Pubs have long played a vital role in the UK’s music culture. Entire genres can trace their roots back to the humble British boozer, whether that’s the pub rock movement of the 1970s, represented by groups like Dr. Feelgood, or the UK garage scene, which started out at the Elephant & Castle pub in the 90s. Pop icon Kate Bush played her first ever gig at the since-shuttered Rose of Lee pub in Lewisham, while newer acts like south west London duo The Rhythm Method celebrate their local in songs like “Local, Girl” and the video for “Cruel” – and that’s without mentioning all the artists who honed their craft playing open mic nights.
The pub forms a key source of inspiration for Mulberry’s AW19 collection, which draws on the unpredictability and the cross-class, cross-generational mix of people that can be found in Britain’s local watering holes every day. Tying into the collection, Mulberry are putting on a number of intimate gigs in both iconic and newer London pub venues. The My Local series will hit up the Betsey Trotwood, Sebright Arms, and Prince of Peckham boozers for a number of live performances, DJ sets, and spoken word sessions while serving up pints and traditional British pub grub.
On June 25, UK singer-songwriter Alan Power and Deptford musician Rosie Lowe will perform at the Betsey Trotwood, with a DJ set from New Found Form. That’s followed by a July 9 show at the Sebright Arms with live music from West Midlands rabble rousers Yak, spoken word from former Dazed 100 poet James Massiah, and a DJ set from Lou Hayter. Closing out the series on July 23, Mulberry will partner with woman-led radio station Foundation FM for a show headlined by west Londoners Babeheaven, with more names set to be announced in the future.