Who. What. Where? No. 76

We’re calling it right now — 2024 is the year of the secret (or, at least, very intimate) gig. And last week it was DJ, musician and icon Peggy Gou that got in on the action. Playing a secret set at East London’s Café 1001 to just 200 lucky fans, the teeny, tiny event was to coincide with Peggy Gou’s debut album, I Hear You, which was released on the 7th of June. Luckily, we’re not just gloating when we tell you one of the HUNGER team was in attendance. Peggy Gou’s secret gig is featured in this week’s Who. What. Where? because it was just a little taster of what you can expect from her biggest UK headline show on the 17th of August at Gunnersbury Park. Tickets for that, here.

One for your schnoz now — NOYZ, the fresh-face of the fragrance world. All about disrupting industry standards of perfection and creating unique and expressive fragrances, NOYZ is the brainchild of creator Shaun Neff, who’s passionate about moving away from the world of fragrances that make you think of a celeb “doing a perfect hair flip with an 18-pack of abs”. What NOYZ is a move towards, however, is that much-needed dose of realism. On Tuesday night, an event was held at the Harrods back-of-house Loading Bay (the first to ever be held in that space) to celebrate not only the launch of NOYZ in Harrods, but their exclusive parfum collaboration with celebrity photographer Damon Baker — Monochrome. “It” people a’plenty were in attendance.

Like every summer for the past five years, everyone and their mum is talking about Lisbon. Now, though, you can get that little bit of Portugal on your home turf thanks to Bar Douro. A rustic little hotspot for Portuguese food and wine, Bar Douro is transporting Londoners to the lively streets of Porto with a traditional, free São João party on Sunday 23rd June. Head to Bar Douro’s terrace from 12pm to 9pm and you can expect traditional food and drink from the legendary midsummer festival. Sardines sizzled on a grill, washed down with Vinho Verde… A little bit of Portuguese Pimba music filling the air… What more could you want, really? 

This week’s culture fix comes from the good ol’ Barbican. Head there tonight – grabbing some tickets first – to see Mica Levi + Ailie Ormston collaborate on a programme of compositions performed by a mixed ensemble of harps, guitar, saxophones and strings. Mica Levi is, of course, known for their soundtrack work, offering up her creepy musical stylings to films like The Zone of Interest and Under the Skin. Ailie Ormston makes experimental electronic and chamber music, and has a solo album dropping later this year. This one’s niche, sure, but it’s awfully esoteric — one to pop on your Instagram story and earn at least three “cool” points. 

Move over Apple AirPod Max, there’s a new sheriff in town. Denon’s White PerL True Wireless earbuds are all about personalised sound. Using proprietary AI, the PerL buds analyse your unique ear anatomy down to the intricate inner workings. They then craft a custom hearing profile to enhance depth, detail and clarity. All of this means you can finally experience music as artists intended. As for the fact they’re now available in white? It merges elite sound with a crisp, minimalist aesthetic — you’ll forget about those AirPods you dropped down a drain in no time. “Decent” sound is dead. Personalised audio is taking over, and it’s never looked (or sounded) so good.