'Music Matters' is a campaign from Selfridges that transforms the store's retail spaces in London, Manchester and Birmingham into dedicated live music venues.
Inside the department store, groups of 150 consumers are able to gather for an intimate music experience with DJs, visual artists and a range of musicians once a week. Some of the artists that will be performing as part of the Music Matters campaign include: SHURA, Mullally, Callum Pitt and others. As Linda Hewson, Selfridges’ creative director, puts it: "It’s so important that we support our cities’ independent music venues where these unique and formative experiences take place; let’s make as much noise as we can, and think about why music matters so much."
A number of other retailers are also experimenting with devoting both permanent and temporary areas to hosting in-store concerts. Another example of this is the flagship Dr. Martens store in London's Camden Market, which operates music events in collaboration with Mixcloud.