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BRIT award winner Raye plays Hilton’s Secret Socials gig!

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On Tuesday, I attended the latest of Hilton’s “Secret Socials” gigs at a central London hotel – this time the recently refurbished Hilton Park Lane. As you can see below, the hotel went all-out on flower arrangements!

Tickets were available for 90,000 Hilton Honors points per pair, which we’d value around £300. You weren’t told who would be performing (past concerts had featured Kylie, Stormzy and Ellie Goulding) but the tickets did include unlimited champagne pre- and post-concert as well as canapes. Still, you were taking a punt by redeeming blind.

Raye plays Hilton's Secret Socials gig

This Secret Socials was a little more special than usual because it was the first one to follow Hilton’s recent partnership with the BRIT Awards. In fact, the awards ceremony had just happened a couple of days before, and Hilton did say when tickets were released that it had nabbed a ‘BRIT nominated’ artist for us.

This is only the fourth time that Hilton Honors members have been invited to one of these events. They are separate to the summer gigs that Hilton used to run pre-covid which were exclusively for Hilton Honors members, and included Bastille and Jessie J.

Raye plays Hilton's Secret Socials gig

The seats are usually given to surprised hotel guests who just happen to be booked in that night, with others going to Hilton’s charity partners and members of the artist’s fan club.

Raye plays Hilton's Secret Socials gig

Can you guess who the special guest was on Tuesday night? It was no other than Raye, whose life has just changed following her record six wins at the BRITS. Embarassingly for the BRITS, she is the first woman to win songwriter of the year – shocking, given the likes of Adele, Amy Winehouse and others.

The ballroom of the Hilton Park Lane was set up beautifully with rows of love seats and armchairs:

Raye plays Hilton's Secret Socials gig

Raye did a 45-minute set with a small string section, some brass and (I counted) eight backing singers! She was chatty throughout, still shocked, I think, that she had taken a record six wins.

Raye plays Hilton's Secret Socials gig

Seemingly taking a note from Jacob Collier, she tried to get some audience participation going by splitting the audience into four and teaching us some harmonies. Unfortunately, the people at the front were not particularly musically gifted (they sounded like a bunch of lads at the pub on a Tuesday night….) and she humorously gave up.

We’ll let you know when tickets for the next Secret Socials gig become available, but they have become a victim of their own success and are snapped up very quickly.

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Comments (43)

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  • Garry says:

    Whatever your taste in music, if you haven’t heard much about Raye and her story, check out Raye, Oscar Winning Tears, on BBC iPlayer. It is Raye with a full orchestra, live at the Royal Albert Hall.
    Stunning performance from an amazing artist. Even if you think it won’t be your thing (as I did) check out the first 10 minutes and then decide

  • qc says:

    I’m definitely quite a bit older than the average Brits fan but I’ve been a Raye fan since I saw her on Jools Hootenany. Her concert at the Royal Albert Hall which is on BBC iplayer is fantastic.
    I think her music will appeal to many different age groups!

    • Garry says:

      Could not agree more …. 62 here and think she is such a talent. Amy Winehouse meets Adele.

  • Ian says:

    Gah – I was staying in the hilton that night and am platinum member. never saw a sniff of this.

    • Ziggy says:

      Erm… that may or may not have something to do with the fact that Hilton doesn’t have a Platinum status level 🙂

  • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

    Last time I saw the BRITS Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood were the hosts.

    • Rob says:

      That was a quality night 🙂

      Worryingly 35 years ago I think but well worth finding on YouTube for younger readers.

      • Ziggy says:

        I met Mick Fleetwood in Maui a few times. The man is huge! 🙂

    • Mike Hunt says:

      Those were the days

  • Jamie says:

    For my wife and I it was a fantastic and memorable night and more than worth the 90k points.

    Tha champagne, canapés, open bar were great both before and after the show. The show setup was spot on for the artist – classy lounge vibe ready made for an artist with a world class voice and an orchestra/big band backing.

    Add to it that they signed Raye for the gig prior to her winning and dominating the Brits this year. We left with the feeling this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see an artist like that in such an intimate setting.

    90k points (or £300 as Rhys estimates) is a snip IMO versus what she will attract in terms of a similar gig of the same size now.

    Bravo Hilton. I don’t think we will be seeing many more fixed price Secret Socials moving forward. I can see this becoming an auction based event very soon.

  • @mkcol says:

    I just struggle to see how I’d gamble 90,000 points on an artist I might not enjoy, irrespective of whether or not I know them.
    It’s a lot of value to possibly waste.

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