Is London falling silent? Not so much the Big Issue Sellers, the taxi drivers shouting obscenities and drunken hen and stag dos singing but the music that has made the city a global powerhouse of music and culture for decades. The figures would suggest it is, and according to the Music Venue Trust, approximately 35% of music venues in the UK have closed their doors over the past decade while many others are at risk. Hence Sounds Like London. Launched last month by Sadiq Khan, Sounds Like London is a programme taking place across the capital and comprised of gigs and events every day throughout June and spearheading this effort are Airbnb and Little Concert.
Little Concert is a community-driven music platform and they have teamed up with tech giant Airbnb to launch a series of unique Airbnb Concerts. The eleven concerts will shine a light on up-and-coming talent and provide support for London’s grassroots music scene.
Talent on show include Anoushka Lewis at The Kings Head and Laura Oakes at Knowhere Special, both this Thursday and Phoebe Katis at Behind This Wall this Sunday along with a raft of other talent throughout the month.
The mayor is also keen to put an emphasis on women artists, DJs, producers and promoters, showcasing the best of the industry and inspiring the next generation of female talent. And, it is hoped, will help to bring forward the next Stormzy, Adele and Dua Lipa.