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Sophie McLean takes the stage for Skin Côntact LIVE AGAIN

Published:  10 May, 2016

For a second year in a row the wine trade supergroup Skin Côntact will be taking to the stage this week in an effort raise aid as part of Comic Relief.

Skin Côntact LIVE AGAIN! is taking place on Thursday 12 May 2016 at the O2 Academy, Islington. Skin Côntact LIVE! is sponsored by Côtes du Rhône wines, and is a partnership that made it possible to stage this event and allow 100% of the proceeds to go to charity. 

If you haven't got your Skin Côntact LIVE AGAIN ticket be sure and grab one!

All in aid of a good cause 'The Band' including Richard Hemming - he of Jancis Robinson fame; Alex Hunt MW of Berkmann, Matt James of Bordeaux Cellar and Ben Smith of CyT will be performing along with a number of other personalities and talents from across the wine trade.

A series of guest stars will be on hand to wow spectators, including the very talented Sophie McLean from Bancroft Wines.

The Islington Academy stage has hosted Beck, Muse, Eminem - and now you! But who are your musical heroes?

Dare I say it... MJ. What a dancer!

What's the largest audience you've sung in front of?

Probably quite a lot of people at a packed out Birmingham Symphony Hall in a school concert a few moons ago now.  I was always in choirs on the more classical side so this will be an interesting departure from that. Anything for a good cause!!

And how would you like to be introduced on stage?

'Marketeer extraordinare and part-time writer'.  I have many hats... it's a little hard to define - although clearly the day job is with Bancroft Wines. How is everyone else being introduced???

What are you listening to a lot at the moment?

The last gig I went to was to see Foals at Wembley just a few weeks ago. I love the power and precision of Sia's voice - likewise with Florence and the Machine. I also love anything with a bit of underlying funk and the more quirky jazzy brass of The Cat Empire (seen live at Secret Garden Party last summer).

And what was the most memorable live musical performance you've ever seen?

A bit cheesy but Beyonce at Glastonbury a few years back was pretty awesome. She was just so elated to be there in front of 250,000 people and it really showed. Mumford and Sons were there too and it was also memorable. Seeing REM live at Personal Fest in Buenos Aires was pretty cool. I went to the Toronto Music festival last year and tapped into a couple of cool new sounds out there.  Live modern Tango too, in run-down milongas... something so sensually soulful about that. Or Vasco Rossi at the Juventus stadium when I worked just outside of Barolo for a while - that was a night to remember! Haha. Nothing beats music en vivo!

Quickfire round!

Côte-Rôtie or Gigondas?

Gigondas. Sans doute! I just love Grenache.

Adele or Madonna?

Madonna. Much more fun!

Viognier or Marsanne/Roussanne?

Viognier. One of my favourite white grapes. Can't beat a quality Condrieu, but I had a surprise re-encounter with one from Argentina's Luigi Bosca, too, just the other night.

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

The Beatles. My uncle, a Radio 2 producer, has written a couple of books on them: growing up as a child I remember their hallway was always dotted with framed Beatles vinyl covers, so it's got to be them.

And finally, what's your most embarrassing musical secret?

I have been known to sing a lot of Disney with certain friends, usually when there is wine around! And then there was the hard house phase... it made for an interesting photography study at least as part of Art A-level: I had to produce an old-school CD album cover and fold out insert, and so this particular genre gave it a pretty cool edge.