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Rolling Stone UK launches at big London bash

Here's what went down at Rolling Stone UK's launch party

By Nick Reilly

Bastille arrive at Rolling Stone UK's launch event
Cover stars Bastille at the Rolling Stone UK launch party (Picture: Rolling Stone UK)

Rolling Stone UK launched its inaugural issue last night with a glittering party at London’s prestigious Rosewood Hotel.

Musicians and industry bosses alike were in attendance to see the three cover stars – Bastille, Sam Fender and Lashana Lynch – revealed for the first time.

The iconic brand, which was founded in the US in 1967, joins Stream Publishing for its UK arrival – with keynote addresses provided last night from publisher Darren Styles OBE and editor Cliff Joannou.

Attendees were also treated to a mesmerising performance from Bastille frontman Dan Smith and singer Self Esteem – the first time the pair had performed together.

The one-off set saw Self Esteem, real name Rebecca Lucy Taylor, kick off the performance with an acoustic, slowed-down rendition of recent single ‘Prioritise Pleasure’ with Smith on piano.

Rolling Stone UK’s three cover stars (Picture: RS UK)

It was then followed by the pair’s stunning take on Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds of Love’, which saw them delivering a haunting rendition of Bush’s iconic track.

Speaking beforehand, Smith praised Rolling Stone UK’s arrival.

“Artists having opinions and speaking truth? That’s more important than ever,” the ‘Things We Lost In the Fire’ and ‘Happier’ singer said.

“There are as many reasons if not more as there have ever been in terms of what’s happening in the world – climate, politics.

“And we live in an interesting world where younger generations are really outspoken and having something to say. You can get that message through in art, as it’s always been, but also through the press.”

Adele Roberts DJs at the Rolling Stone UK launch party

Entertainment also came from BBC Radio 1 legend Adele Roberts, who delivered a DJ set that leaned heavily on the best of British music.

Speaking of her hopes for Rolling Stone UK, Roberts said: “I think there needs to be more representation. We need to see women of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities. Men as well, but bands with women in the front and I believe Rolling Stone will be able to help tell that story.”

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