Transgressive at 20

Transgressive this year celebrates 20 years at the forefront of discovering, nurturing and breaking new talent. 

To commence our birthday celebrations, we’ve announced a series of very special events in London over the course of the next four months, commencing with a rare show in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre with Arlo Parks and Marika Hackman, and featuring a slew of its roster from around the world in iconic venues around the city. The shows will be held in association with charity partners War Child and Music Venue Trust, where attendees and guests will have the ability to learn more and offer donations to the respective causes.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday 29th May, with General Sale tickets on sale Friday 31st May. Sign up to the Transgressive mailing-list here in order to get early access. Please visit here for further information and tickets.

Company Partners Toby L, Tim Dellow and Lilas Bourboulon jointly state:

“We are thrilled to celebrate the first twenty years of Transgressive. It’s a harrowing understatement to remark upon what a challenging time it is in the world right now, but we hope that the activities we’re planning can continue to shine a light on the irrepressible, unifying power of music and art, and the potency and strength of the human spirit. To kickstart our anniversary, we wanted to reflect the eclecticism and inclusivity of the company’s roster and culture by putting together some communal moments. Since our earliest days, we’ve curated and staged shows and events, and it felt like the most natural way to share the joy and gratitude that we feel for making it this far.

“And in order to tell a bit more of a London story, we’re revisiting some of the venues that were seminal in our origins – not least the Garage in Highbury, above which the first ever Transgressive office existed. Aside from a severe rodent infestation and the ceiling caving in, and the fact it was soon after mysteriously bolted up and we could never gain entry or access to it ever again, it was very much the starting point for everything: a couple of passionate teenagers with very few resources, but a lot of love and passion, which has now extended to the incredible team and group of artists that we work with today.

“So we’re as excited to see our first ever management artist, Johnny Flynn, perform his biggest ever show at Hammersmith Apollo, as we are to witness South Africa’s incredible a capella band The Joy opening in support. The fact that the Open Air Theatre have kindly opened their doors for a rare summer concert, featuring the incredible double-bill of Arlo Parks and Marika Hackman, is a real treat.

“We will go right back to the beginning with Mystery Jets, one of our first ever signings, when they take over Dalston’s EartH on a Friday night. KOKOKO! from DRC and France will represent the electronic pulse of the company at Village Underground. And we are thrilled, although slightly scared, to announce the return of The Moonlandingz, with support from our brand new signings from Crewe, UNIVERSITY, at the aforementioned Garage.

“We have some more tricks up our sleeves – additional artists to add to these bills, as well as festival stage Takeovers, plus an announcement regarding some special releases and products, which we will share details on shortly. But for now, we feel this is a strong place to get going. To everyone appearing, and everyone due to be attending, plus our partners at FORM who are helping us put on the gigs, thank you. We are also honoured to bring the shows in association with our friends at War Child and Music Venue Trust, two organisations that are committed to essential causes right now (further details below). Let’s make it one to remember.”

To further mark this milestone, the team behind the label have unveiled a bespoke 20th Anniversary logo design, masterminded by their very own Mike Harounoff (Associate Director, Senior A&R & Artist Manager) alongside his partner, graphic designer Lucy Mahony:

“We’ve always aspired for Transgressive to represent a “stamp of quality” on the records we release and that sentiment felt like a good place to start when considering the 20th anniversary logo design. It was a deep dive into all sorts of stamp-based design work to find something that resonated and it set us off on a path that also allowed a shapeshifting approach to the logo – where it can be lots of different things rather than just one – which also felt right for the nature of Transgressive. I’ve always liked design that includes a slogan or message and thought as we were trying to make something that felt personal to us it would be good to read through old interviews the team had done over the years to see how questions were answered – always with positivity. “Good things happen” was taken from a longer response in a conversation a few years back. “Believe in what you do, work hard – and good things happen.” It felt really core to the intention and ethic of Transgressive and the right place to borrow from for a design that will celebrate a truly special 20 years.