The big events of 2016

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As well as stellar music gigs, we’ve also hosted some amazing private events over the past year. We take a look back at the most dazzling events at the Roundhouse, and across London in 2016…

In January all eyes were on ‘Lumiere London’ the capital’s largest-ever light festival. The city was transformed into a magical playground with 30 installations around the city. An estimated one million people came to see this incredible free event, which was produced by Artichoke and supported by the Mayor of London.

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February was all about fashion, with designer Charlotte Olympia, making her long-awaited debut at London Fashion Week. The designer showcased her collection “The Girl Who Fell To Earth” at the Roundhouse and described the mood as “a 1940s sci-fi film noir directed by Andy Warhol’.

In March we were transported back to 1960’s Detroit for ‘*A Night of Motown*’ at the Roundhouse, which raised an extraordinary £2.1m for Save the Children. Performances featured Mary Wilson, founder of The Supremes and the legendary Tito Jackson from the Jackson 5. The auction prizes included Stevie Wonder’s harmonica, original artwork by Tim Burton and the chance to watch an England football match with David Beckham.

May was a big month for music with the 61st Ivor Novello Awards at London’s Grosvenor House, celebrating songwriting talent both old and young. The Ivor Novellos are highly prized by musicians because they are voted for by their peers and the big winners of the night included The Happy Mondays, Damon Albarn and Snake Hips.

June saw the unveiling of the BMW ‘Future Experience’ at the Roundhouse to celebrate their 100th anniversary. The experience focused on the world of tomorrow, painting a picture of the future of mobility and life in mega cities. It was a 24-day booking for the Roundhouse, with 1,739 crew members and over 6,000 visitors in attendance.

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French artist Charles Pétillon presented his first public art installation in August and September with 100,000 giant white balloons inside the 19th Century Covent Garden Market Building. The incredible installation stretched 54 metres in length and 12 metres in width, and incorporated gentle pulsating white light to symbolise the beating of a heart and reflect the history, energy and dynamism of the district.

In September the Roundhouse played host to the Apple Music Festival, showcasing 10 incredible artists on an intimate stage for a worldwide audience. With performances by Chance the Rapper, Alicia Keys, Elton John, Britney Spears and The 1975, it was an impressive line-up.

The BFI London announced their *Festival Awards*’ winners at a high profile awards dinner, at Banqueting House, Whitehall, in October. Hosted by Michael Sheen, the big winner of the night was ‘Certain Women’ for Best Film, along with Steve McQueen who was awarded a BFI Fellowship. The London Film Festival closing party was held at the Roundhouse, with 950 guests celebrating in style.

The Roundhouse hosted the Q Awards in November this year, honouring some of the biggest names in the music industry. Muse were awarded the ‘Best Act in the World Today’ while U2 took the gong for ‘Best Live Act’. Musical veterans including Blondie (Outstanding Contribution To Music), Ray Davis (Classic Songwriter) and Meat Loaf (Hero) were honoured alongside Madness who were welcomed into the Q Hall of Fame.

To end the year with a bang the Royal Albert Hall played host to the glamourous Fashion Awards in December 2016. Anna Wintour, Kate Moss and Lady Gaga were among the famous faces in attendance at the star-studded dinner and awards ceremony. Alexander McQueen won the British Brand award, while Simone Rocha picked up a trophy for British Womenswear Designer and Ralph Lauren was presented with the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion award.

Here’s to 2017 being another year jam packed with jaw dropping events!