All the best moments in music from Soho House in 2022
Our Head of Music, Dom Chung, lists the most memorable musical events from the past 12 months – including the return of House Festival
Thursday 15 December By Soho House
Just like the many highlights from the world of film we’ve been witness to this year, 2022 has been a memorable time for music – especially in the world of Soho House. From the return of House Festival, to Soho Desert House and the ever-growing number of Soho Rising and Secret Sounds gigs that take place in Houses all over the world, music is one of our defining features – and one of the most exciting offerings for our members.
And it’s not just us. The music industry as a whole shapes culture and creativity like no other, as this year has shown. Indeed, it feels like we’ve seen it all these past 12 months: house music’s elevation to the mainstream (thank you Beyoncé), the girl-group renaissance – not only did Sugababes make a comeback, we were also introduced to Flo – and Harry Styles’ global takeover are just a few of the highlights of an epic year for music fans everywhere.
Here, Soho House’s Head of Music, Dom Chung, highlights the most prominent moments for him personally and across the industry as a whole. And if that wasn’t enough to sink your musical teeth into, he’s also provided his very own, carefully curated Ones to Watch in 2023 list to give you a jump on the artists to have on your radar next year.
Soho Desert House take two
Soho House bagged a worldwide exclusive with the DJ debut of Anderson .Paak’s alias, DJ Pee .Wee. It was one for the books.
Soho House takes Art Basel
The iconic Roy Ayers delivered a sublime set at the legendary White Cube opening party, kicking off our week-long activation at the fair.
The Harry Styles takeover
Harry Styles was absolutely everywhere. You couldn’t move without encountering all things Harry this year, from the release of Harry’s House and the ubiquitous single ‘As It Was’, to headlining Coachella, to his world tour – and that’s before we even mention his lead movie role in Don’t Worry Darling.
The return of Sugababes
After closing down their stage at Glastonbury, the return of the 1990s girl band was made official and it the subsequent tour has seen some of the most hyped shows of recent times. Justifiably so, as demonstrated at their storming Secret Sounds show at Shoreditch House this summer.
Pop music embraced house music
Dua Lipa’s Studio 2054 paid homage to it; Beyonce’s Renaissance album went full ballroom; Eliza Rose topped the UK charts with underground anthem, ‘B.O.T.A.’. No doubt about it, house music – and underground culture – hit the masses this year.
Speaking of renaissances…
Kate Bush found a whole new fanbase, thanks to ‘Running Up That Hill’ soundtracking the latest season of Stranger Things, taking the iconic anthem and singer to the Tik Tok generation.
Kendrick Lamar reclaimed his status
K.Dot confirmed his status as the most exciting rapper on the planet. Having impressed while closing the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, he proceeded to roll out one of the most impressive rap shows of all time with The Big Steppers Tour.
Though touring proved difficult for some
After two years of reschedules, 2022 had more tours announced than ever before. This led to congested calendars, which ultimately proved too much for some. As artists everywhere set out to try to make up for ‘lost time’ during the pandemic, a number of high-profile performers – including Little Simz and Arlo Parks – ended up cancelling tours, citing the impact of turbo-charged touring and hectic promotional schedules on their mental health among the reasons for doing so.
The return of ABBA
Doubters be damned – the dazzling retro-futurist holographic extravaganza was an instant hit, allowing fans of the Swedish mega-group to step back in time while looking to the future at the sold-out run of digital shows in London.