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Hollie Cook: English tour dates and video for Sweet Like Chocolate

Why isn’t Hollie Cook an international superstar?

She has been performing and releasing perfect downtempo pop music for seven years now. Cosmic/Tropical Pop she calls it – her own variant of Lovers Rock Reggae . From That Very Night with its’s Ghost Town brass in 2011 of which John Robb said here;  a pop record that has depth and soul and an atmosphere all of its own. A perfect pop moment. … to her recent cover of Shanks & Bigfoots UK Garage classic Sweet like Chocolate released last month, she has not made a bad record.

Always totally accessible, tuneful, cool, dubby … her songs are just too good, too classy for the mainstream I guess.  It’s just not lowest common denominator. It’s high quality, refined and, as Pitchfork said, pristine.

You know her story surely?  Daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, Hollie joined the reformed line-up of the Slits which toured/recorded between 2005 and 2010, playing keyboards and singing backing vocals.  There is a great interview with Hollie conducted by John Robb here. 

Hollies ‘Vessel Of Love’ LP  from earlier this year was (I quote, from press release) “A commercial success, taking the top spot on the Billboard Reggae Chart and reaching number three in the UK Independent Album Breakers Chart.  She recently joined David Rodigan for prestigious London shows at The Royal Albert Hall, Somerset House and the Southbank Centre, sold out the Jazz Café in London and played with Rudimental at Sofar Sounds’ Amnesty International fundraiser. as well as summer festivals appearances at The Biggest Weekend, Latitude, Standon Calling, Oya, Boomtown and Festival No 6.”

So whilst you book tickets for the nearest date on the 10 date tour of England ( note -I changed UK Tour to England as there are currently no Welsh, Scottish of N Ireland dates) – have a listen to Sweet Like Chocolate…

And as a bonus here’s the very first single from seven years back…

And Postman from 2014…. Enjoy.


Tour dates and Tickets

Listen/Buy Sweet Like Chocolate

Official Website


those October Tour Dates

3rd October – Scala, London
4th October – Epic Studios, Norwich
5th October – Concorde 2, Brighton
6th October – Kasbah, Coventry
7th October – Riverside, Newcastle
9th October – Hanger34, Liverpool
10th October – The Trinity Centre, Bristol
11th October – Manchester Academy 2, Manchester
12th October – O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford
13th October – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth


All words by Ged Babey except where specified. 

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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