Amy Winehouse’s critically acclaimed second album is to be played in darkness across cinemas in the UK this weekend to celebrate what would have been the singers 35thbirthday. The album will be played in screenings hosted by PitchBlack Playback and OurScreen on Friday 14thSeptember.
The team at PitchBlack will submerse its guests in complete darkness as they listen to the 11-track album through immersive sound systems giving them an experience like no other with no distractions. Ben Gomori from PitchBlack Playback stated, “We want to give the albums the full attention and time they deserve. When you turn out the lights the music feels a lot more intense”. Tickets for the event include a £1 donation to the Amy Winehouse Foundation which was set up by the late singer’s family in aid of helping young people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and mental health issues. The singer’s mother, Jane Winehouse, spoke of how being absorbed into Amy’s music will be a special experience for those lucky enough to be there. Jane expressed that it was a “wonderful way to celebrate Amy’s legacy and the 7thyear of the foundation”.
Amy Winehouse rose to fame in 2003 with her platinum break-through album ‘Frank’ which featured tracks, ‘What Is It About Men’ and ‘In My Bed’. The album projected her into the music industry deeming her as one of the flagship vocalists of the 2000s. Growing up surrounded by jazz musicians and listening to music from artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, it was undeniable that Amy’s influences arose from her childhood. It was her brash sense of humour that came from her teenage years when she discovered artists such as Salt-N-Pepa and TLC whose rebellious spirit she became drawn to. It was the singers first UK Top Ten hit ‘You Know That I’m No Good’ that saw her win a Brit Award for Best Female Artist in 2007.
In 2011, the news of Amy’s untimely death arose as she was found dead in her Camden home on the 23rdJuly. The singer died from alcohol poisoning after a drinking binge despite a recent spell of abstinence. It has been 7 years since the singer’s death and still to this day the music industry can’t help but miss her.
Amy’s life lives on through the power of her music. It was earlier this year that the previously unheard demo recording of the singer’s track ‘My Own Way’ was released. This was the track the singer took with her to record labels and saw her signed to Island Records after her schoolfriend, Tyler James, passed it on to his A&R representative. There is talk that a musical showing the life of Amy featuring her songs is in the making. This comes after the heartfelt critically-acclaimed documentary film ‘Amy’ that took to the screens in 2015 showing the highs and the lows of the singer’s life and career.
You can find yourself in the audience for one of PitchBlack Playback’s screenings across the UK including London, Bristol and Manchester.
Tickets are available at https://www.ourscreen.com/film/Back-To-Black.