Sofar Sounds

Reimagining​ ​live​ ​events​ ​through​ ​secret​ ​performances​ ​in​ ​intimate​ ​settings in​ ​more​ ​than​ ​350​ ​cities​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world.

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On a warm summer night in May, @sofarsoundsbeirut successfully revisited childhood memories with a trip to Lebanon's most famous amusement park - Dream Park-Zouk! 🎡 🎠🎢
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While the #SofarSounds team couldn't offer tickets for the rides, they still managed to send the lucky audience on a rollercoaster of emotions, with three amazing local acts performing special stripped-back sets.
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Is this the stuff that dreams are made of? We definitely think so... 😍
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📸: Myriam Boulos - @myriamboulos
🎶: Waynick - @waynickmusic

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» The things I do to put on a good show at a big concert venue aren't necessarily the same things I make music for. #SofarSounds was a really beautiful experience and made me remember why I make music, and what type of connection I wanted to make with people. «
@dashtone_music​, jazz / hip-hop artist & @sofarchicago alumni
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Thanks, Darien! Watch the full video now to find out what else he had to say about Sofar...

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Did you know we've previously held #SofarSounds shows at climbing walls, skate parks, tree houses, libraries, amusement parks, old movie theatres, and gorgeous rooftops like this one in Gran Canaria? If you
know a venue that could be suitable for Sofar gigs, we'd love to hear from you via the 🔗 in bio.
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📸: Nacho González
📍: Sofar Gran Canaria at Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno
🎶: Brasileando

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Say hello to Claire (@clurrr91), our lovely @sofarsoundsdublin city leader who has not only been doing an awesome job in putting on monthly #SofarSounds gigs, but was also just named among the "18 Irish Women to Watch in 2018" by @image.ie magazine.
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A staunch advocate for Irish music, Clare began her Sofar journey in August 2014, with the highlight being the organization of last year's #GiveAHome gig, featuring @hozier.
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In her own words: » My most wildest dreams became tangible and everything I've ever wanted to do in music, to help shape and present, actually happened at the Give A Home Dublin gig. Music is my labor of love - a thing I can't walk away from, something I have to do, and nights I have to help create, for my own personal purpose and to develop agency. «
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Well done, Clare! We're excited to see what 2018 has in store for you and Sofar Dublin...
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📸: ChaeYoung Lucy Jang - @luckyoung_

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That time when @bornsmusic put a smile on all our faces during his special @sofarsoundsla #GiveAHome set in a beautiful garden... Memories we will never forget! ✨✨ #TBT
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Which artist would you like to see in one of our almost 400 #SofarSounds cities around the world? Let us know in the comments, and it might just happen... 😎🙏
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📸: Emilia Pare - @emiliapare

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We're all about supporting artists at #SofarSounds. This does not only include our performers, but we also love to put on gigs in art galleries and welcome artists / painters at our shows.
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Back in November, Anusha Menon (@nushamenon) did a beautiful job capturing the essence of Abji George (@instabji)‘s performance at @sofarpune. Find more of her works on her Instagram profile! 👀

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Today we'd like to show some love to one of our longest standing UK #SofarSounds cities ❤️: @sofarsoundsbirmingham​, who have been around since October 2012. Up until today, the team has hosted hundreds of secret gigs with tons of different artists, and transformed hundreds of everyday spaces into temporary concert venues.
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Check out some of the highlights in our image carousel, featuring @mahalia_music at Black Tape Studios (photo 1), @ashleyzeal01 at @centrala_space (2), Shivum Sharma at The Edwardian Tea Rooms (3), and Simon Gregory at The Engine (4).
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📸: Nadirah Qazi - @nnaadirah

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Did you know that last summer over at @sofarsoundslund, a lucky audience headed to this idyllic lakefront to watch artists like @ivory.tusk play on the moss-covered roof of a sauna?
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Of course our guests also headed indoors for a post-show steam afterwards! 😉 Jealous much?! #bringbackthesummer ☀️
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📸 : Marcus Jarvinnen

