Engage Named in Sunday Times’ ‘Best Places to Work’

Best Places to Work Award – Medium Organisation

Engage Hospitality is delighted to have been recognized as one of the Sunday Times ‘Best Places to Work 2024’. This prestigious award, powered by WorkL, celebrates the outstanding achievements of Britain’s top employers in creating exceptional workplace environments.

The report said: “Uncapped commission, incentives including ski trips and outings to sporting events and concerts, and regular social events are among the benefits of working for this London-based hospitality agency. Engage, which delivers corporate sports and entertainment events in the UK and globally, prides itself on cultivating a fun and positive work environment built on meritocracy. All 73 employees take part in diversity and inclusion training as well as mental health awareness training.”

It’s a true testament to our people, who aim to embody our company values on a daily basis through their work, personalities and interactions with our clients.

Whether it’s at our events, or in our London office, we strive to be Excellent, Engaging and Entertaining for everything we do and everyone that we hire.

“Being named a ‘Best Place to Work’ is a very proud moment for all at Engage Hospitality. It is a testament to the hard work put in consistently by all of the team. We are honoured to receive this recognition and remain committed to enhancing our workplace environment to support the wellbeing and professional growth of all our employees.”
Andrew Hodgkins, Managing Director

How does the ‘Sunday Times – Best Places to Work’ work?

The Sunday Times Best Places to Work awards survey uses 26 questions from WorkL’s employee engagement survey, developed by behavioural scientists, data analysts, psychologists, business leaders, academics and other independent parties to most accurately monitor employee engagement, wellbeing and discretionary effort in the workplace. To achieve a high overall engagement score, an organization must score well across WorkL’s six-step framework:

  1. Reward and Recognition
  2. Instilling Pride
  3. Information Sharing
  4. Empowerment
  5. Wellbeing
  6. Job Satisfaction

Engage Hospitality scored over 75% in every single category, and 80% or more in the Wellbeing, Instilling Pride and Job Satisfaction sections. It was also rated Excellent for Diversity and Inclusion as well as Confidence in Management.

Work with Engage

If you are interested in working with Engage, then please do not hesitate to contact us about our current opportunities or email careers@engage.co.uk directly.

Engage team up with Challenging MND

Engage Hospitality are delighted to announce our newest charity partnership, as we team up with Challenging MND.

During this time, all proceeds from the auctions at our ICON events will be going towards the great cause and we will also be getting involved in some of the challenges and events that Challenging MND are organising.

Inspired by Alex Gibson who was diagnosed in 2018, Challenging MND was set up with the mission to provide financial support and assistance to those living with motor neurone disease, to complete any lasting memorable challenges or experiences. MND is a debilitating progressive disease which involves degeneration of the motor neurones and wasting of muscles.

Challenging MND work tirelessly to create lasting memories for those living with MND and their families. They achieve this by offering bespoke challenges or activities of their choosing, fostering a sense of empowerment and joy.

Alex perseveres through physically and mentally challenging events each year to raise funds and awareness for this disease. Although a small, local charity based in the UK, Challenging MND are growing stronger each year and expanding their reach to beneficiaries throughout the country.

This year alone, they have supported 157 individuals living with MND across the UK. Alex’s unwavering dedication to establishing the charity is truly inspiring.

Upcoming Events

There are some amazing events coming up this year, which will be tremendous fun whilst at the same time raising money to help those living with motor neurone disease.

Charity Quiz Night
Billericay Tennis Club, Billericay, CM12 9SA
27 April 2024

Charity Golf Day
Heron Country Golf Course, Brentwood, CM13 3LW
30 April 2024

Annual Sportive
Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, CM15 9NN
23 June 2024

Family Summer Fayre
Deanes Sports Centre, Daws Heath, SS7 2TD
13 July 2024

Charity Gala
Stockbrook Manor, Billericay, CM12 0SP
23 November 2024

Keep an eye on Challenging MND’s website and Instagram page to keep up to date with upcoming events and what you can do to get involved!

Engage delighted to raise money for Kerslake Robshaw Foundation

Engage Hospitality is proud to announce its successful fundraising efforts in support of the Kerslake Robshaw Foundation during a series of sporting events in February and March, including England v Wales and Ireland at Twickenham, England v Brazil at Wembley and Cheltenham Festival.

