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September 2013 / Diary / by Cassia Geller

The sweet sound of the suite

Whether for the host’s hospitality, the don’t-leave-the-dancefloor-for-a-second soundtrack, or, frankly, just the drinks, there is the odd occasion a party’s so good that the only option seems to be to stay forever. Until, of course, the cold hard truth of dawn puts paid to that plan…

But we’ll let you in on a little secret Fabric readers; some of us went to one so superb last Thursday that we’ve only just emerged. Of course, the drinks were a-flowing and the canapés kept coming, but it was the sound and the shelter that granted the lucky hosts the gift of our extended attendance.

And were we surprised? Is the Pope a… well, actually no we weren’t, considering our invite came from the hallowed halls of Abbey Road, the evening’s entertainment was in the form of the phenomenal Jessie Ware, and the event itself was organised by the oh-so-hospitable Fairmont Hotels.

The evening sought to celebrate the partnership between Fairmont and Universal Music, a continuance of the hotel’s cultural endeavours that have included literary lunches, artists in residence and pairings with the likes of the Royal Opera House. With Universal, Fairmont arranges exclusive events and initiatives designed to appeal to music lovers the world around (past performers at their ‘Sounds of Fairmont’ events have included the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae and Emeli Sandé).

It was also a chance to gawp at the shiny new studios’ lounges at Abbey Road, designed by Fairmont. Officially speaking, these oh-so-opulent spaces are “an inspiring place for artists to record, work and socialise.” To us, they provided an excellent opportunity to hide under a pillow in a terribly tuneful post-party stupor. What larks.

*Please note, dear Fabric readers, not only are overnighters at Abbey Road discouraged, but they are not, in fact, allowed; all claims of seven-day stays stemmed, quite possibly, from a revelry reverie, and not actual events.