Sophie Ellis-Bextor has shared the video for her recent single Crying at the Discotheque, which was filmed in empty venues across London to raise awareness of #WeMakeEvents and the lack of support for the live events industry due to Covid-19.
She has also shared her version of New Order’s True Faith, a live favourite from her much-loved Kitchen Disco sets, ahead of a brand new ‘Halloween’ Kitchen Disco taking place at 6.30pm tonight.
Taken from her upcoming new album Songs from the Kitchen Disco: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Greatest Hits, Sophie’s recent single is a sparkling Studio 54 take on Alcazar’s 1990’s hit and went straight onto the A List at Radio 2 (becoming the most played record on the station in its first two weeks on the A List). The video, created by long-term collaborator Sophie Muller, was filmed recently in empty venues across London and sees Sophie ‘Crying in the “empty” Discotheques’ to raise awareness of the #WeMakeEvents initiative and the lack of support for the live events industry due to Covid-19. The venues included are Bush Hall, Apollo Theatre, St Moritz, Clapham Grand, Heaven,Omeara and The O2. She says;
“The song crying at the discotheque would usually want a video recorded in- you guessed it – a disco or club – but I have been thinking so much recently about all my musician and crew friends who can’t work at the moment and I thought a video where I film in as many empty London venues as possible would highlight all that’s on hold right now. I worked again with my favourite director Sophie Muller and we did all 7 venues in one day. It was strangely moving performing in those places to no crowd when I’d sang in them previously so full of life. I hope it brings home the gap in our culture at the moment – it’s a scary time for so many people in my industry.”
Dates for the Kitchen Disco Tour are as follows –
Wed 5th Nottingham
Thurs 6th Newcastle O2 City Hall *
Fri 7th Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Sun 9th Birmingham Symphony Hall
Mon 10th Southend Cliff Pavilion
Tues 11th Basingstoke
Thurs 13th London
Fri 14th Bath
Sat 15th Bexhill On Sea De La Warr Pavilion
Mon 17th Guildford G Live
Tues 18th Manchester
Weds 19th Leeds
Tickets available here.