PizzaExpress opens Record Stores to celebrate PX Records Anniversary

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London’s iconic PizzaExpress, has long been known in the UK jazz scene for more than pizzas – it’s a cultural hub that plays a central role in the London jazz world.

In a groundbreaking move, PizzaExpress decided to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its successful record label, PX Records, in a way that symbolizes its commitment to music: by launching record stores within its iconic live music venues. These record stores, located in Soho, Holborn, and Chelsea, mark a new chapter in PizzaExpress’ musical journey, bringing fans closer to their favorite artists by offering vinyl and CDs from PX Records artists like Mamas Gun, Scott Hamilton, Matt Johnson, and Ian Shaw and Tony Kofi. These artists’ performances were recorded live at PizzaExpress venues, capturing the raw energy and soulful vibe of their live shows.

Since its inception in April 2023, PX Records has been making waves in the music industry, releasing nine records across various genres, from jazz to hip hop, and dance to country. These albums have garnered over 1.5 million streams in their first year, with many tracks making their way onto national radio. As PX Records gears up for 2024, it promises even more exciting releases, including highly anticipated albums from Brit award winner Jack Garratt and dynamic duo KYNO. Garratt’s album, recorded during sold-out shows at PizzaExpress Live in Holborn, and KYNO’s electrifying vocals and stage presence, ensure that PX Records continues to push boundaries and discover new talent.

Ross Dines, PizzaExpress Music Manager, reflects on PX Records’ success, highlighting the brand’s longstanding commitment to supporting artists, both emerging and established, on a global scale. For almost 50 years, music has been an integral part of PizzaExpress, enriching dining experiences with live performances. The opening of record stores within PizzaExpress Live venues is a testament to this legacy and a celebration of PX Records’ first anniversary.

The impact of PX Records is not only felt within the music industry but also resonates with the artists themselves. UK future soul band Yakul, whose live show was recorded at PizzaExpress Live in Holborn, expresses their excitement about having their album released on vinyl through PX Records. For them, vinyl embodies something special, and the opportunity to share their music through PizzaExpress’ record stores across London is a thrilling prospect.

Since its humble beginnings in Soho in the late ’70s, PizzaExpress Live has evolved into one of the UK’s premier live music destinations, hosting over 1,500 shows annually. From intimate performances to star-studded concerts featuring the likes of McFly and Pixie Lott, PizzaExpress Live has been a launching pad for many artists who have gone on to achieve global acclaim. Icons like Jamie Cullum, Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones, and Gregory Porter have graced the stage, leaving an indelible mark on PizzaExpress’ musical legacy. As PX Records continues to grow and innovate, PizzaExpress remains committed to nurturing talent and fostering a vibrant music scene for generations to come.

More Information can be found on the Pizza Express and PX Records website here.

Last modified: April 18, 2024