Throughout these events, auctions took place in our ICON facilities with all proceeds going to the foundation. We want to thank all those involved in the auctions and are delighted to announce we have raised over £29,000 for wonderful causes.

Founded by couple Chris Robshaw former England rugby captain, and Camilla Kerslake, BRIT nominated opera singer, the Kerslake Robshaw Foundation envisions a society where every young person discovers life-enriching experiences through music and sport. Their mission is twofold: to harness the healing power of music and sport as tools for recovery among young people impacted by grief, abuse, and violence, and to provide equal access for all young people, regardless of background, ensuring that access to music and sport is not confined by circumstance.

They passionately believe music and sport are a are vital part of young people’s lives. They offer not just a creative outlet, but an opportunity to socialise, and a means to stay physically active. Unfortunately, financial barriers often deny access to pay for lessons or the opportunity to join a team. As a result, they can miss out on important benefits that can help them reach their full potential. The Kerslake Robshaw Foundation is a grant making charity, they award grants to innovative organisations that help young people enjoy the benefits that music and sport provide, no matter what their background. 

Organisations that the donations will be supporting include:

I Choose Freedom – A wonderful independent charity who provide refuge and a path to freedom for survivors of domestic abuse, the grant is providing physical activity sessions for women and children attending the refuge.

London Youth Choirs – Brilliant and vibrant organisation, the foundation is supporting an engagement programme working in state schools and communities. Young people are invited to sing in a choir in an environment that is inclusive, supportive and fun, through free workshops, Singing Assemblies and intergenerational Come-and-Sing days.

Buttle UK – Renowned organisation providing support to children and young people who are in poverty and crisis; including domestic abuse, kinship care, estrangement, bereavement. The grant is providing music and sports-related items and activities to enhance the physical, mental, or emotional well-being of the children and young people they support.

Brixton Chamber Orchestra – Community focused charity who champion orchestral music, presenting it to new audiences in unexpected venues. The grant is engaging children with music-making on a range of levels, particularly those who haven’t done so before and have no encouragement at home to do so.

Intergenerational Music Making – an incredible organisation bringing together generations through the transformative power of music and sport, the grant is helping deliver projects that focus on reducing loneliness, isolation, improving mental health and wellbeing whilst creating access to music and physical provisions.

Engage team up with the Kerslake Robshaw Foundation

Engage Hospitality are delighted to announce that we are working with the Kerslake Robshaw Foundation in order to help give opportunities to children through sport and music.

Chris Robshaw has been a friend of Engage for many years now, championing our ICON spirit and his current work alongside wife Camilla Kerslake highlights that.

England’s first home game at Twickenham is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the foundation and our ICON facility is sponsored by the foundation itself, with a fantastic package opportunity with Chris in our auction brochure.

The Kerslake Robshaw Foundation aims to give as many children as possible the chance to enjoy music and sport through providing access to a network of influential figures and professionals to help guide them on their journey, whether the take part for fun or as a potential career path.

The Foundation is already investing in initiatives to use music and sport to improve recovery from trauma, as well as forming proactive partnerships to open-up the opportunities that music and sport can have on improving young lives. We are very excited to see what the beneficiaries of the KRF will achieve once their full potential is unlocked.

On the partnership, Chris has said “The Kerslake Robshaw Foundation are extremely excited to be working with Engage this Six Nations, it will be a great opportunity for us to grow and give more young people a sporting or music opportunity. Engage and I have supported each other over the last few years and now brilliantly they are taking the relationship one step further to support us. We are extremely grateful. Enjoy the game and come on England!” 

We look forward to this brilliant partnership and are delighted to be supporting a inspirational foundation.

Helping you choose the perfect gifts this Christmas

‘Tis the season of celebration, and what better way to share joy than by delighting your loved ones with a thoughtful gift this festive season. Here at Engage, we recognise the significance of quality time spent with loved ones, and we advocate for creating those memorable moments while indulging in excellent hospitality. 

