Neighbouring central London districts Carnaby and Soho unite with a free month-long celebration throughout July. A series of activations will include talks, exhibitions, music history tours and a one day record market on 18th July with Independent Label Market who will curate an incredible line-up of emerging record labels
Exhibitions, walks and talks
Ronnie Wood pop-up gallery – One of the world’s foremost rock musicians, Ronnie Wood has pursued a remarkable parallel career as an influential fine artist. His art acts both as a record of, and the perfect counterpoint to his career in music from The Jeff Beck Group and the Faces to the Rolling Stones. Ronnie will personally curate this exhibition which will include signed limited edition prints all of which will be available to buy. 57 Carnaby Street.
Museum of Youth Culture will exhibit rare, vintage photographic prints from renowned photographers such as Terry O’Neill, Gavin Watson and Normski featuring iconic artists including Blur, The Damned, The Buzzcocks, Rolling Stones and David Bowie performing in and around Soho. The exhibition will showcase original vintage Soho club flyers, music themed vintage pin badges, and ephemera including a piece of the old Carnaby Street patterned road that was originally laid down in 1973. During their residency the Museum will be collecting photos, ephemera and stories for a new Soho based collection which will be permanently preserved within the Museum of Youth Culture’s archives. 57 Carnaby Street.
Creative Media Network hosts a series of activations, talks, showcases and launches in collaboration with Code & Culture,
Illust Space, Kingdom Drama School, Mr Snappy, Platform LDN, PRS Foundation, PPL, SHPR. Cultural curators Code and Culture team up with L.A based NFT auction house Illust Space, to host a gallery showcasing music themed NFT art by renowned UK and international digital artists. Ashley Walters & Nagajan Ward will present the amazing Monologue Jam, showcasing talented students from Kingdom Drama School. Platform LDN will run a programme of music and creative-industry masterclasses for diverse young creatives. 5 Upper James Street.
Free music history tours run every Wednesday in July, taking guests on a journey around Soho where some of music’s greatest legends once walked. Visit where the Beatles recorded Hey Jude, the famous Jazz club Bag O’Nails, where the Rolling Stones kick-started their career and the spot where Jimi Hendrix lived, worked and played. Tickets are via a free ballot at carnaby.co.uk.
Free talks will be presented by Soho aficionado Chris Sullivan; journalist, DJ, painter and founder of the infamous Wag Club. Sullivan gathers together a line up of true Soho ‘ace faces’ whose tales of misdemeanour, style mongering and general high jinx within the square mile will have you rolling in the aisles. Guests include all-round King of Soho; Mark Powell, Philip Sallon; the man of a million outfits, who has been at the centre of London night life and style since the 70s , and Princess Julia; the Queen of The Blitz club, DJ at legendary Soho nights. Hosted at The Clachan. Tickets are via a free ballot at carnaby.co.uk.
Song competition Calling all composers, musicians and artists! Carnaby launches a competition to find an anthem. Lyrics have been written as a homage to Carnaby and members of the public, amateur or professional, are invited to create a song with these lyrics. The winning prize includes a day in the studio to record and mix this song and a track of their own choice, with the winning song being released this Winter. The winner will be chosen by an exciting panel of judges including Suggs, BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills,
Vick Hope, award winning TV and Radio presenter, activist and published children’s author, co-founder of Soho Music Month Vincent Olutayo, producer and founder of Mcasso Music Mike Connaris, and more. Closing deadline is 31st August 2021.
For full details, dates and to enter the competition visit https://www.carnaby.co.uk/musicmonth-2021
Shopping, eating, and drinking
A diverse line up of exclusive activations, promotions, collections, new cocktails and dishes will feature in-stores and restaurants including: Rolling Stones’ global flagship store limited edition vinyl launch on 9th July where the iconic band will release A Bigger Bang: Live On Copacabana Beach along with exclusive t-shirts. You can also enter to win a pair of one-of-a-kind RSNo9 x Bowers & Wilkins 606 Anniversary Edition speakers. Live music from Gypsy Dynamite at Cahoots Underground bar, limited edition Korean ‘BlackPink’ cocktail at Jinjuu, music nail bar at God Can’t Destroy Streetwear, pop-up vinyls shop at Oliver Spencer, in-store DJs at Paul Smith, live music at Ain’t Nothin’ But, drinks whilst you shop at GANNI, exclusive custom made tints at Moscot, Motorhead, Iron Maiden and Slayer collaboration launches at The Great Frog, Ugly Dumpling has a limited edition Shepherd’s Pie dumpling for the month dedicated to Keith Richards’ favourite meal, and for a bit of fun Kaleido Rolls are giving away a free roll to those who dare to give the name of a song with the word “roll” in its title.
The festival’s charity partner is Youth Music, a national charity that works with children, young people and smaller youth charities to help nurture young aspiring talent in the music industry by giving young people the chance to make music. Matt Griffiths, Youth Music CEO says: “Soho Music Month is famous for bring ng exciting sounds, culture and celebration to the city. Thanks to our exciting new partnership, we’ll be able to spread the power of music beyond the event, to benefit young people nationwide. We’re really looking forward to being involved in such an iconic music event .