I just took a moment to consider the fact that KT Tunstall, Laura Mvula & Lucy Rose are all supporting Society of the Golden Slippers with a rare, intimate performance in September. Amazing and humbling. In a city where venues are hiking up their hire to levels that only big brands can swallow, the options for spaces are being squeezed and as you know, many small music clubs have already buckled under financial strain. Plenty of pubs have popped up asking for musicians to play - but I find many don’t really care about the presentation of the events, about the sound, the setting, the whole experience for everyone - artists and audience included. Moreover, artists are often treated as background music which makes me despair and it feeds into the wider cultural problem of not really listening to music anymore. I think it’s really important that our night is supported and survives and provides a homely place for new talent to perform. A home that understands the need for great sound and is sensitive to atmosphere…where the audiences are attentive and warm and where some of most influential people in the industry will venture and see if they can help serve the artists careers. It’s about integrity and it’s about depth of reach within our (paradoxically) very intimate home.
I’m at the Society of the Golden Slippers, an intimate music showcase, and am lucky enough to be watching Elvis’ daughter sing in a space the size of your front room. It is so crowded I have to contort my body into shapes I learned at yoga to just-about-see Lisa Marie’s feet.
Thanks so much to Sara Bran and The Huffington Post for these very kind words!
Tonight is full of immense talents, and is made all the more special with its intimate setting. These invite-only gigs are becoming more popular, and The Society is surely soon to be inundated with requests. This crowd is definitely sold.
'Always a special, intimate evening, Golden Slippers is the place where tastemakers rub up against raw talent and refined class.'
— Neil Spencer, The Observer
Live | Kathryn Williams, Nick Mulvey and Raevennan Husbandes at The Society of the Golden Slippers →
It’s Monday evening and we find ourselves shoulder-to-shoulder with an invite-only crowd, in a gorgeous, Georgian townhouse, hot under the collar and eagerly awaiting three carefully handpicked musicians to show us what they’re made of & It can only be another Society of the Golden Slippers…
When I was 21 and at University in Liverpool, my head was either buried in history books, banging away at the Krazy Club, getting squashed in a scrum or lazing against a pillow listening to Kathryn Williams’s album Little Black Numbers. Never would I have dreamt that 10 years later she would be performing at my music night. Jen x
Kathryn Williams, Nick Mulvey & Raevennan Husbandes at Blacks on Monday 20th May 2013.
Fancy experiencing a quasi-religious epiphany and a couple of minutes of prolonged bliss? Listen to this gem by East India Youth… (AKA William Doyle formerly of Doyle & the Fourfathers who we showcased at Blacks a while back. His new EP is being released by the folk at the Quietus. Quality…)
"A superb evening" Peter Culshaw, The Arts Desk
"…one of London’s premiere singer-songwriter showcases" The Line of Best Fit
"Monthly musical extravaganza" Clash Magazine
"Always a special, intimate evening, Golden Slippers is the place where tastemakers rub up against raw talent and refined class." Neil Spencer, The Observer
"For the freshest new acts in an intimate setting there is no finer event than a golden slippers night" Hitsheet
"Society of the Golden Slippers is fast garnering a reputation for punching above its weight - to paraphrase compere, Leisa Rea, it’s the biggest and smallest night happening in London." Livemusic.fm
"Live music and fizz is an excellent combination. Well, it’s definitely one that works for the Society of the Golden Slippers… the members’ club was packed full of creative types." Tatler
"…it was a beautiful warm night filled with soul and talented musicians…I felt privileged to be a part of such a special night. Hats off to the Society of the Golden Slippers for hosting and to a trifecta of performances." Notion Magazine
"…Crammed to the rafters thanks to the night’s reputation of sourcing those acts you wished you’d heard of first.." Music Fix
"…the most intimate exhibition of high quality performances you are likely to see." ThisBandThatBand
"Great venue, great music" Virgin Records
"…the most exclusive gig in town…" For Folks Sake
Ranked in the Top 5 of Time Out’s ‘101 Best Things To Do In London 2012’