In light of this, we have assembled a special Christmas Gift Guide of four tiers, Bronze to Platinum, to simplify your festive shopping. Whether it’s an evening filled with fantastic artists at Capital’s Summertime Ball, the thrill of festive football, or a summer’s day at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, we have the ideal gift waiting for you!

Group of Friends Christmas

Christmas Gift Guide

Bronze Tier

Our Bronze tier is tailored for those seeking a fantastic family day out. There’ll be enjoyment for all at these entertaining events. 

Immerse yourself in the excitement of Showdown 4 at the spectacular Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Witness a memorable clash as Saracens take on Harlequins in a day that will linger in the memories of North London. 

Alternatively, embark on a journey to Wembley for an unforgettable day. Be a part of the thrill as two of the finest women’s teams in the country face off in the FA Cup Final.

For those whose hearts beat to the rhythm of music rather than sports, worry not, we’ve got you covered. Experience the magic of Capital’s Summertime Ball in June, where heavyweights like Calvin Harris, Niall Horan, and Anne-Marie headlined in 2023. The promise of another spectacular day awaits next year. 

Silver Tier

In our Silver tier, we present an elevated setting for your loved ones to relish a truly unforgettable day. 

Get ready as the much-anticipated BRIT Awards approach, now confirmed for 2nd March. This prestigious ceremony exudes glamour and promises a stellar lineup of acts for your enjoyment. 

Experience the pinnacle of festive football with premium hospitality. Witness some of the Premier League’s most thrilling fixtures: West Ham travel to Arsenal on Boxing Day and Chelsea host Crystal Palace on the 27th. 

Looking ahead to next summer, mark your calendars for the renowned Chelsea Flower Show in May. Once again, we proudly serve as official hospitality agents for this fabulous event, enabling you to plan and enjoy this spectacular show. 

Gold Tier

Step into the pinnacle of our offerings with the Gold tier, featuring unmissable events on the UK sporting calendar, all enhanced by our prestigious ICON hospitality

Immerse yourself in the excitement of the 2024 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Our ICON facility at the track guarantees an exceptional race weekend experience in a premium setting. 

For an indulgence in glamour, there’s nothing quite like Royal Ascot, a highlight in the horse racing calendar. Make Ladies’ Day truly unforgettable with our exclusive ICON facility. 

Following the excitement of the 2023 Ashes series, gear up for England’s return to test action next summer. Join us at the iconic Lord’s for our outstanding ICON events and witness England take on Sri Lanka in August. 

Platinum Tier

Elevate your Christmas gift-giving with our Platinum tier, designed for those seeking to bestow a truly bucket-list present, which are the unforgettable and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Delight in Wimbledon like never before with our outstanding debentures. Immerse yourself in the unparalleled atmosphere of the premier tennis tournament, seated in the best positions in the house. 

Monaco, a jewel in the F1 calendar, takes on a whole new dimension with our exceptional hospitality packages. Ensure you experience this iconic race to the fullest. 

For the golf enthusiasts in your family, grant them access to the pinnacle of golfing excellence at The Masters. Don’t miss a moment of the Augusta thrills with our range of hospitality options. 

Saudi Arabia Set to Host 2034 World Cup

Saudi Arabia has been confirmed as the sole bidder to host the Men’s FIFA World Cup in 2034, making it all but a formality that there will be a second World Cup in the Gulf within 12 years.

Australia opted not to submit a bid to host the tournament just hours before FIFA’s deadline for declarations of interest, which was last Tuesday.

Saudi’s Investment Pays Dividends for World Cup Bid

The anticipation of a World Cup taking place in Saudi Arabia has been a long-held expectation, given the country’s substantial investments in sports in recent years, which have consistently pointed toward this significant milestone.

For those who have been closely following Saudi Arabia’s transformative influence in the world of golf via the innovative LIV Series, it’s increasing prominence as a host for top-tier boxing events, and it’s disruptive impact on the global football transfer market, the realization of this World Cup opportunity shouldn’t come as a major surprise.

With the country now almost certain to host the tournament in eleven years, there is a possibility that it may become even more contentious than Qatar’s hosting in the previous year. Concerns encompass a wide range of issues, including human rights worries, FIFA’s management of the bidding process, potential disruptions to the sporting calendar, and the impact on player well-being due to the likely need for another winter World Cup to avoid extreme summer temperatures.