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Fado / folk guitar sensation #PortDoSoul​ had the @sofarlisbon​ audience on their feet with their experimental and unconventional songs. Want to see more? The full video is now up on our #SofarSounds YouTube channel, so check it out! 🎥

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Last week, @sofarbudapest held their show at the stunning @pestivigado concert hall, and all attendees had no idea until the day before...
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Join us at our #SofarSounds gigs this week via the 🔗 in bio - you never know where you will end up! 😉
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📸: Diana Komroczki Gergő Matos

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Introducing... @sofarnyc Director @sophieeanna! Want to know how she first found out about #SofarSounds? Let's take a time travel trip to Paris...
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» I was studying abroad in Paris and was having a hard time getting out of my university and into the local scene. A cool French girl then told me about this cool secret show her boyfriend was performing at. After grabbing a bottle of wine and croissant, we climbed a winding apartment staircase only to enter the chicest artist loft I had ever seen. People were clinking beers, speaking in French, German, English, and who knows what other languages, and all were having the time of their lives. «
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If you'd like to find out how the story continues, we'd recommend coming to a Sofar in NYC and keeping an eye out for our ginger "actress turned director"... 😉
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📸: Sean McGlynn - @sean.mcglynn

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#TBT to @leonbridgesofficial serenading the @sofardfw audience back in 2014. Watch the video for "Lisa Sawyer" via the 🔗 in bio.
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What is your favorite #SofarSounds video? Let us know in the comments! 😎
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📸: Brian Hamm

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In April 2016, @sofarlondon MC Gareth (@garethm_h) expected many things at a #SofarSounds gig - but not to fall in love. He accidentally happened to sit next to Lynn (@lynnmywin), a friend of one of the performers. During the break the two got talking and found themselves gravitating to each other again and again on the night...
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Fast forward to today, Gareth and Lynn are about to celebrate their 2nd anniversary, have moved in together, gone on many trips, and are now planning their future. Both claim they probably would have never met if it hadn't been for Sofar...
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We are so happy about this, and wish them all the best for the future! 💕
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📸: Emily Thomas - @lowkeephotography

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Brasília, the futuristic capital of Brazil, is the perfect spot for architecture & design buffs, foodies and night owls who are looking to do something different. Why not combine a tour of the city with a visit at @sofarsoundsbrasília​, and discover amazing local talent, such as singer-songwriter @barbaraeu (photo 1), rapper @gogpoeta (2), world music group @o.tarot (3), and beatboxer @christylezbacon (4)?
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👉 Check out all upcoming gigs via sofarsounds.com!
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📸: Thaís Mallon - @thaismallon
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Did you know that @sofarsoundsroma hosted their #GiveAHome show last September in the garden of the famous @cinecittaofficial Studios, and put on an amazing show in front of some true cinema history?
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If you look closely, you might recognize the statue behind @diyar_uren73 & band: It was featured in one of the most iconic scenes in movie history, 'The Chariot Run' in Charlton Heston's 1963 film "Ben Hur." 😲
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📸: Sofia Bucci - @sofiabucciphoto
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Egyptian rock singer and @cairokee frontman @amir.eid performed a special intimate set for our @sofarsoundscairo #GiveAHome event, and joined thousands of artists across the world to show their support for refugees.
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▶️ Watch the video now on our YouTube channel! 🎥
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If you want to help as well, sign the pledge or donate to @amnesty via bit.ly/gahdonate.
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When Manchester rap-rock newcomers @youngofficialuk played @sofarlondon in December, they had no idea that this would catapult them into the @bbcradio2 studios only weeks later.
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As luck would have it, BBC Radio 2 presenter @jeremyvine attended the gig and was so impressed by their performance that he invited the five-piece to his radio show for a stripped-back live session in the style of #SofarSounds. On air, the guys were not only able to once again demonstrate their talent, but they also discussed the Sofar concept with Jeremy, who has been one of our big supporters since his first show.
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Well done, guys - and thank you, Jeremy! We hope to see you again soon! 👊
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▶️ Watch Y.O.U.N.G's radio session here:
bit.ly/young-bbc2
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📸: Ryan Bound - @ryanbound
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@thenational released one of the top albums in 2017 and sold out some of the biggest venues around the world; yet when it came to performing an intimate set for #SofarSounds​ x @amnesty in aid of the refugee crisis we didn't have to ask twice.
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Watch their breathtaking performance of "Carin At The Liquor Store" from @sofaredinburgh via the 🔗 in bio.
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📸: Emanuele Centi - @centi.emanuele
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#giveahome #thenational #amnesty #amnestyinternational #edinburgh #scotland #helprefugees #refugeeswelcome #iwelcome #mattberninger #secretshow #secretgig #houseconcert #concert #livemusic #indie #indierock #rock #rockmusic #indiealternative #pop #popmusic #folk #folkmusic #musiconinstagram #instamusic #listentothis #newmusic #videooftheday

