Soho Music Month returns this June, a celebration of the diversity of music talent in an area rich with heritage and influence.
Music lovers will be spoilt for choice during the month-long celebration with an exciting schedule of free events, showcasing a unique mix of both established and up-and-coming artists in various venues across Soho.
Key date for the diary:
In Carnaby on Saturday 8 June from 12-6pm, a joint celebration in aid of World Oceans Day in collaboration with ocean conservation organisation Project 0. Expect a lawn down Ganton Street and bean bags to enjoy music from world music collective Lokkhi Terra, sultry vocals from Delilah Holliday, laid-back sounds from St Martiins and electric soul from Ese & The Vooduu People, along with Vista Kicks and Allthingsmata.
During the month, visitors can enjoy a diverse range of music, exclusive activations, collections and promotions in stores and restaurants throughout the area. These include live sets by Indie King, Baxter Dury, at eyewear- favourites MOSCOT on Beak Street, and Lilllordag music evenings spanning Japanese avant-garde, 80’s pop, jazz and cosmic disco every Wednesday at Swedish café Soderberg on Berwick Street. Over on Marshall Street, menswear brand Oi Polloi will be celebrating in style with DJ Trey Rodriguez.
Be transformed back in time with Cahoots’ stellar line-up throughout the month featuring Auntie Maureen and her 1930s gramophone, theatrical DJ duo The Roustabouts and Tom Carradine's Cockney sing-along. Soho Music Month revellers can enjoy exclusive themed cocktails from NYC-inspired Dirty Bones and Korean street food favourite Jinjuu.
Live music events will take place in stores such as Paul Smith on Beak Street, Dr. Martens on Carnaby Street and Levi’s Vintage Clothing and Laurel Wreath by Fred Perry on Newburgh Street.
An exclusive Platform LDN hub and exhibition space at 3 Carnaby Street, run by Creative Media Network, will showcase a variety of free activities from DJ residencies, live music broadcasts and creative workshops. Throughout the month, hip hop super duo Run The Jewels will host RTJ UK, their first ever UK gallery exhibition bringing their iconic visual universe to life with an immersive experience at 3 Carnaby Street. RTJ UK will showcase a selection of UK artists and creatives they have collaborated with over the years, and empowering emerging UK visual artists to contribute their work.
The hub will also host a series of thought-provoking panel talks with confirmed panellists so far including Not For The Radio presenter Duane Jones, AKA Vis, who will be discussing Streaming Vs Traditional Radio and actor and filmmaker Femi Oyeniran. Enjoy curated events by the likes of Beats 1 radio presenter Julie Adenuga, TV and radio personality Maya Jama and DIY Generation presenter Jamz Supernova. Stay tuned at Carnaby.co.uk for more announcements.
History buffs and inquisitive minds can enjoy free, informative, music-themed walking tours in Carnaby to discover the celebrated area’s rich music heritage. Visit where Jimi Hendrix played his first London gig, the bar where ‘hand jiving’ was invented and learn about the hip hop record shop Deal Real which saw open mic nights from Amy Winehouse, Kanye West and Mos Def. Complete the tour at 1940s vintage underground bar, Cahoots, for a complimentary music-themed cocktail.
Soho walking tours start at 6.15pm, lasting approximately one hour, and will take place on the following dates:
• Tuesday 4 June
• Thursday 6 June
• Tuesday 11 June
• Thursday 13 June
For a spot on the walking tours, enter the free ballot on Carnaby.co.uk.
Further details and events to be announced. For the full Soho Music Month programme visit Carnaby.co.uk