The potential for disruption could surpass that of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, with an expanded 48-team format and the necessity for substantial infrastructure development, there are fears around sustainability too. Even though Saudi Arabia boasts a richer footballing history compared to Qatar, attendances at most of the Pro League clubs have declined during the current season.

However, regardless of the actual intentions of Saudi Arabia’s leadership, their unopposed bid for the 2034 World Cup will heighten scrutiny of FIFA’s procedures and decision-making. Some observers have expressed reservations that this result may have been deliberately orchestrated, creating an effective fait accompli in a deal marked by a lack of transparency and accountability.

Wembley Pitchview restaurant

International Football Hospitality

Looking Ahead to the World Cup in 2026 & 2030

The 2026 World Cup will take place from June to July and will be jointly hosted by 16 cities in three North American countries: Canada, Mexico and the US. The tournament will be the first hosted by three nations and the first North American World Cup since 1994.

The upcoming tournament will mark the introduction of an expanded format featuring 48 teams, a significant increase from the previous 32-team setup. The United 2026 bid successfully prevailed over a competing bid by Morocco in the final vote held at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow. Notably, this tournament will be the first since 2002 to be jointly hosted by multiple nations.

The FIFA World Cup is set to undergo a significant transformation by featuring 48 teams for the first time. This expansion represents an increase of 16 teams compared to the previous seven tournaments. The teams will be divided into 12 groups of 4 teams. The top two teams from each group, along with the eight best third-placed teams, will advance to a new round of 32. The expansion was officially approved by the FIFA Council on March 14th 2023, marking the first alteration of its kind since 1998.

Now looking at the 2030 FIFA World Cup, the 24th edition of the tournament is a significant milestone, celebrating the centennial of the World Cup competition. It will also introduce a novel approach to hosting, with three countries spanning two continents taking on the responsibility. Spain, Portugal, and Morocco will jointly host the event.

Furthermore, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay will participate as nations that kick off the tournament, in a special tribute to the 100th anniversary of the inaugural World Cup held in Uruguay. This competition will represent a return to Africa, which last hosted in 2010, South America, which last hosted in 2014, and Europe, which last hosted in 2018.

The announcement of the 2030 addition has generated criticism from various quarters, including fans, football officials, and environmental organisations. These critics have raised concerns about the considerable distance between South America and Europe, which would necessitate extensive air travel. This, in turn, could significantly increase the tournament’s carbon footprint and potentially undermine FIFA’s carbon-neutral initiatives.

WTA End of Season Review

As the dust is beginning to settle on another fantastic WTA season, we take a look back at some of the best bits in the world of women’s professional tennis singles from 2023.

From maiden Grand Slam victories to three set battles, it was another wonderful and highly entertaining year in the women’s professional tennis season.

Sabalenka Triumphs Down Under

Back in January, the opening Grand Slam of the year took place in Australia and was a fantastic fortnight to kick off the tennis majors in 2023. Ashleigh Barty’s retirement, coupled with Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka’s absence due to pregnancy, left the 2023 women’s tennis draw very open, with Victoria Azarenka and Sofia Kenin as the sole former champions. Their paths crossed in the first round, where Azarenka emerged victorious in straight sets.

After two weeks of very highly competitive tennis, the final took place between Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina. In what was a titanic battle, Sabalenka secured her first major singles title with a score of 4–6, 6–3, 6–4. Sabalenka’s impressive performance throughout the tournament included dropping just one set, which happened during her championship match against Rybakina.

Świątek Defends in France

Iga Świątek, the defending champion, secured her third French Open title and fourth major title overall by defeating Karolína Muchová in a thrilling final with a score of 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 at the 2023 French Open. Świątek’s remarkable achievement made her only the third woman in the Open Era, following in the footsteps of Monica Seles and Naomi Osaka, to win her first four major finals. Additionally, she became the youngest woman to achieve this feat since Serena Williams in 2002.

Świątek also etched her name in history as the first player to successfully defend the French Open title since Justine Henin in 2007 and the first woman to defend a major title since Serena Williams at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. Throughout the tournament, Świątek displayed exceptional form, dropping just one set in her path to the title, which happened during the final against Muchová.

