Secret 7″, the much-loved anonymous charity record sleeve sale, will return this May – celebrating its seventh and, sadly, its final year.
Launched in 2012 by Kevin King and Jordan Stokes, Secret 7″ has to date sold 4,200 unique records and raised over £215,000 for charitable causes. The initiative will unite the worlds of music and art once again to support Help Refugees, which provides food, clothing and shelter to refugees in 14 countries around the world.
“Over the years we’ve been developing and pushing the project and now it feels like we’ve reached its logical conclusion,” said Kevin and Jordan. “Ending on the seventh year feels wonderfully apt. We’re looking forward to celebrating the power of art and music for the last time as Secret 7″.”
If you haven’t yet heard about Secret 7″, the concept is simple. Seven iconic tracks are pressed onto 7″ vinyl, with each being limited to just 100 copies. Creatives around the world – from talented newcomers to some of the world’s greatest artists – submit sleeve artwork for the 700 records, creating one-of-a-kind collectables that appeal to hardcore fans, record collectors and art connoisseurs alike.
The records will then go on show – this year at London’s NOW Gallery on Greenwich Peninsula – before they’re available to buy. The identities of their creators remain a complete secret until the record is in their new owner’s hands.
The seven tracks for 2020 are: Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead; Bob Dylan – Blind Willie McTell; Foo Fighters – This Is A Call; Koffee – Toast; Miles Davis – Miles Runs The Voodoo Down; The Internet – Come Over and Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall.
Fancy getting involved? Visit www.secret-7.com to submit your artwork for one of the seven tracks. Submissions will remain open until 10 March 2020. All records will go on display from 9 – 30 May 2020. The public sale will take place on 31 May 2020.
Throughout its history, Secret 7″ has attracted a wide variety of influential contributors. Participating musicians have included The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Lorde and Public Enemy. The artwork has been provided by the likes of Sir Peter Blake, Yoko Ono, Sir Paul Smith, and Jake and Dinos Chapman. Browse through some past examples below for inspiration.
© David Shrigley
© Julian Opie
© Martin Parr
© Jenny Holzer
© Ai Weiwei
© Morag Myerscough