – Charli XCX

Being an army brat and travelling around a lot when I was younger means it’s never been particularly difficult for me to make friends and I’m lucky that I’ve picked up friends and kept them from every job I’ve had in my adult life. There’s something intrinsically special though, when you get together with your school friends. They’re the one’s who’ve known you the longest, who talked you out of bright red parachute pants and were the first on the phone when you got dumped by your high school boyfriend over MSN messenger group chat.

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Me and my 3 best friends from school Ang, Janine and Steph don’t see each other nearly as often as we’d like but when we d get together, I think we laugh consistently from start to finish. We were looking for something a little bit different for our most recent catch up and since every time we go on road trips together we end up belting out hits of the 80s in the car. Karaoke seemed the obvious solution!

Other than in a few chinese restauarnts in China Town the place to do karaoke in Newcastle is Cosy Joes slap bang in the middle of the bigg market. Despite what I like to think, Beyonce I ain’t so although you can do old fashioned karaoke in front of a baying crowd of drunk geordies, the safe option (for me and everyone else’s ears) is their private party pods which can be booked from between 4 to 20 people and they are. so. much. fun!

At a weekend it costs you £5 each for your first hour and £2.50 for each subsequent hour; we went for two hours as one didn’t feel like enough to really get warmed up and it was the perfect amount of time. The pods are dimly lit so have a really cool nightclub type vibe which really adds to the night out feel you’re looking for when you’re out with your mates. They have large plasma screens where the words are displayed, a small unit mounted on the wall where you pick your songs, large sofa to relax on while your mates are taking centre stage and two microphones (i’m sure the larger pods probably have more). There’s also a call button on the wall to press and a member of staff will come to your pod to take your drinks order  – that’s service!

The computer you pick your songs from is really easy to use; you can search my artist or song title, or alternatively everything is listed alphabetically if you just want to scroll through and see what takes your fancy. You can play songs immediately or add them to a playlist so can line them up and create your very own setlist. You’ll also be hard pushed to want to sing a song that’s not available, in our two hour wailfest we sang everything from Bowling for Soup, Backstreet Boys and Alanis Morissette to Pantera and Megadeth.

If you were looking to push the boat out a little ore they offer different pre paid packages included drinks, mixers and food if there’s a big gang of you. We absolutely loved our night at Cosy Joes and will definitely be going back to get a fix before Christmas. It’s the perfect way to hang out and be silly with your mates will singing all your favourite songs from your angsty teen years or would be the ideal venue for your work Christmas party!

Contact:

Groat Market, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1UQ
Tel: info@cosyjoes.co.uk
Web: www.cosyjoes.co.uk