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!
February was the month of love and cheese, and we welcomed it with open arms
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
Another month and another great show. King Kash tore up the stage at Rich Mix with his unique mix of hip-hop and rock.
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!
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.
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!
Taking over Portcullis House for Parliament Week! We had those MPs rocking….ok swaying! Lol
It was a Monday but not just any Monday, it was the second Monday of the month and that could only mean… Allsortz Open Mic was back.
Like no other open mic night, we were in the presence of allsorts (excuse the pun). First to grab the mic, was talented rapper Zuz Rock who, at one point, rapped over Marvin’s room beat with his unique flow. With his team present, the energy in the crowd was set off to a good start.
(Zuz Rock getting the night started)
We were lucky to also welcome on stage a couple soulful acts. One of which was the funky blues sounds of Charl King and of course, back on the big stage the soulful three man strong team, better known as Soul Inc. As well as all the main acts, the night wouldn’t be the same without Wildcards taking to the stage. James John Deacon was one of the first WildCards up with his acoustic guitar and we also welcomed back our very own Jolade, who performed a piece he memorised moments before going up on stage…that’s what we call skills. Stand out performance of the WildCards was ½ of Sister Sidney, Claire Louise. From the very moment her fingers touched the guitar and her voice reached the audience’s ears, it felt like the room stopped. I’m pretty sure we could even hear a pin drop with such a beautiful tone like Claire’s captivating us all.
(Hypnotising the audience…the one and only Claire Louise)
Moving back onto our main acts, we had Allsortz regular Natavan grace the stage with some more poetry. Singer songwriter Miss Sha also joined us and blew everyone’s minds with her incredibly powerful voice. I’m no vocalist coach but she definitely hit the right notes! Our special treat of the night was from the cover band with no name who delivered a strong 5 piece set of great covers. Staying true to our happy Monday vibes, they even performed Pharrell William’s mighty successful track, ‘Happy’.
(cover band with no name sharing the happy Monday vibes)
Last but not least, we ended the night with three rounds of talented WildCards. Kirtis Franklyn shared his poetry with the audience (loads of clicking involved), then followed by rapper Boy Nash and last but not least a poet by the name of Kelvin who performed for the very first time.
(Kelvin ending the night with some thought provoking poetry)
For those who don’t know, we were also joined by our very first sponsor Ireland Nigeria – a fashion line for music lovers who want to make a statement. Yes – that’s why the team had great t-shirts on and also we gave out some pretty good prizes. Remember, you saw it at #AllsortzOpenMic first!!
Don’t forget!! Allsortz will be supporting some great causes across the year by raising money. For the Month of February, to mark World Cancer day, we’re raising money for MacMillan Cancer support. To donate please go to justgiving.com/allsortzopenmic Thank you to everyone who made it down to support all the great acts. The next date for you diaries is Monday 10th March and we’ll have an all-female line up to celebrate International Women’s Day. If you’re interested in performing email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up on the night (before 8pm) for a WildCard slot. Guys don’t be shy – Come and support some amazing female performers!
It started in July 2011. An idea I had to create an environment where talented people from around London, and with a variety of talents including, singing, rapping, spoken word, dance and comedy had an inclusive and supportive place to perform.
Having dabbled in the music industry (well on the performance side including, Stage and Tour Management) over the last 15 years and with a 10 year background in mainstream media I created the Allsortz Open Mic Night.
In partnership with the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation in east London, it’s the only Open Mic night in the capital that brings different genres of music and talent under one roof, provides a highly professional set-up and allows performers to showcase to a live audience….and all for free!
So if you’ve got a talent and you’re ready to share it – Get in touch!