It’s not as naughty as it sounds and perfectly legal, but still secret.
Each month or six weeks I get an email telling me “you’re in!” and to expect further communication soon. Sure enough it arrives, 24 hours before the event, instructions where to go and at what time. And to bring a bottle of something refreshing.
What I’m not told is why I’m there and what is going to happen to me.
Actually, that last line isn’t quite true…
Sofar Sounds is a worldwide phenomenon, people arranging secret concerts in unconventional places, typically residential homes. What the audience is not told is who will be performing on the actual night, in fact we don’t know that until they take to the stage (or living room floor); it could be a name you’re familiar with or someone brand new. The need for respect and trust, no leaking of addresses or locations, makes it kinda sexy, with a rent party vibe. Some Sofar Sounds are free, others you chuck in a few bob and the cash goes to the artists.
Saturday’s Liverpool Sofar was at a new venue/café/art space in the city centre, The Well Space. And it was brilliant! My favourites – singer songwriter Esme Bridie, and R&B soul singer Jálen N’Gonda.
Our first time in The Well Space – tucked away in a quiet corner in town on Roscoe Street, and it has a library too.
I love initiatives like Sofar Sounds, so positive and very creative.
(My secret is now out, I hope you’re not too shocked. More on Sofar Sounds here)