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July 2023 Newsletter


“I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down.” – Bob Newhart

Ah we do love our Dad jokes at Premises HQ, but rest assured there was no denigration or indeed, degeneracy of any kind going on at our massive summer bash last month, a return to party form for friends, loyal customers and well, the usual suspects. Without wanting to blow our own trumpet (we hired people to do that), this was a rammed and rambunctious affair that went on til the small hours. Nobody cried, passed out, or choked on their own sick jokes. With good eats, supplied by the café, fine wines (supplied by Hackney’s finest cash n carry) and most of all, brilliant bands and DJs in every room, it was impossible not to have fun and dance like a wild thing. Even our main party host and reluctant dancer Viv Broughton did a little psychedelic fox trot to the likes of Cassius Cobbson, Whiskey Rebellion, Jazz Jamaica, Miraculous Mule, Justine Armatagh, Remetick and banging DJ sets from General Nardo, Fari B and our own Floss.

Upstairs in Studio was a club within a club, a portal to exotic punch, karaoke and DJs to free up the minds and booties of all who partook of Joe’s strange brew and even those who didn’t. Truly, a great time was had by all. A few photos below with loads more pics + film here of people in compromising positions. (Should you not want yours published, a donation of £1,000, in unmarked notes, c/o Michele at The Premises will make them magically disappear.)



We have just ONE space left now on the 25th annual Piano Week led by Nikki Yeoh with Tim Richards, John Crawford and Dian Gasper. The course includes five days of intensive tuition and recording, as you hone your craft in improvisation, rhythm, harmony, modal jazz and cut your own trio track in Studio A with pro rhythm section Mark Mondesir and Dominic Howles. £395 for all five days inc the master recording. For more info, or email:



Calling all bass players, drummers or rhythm sections in pairs. We still have a few spaces available for Yolanda Charles’ Musicianship course on 19th August from 10-4. The class is for musicians to fully develop their role in the rhythm section of a band. It’s not just about playing the right notes or beats at the right time, but working out grooves, your listening skills, your arranging contributions, your rhythmic dynamics to suit all genres, and equally important, solid music industry advice from someone who has over a 30 year career in the business both as a professional bass player and composer. In the afternoon session drummer Nico Py will be participating. Yolanda has vast experience in all aspects of the music industry and has written a superb article on developing and sustaining a career. Read it here. And there’s more about the masterclass here, Or to register, email:



Lurine Cato’s popular Backing Vocals course in July sold out very quickly. If you would like to know in advance when her next course here is, please email:



During June, we welcomed amongst many others… Bat For Lashes, Patti Smith, Dirty Rumour, Biig Piig, Moving Mirrors, The Sid James Experience, Celeste, Elephant Kind, Chinchilla, Lesley Woods, Janjala, Richard Johnson, The Jam, Now Ex, Dark Moon, The Swingles, Fi McCluskey, Goldie, House Gospel Choir, Midtown Funk, Nadine Khouri, Issey Cross, Asha Gold, Remetik, The Flints, Bear’s Den, Jataneel Banerjee, The Weild Things, PP Arnold, Zoe Rahman, Tom Chaplin, Ezra Collective, Bakar, Midas Jams, Passing Ships, Peter Edwards, Sam Tompkins, Baque Luar, Erin Bloomer, Songs of Summerisle, Laurence Guy, Deyaz, Laura Mvula, Grand Union Orchestra, Beren Olivia, Glory Choir, Body Type, Pip Millet, Nao Yoshioka, Dog Bowl, Emeli Sande, The Staves, Cymande, Yellow Days and Shingai Shoniwa.




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