Drum and bass legend Goldie has taken to Ronnie Scott’s in London, with a star-studded guest list enjoying the night out.
Stephen Graham led the celebs as fans of the musician flocked to the jazz club, the most sought-after hotspot in London for the capital’s smoothest music connoisseurs, to enjoy the show – Goldie Presents Subjective Live.
Goldie himself, who chatted to Metro.co.uk about the endless popularity of drum and bass, grinned as he was pictured at the club, looking as cool as ever in a white T-shirt and jeans, with a cap.
Line of Duty star Stephen, who’s one of Goldie’s best pals, was among those enjoying the night, donning a jacket and baseball cap as he posed for the cameras alongside his wife, actress Hannah Walters.
DJ Clara Amfo, actress Saffron Hocking, and actor Anson Boon were also spotted rocking up to the gig.
Entrepreneur and Ronnie Scott’s owner Sally Greene was also spotted, with Goldie greeting her with a big hug.
Goldie, 56, is hailed as one of drum and bass’s founding fathers, having flung it to mainstream popularity in the 90s with his ground-breaking debut album Timeless.
He’ll be playing four shows at Ronnie Scott’s along with revered producer James Davison, who he’s teamed up with for their creative venture Subjective. The pair has just released their second album under the creative partnership, The Start Of No Regret, which boasts of 14 tracks and several vocal collaborators.
‘It’s historically special. The idea that Ronnie’s can move forward into being modern and having cutting edge electronic music played on the page,’ he said.
‘Drum and bass music is one of the most powerful British genres since punk. There’s no argument in that. It’s like trying to say, “is graffiti art?” We’re way beyond that. Drum and bass music is a massive part of culture even now. We’re looking at what this music is about and Ronnie Scott’s alike is great.’
But another reason Goldie is excited for his return to Ronnie Scott’s? He claims he was once nearly run over by the owner, Sally Greene OBE, at Heathrow airport.
‘I was late for a plane and she nearly ran me over,’ he recalls. ‘And I was like f*cking woman in her f*cking Mercedes. Next thing I know, I was in a queue to fly to LA and she was like “Hey, I was the woman who nearly ran you over”. And that’s how we met. She said, “Hey, I own Ronnie Scott’s, want to come and play?” It’s serendipity.’
Can’t argue with that.
Words from the Metro