Mon, 4 October 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Murder on the Dance Floor

Sophie Ellis-Bextor In Conversation With Matthew Stadlen

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Pop legend Sophie Ellis-Bextor joins us to share stories and reflections on music, motherhood and her lessons for success.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor first entered the Top 40 as the lead singer of indie rock band Theaudience; but it was her collaboration with Italian DJ Spiller in 2000 that turned her into a superstar. “Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)” was the dance anthem of the year, a worldwide megahit that announced Sophie as the new face of pop and a star of the first order.

Sophie went on to sell more than 2 million copies of debut solo album Read My Lips; and in the two decades since, has become a frequent resident of the Top Ten singles chart, coming to define a generation of British pop with her joyous, vibrant and irresistible sound.

In this livestream In Conversation event hosted by journalist and broadcaster Matthew Stadlen, Sophie will take us through her glittering career in the music industry and impart the lessons about success and failure she has learned on the way. From her earliest days appearing on Blue Peter with her mother Janet Ellis, to her latest project, the unforgettable lockdown discos she hosted from her own kitchen, we’ll explore the life and work of one of the most remarkable artists at work today.

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Singer, Songwriter and Model

Sophie Ellis-Bextor shot to fame as a vocalist on Spiller’s huge number one single, ‘Groovejet’ and with her worldwide smash hit, ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’. Her debut solo album, ‘Read My Lips’, was released in 2001 and sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Her subsequent album releases include ‘Shoot from the Hip’ (2003), ‘Trip the Light Fantastic’ (2007), ‘Make a Scene’ (2011), ‘Wanderlust’ (2014), ‘Familia’ (2016) and her new greatest hits album, ‘Songs from the Kitchen Disco’ (2021).

Matthew Stadlen

Broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host.

Matthew Stadlen is a broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host. Previously he was an LBC presenter, wrote The Matthew Stadlen Interview for the Telegraph and presented the TV series Five Minutes With and On The Road With for the BBC. He is a birdwatcher and photographer, and his book How To See Birds is out now. Twitter: @matthewstadlen