As St Vincent, Annie Clark has released five amazing solo albums, collaborated with David Byrne, produced a Taylor Swift song and created a guitar designed to accommodate a boob or two. So the next logical step in her career is (obviously!) to host a champagne bar in Covent Garden. Working with fancy-pants bubbly brand Veuve Clicquot, she’s created Souvenir: a pop-up bar where she’s in control of everything from the lighting to the entertainment, and is even going to be performing among the attendees between sips. We called the musical polymath to talk vineyards, hangovers and… Zelda. Well, why not? Hi Annie. I have to admit something: I’m deathly hungover today. The perfect time to talk champagne! What’s the bar going to be like? ‘I’ve assembled a lot of rad young UK artists to help me make it. It’s based on the idea that when you’re drinking champagne, you’re looking for your happiest memory, right? So it’s going to be a dreamy and beguiling experience.’ Did you have to drink a lot of champagne for research purposes?‘I did. It was very difficult, but I managed to come out the other side. I even got to go to Champagne, the region, and I visited the vineyards to see exactly how everything is put together. It got me thinking about how and why people drink champagne. You don’t drink champagne at a funeral, do you?’ Well, it depends who’s died, I guess. ‘But champagne’s specifically about celebration and the idea of celebration. So I was thinking about what makes people com
Jazz in London is constantly evolving, but retains its old-school roots. So whether you're a longtime jazz lover or a total newbie, you'll find your spot at one of London's best jazz clubs to soak up some serious vibes. Truly, there's nowhere quite like the iconic Ronnie Scott's in Soho, but the capital boasts a selection of characterful jazz venues dotted all over the city. Simply pick one with a vibe you like the sound of, and get ready to get your groove on.
This year Melissa ‘Lizzo’ Jefferson took a DNA test... yup, you guessed it: turns out, she really, really is 100 percent that bitch. As the 31-year old prepares for her biggest London headline shows yet, here’s a glut of reasons why the US singer-songwriter and all-round force of nature totally owned pop in 2019. 1. Her song ‘Truth Hurts’ reached Number One in the US, nearly two years after it was first released. 2. She calls her fans the ‘Lizzbians’. Low-key genius, tbh. 3. Her flute has its own Instagram account with 265,000 followers. Or should that be woodwinstagram? 4. She paid tribute to ‘Sister Act 2’ – definitely one of the greatest sequels of all time – in her performance of ‘Juice’ at this year’s MTV Movie Awards. That means Whoopi Goldberg has to be a shoo-in to star in Lizzo’s next video, right? 5. She appeared in ‘Hustlers’ and easily matched J.Lo and Cardi B for superstar charisma. 6. She collaborated with actual Missy Elliott on trap jam ‘Tempo’, and forward-thinking pop queen Charli XCX on ‘Blame It on Your Love’. Legends stan legends. 7. ‘Good as Hell’ became a hit in the UK – more than three years after it was first released. And now Ariana Grande’s jumped on a remix, sending it into the top ten. 8. She made ‘bye bitch’ a thing. But it only really works followed by an iconic Lizzo cackle as someone drives you away in a golf buggy. 9. She’s a classically trained flautist who’s played the flute in a strip club. Next step: Lizzo and the Royal Philhar
I remember dying inside when someone enthusiastically told me it was now possible to sync up your Spotify to play in an Uber. Much of that emotion was linked to the fact my dad worked out of his car, meaning the idea of anyone randomly controlling a driver’s tunes was completely verboten. How dare they! But it also seemed to preclude one of life’s true joys: listening to beautiful, smooth and very very uncool music on the way home at 3am when you’re, well, fucked. And finding it, well, AMAZING! There’s a magic quality to the kind of soft, balmy, retro music you hear in a late-night minicab. Or maybe we mean a Magic FM quality? Either way, it’s a mix of po-faced melancholia, retro anthems and soothing synths. It’s Phil Collins. It’s Judy Tzuke. It’s Lionel, Tina, George and, of course, it’s Toto. It’s mostly ’80s, and it’s mostly genuinely brilliant, regardless of whether you’re hearing it in a euphoric, post-party state (though that helps). Hell, we’re calling it: we think minicab music is the new yacht rock – the genre that emerged in the noughties that celebrated a scene of ’70s West Coast smoothies like Steely Dan and Hall & Oates. Rather than letting that backseat emotion wear off like a hangover, an event exists to celebrate this strange form of gentle euphoria. Late Nite Minicab FM is a sporadic club night that pays tribute to the sonics of that cab ride home. For the next Late Nite Minicab FM, head cabbie Johnno Burgess is joined by moonlighting journos Alexis Petr
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