On October 23, 2004, Sonic Cathedral opened its doors for the first time at the late, lamented Legion in Shoreditch. It was supposed to be a one-off night of shoegaze silliness, but here we are, 15 years later, still celebrating ourselves, having put on countless live shows and released almost 200 records.
To mark the occasion, we are hosting a series of special shows over the next couple of months, beginning with a 15th birthday party at our second home of The Social on October 23. The line-up is top secret and will only be revealed nearer the time, but we will be taking over the whole venue – upstairs and down – and filling it with magic. And balloons.
Then, on November 4, we are incredibly excited to welcome back the magnificent Maps to the Sonic Cathedral congregation for the first time since 2008 for a very special one-off show at Bush Hall.
James Chapman is almost as far into his career as we are, and we’ve been massive fans since the start. He was one of the only so-called ‘nu-gazers’ (always hated that term) who ended up getting mainstream acclaim with TV appearances and a Mercury nomination, but earlier this year he released his finest and most ambitious album to date. Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss. is a melancholy masterpiece; a beautiful blast of strings and synths.
Support comes from our very own Mark Peters – the former Engineers man whose debut solo album Innerland was one of Rough Trade’s top 10 albums last year. Very special guest DJ for the evening is James Holden – head honcho of the brilliant Border Community label – and the whole thing will be expertly illuminated by Innerstrings.
Finally, on November 14 we are hosting a special event to coincide with the release of the 7” of ‘Golden Hair’ as part of the Sonic Cathedral Singles Club. Just for a night: a tribute to Slowdive is exactly that – a one-off celebration of shoegaze legends.
Taking place at The Social in London, some very special live guests will be performing Slowdive cover versions, there will be a screening of the Pitchfork Classic documentary film about second album Souvlaki and guest DJs for the night will be Christian Savill and Nick Chaplin from the band. Tickets are on sale now via Dice.