May Day, May Day, Hot Acts everywhere!

Written by @Aysha_Nikita 

Allsortz was back in May with another fantastic line up of talented performances from a line up of creative London artists.

The evening was kicked started with rappers Billy Stone and Mr. Dublin; starting with a relaxed collection of UK Hip hop and Jazz Hip hop – really bringing out the chilled Sunday evening vibe. The two began with their original piece “Where Did I Go Wrong”, explaining the journey that he has taken and what it takes to get back on track once you have made mistakes.

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Next up was wildcard Dhark Knight who performed a collection of pieces, touching upon the issue of beauty being defined by social media at present, he then moved on the perform a short acappella piece about the struggles of growing up and trying to make it to where he wants to be. Other wildcards of the night were: Henry Albert, a talented rapper who performed some smooth Hip hop really moving the audience with his piece “I Got You”; Samuel King, a comedian who successfully had audiences in laughing at the familiarity of his subjects – including politics, stretching money and family drama. Also to perform were: Mr. Elliot – who also performed a dynamic comedy sketch; Kyronne and Tudor – a duo consisting of a rapper and beat boxer demonstrating some incredible skill and technique; and spoken word artist Kayrond who performed one of his original pieces, reflecting his incredible creativity.

The next main act to take to the stage was spoken word artist Kush, who began with an emotive piece about being an inspiration to yourself and to others around you. The diverse performer then went on to disprove the notion that men have no emotion, highlighting something as a simple as sending a text message can stir a whole range of feelings. His final piece provided some very wise poetic words about the barriers interracial relationships; different cultures and backgrounds can pose.

Following this was a moving performance from Boy Nash who began with a spoken word piece about the struggles of a nation and the necessity of offering a helping had to others less fortunate. He then went on to perform an original rap piece before introducing rapper Jay Script to the stage – who performed one of his own pieces demonstrating his lyrical genius.

Up on stage with a well timed, bold entrance was Presh Williams alongside a live band. The artist immediately impressed the rich mix audience with his catchy and vibrant tunes and mix of styles. The band, performing for the first time together really wowed audience members with their skill and powerful sound.

The last but most definitely not least performer of the night was young rapper DC Scribbla, who as always had the audience moving and singing along with his highly energetic performance. His pieces of the night included “98 Flows”, bringing an American flow to London and also an exclusive performance about his experiences of being an artist.

Live from east London it’s Allsortz Open Mic (April 2015)

Allsortz April 2015By Ayshamar (@Aysha_nikita)

This month’s Allsortz gig began with a lively atmosphere from the get go with audience members buzzing in anticipation of the some of London’s amazing talent. It was also great to see so many new faces. (See videos below)

Allsortz April 2015First to be introduced to the Rich Mix stage was rapper Lemzi, who kicked off with his piece “No Place Like Home”, touching upon the hard hitting theme of abuse and disruptive family relationships. The inspiration rapper also continued to perform his pieces “I Don’t Wanna See You Cry” and “Regulate Yours” which resulted in some friendly audience interaction really getting the crowd going. The set incorporated a range of styles including some modern jazz hip-hop, and an old school rap flow.

Following this was a beautiful set performed by the extremely talented Prizz alongside his guitarist James. Performing for the first time together, the duo warmed those present with some incredibly mellow vocals and unbelievable skill. The artist performed his songs “Simplicity” and “Stay” leaving the crowd moved.

Allsortz April 2015The next section of the night, saw the wonderfully brave wildcard acts perform after being inspired by acts they had seen on stage. First to take the spotlight was young rapper and black activist Lois Lane with some hard-hitting, passionate words of truth. Next up was Kyroe – a rapper from west London who performed a piece recently released on his mixtape, which demonstrated his lyrical creativity. The final wild card of the evening was brought to us by a group of international student singers from Norway who performed a powerful and melodious version of the recently released “Four Five Seconds” by Paul Mccartney ft Kanye West and Rihanna,

Resuming the main slots was the outstandingly gifted Kit Rice, who blew the audience away with his pieces “BYOB”, “You Really Need e”, “Rearview Mirror” and “So Gone”. Not only did he perform with great pizazz but also his original pieces really unveiled his diverse and impressive vocal skills.Allsortz April 2015

 

Next in line was Andre Bentley performing for the first time on the Allsortz stage. Thesinger performed alongside the highly energetic band Musical Minds; the smooth vocalist first began by nailing an acappella version of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” before moving on to perform his own tracks “Anything” and “I Want To Get Away”

Allsortz April 2015

Last but most certainly not least on stage were the very dynamic, stand out performers of the night OMG Collective, currently made up of five members. Together the group closed the night with their quirky lyrics, comical and highly interactive performance of their pieces “Facebook Thing” “Babble”, “Over Rated”, “Inhibitions” “Neyo Groove” and “Bounce”. A fantastic way to end an incredible evening of raw talent in London!

