Paul McCartney, Aurora and The Chemical Brothers to feature on War Child’s ‘Secret 7”’ vinyl project

Tracks by Paul McCartney, Aurora, The Chemical Brothers and more will feature on ‘War Child Presents Secret 7”’ – a collection seven of tracks by seven musicians on 700 records with each featuring unique artwork.

Celeste, Hozier, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Specials will also feature on the new project, with all records set to be exhibited and free to view at Now Gallery from March 4 to 17, 2024.

The concept of the charity initiative, which initially ran from 2012-2021, takes seven tracks by seven musicians, pressing each one to seven inch vinyl 100 times, creating 700 records.


The sleeves for each are then designed by 700 creatives, ranging from renowned artists to newcomers. All sleeves will the be available to purchase via auction after the exhibition. However, the designer’s identity is only revealed after the record is sold.

Previous sleeve designers include the likes of Ai Weiwei, Sir Peter Blake, Yoko Ono, David Shrigley, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Martin Parr and more.

'War Child Presents Secret 7”'
‘War Child Presents Secret 7”’ (CREDIT: Courtesy Charles Emerson and NOW Gallery)

Check out the ‘War Child Presents Secret 7”’ tracklist below.

1. Aurora – Track TBA
2. Celeste – ‘Stop This Flame’
3. Hozier – ‘Swan Upon Leda’
4. Siouxsie & The Banshees – ‘Lullaby’
5. Paul McCartney – ‘Pipes of Peace’
6. The Chemical Brothers feat. Beck – ‘Skipping Like A Stone’
7. The Specials – ‘We Sell Hope’

“We are delighted to announce the return of the iconic Secret 7” project, which will help raise funds to support War Child’s crucial work in conflict zones around the world,” Head of War Child Records, Rich Clarke, said in a press statement.


“War Child operates in some of the most challenging, hard-to-reach places to help children and families who are most severely affected by war. Sadly, demand for our work is growing. Our goal is to reach children as quickly as possible when conflict breaks out and to provide ongoing support long after the cameras have gone to support them through their recovery.

“We believe no child should be part of war. Ever. This is why projects like Secret 7” are so important. We are grateful to all the musicians, artists and partners who are involved in Secret 7”. Together, we will be able to protect and educate many more children, supporting their healing and learning for a safer, brighter future. Thank you.”

NOW Gallery and Greenwich Peninsula Senior Cultural Projects Manager, Kaia Charles, added: “We are looking forward to supporting War Child through the creative synergy of art and music. NOW Gallery is thrilled that Secret 7” is returning to Greenwich Peninsula in 2024 – which marks the gallery’s 10th year anniversary.”

Sleeve designers are also invited to submit their work for consideration in this year’s Secret 7″ project, which can be done here from Tuesday, October 24 until January 9, 2024.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that sales of vinyl have surged by nearly 15 per cent year-on-year for the first nine months of 2023, according to a new report.