Vondroušová Creates History in SW19

Markéta Vondroušová achieved a historical victory at the 2023 Wimbledon Championships by defeating Ons Jabeur in the final with a score of 6-4, 6-4. This triumph marked her first major singles title and her first title overall in six years. Vondroušová’s remarkable journey to the Wimbledon title included several historic achievements.

Vondroušová became the first unseeded female player to win the Wimbledon title, a feat not seen since Billie Jean King reached the final in 1963. Furthermore, her world ranking of #42 made her the second lowest-ranked finalist since the establishment of the WTA rankings in 1975. Winning the Wimbledon title also propelled Vondroušová into the top ten of the WTA rankings for the first time in her career.

Gauff Causes US Frenzy

Coco Gauff’s impressive victory at the 2023 US Open marked a significant moment in her career. She defeated Aryna Sabalenka in the final with a score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, clinching her first major singles title. Gauff’s achievement made her the first American teenager to claim the US Open title since Serena Williams did so in 1999.

Gauff also joined a select group of teenagers who won the US Open in the past five years, following in the footsteps of Bianca Andreescu in 2019 and Emma Raducanu in 2021. Notably, Aryna Sabalenka’s performance to reach the semi-finals meant that she became the first woman since Serena Williams in 2016 to reach at least the semi-finals in all four major tournaments during a single season.

Świątek Ends the Year on Top

The WTA Finals is the season-ending championship of the WTA Tour and took place in Cancun, Mexico this year. The tournament holds a prominent position in the annual tennis calendar, following the four major tournaments. This event showcases the elite eight singles players and the top eight doubles teams, who qualify based on their season-long performance.

In what was a highly competitive week of fantastic tennis, the Polish Iga Świątek came out as the victor, regaining the world ranking of #1 at the same time. Świątek dispatched American Jessica Pegula 6-1 6-0 in just under an hour in what was a flawless performance. In winning the tournament and finishing the week undefeated, Świątek pocketed $3,780,000 as a monetary prize, in addition to 1,500 points towards her WTA ranking.

Why Should I Buy Wimbledon Debentures? 

The Championships, Wimbledon is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world and fans from all over the globe flock to witness some of the best grass court action around. Played over two weeks in the middle of the British summer, the tournament sees the All England Lawn Tennis Club become the absolute place to be. At the heart of this extraordinary event are Wimbledon debentures, offering the finest seats in the house.

In this article, we explore what debentures are, the attraction of them and why securing them early is a must. We also glance ahead to the upcoming Wimbledon, speculating on the contenders who may grace the iconic grass courts in the pursuit of tennis history. 

What are Debentures? 

Wimbledon debentures are a form of investment that provides exclusive access to the Wimbledon Championships. The money raised from the issues of debentures funds enhancements around the Grounds, for the benefit of all the Wimbledon guests. The debentures are issued every five years and provides guests with the best seats on Centre and Number One Court. 

Not only do Wimbledon debentures guarantee fantastic seats on Wimbledon’s top two show courts, but they also gain all-day admission and access to all the non-reserved outside courts. What’s more, you and your guests have the ability to go to exclusive lounges, car parks and facilities, including a range of bars and restaurants which vary from fine dining to self-service options, whenever you want. 

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Wimbledon Debentures

The Best Seats in the House

One of the biggest advantages with becoming a debenture holder at Wimbledon is the fact that you receive premium seating, resulting in the tickets being very high in demand. Centre Court debentures are issued for each day of the Championships as Number One Court debentures are issued for the first eleven days of the Championships. 

On Centre Court, the seats are fantastic and are located between rows A-N and on Number One Court, the seats are as good as they are located between rows A-Q. This allows debenture holders to have prime viewing when watching the world’s best tennis players battle it out to claim one of the most historic trophies in tennis. 

Secure Debentures Early

With debenture tickets in extremely high demand and the experience at Wimbledon truly unique, you do not want to miss out. Engage are once again offering debenture tickets for the 2024 edition of the competition and with how the tennis landscape is shaping up at the end of 2023 and how it is looking in 2024, The Wimbledon Championships will be another fantastic fortnight in the heart of the British summer. 