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In 2017 we not only organized thousands of shows around the world, but we also got a new office and events space at @coatestudios in London. As a Christmas present to you and us, we've now filled the empty walls with some stunning photos of our global #SofarSounds community.
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This means if you're ever visiting the city where Sofar was founded, and attending one of the shows at our new @sofarlondon HQ, you might spot yourself, your friends, local city teams, and favorite artists on the wall - so let us know when you're around! 👋
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📸: Jane Jimenez - @bporthos
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Odense, the third-largest city in Denmark, is not only the home of the "godfather of fables", Hans Christian Andersen, but also a buzzing place for music. @sofarodense​ is proof for that, as it has only been around for a year, but has already won a prize for outstanding contributions to the city at the "Best of Odense 2017" awards. Well done, guys! We're excited to see what 2018 has in store for you! 👏
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Relive the wonderful first year with our image carousel, featuring @caperclowns at an amazing rooftop (photo 1), @katinkamusik at Odense Castle (2), @archietypical in a climbing hall (3), @lebergski at a cinema (4), UK singer-songwriter @geckoofficial in Hulen (5), and last but not least the amazing team around @mickmagee1 that made all of this happen (6)!
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📸: Hans Kristian Hannibal-Bach - @hannibalbach (1), Silviya - @snufinka (2 & 3), Peter Mosko - @petermosko (4)
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#sofarsounds #odense #denmark #danishmusic #music #musiconinstagram #instamusic #secretgigs #secretshow #newmusic #singersongwriter #pop #popmusic #folk #folkmusic #indie #rock #rockmusic #musicrecommendation #travel #travelgram #vsco #vscocam #odensecastle #flashesofdelight #livemusic #musiclovers #community #travellers #ilovemusic

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HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you!
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2017 has been the biggest year for #SofarSounds since we started 8 years ago, and we couldn't have done it without all your support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us get where we are! 💕
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This year we not only put on a huge one-day concert series in partnership with @amnesty to support the 20M+ refugees worldwide (with Ed Sheeran aka @teddysphotos, @thenational, @emelisande, and hundreds more performing), but we also added or re-launched over 120 cities, in wonderful places such as the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Jordan, Nigeria, Nepal, and Myanmar. This means we're now in 396 cities around the world, which is absolute madness! 🌍😱
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We also put on gigs almost every day in certain cities, got to host in very special venues, witnessed thousands of amazing artists, heard touching love stories, got invited to Sofar-related weddings 💍, and celebrated our 10,000th show.
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#BringOn2018 - we're more than ready! 💪😎
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#sofar #peopleofsofar #thestorysofar #community #global #worldwide #happynewyear #newyear #newyearseve #2017recap #giveahome #edsheeran #emelisande #barcelona #wedding #engagement #proposal #wyclef #picstitch #picoftheday #flashesofdelight #ourhappyplace #secretgigs #houseshow #livemusic #music #musiconinstagram #instamusic