Check out the videos from our latest event here!

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How The ladies of Quirk took over Allsortz Open Mic (March 2015)

By Ayshamar (@Aysha_Nikita)

Allsortz March 2015March 15th 2015, saw yet another amazing night of talented performers take to the stage with Allsortz Open Mic in collaboration with Ladies Of Quirk, this time for the celebration of International Women’s Day, with a line up of all female performers. (You can check out some of the performances in the video below)

Allsortz March 2015

The first act to be introduced on stage was an artist by the name of “She”, who kicked of the night with and interesting and atmospheric set. She began with an acoustic piece featuring piano and vocals. The artist began with an opening featuring a music box immediately bringing a sense of innocence to her very moving performance. In this performance she demonstrated incredible vocal control, which worked well as a duo with her guitarist. Her set included a rendition of the dance pop song “Human beings”, her very first original “Killing Hannah Love”

Allsortz March 2015Next in line was the highly versatile singer-songwriter L’, along with her band who brought to the stage masses of energy. This included their songs “Your Girl”, “Today I Wanna Love You”. The awesome group of musicians had audience members on their feet singing and dancing along with the lively performance. An amazing performance for a group that has only been together for a couple of months.

Allsortz March 2015Next up was Iden, the wonderful Icelandic/Swedish duo performed a series of slow, emotive and captivating pieces really stunning audience members with their musical diversity. In this set they incorporated a mixture of rock, pop, pop soul and alternative music.

 

The final act to bring the night to a close with a bang was a collective group of musicians that go by the name of Hands. Allsortz March 2015Their performance was entirely unique with a combination of art forms inspired live by the musicians on stage as well as the use of some unconventional instruments. The group performed their pieces “Rain” and “China Doll” which featured a very ambient flow that transitioned into a more alternative vibe.

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We’re back!!! Allsortz Open Mic January 2015

Written by Ayshamar  (@Aysha_Nikita)

Sunday 18th January marked the first showcase of 2015! Giving aspiring performers the opportunity to share their talent with a live audience at Rich Mix. (See video below for all the action)

Allsortz Open Mic January 2015
Hanna’s Marines

The first artist to grace the stage was Hannah’s Marines – a band consisting of singer songwriter Hannah, a guitarist, a bass player and a drummer and backing vocalist; definitely bringing along with them mellow pop/indie vocals and some chilled vibes which was perfect for a Sunday evening. The group performed their pieces “Homecoming” and “Silence” of their latest E.P now available on iTunes.

Next to entertain the audience was rapper Kyroe, who performed a few tracks from his original mix tape “Chapter”, a mash up of So Solid’s “21 Seconds” and a rendition of James Brown’s “Get the funk up”; this without a doubt gained the participation of the crowd and certainly got people moving.

Next up was the inspiration TKO and first wild card of the night. In his piece, which was only completed minutes before his performance, he tackled the issue of a friend battling depression; this brought a sense of honesty and sincerity, leaving the audience with food for thought – an astonishing achievement for his first performance!

Allsortz Open Mic January 2015
Kyroe on stage

Our next wildcard also performing for the first time was rapper AK. Despite only finishing his piece the pervious day, Akz brought an elevating message about making changes to the world and how social barriers may cause this to be challenging.

The next wildcard was Rae The Poet, who delivered a quirky piece entitled “Drunken Thoughts and Sober Actions” looking at self worth, self respect and the consequences of this state of mind.

The last but not least wild card performance, was brought to us by Vengeance who performed an acappella displaying his clever rhymes and lyrical phrases about the challenges life holds, the importance of hard work and a positive mind frame.

Our next main act and stand out performance was from J the exodus, who graced the audience with some hip-hop, acoustic, rhythm and blues. The singer along with his group and singers Cyrin, Joelle, and Nate performed a few old school style soul pieces including “Calloure” ft. Joelle and “Guiding star” from his E.P titled “Through Darkness Came Light”.

Allsortz Open Mic January 2015
Kaipax

Next up was a dynamic duo by the name of Kaipax, presenting some urban acoustic soul including their piece “Lock and Learn”. The two guitarists and vocalists, both well established on their instruments received a warm response to their performance in the run up to yet another successful Allsortz night.