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Players to Watch at SW19 in 2024

If Wimbledon in 2023 was anything to go by, then The Championships in 2024 promises to be another fantastic fortnight. In the men’s game, the next crop of players are really starting to make their mark.

With Carlos Alcaraz coming from a set down to defeat Novak Djokovic in five sets in over 4 and a half hours in 2023, will he be able to regain his title? Or, with the potential return of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic looking as strong as ever and Andy Murray still fighting it out, will the legends of the game reign superior? 

If you think the men’s game is exciting, the women’s game is always full of upsets and surprises. There is no clearer example than the 2023 Wimbledon Ladies Champion, Markéta Vondroušová, who became the first unseeded female player to win the Wimbledon title in history.

Vondroušová defeated Ons Jabeur 6-4 6-4 in two very nervy sets, with the tension palpable over 1 hour and 20 minutes. But with Coco Gauff winning the US Open, and Iga Świątek dominating as World Number #1, there are so many great players who could lay their hands on the Venus Rosewater Dish. 

What’s on in 2024? 

With Wimbledon looking as exciting as ever next year, that isn’t all that is going on! We have a variety of tennis offerings in 2024 that you do not want to miss out on. Differing from the Australian Open in January to Boodles in June, there is something for all tennis fans to get their teeth stuck into next year: 

We are BRIT Awards 2024 With Mastercard Hospitality Brokers

Engage are delighted to confirm that we are once again official corporate hospitality brokers for The BRIT Awards 2024 with Mastercard.

2023 brought with it a wonderful year of BRITs performances, wth Harry Styles, Lizzo and Stormzy all gracing the stage to make it a memorable night.

There are already some huge tours announced for 2024, which bring with it speculation on who may be performing in London come March.

Take That begin their tour in April next year as they return for a huge 31 dates in the UK and Ireland alone, not to mention the European leg of the tour!

Another recent announcement comes in the form of former Oasis star and now solo act Liam Gallagher, as he embarks on a ‘Definitely Maybe’ tour in 2024 to celebrate 30 years since the release of the band’s iconic first album.

That’s just some of the names that could be on the list to perform at The BRIT Awards 2024 with Mastercard but there are many more tours already announced as well as many more to come!

The BRIT Awards are the most prestigious event in the British music calendar and we can secure your place for a glamorous night at the O2 Arena.

The BRIT Awards 2024 with Mastercard

Our hospitality offering has got even better this year, as we can confirm a third option, the Show & Party package. So let’s take a look at what we have on offer:

Show & Party Package

  • Level 1 seated ticket for the show
  • Access to BRITs After Show Experience

Diamond Dining Package

  • Drinks Reception Upon Arrival (Magazine London)
  • Bespoke 3 Course meal with Live Entertainment – Tables up to 10 guests
  • Each table will have a Drinks Package as Standard (Standard Drinks Package – 2 prosecco, 3 x white, 1 x red, 6 x Peroni & 6 x Diet Coke)
  •  Priority Level 1 Seating for the BRIT Awards 2024 with Mastercard (O2 Arena)
  • Access to BRITs After Show Experience (Magazine London)

Sapphire Suite Package

  • Upon Arrival Complimentary Drinks Reception on Suite Level
  • Pre-Show Hot Fork Buffet (Drinks can be pre-ordered)
  • Suite Seating for the BRIT Awards 2024 with Mastercard
  • Post show, guests can remain in their suites until 11pm (tbc)
  • Access to BRITs After Show Experience (Magazine London)

With the hospitality packages, attendees can immerse themselves in the ultimate VIP experience, combining the thrill of live music with world-class hospitality.

Top 5 Memorable BRITs Performances

The BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry’s annual popular music awards. The highest profile music awards ceremony in the UK, the BRIT Awards have featured some of the most notable events in British popular culture. In this article, we look back at the five most memorable BRITs performances to date.

1.    Stormzy (2018)

A rain drenched Stormzy paid tribute to the 72 people killed in a fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London eight months after the tragedy when he performed “Blinded By Your Grace PT.2” and “Big For Your Boots” in 2018. The part of Stormzy’s performance which really caught the eyes of all was when he said “Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell? What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell?”

