Observant readers of our Music Preview corner will have noticed that The Pipettes are back. And tomorrow night they will be making a guest DJ appearance at a brand new pop night, This Must Be Pop Live, at The Workshop in Hoxton.
This Must Be Pop Live takes a music blog and moves it to the next level by curating a club night designed to give pop fans a combination of live music (by up and coming acts) as well as the chance to throw some shapes on the dancefloor afterwards.
Jessica, This Must Be Pop's creator, started her blog at the age of 15. Eight years later, she is now getting the chance to work with some of her favourite pop stars, as an independent A&R consultant, having previously worked in management for The Wanted and The Saturdays and in A&R for publishing company, Warner Chappell.
"It's something I've wanted to do for many years", she says. "I go to lots of new music showcase nights in London such as Gold Dust at Hoxton Square Bar and YoYo at Notting Hill Arts Club and I feel that there's room for a similar night that's purely pop. Also, it's a great opportunity for me to introduce some of the up and coming artists I support on my site to new fans."
The focus for This Must Be Pop Live is - as the name suggests - the live performances, so it's more of a gig-based club night. The live line-up for the first event includes Rachel Furner (pictured), a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who has recently signed to Mercury Records, and The Jess Hall Band, who will be launching their debut EP with this performance.
We asked Jessica for her top pop tip for 2012: "There are some great new girlbands coming out in the next few months, such as Oh My! and The WooWoos. I think there's a gap for a big new girlband to take over the charts, and - whether or not it will be either of those groups - I'm really excited to find out what they've got up their sleeves."
Admission: £4. For more details visit This Must Be Pop Live's Facebook page.