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Skin Côntact's Steph Barlow of BBR confesses her go to artist after a few glasses of wine

Published:  21 April, 2016

For a second year in a row the wine trade supergroup Skin Côntact will be taking to the stage next month in an effort raise aid as part of Comic Relief.

Skin Côntact LIVE AGAIN! is taking place on Thursday 12 May 2016 at the O2 Academy, Islington. Skin Côntact LIVE! is sponsored by Côtes du Rhône wines, and is a partnership that made it possible to stage this event and allow 100% of the proceeds to go to charity.

All in aid of a good cause 'The Band' including Richard Hemming - he of Jancis Robinson fame; Alex Hunt MW of Berkmann, Matt James of Bordeaux Cellar and Ben Smith of CyT will be performing along with a number of other personalities and talents from across the wine trade.

A series of guest stars will be on hand to wow spectators, including the very talented Steph Barlow from Berry Bothers & Rudd.

The Islington Academy stage has hosted Beck, Muse, Eminem - and now you! But who are your musical heroes?

It may be a bit of a cliché, but Freddie Mercury has to be up there. Also Brandon Boyd from Incubus, as they are one of the best bands I've seen live. I'm embarrassed to say it, but often after a few too many vinos I have a tendency to put Celine Dion on so there has to be a mention for her too.

What's the largest audience you've sung in front of?

Probably at school when I was 16 and sang in a school talent show - it would be about 600 people, but that feels like a lifetime ago.

And how would you like to be introduced on stage?

Keep it simple: 'Steph' would be fine... Or does the whole one name thing make me sound like more of a diva?!

What are you listening to a lot at the moment?

I have a very eclectic taste in music; it depends what I'm doing and what I feel like. I have particularly been enjoying some new music from Jack Garratt and Rae Morris. I also think Jungle, Royal Blood, London Grammar and Caribou have done some great stuff recently. I love some George Michael, Fleetwood Mac and Massive Attack as well, so it really depends on what I'm in the mood for.

And what was the most memorable live musical performance you've ever seen?

It has to be The Rolling Stones on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2013 - it was such an amazing gig. These rock legends really do show the new guys how it should be done!

Quickfire round!

Côte-Rôtie or Gigondas?

Most of the time I would say Gigondas - I love the rich supple fruit you get with good Grenache, but if I was looking for something a bit special, then a complex refined Cote-Rôtie would be the place to look.

Adele or Madonna?

You can't deny that Madonna has written some great songs over the years and has reinvented herself throughout the decades, but I would have to say Adele. Her voice is just incredible and her songs are so heartfelt you can't help but love her.

Viognier or Marsanne/Roussanne? 

Viognier with scallops or lobster is a match made in heaven and you don't always have to break the bank to experience great Viognier - there are some really great examples coming through at lower price points too.

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

Definitely The Stones, I remember learning Honky Tonk Women on the guitar years ago and they were fantastic live. Gimme Shelter is one of my all-time favourite songs.

And finally, what's your most embarrassing musical secret?

I guess I would have to admit to my love of Michael Bolton... What a legend!