Virgin Records have announced a series of special, celebratory gigs to mark the 40th anniversary of the prestigious British label.
Jake Bugg, Laura Marling and Chvrches will all play as part of Virgin’s ‘live celebrations of 40 years of disruptions’ series, which runs from October 3 to November 12 at various London venues.
So far, other acts confirmed to perform during the gig series include Public Image Ltd., Bastille, Boy George, Simple Minds, Emeli Sandé, Martyn Ware and Jazzie B.
Virgin Records was founded by Richard Branson in 1973 and its impressive roster over the years has included Genesis, Keith Richards, Janet Jackson, Culture Club, Lenny Kravitz, The Smashing Pumpkins, Mike Oldfield, Simple Minds and Spice Girls. Virgin Records is currently owned by Universal Music Group after its purchase of EMI in 2012.
Meanwhile, Virgin Records will also celebrate its 40th anniversary with a forthcoming 2CD compilation album, TV documentary, art book and central London exhibition.
The ‘Live celebrations of 40 years of disruptions’ gig series in full:
Laura Marling (October 3, York Hall)
Chvrches (17, Shepherds Bush Empire)
Public Image Limited (21, Shepherds Bush Empire)
Jake Bugg (24, Brixton Academy)
Emeli Sandé, Professor Green, Naughty Boy (November 4, KOKO)
Bastille, Josh Record (5, KOKO)
Simple Minds (7, KOKO)
Boy George (10, KOKO)
Martyn Ware Presents Heaven 17 + guests (11, KOKO)
Jazzie B Presents Soul II Soul (full live set) (12, KOKO)