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.

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!

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

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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

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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 Open Mic does Friday Tonic with MasterCard

Written by Ayshamar Atkins

October was a busy month for Allsortz! As well as our usual monthly gig at Rich Mix we crossed the river to embraced the audience at the Southbank Centre: Queen Elizabeth Hall as a part of the “WHY? Festival” supported by Mischon de Reya. We took over a special Friday Tonic with MasterCard session and showcased our own unique brand of entertaining tonic!

Allsortz Open Mic takeover Friday Tonic with MasterCard at Southbank Centre
Allsortz Open Mic takeover Friday Tonic with MasterCard at Southbank Centre (Mila Falls)

The first act to grace the stage was the up and coming Mila falls and her three piece band; beginning with a set of stripped back covers including Waves by Mr. Probz and Wake Me Up by Avicii ft. Aloe BlaccAs she took centre stage under the luminous reddish purple light, her unique and distinctive vocals became apparent, combined with her lively and spirited stage presence, immediately captivating the audience’s attention and inspiring dance throughout the venue.

Next to be introduced to the stage was spoken word artist Izara B with her compelling piece Materialistic Society, exploring our view of society, it’s structure and the impact this has on us as individuals. This was then followed by an exclusive performance of her latest piece entitled “Kiss of Death”; not only was this piece contrasting in terms of style and theme, it also retained an immensely honest, open and moving message leaving the audience in silence throughout the powerful deliverance of the piece.

Narko @SouthbankCentre
Allsortz Open Mic takeover Friday Tonic with MasterCard at Southbank Centre (Narko)

Rapper Narko then engaged the audience shortly afterwards by diving straight into his first song. One aspect of his performance that was really striking was his natural sense of stage presence, and this became more evident after a conversation with an audience member, which led straight into his final piece leaving us swept away by his authentic lyrical rhymes once again.

Following Narko, the charismatic duo: Sister Sidney took to the stage, skillfully charming the audience with their soulfully expressive voices. After performing two of their original pieces, the pair then moved on to perform a colorful acoustic version of Rita Ora’s – Just how we do.

To switch up the evening a little were the wild cards; for those unfamiliar with the concept, this allows anyone one who is feeling inspired take over the stage for a few minutes and to share their talent.

Allsortz Open Mic takeover Friday Tonic with MasterCard at Southbank Centre
Allsortz Open Mic takeover Friday Tonic with MasterCard at Southbank Centre

First up was Laura who presented a graceful medley of well-known songs including Stand Still and Look Pretty by The Wreckers; which she later explained represents a time in her life. Also to appear on stage was Milly, a young performer who instantly had the audience entertained with her quirky sense of style and explorative vocal techniques. The next wild card was Kyroe, who radiated confidence while rapping about the struggles of being successful and the thought of wanting something much bigger. We also had the pleasure of welcoming spoken word artist Kayrond to the stage with his humble, honest number tackling the issue of self expression and the path to self discovery. Next up was Germ Adan a member of the Adan project – a Scottish/ Haitian group based in the states, the dynamic singer serenaded the audience with a song reflecting on the trials of being in a long distance relationship, and to make the piece even more special it was sang in French Creole and accompanied by a steel string ukulele!

Moving back to the Main performance slots, young Shaquille, was next in line with his incredibly mellow voice. The singer and his two guitarists performed two classic covers – Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone and an all time favorite by Bob Marley, this originally interpreted acoustic cover definitely had the audience enjoying themselves to the maximum!

 DC Scribbla was next up with his old school American flow, including his original songs 98 Flows and Summertime, as usual the youthful artist had the audiences’ heads bobbing and singing along. One of the great things about this performance was his explanation behind the pieces, making it that much more relatable! DC Scribbla also performed a track off of his debut project called Girls, creating a different kind of energy.

Allsortz Open Mic takeover Friday Tonic with MasterCard at Southbank Centre
Allsortz Open Mic takeover Friday Tonic with MasterCard at Southbank Centre (DC SCRIBBLA)

The penultimate act and final wild card of an evening of immense talent, was Adrian Benjamin Haeske who had flown in from Germany to meet his long distance love. While walking south of the riverbank the young couple discovered Allsortz Open Mic taking place and romantically Adrian decided to dedicate a song to his love, Gressa.  Pompeii – Bastille. This acoustic cover was not only a beautiful second to last performance with the spotlight surrounding Gressa, but to finish the gifted artist announced his love.

Finally to wrap up the event, Mila Falls returned to close the show with a number of originals. This successful and impressionable set included her lively and energetic performances of her songs including Voices and Remember me.

You can follow us on Twitter (@Allsortz1) to keep up to dart with all of our events!

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!