Secret 7 2018: Here's who created the best vinyl cover art for this year’s exhibition

Work by Stanley Chow, Rob Ryan, Micah Lidberg, Wilfred Wood, Jeremy Deller and Modern Toss has been revealed.


Much of the fun of Secret 7" is guessing who has created artwork for the 100 vinyl single covers that have been brought together for the charity exhibition. Now we find out who right we were – pretty bang-on it seems – as the organisers have divulged the names of the artists and designers, both famous and up-&-coming, behind each of the artworks.

Earlier this month Digital Arts was invited to a special preview event of all of this year's specially created covers, so we created this selection of our favourite designs in this exclusive gallery. Now we can tell you who they're by.

As usual, sleeve designs come from the usual mix of fine artists, illustrators, designers and musicians – and today who created what has been revealed.

Taking place this year at The Jetty by the waterfront of London's Greenwich Peninsula, Secret 7" offered 100 originally designed sleeves each for seven tracks pressed onto 7" for the first time ever, giving buying punters the chance to go home with a randomly distributed work of art which nobody else will own.

Enjoy our previous coverage on Digital Arts to see works from previous years at Secret 7".

Artwork by: Modern Toss for Jimi Hendrix's Castles Made of Sand

Each sleeve costed £50 a pop at yesterday's on-site sale of the sleeves, but purchasers didn't know who the sleeve is by or even what track it's for until they buy. As always with Secret 7", all proceeds will be going to charity, with this year's cause being the mental health charity Mind.

The tracks that have been designed for this year are The Clash's I’m Not Down, Eurythmics' I Saved The World Today, Jeff Buckley's Lover, You Should’ve Come Over, Jimi Hendrix's Castles Made of Sand, London Grammar's Help, Manic Street Preachers' No Surface All Feeling and Primal Scream's Damaged.

Artwork by: Wilfred Wood for Primal Scream's Damaged.


A fun design from the exhibition.

Artwork by: Ben Boothman for Jeff Buckley's Lover You Should Have Come Over

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A tastefully depicted orgy.

Artwork by:  Sebastian König for Manic Street Preachers' No Surface All Feeling


A shamanic offering.

Image:  Stevie Anderson for Eurythmics's I Saved The World Today


No doubt there'll be tears on the day when all records sell out and you're still in the queue...

Artwork by:  Oscar Nimmo for Jeff Buckley's Lover You Should Have Come Over

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'Scuse me while I catch your eye

Artwork by:  Clay Disarray for Jimi Hendrix's Castles Made of Sand


One of our favourites from this year, reminiscent of both Jean Jullien and Jamie Hewlett’s work for Gorillaz.

Artwork by: Shaun Milne for Primal Scream's Damaged


Probably the most secretive of this year's covers.

Artwork by:  Irene Palacio for London Grammar's Help

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Artwork by:  Stanley Chow for Jimi Hendrix's Castles Made of Sand


The truth is out there.

Artwork by:  Micah Lidberg for Eurythmics's I Saved The World Today


A fiery design for this record.

Artwork by: Andrew McHardy for Jeff Buckley's Lover You Should Have Come Over

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Lovely colours on this one

Artwork by: Simon Graff for Primal Scream's Damaged


Another colourful offering.

Artwork by: Rob Ryan for Jimi Hendrix's Castles Made of Sand


Secret 7" always offers a surprising use of materials, and this cardboard-made sleeve is no exception.

Image: Paul Hallows for Eurythmics's I Saved The World Today

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A bold truth.

Artwork by: Jeremy Deller for London Grammar's Help


We loved this depiction of a sci-fi netherworld.

Artwork by:  Alex Gamsu Jenkins for Jimi Hendrix's Castles Made of Sand


Probably this year's most romantic cover

Artwork by: Paul Leith for Jeff Buckley's Lover You Should Have Come Over

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Trapped in the sleeve

Artwork by: Samantha Wilkinson for London Grammar's Help


A great pairing of covers.

Artwork by (right): Verity Onions for The Clash's I’m Not Down