March 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)
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”
Next 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.
Next 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. Their 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.
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
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”.
(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.
(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!
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!
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 Blacc. As 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Having performed as a wildcard in April, Ronoc took the stage for main act this time around. Strapped with his guitar and sweet vocals, the audience couldn’t help but tap their feet along to the songs.
Singer ChristianaO was one of many talented acts during the night; female rapper Thandi shared her unique delivery and singer/songwriter Neecie Goldalso took to the stage. We also had the pleasure of welcoming comedian Howell James back on stage who also explained where people can follow him – by following him out of the door when he left!!
Stand out performances of the night were by some members of ‘The True Family’ (TTF). First up we had spoken word by Emmanuel Speaksfollowed by Dwayne Edwardswho performed acapella . Last but not least we had the man of the hour, Mr. True (aka Nego True), share some heartfelt poetry; with his sister in the audience, we had the pleasure of seeing him perform his latest piece ‘Letter To My Little Sister’.
King Kash took the stage by storm! The energy was brought up to a whole different level when they jumped on stage rapping with a live band.
As well as our main acts, we had the pleasure of welcoming wildcards to the stage. Spoken word artist, Kirtis Franklyn, joined us by sharing an emotional story that touched everyone in the audience; Jack Arglesalso caught the audience off guard with his hard hitting poetry and we had the pleasure of welcoming an #AllsortzOpenMic regular back on stage, Linah Nambooze.
Closing May’s edition of #AllsortzOpenMic was by spoken word artist Jolade. Leaving us all on a powerful, honest piece ending on an inspirational note of…’The world is yours’.
Next month we’re on Monday 9th June, so stick the date in your diary and come and support us and London’s talented artists. If you’re interested in performing go here. (Please read the instructions carefully before submitting your email).