Following the disaster, many families were left without a home for many months and some even had to wait years to be rehoused. Across the UK, thousands of people still live in high-rises similar to Grenfell, which are covered in the same flammable cladding.

Stormzy wanted to use his platform to highlight these issues and directly criticised Thersea May’s Government response to the tragedy. The artist directed his anger and frustration at them by rapping “You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this”.

In response to Stormzy’s performance, there were more than 10,000 tweets per minute which referenced him when he was on stage, which made him the top trending topic in the UK that night. The Government responded to Stormzy’s act by reiterating their £58.29 million commitment to the recovery and acknowledged that their initial response was too slow.

2024 BRITs Hospitality

2.    Michael Jackson (1996)

When the King of Pop was mid-way through his flamboyant performance of his ‘Earth Song’, what happened next was certainly unexpected; Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker decided to provide the “moon”! In what was less of a “moon” and more of a bend and flounce, Cocker turned away from the crowd, bent over and made a wafting gesture from his behind.

Images of starving children were being displayed onto a screen and whilst Jackson shone with a bright white light to model himself as a kind of Jesus, Cocker took to the stage, front and centre, and deemed this as his chance to steal Jackson’s thunder.

Cocker was immediately taken to a police station and was kept there until 3am on charges but was later released without charge. When questioned on his bizarre moment in the spotlight, Cocker said “I was just sat there watching it and feeling a bit ill. It seemed to me there were a lot of other people of kind of found it distasteful as well, and I just thought: ‘The stage is there, I’m here and you can actually just do something about it.’”

3.    Adele (2011)

Backed by a lone grand piano with the lights dimmed, the stage was set, and Adele was ready to perform ‘Someone Like You’. One of the most powerful voices in the music industry took to stage as The O2 audience fell completely silent. Adele sings about missing her lover, who’s moved on to someone else.

She recalls and regrets plainly, before moving into a chorus that serves as comfort, defiance, and anguish. The emotional nakedness of its lyrics and Adele’s performance is still so astonishing to this day and left many that night with goosebumps.

On the back of this wonderful performance, ‘Someone Like You’ became Adele’s first UK #1 single, staying on top for five weeks, selling over one million copies. Adele then went on to command Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, which she headlined in 2016 and proved that Adele could leave any crowd breathless.

There is no clear evidence that Adele’s BRITs performance directly led to the huge success she had in her career, but it certainly feels like it was a life-changing moment for both her and the music industry.

4.    Amy Winehouse (2008)

At the 2008 BRITs, the late Amy Winehouse performed twice; ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ and ‘Valerie’. Though her lone performance of ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ converted Earls Court into a smoky jazz club, it was in fact Winehouse’s rendition of ‘Valerie’ which was the main event.

Accompanied by a superb orchestra, the late Amy Winehouse with friend and music producer Mark Ronson gave an amazing performance of ‘Valerie’. Winehouse commanded the stage when she stepped out and her distinctive vocals, spontaneity and creativity all shone through.

What makes Winehouse’s 2008 BRITs act even more impressive is the turbulent time she was enduring in the lead up to her performance by the press. Her private life was being intensely monitored by the tabloids, who were even critical of the standards of her stage show. Despite all this, she emphatically silenced her critics with her fantastic performances of ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ and ‘Valerie’.

5.    Dave (2022)

Dave closed the show in 2022 in some style when he brought out Fredo, Meekz, Ghetts and Giggs as they performed ‘In The Fire’. By inviting these artists on stage, it showed that any ceiling can be broken and how the UK rap scene can be taken to unprecedented levels. Many of these artists may never have had the opportunity to go to the BRITs before, but Dave inviting them to perform with him and making a buzz gave them this unique experience.

Unlike his 2022 BRITs performance where he accused then Prime Minister Boris Johnson for being “a real racist”, this performance was all about feeling, with Dave recalling his experience of being at risk of deportation. During his show-stopping performance in 2022, Dave played both the piano and a flame-throwing guitar, which was a fitting and memorable way for the 2022 Best Hip Hop / Grime / Rap Act winner to end the night.

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