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 ‘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!

Allsortz Open Mic – August 2014

By Izara B

It was definitely no regular Sunday evening, it was an Allsortz night! (Yep – on a Sunday!).

As part of the Rich Mix Youth Takeover 2014 (link), we took over the building for the day with the help of talented emerging acts; beginning with our performance workshop in the early afternoon to a gig in the evening…

One of our first acts of the night was by Britain’s Got Talent 2012 finalist, Molly Rainford. The audience were in awe as her voice took over…did we mention she’s only 13?!?!

Allsortz Open Mic August Takeover 2014

With a long list of nothing but talent to get through, Samantha gracefully took the the stage as well as our first spoken word artist of the night, Samuel King.

Having been part of our performance workshop earlier on, some participants just couldn’t get enough. Jamie & Caitlin came back for more as well as Ayshamar, who all represented for the ‘takeover artists’.

Just like any other Allsortz night, we had a handful of Wildcards who took to the stage. India Graye captivated the audience (even without her ukulele), Imani showed us exactly how talented she was and Lord Apex owned the stage with his unique flow.

We also had the pleasure of welcoming Allsortz Open Mic regulars; spoken word artist Izara B who performed her latest piece ‘Resurrection’, DC SCRIBBLA who brought an old school flavour to the night and stand out performance of the night by the lyrical Narko.

Allsortz Open Mic August Takeover 2014

Last but not least, Ben Rivers band brought the night to a close with a touch of folk music.

We’ve got one more special date for you all this month (yes we’re spoiling you). The next date is Wednesday 27th August at Dalston Roof Park! (Flyer)

August 27th 2014
August 27th 2014

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