Soho – an area synonymous with great music venues and historic gigs. An area where the likes of Hendrix, The Who and Zeppelin cut their teeth – and where to this day wonderful concerts happen nightly. But there are fears – Gentrification is the word on many lips. As bulldozers move onto Denmark Street and the last live music venue closes on London’s Tin Pan Alley.
According to the team at TALENTBANQ it’s time to reverse the trend. Aligned with the Mayor’s #SoundsLikeLondon event taking place throughout June and as part of Music Venue Trust’s Fightback London campaign to support independent venues, TALENTBANQ in partnership with L’Escargot announces The Soho Music Festival on June 16th; a one-day ‘music safari’ and celebration of independent music and musicians, to be held at one of Soho’s most famous addresses. A festival that is designed to grow over the next three years to bring back music to basements, small rooms and rooftops in the bohemian district flanked by Oxford Street and Shaftesbury Avenue.
In a statement of intent, TALENTBANQ has programmed a 12 hour live ‘music safari’ to take place in The Salon Noir, Salon Vert and The Library at L’Escargot on Greek Street. Heralded as one of the capitals finest French restaurants, its upstairs rooms whisper the stories of times gone-by and provide exquisitely intimate spaces to discover new music.
From 11am to 11pm L’Escargot will be host to no less than 10 red hot, breaking acts – each chosen for their ability to deliver exceptional live performance. Uniquely the day will be divided into three sessions, where the audience moves from room to room.
The artistic line up ranges from Classical Crossover Piano, through Tango, to UK Country, Swing, Rock and possibly the wildest Celtic harp ever to grace a stage. All this plus of course an after-party because in Soho when the music stops, the music starts!
Naturally there’s a chance to eat some very fine food and thanks to sponsors Casanova and D1 the afternoon session is preceded by an ice cold glass of Prosecco, and the evening session with a long D1 London Gin cocktail.
Here’s how it all works…
Arrive at L’Escargot between 10 and 11am on June 16th to be greeted with fresh coffee and croissant.
Thereafter attendees will enjoy a ‘Music Safari’ – three sessions of music Morning, Afternoon and Evening – each consisting of three different artists playing simultaneously in each of L’Escargot’s elegant rooms.
There are breaks for lunch and dinner where patrons are free to explore Soho, or avail of a £25 credit per person to dine at L’Escargot.
At 10pm the festival moves into after-party mode with the tenth artist of the day taking the stage in the Salon Noir – and a surprise guest or two to join the jam.
Tickets for the Soho Music Festival 2018 are limited to just 50 pairs at £99 per person to include:
- Coffee and Croissant on arrival
- A music safari of 9 independent artists over three sessions
- £25 towards lunch or dinner at host venue – L’Escargot
- Afternoon Ice cold prosecco by Casanova
- Evening long London Gin Cocktail by D1
- After party with 10th artist and unannounced guest
- Six month membership of L’Escargot’s Club Privee
- Founders VIP ticket to The Soho Music Festival 2019
- Plus, Bragging rights that you were there forever.
Tickets on sale from 9 am on April 20th at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soho-music-festival-tickets-44821823280