The new Soho Rising line-up is here
Live performances from some of music’s hottest talents – from FLO to Alewya, Dylan to Debbie – are coming to a UK House near you
By Catherine Jarvie
Winter is coming. And no, we’re not talking about the latest goings-on in Westeros, but the onslaught of musical talent that’s about to hit our Houses in our all-new line-up for this season’s Soho Rising series.
Now in its fifth year, Soho Rising – supported by Bowers & Wilkins – has a proven reputation for bringing some of the brightest new music stars to Soho House members in a series of intimate one-off gigs across our UK Houses. With previous performers such as Arlo Parks, Holly Humberstone, Griff and Joy Crookes going on to global acclaim, it’s fair to say that Soho House Head of Music, Dom Chung – who handpicks every act – has a nose for emerging talent.
‘My vision has always been for Soho House to become the home of new music and a genuine talent incubator for the industry,’ Chung says, adding that the forthcoming line-up is one of the strongest yet. ‘Soho Rising showcases what we believe are some of the most exciting names in music right now, many of which will undoubtedly be headline talent in the near future.’
You heard it here first. Winter is coming – and it’s set to be a scorcher.
Shoreditch House, Thursday 13 October
The south London singer’s beautiful mixtape B4 I Breakdown was born from the personal pain of issues surrounding her own mental health. Her new music builds on that message and wraps it in honey-voiced melodies and wistful electronics for an enticing take on 1990s-inspired R&B. Ojerime is about to embark on her first UK tour – lucky you gets to see her first.
Shoreditch House, Saturday 22 October
From being featured on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show to touring with Little Simz, the buzz around singer-songwriter Alewya’s signature brand of dance-pop – which draws on her Ethiopian-Egyptian heritage in songs such as ‘Jagna’ – has been upping in decibels for a while now. Hot off a great summer festival run, catch her while you can.
180 House, Monday 24 October
The viral success of single ‘Cardboard Box’ saw this London girl group receive a very solid stamp of approval from industry heavyweights, including Missy Elliot and SZA. Old-school R&B vocals and turn-of-the-millennium harmonies on songs such as new single ‘Not My Job’ deliver a strong message aimed to empower young Black women, in Britain and beyond.
180 House, Thursday 27 October
The LA-based artist dubbed ‘R&B’s new north star’ sends a knowing nod to influences of the likes of Erykah Badu and D’Angelo on his newest EP Before I Let Her Go. However, nostalgia-tinged the mood may be, Phabo’s heartfelt, storytelling approach to singing and songwriting is where it’s at right now.
White City House, Wednesday 9 November
Another rising star from south London, Nigerian-born hip-hop artist Funmi Ohiosumah – aka Flohio – merges electronic and rap to create unusual beats backed up with razor-sharp lyrics about friends, family and life as she knows it. Her debut album Out Of Heart has just been released, with a UK tour to follow. Say you caught it first at Soho Rising.
Shoreditch House, Wednesday 16 November
It’s a word that’s bandied around a lot in music, yet singer-songwriter Wu-Lu’s punkish brand of lo-fi hip-hop more than earns the tag ‘unique’. Another artist from south London, he set out his stall with a series of rousing anti-gentrification anthems last year, and his debut album Loggerhead has been causing a similar stir since its release this summer.
The Heavy Heavy
Brighton Beach House, Wednesday 16 November
Retro 1960s-inspired rock ’n’ roll, The Heavy Heavy is one of the most hotly tipped bands on the scene right now. Debut album Life And Life Only – all sun-soaked sounds and feelgood vibes – has only just been released and is already making waves Stateside. This really is one gig you don’t want to miss.
White City House, Tuesday 22 November
Fresh off a sold-out tour and packed performances at Reading and Leeds festivals, this 22-year-old pop star-in-waiting’s ‘spirit of the summer’ vibe is set to slide beautifully into the new season with the release of much-anticipated mixtape The Greatest Thing I’ll Never Learn just weeks from release.
180 House, Wednesday 7 December
From open-mic nights to signing with 0207 Def Jam, London-based, British-Nigerian-Ghanaian soul singer Debbie’s career arc is the stuff of legend – not least for featuring a tour with John Legend, as well as writing songs for Stormzy). A handful of singles showcasing her truly remarkable vocals and way with words has followed, with the buzz building every time.
For details about the full Soho Rising line-up and to book, click here