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» Six years ago, #SofarSounds changed my life. It’s been exciting helping to organize secret 'pop-up' gigs, discovering new music, and meeting fabulous people in living rooms, libraries, and even a graveyard. In the early days I loved passing my stovepipe hat around the room to collect donations, ranging from loose cigarettes to $50 bills, to share with the artists and technicians who put on the shows. I loved Sofar then and I love it today. Sofar Philadelphia is growing and always amazes me. I’ll still continue to attend shows, but this time as a guest! Thanks for the joy, Sofar! «
— Ken Winneg - @kwinneg (outgoing @sofarphilly co-leader)
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We're sad to see you go, Ken, but we wish you all the best for your future endeavors. 🌷 You will always be welcome at our shows! Thanks so much for all your hard work and dedication! 👏
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📸: Lindsey Borgman
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#peopleofsofar #sofarphilly #community #worldwide #philadelphia #philly #pennsylvania #phillymusic #musicphilly #secretgigs #secretshows #music #livemusic #liveshow #gigs #concerts #popup #musiconinstagram #instamusic #peopleofinstagram #instapeople #humansofig #people #igers #flashesofdelight #myhappyplace #nothingisordinary #instahappy #instacool

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Nashville is not just America's country music stronghold, but is known for its vibrant music scene in general. In 2009, @sofarnash​ was founded and quickly grew their following by putting on outstanding intimate gigs by up-and-coming artists in everyday spaces.
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Flick through some Sofar Nashville highlights via our image carousel, featuring @scriptkiddieband (photo 1), @forestfiregospelchoir (2), @jamesdroll (3), @myylomusic (4), and renowned country singer @marenmorris (5; pictured at our special #GiveAHome event in September).
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📸: Chris Uhren - @chrissycliche (1, 2, 4), Trent Millspaugh - @trentmillspaugh (3), and Lauren Murphy (5)
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#sofarsounds #sofarnash #nashville #tennessee #nashvillemusic #musicnashville #country #countrymusic #countryscene #nashvillesound #folk #folkmusic #americana #bluegrass #pop #popmusic #rock #rockmusic #indie #livemusic #secretgigs #houseconcerts #music #musiconinstagram #instamusic #newmusic #listentothis #musicrecommendation #happyplace

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"Ladies and gentlemen!" Introducing... @edburgon, our Artist Community Manager at #SofarSounds who is also one of our longest standing MCs at @sofarlondon. When he's not taking care of artist questions and brainstorming new ideas on how to support our performers, he is... an artist himself - yes!
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As the frontman of the art pop / indietronic band @thisiskyoti he will definitely continue to light up stages (and intimate spaces!) across the UK in 2018. Thanks for all your hard work, Ed! 👊
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📸: Doreen Hoerold - @dodophotographylondon
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The wonderful @yebbasmith has just released the audio of her captivating @sofarnyc performance of "My Mind" as a free download, with the option to donate. All proceeds will go to the mental health charity @bringchangetomind.
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Read her story and get the song via the 🔗 in bio.
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📸: Cheyenne Cohen - @cheyennemcohen
📍: @sofarnyc gig at @squeakynyc
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Happy Holidays from all of us at #SofarSounds - we wish you a wonderful break!
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📸: Fiona Buckley - @fbklymedia
📍: @sofarsandiego

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Multi-instrumentalist @jackgarratt's incredibly touching performance of "My House Is Your Home" from our @sofarchicago x @amnestyusa #GiveAHome event in support of the refugees crisis is finally available for your viewing pleasure. Watch it now via the 🔗 in bio.
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... and if you want more of Jack, here's a backstage pic of him with the resident doggy! 🐶 #standard
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📸: Madi Ellis - @madybobady
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#sofarsounds #sofarchicago #chicago #amnesty #sofarpets #jackgarratt #dog #puppy #dogsofinstagram #instapeople #peopleofinstagram #singersongwriter #multiinstrumentalist #singer #pop #popmusic #indiepop #instahappy #picoftheday #photooftheday #puppiesofinstagram #helprefugees #refugeeswelcome #behindthescenes #backstage #cutenessoverload #tbt #throwbackthursday

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