Welcome to 2016 and the fifth installment of Secret 7”
Didn’t that come around fast? In fact it seems like no time at all since we were planning for our first show. This time in 2012 we had no idea what we were launching ourselves into, how it’d be received and if there'd be a second - let alone a fifth.
Thankfully we have had the brilliant support of sleeve designers, record buyers and loads of people in between since the very beginning. People who share our desire to support a good cause and put on a show in the process. Together we’ve produced and sold 2,800 individually-crafted sleeves and raised over £130,000 for four charities. Last year was our biggest triumph yet as we extended the exhibition from a weekend to over three weeks and welcomed over 22,000 people down.
That’s enough about the past, there is a lot of exciting new things to tell you about and (art)work to be doneWe’ve been hard at work behind the scenes since we drew the curtains on our exhibition at Somerset House. First things first, we are very excited to share our tracks for 2016...
S729 - Chvrches - Clearest Blue S730 - Etta James - At Last S731 - Jack Garratt - Worry S732 - The Jam - Art School S733 - John Lennon - Imagine S734 - Max Richter - Dream 3 S735 - Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better
As ever we’ve gone for an eclectic mix. Consciously more contemporary than it was in 2015, including Jack Garratt who is tipped high and wide for big things this year. Max Richter, Chvrches and Tame Impala all featured heavily in various end of year lists for their recent records. That said, it also includes our oldest track ever in “At Last” and a very aptly named “Art School” from The Jam’s debut album in 1977. And finally, John Lennon’s “Imagine”, possibly our most iconic pressing ever and most fitting song for our cause.
That brings us on nicely to Amnesty International UK, who we are delighted to be supporting in 2016. They stand up for human rights across the world, wherever justice, freedom, fairness and truth are denied. This year our choice of cause reflects our increasing distress at the goings on around the world. If you find some time, please do visit their website to familiarise yourself with current issues and sign up to be kept informed.
We also have got ourselves a new home. For our fifth instalment we return to Shoreditch to take up residence at Sonos Studio. The space is designed as a social, collaborative home for artists and communities working across music, art and technology. That aim is perfectly aligned with our mission. Once again we’ll be putting together a program of special event this year, starting with sleeve making workshops through January and February with some very special hosts. The first a painting masterclass with our good friend Pete Fowler - Visit our Program of Events page to find out more and reserve your spot.
And finally, we have added a few new faces to our team! Natalie is assisting myself with operations in London and Anastasia is across design with Jord in Sydney.