The final acts on stage were DC Scribbla and Lord Apex. The lively duo began with an original piece from Lord Apex reflecting the difficulties and challenges that occur on the journey to being successful. The young American old school rapper DC Scribbla then joined him on stage an began with a relaxed interlude clearly demonstrating his immense talent. DC also performed his catchy originals “98 Flows” and “Valentine”.

Remember if you’re interested in performing or coming along to one of our events get in touch!

We did all this in 2014?

Allsortz Open Mic has been going for just over three years now and what an amazing journey it’s been.

This year has been our favourite so far. We’ve become a Community Interest Company solidifying our commitment to provide young performers with a supportive and professional platform to share their talents. We’ve also pitched up at some pretty amazing venues this year including, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Southbank Centre and Portcullis House. Here are some of the pictures that sum up our great year! A massive thanks to all the performers, venues, live audiences, social media followers and volunteers that have really made this year for us! A few more weeks and we start again in 2015! Be sure to join us!

Allsortz 2014

February was the month of love and cheese, and we welcomed it with open arms

Allsortz 2014

In March we celebrated International Women’s Day with an all female lineup of performers and a discussion produced by the Youth Media Agency about Women in the Media

Allsortz 2014

In between shows our founder decided to turn his hand to a bit of design work and came up with these beauties – obviously they’re limited editions! Lol

Allsortz 2014 Another month and another great show. King Kash tore up the stage at Rich Mix with his unique mix of hip-hop and rock.

Allsortz 2014 He’s a little selfie of the road trip to BBC London 94.9FM with ultra-talented band, Cielo. Big thanks to Sunny and Shay for providing yet another platform!  

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Allsortz 2014  Fast forward to July and we took Allsortz Open Mic artists to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as park of the Great British Carnival. We provided an eclectic mix of 100 performers across three stages sharing their talents with over 50 thousand people! We were massively supported by the Mayor of London’s Peer Outreach Team and formed Carnival Xtra.

Allsortz 2014 A quick stop off at Dalston Roof Park for a summer collaboration with Lyrix Organix!

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You’re not seeing double, this was Allsortz Open Mic back in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for a special six week run of Sunday Sessions! All part of the incredible London Legacy Development Corporation’s Local Programme. But first a quick stop off at Reprezent Radio for some promo! 

Allsortz 2014 Taking over Portcullis House for Parliament Week! We had those MPs rocking….ok swaying! Lol

Allsortz Open Mic takes over Friday Tonic with MasterCard @SouthbankCentre

Yep another venue off our wish list – Southbank Centre London! What a great night! 

Allsortz Open Mic hosts Izara B's first EP launch!
November was a BUSY month, but we still managed to squeeze in Izara B’s very first EP launch night! 

Allsortz 2014 And finally it’s December! Christmas Showcase time featuring some of this year’s best performers! We honestly couldn’t do it without you! See you all again on January 18th 2015.

Allsortz Sunday Session @ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (16/11/14)

Written by Ayshamar Atkins (@Aysha_nikita)

Last Sunday marked the fourth of the weekly sessions held by Allsortz under the AcelorMittal Orbit inside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park promoting the amazing talent to found in London.

This week, the first on stage was singer-songwriter and entertainer Clinton Elvis, who gave locals a taste of his tropical vibes. The singer brightened the stage with his energetic performance of his original songs including his “Control My Mind” and a touching piece highlighting the struggles of a mother, titled “Momma Don’t Cry”.

Allsortz Sunday Session(J.E.T blowing the audience away with their Motown vibes)

Next to be introduced on stage was the refreshing Vocalist Ella CR, who performed a series of tracks from her E.P “Brand New Me” which was released last Friday. The lyrical singer performed a fascinating set using a drum pulse, and loop machine to record her vocals live on stage, then performing her original pieces on top, allowing the audience to witness the creative process when writing a song.

To follow this were Wildcards J.E.T who began their slot with a cover of Boys II Men – “I’ll Make Love To You”, the trio of silky vocals had audience members in awe of the well-choreographed performance. The group also performed their original acapella song “Love Like You”.  Other wild cards of the day included Soul/RnB singer Deleelah who performed a few tracks from her latest Album, “Devine Evolution”; Young K who graced the stage with his precise lyricism and American style.  The final wildcard of the day was the incredibly gifted rapper Kayroe who shared some inspiring words with the locals of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Allsortz Sunday Session

 

(Deleelah belting out Whitney Houston’s ‘I will Always Love You’)

Singer Rajiv also performed a few of his captivating and upbeat tunes; a stinking feature of the talented singers pieces was the universality of the lyrics therefore grabbing the audience’s attention with its relatability. He also performed a very simple but beautiful rendition of Beyoncé’s “Sweet Dreams”.

