Skin Côntact returns and invites the trade to sing

Gaëlle Laforest

20 January 2016

Wine trade supergroup Skin Côntact is coming back this year for a second gig, once again raising money for Comic Relief – and it's looking for extra bandmates.

The band formed last year for a one-off show of expertly covered pop songs that saw £10,000 being raised for Wine Relief, a funding initiative for Comic Relief.

In 2016 it gets bigger, with the venue upgrading to the O2 Academy Islington, and the opportunity for more in the wine trade to show off their musical skills by joining Skin Côntact on stage on 12 May. If that's all you ever dreamed of, record yourself singing either F**k You by CeeLo Green, Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles or Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi (regretfully, no sign of Neil Diamond's Red Red Wine) and upload it to the website. The deadline is 26 February, and the successful wine stars will be announced on 12 March.

Richard Hemming MW, Skin Côntact’s keyboard player and organiser, said: 'I can’t quite believe this is happening. Again. We've already got some fantastic wine trade personalities lined up to sing, and I'm stupidly excited about performing at the Islington Academy.'

After the band makes its exit, two DJs will take over for the rest of the night – and thanks to sponsor Côtes du Rhône Wines, the evening will start with a wine tasting.

If you fancy yourself more of a mosh pitter, tickets will go on sale in February, for the price of £20.

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