A look back at size?sessions over the years
Leading up to our inaugural size?sessions festival, we dug through the archives to take a look at size?sessions of times gone by. First debuting as an intimate in-store only experience, size?sessions continues to grow, welcoming an array of talent from a diverse range of genres. Over the years, we have continued to represent up and coming talent, while paying homage to the greats of music that are synonymous with size?
It all started in the not too recent past of 2017, a year which saw the likes of Lady Leshurr and Big Narstie take to our stores for a series of intimate shows.
Big Narstie brought his unmatched vibes to the size? Brixton store, opting to take things outside for a street performance which will go down in size?sessions history books. A figurehead in the Grime scene, Narstie showcased his talents and ran through some tracks on the street outside the store in his hometown, performing for a crowd of lucky passers-by who stopped to see him do what he does best.
Lady Leshurr was another stand-out of the same year, bringing her addictive sounds to the size? Liverpool store. Lesh lit up the place with her high energy performance and razor sharp lyrics - it's no surprise that her fame has snowballed in the five years since she joined us, with her career going from strength to strength and earning her a space as a household name.
De La Soul
Another stand out from our in-store sessions arrived in 2020, when the legendary De La Soul stopped by our Amsterdam store on the European leg of the God of Rap tour. A trio who need very little introduction, they treated us to an in-house performance and chatted with us about their definitive album, 3 Feet High and Rising.
Heading into 2021, we teamed up with Rinse for a series of size?sessions x Rinse shows, as well as podcasts, radio takeovers and interviews. As a community-driven station with a focus on up-and-coming artists, Rinse made a natural choice for this collab which also saw us welcome some recognisable faces who we were lucky enough to see perform.
One such artist is the mesmerizing IAMDDB who lit up Manchester's YES bar with her genre-bending sounds and electric performance. Outstaying her allocated time slot to carry on her high-energy show, it's definitely one of our favourite size?sessions to date.
International Women's Day
March 2021 was dedicated to International Women's Day in celebration of the all-female talents leading the way in their field. size?sessions x Rinse proudly hosted women within the industry with a series of talks, along with an all-female podcast show shedding light on Women in Music and how they navigate the mostly male dominated space, as well as unforgettable performances from Sasha Keable, KG, Tash LC and Jordss.
Later in the year, size? Manchester hosted Luke 'Unabomber' Cowdrey and Sam Divine for in-store performances as part of our Pride Weekend celebrations. Two legends in the music scene, the pair kickstarted the weekend in style with genre-jumping DJ sets and an energy like no other.
Whether in-line with some of our most street-focused sneaker drops or celebrating the likes of Pride and International Women’s Day, we’ve hosted some incredible events – and it's only going to get better as we head into the second half of 2022. Keep an eye on our blog and socials to stay in tune with each forthcoming size?sessions event.
We’ve recently announced our very first size?sessions festival- our biggest sessions ever. General sale is now live and you can get your tickets here! Plus we’re sponsoring events with the likes of Fabric and Slowpo Sound System; Mixtape Madness is our new partner for different events; and to top it off, Havana Club is our drinks sponsor for the rest of 2022. Keep your eyes peeled for more.