Next in line was spoken word artist Jolade who stopped audiences in their tracks with some profound words exploring self-image, taking responsibility for actions and understanding that we control circumstance definitely stirring some thought amongst the park audience.

Kaisler was next to grace the stage with her quirky style and expressive vocal techniques, the singer began by livening the stage with a few of her original pieces generating an uplifting atmosphere and inspiring dance among locals.

The final main slot of the day to feature on stage was the multi-textured vocalist Kit Rice, who performed a series of tracks from single, yet to be released on the 24th November. The singer who sang with soul wrapped up the event nicely!

Don’t forget we’ll be in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park until the end of November so you’ve still got time to pop down and share your Talent! See our events page for more details

Allsortz Open Mic does ‘Eargasm’ – August 2014

Written Ella Achola (@ella_achola)

“Vibrant, raw talent and enjoyable” is what Izara B, director and creative assistant of Allsortz Open Mic, hoped for Eargasm to be that night and full of talent it was indeed. Allsortz worked together with Lyrix Organix and 3 Styles to organise this event, bringing together a range of artists and designers to take over the Dalston Roof Park for a night of Eargasm. Host Dekan, Allsortz Open Mic founder, did not fail on his promise to showcase London’s best upcoming talent in exchange for love and support for the artists from the audience, which continuously filled the roof park as fears of rain and thunderstorms dwindled and the performers’ energy enveloped the beautiful roof space.

During the sound check I explored the fashion side of the event, swaying to the old school hip-hop tunes of DJ Olivia Au (gold). I left impressed by how many use fashion as a means to inspire and empower young people. Alongside The Bakery by Cakey, which uniquely combines cake, sweets and clothing, Strip Clothing, and Mayamada, an anime and manga inspired clothing brand, there was also Strut Daily, my favourite stall of the night. A female empowerment brand, Nadine and Toy go beyond pure fashion and also work with young girls in Hackney aged 13 to 16, facilitating so-called struta workshops in dance, drama and fashion to build the girls’ confidence.

Clinton Elvis(Clinton Elvis)

Clinton Elvis opened up the musical part of Eargasm with high notes and dance moves to the well-known hits of Michael Jackson. He was followed by the live human beatbox performance of Bass 6 who not only hit the audience with the most unusual of sounds but also personal beatboxed renditions of Benny Benassi’s ‘Satisfaction’ and Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World.’

The atmosphere got cosier as the sky turned darker and one half of Sister Sidney took the stage, lulling us all in a performance sounding no less soulful than when the sibling duo performed together at the Great British Carnival, Claire’s beautiful vocals warming up the chilly roof park.

Sister Sidney

(Sister Sidney)

Next up was Allsortz favourite Ayshamar who owned the stage with a soul performance that was simple but spoke volumes nonetheless. Ayshamar is a singer/songwriter who started playing the piano when she was three years old. Speaking to her she told me she was inspired by everyday things she sees, the people around her, and her personal life journey, using her music as an opportunity to engage with her identity and allow for others to relate to it.

India Graye filled the terrace with a voice that hit each note crystal clear as she was accompanied by nothing more than her ukulele and followed performances of rapper Raptum and singer Jem Cooke before another Allsortz favourite, DC SCRIBBLA, a young rapper, got the crowd clapping and grooving to his old school tunes that remind of a musical era unfortunately long gone. He had just flown in from Texas, deciding to kick jet lag and travel fatigue to the curb and join us on the roof park with an energy that easily matched that of the older (and more rested) performers of the night. DC started making music when he was ten years old and quotes his influences as Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West. His main genre is hip-hop, which he likes to mix with other genres as he is inspired by life in London and being young.

Izara B was the only spoken word artist of the night, performing her piece ‘Materialistic Society’, which criticises a society in which the rich get richer and the poor strive for an illusion built by capitalist society’s expectations of what it means to be happy. She rightfully reminds us that fulfilling our needs should not be equated to having it all, and that materialism is not crucial to survival. She excelled in capturing the audience with nothing more than her voice, delivering her lines with passion and energy.

Miss Sha(Miss Sha)

Miss Sha’s performed some beautiful slow tunes about love and relationships before Shemzy closed Eargasm with a bang, switching up his hip hop set with some acapella “to get people’s attention”, which he did indeed.

Allsortz Open Mic, Lyrix Organix and 3 Styles succeeded in putting together a night of music and fashion that was engaging, stimulating and showcased a wide range of upcoming talent. Make sure to catch their next events in September!