To mark the occasion, Bastille frontman Dan Smith and singer Self Esteem joined their musical talents – marking 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.
Taylor, who is profiled in the first issue of Rolling Stone UK, also joined Smith for a stunning take on Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds of Love’, which saw them delivering a haunting rendition of Bush’s iconic track.
Smith was also among the stars who heralded Rolling Stone UK’s arrival beforehand.
“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.”
Entertainment on the night also came from BBC Radio 1 legend Adele Roberts, who delivered a DJ set that leaned heavily on the best of British music.
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