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.

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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.

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Allsortz Open Mic 13th October 2014

Written by Izara B (@Izara_B)

Just before we headed off for a few special gigs at Queen Elizabeth Hall and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, we had our regular open mic night at Rich Mix and what a night it was!!
We had the pleasure of welcoming on stage 14 year old spoken word artist DiAndre, who had the audience in deep thought and in awe. An artist to definitely watch!
DiAndre
(DiAndre)
Up on stage we also had rapper Lanre F with his unique beats and flow; Taliaa Jay who performed a few covers and spoken word artist Anastasia who engaged the audience through the depth of her words.
As well as our main acts, we also encourage artists to sign up as a WildCard on the night. This particular evening, we had a stand out performance by Shaquille and his 2 guitarists. His young yet soulful voice filled the main space and even got the crowd wanting more…yup, we officially had the 2nd encore of 2014.
Shaquille Brown
(Shaquille Brown)
We had a few more WildCards take to the stage; Milly gave us a touch of pop with a twist, rapper Dark Knight had the crowd bopping their heads along to the beat and Genesis dropped an acapella.
Last but not least, we had rapper Lemzi take to the stage strapped with a backpack filled with his latest EP.
We have loads of up coming gigs, take a look at the dates and if you’re interested in performing get in touch!
Lemzi
(Lemzi)
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Allsortz Open Mic – June 2014

Ever wondered what Allsortz Open Mic is all about? Well you’ve come to the right place to find out!

We bring the talent every second Monday of the month to Rich Mix and this month was no different. With a pool of main acts to dive into, Kay Doggz took to the stage first lyrically engaging the audience by telling us about his fondness for alcohol.

@KayDoggz_Music Live @Allsortz1 June 2014
@KayDoggz_Music Live @Allsortz1 June 2014

 (@kaydoggz_music)

As well as all the main acts, we also encourage artists to sign up on the night and this month was not shy of Wildcards. We had the pleasure of welcoming spoken word artists Tolu and Kamari, who both took us on a journey through the depth of their words.

We also had a taste of three different approaches to ‘love’ (or ‘lust’?!)… Soph Chei shared quite a sensual piece of poetry; Samantha, strapped with her acoustic guitar, sang a set focused on love as well as Ridez who rapped about his difficulty approaching women. Finally, to end the list of main acts, I (Izara B) took to the stage to perform my latest piece resurrection.

With love out of the way, we had an Allsortz regular Boy Nash back on stage to share one of his latest tracks from his upcoming EP ‘Gods Image 2’; followed by his producer The Beat Hustler who decided to perform for his very first time. Body popping Chris also took the audience by surprise and even gave us all a 60 second dance lesson!

Chris Stein Live @Allsortz1 June 2014
Chris Stein Live @Allsortz1 June 2014

(Chris Stein)

Stand out performance of the night was by Modulation. A rapper that wastes no time on the mic with countless rhymes, switching up his style numerous times…all whilst acapella of course! If you looked up the word lyrical, we’re pretty sure you’d see his face besides it!

@1Modulation Live @Allsortz1 June 2014
@1Modulation Live @Allsortz1 June 2014

 (@1Modulation)

Next month we’re on Monday 14th July, 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).

Remember follow us on Twitter @Allsortz1 or on Facebook/Allsortz.

Allsortz Open Mic – May 2014

It was the second Monday of the month, so that could only mean all roads led to Rich Mix for another Allsortz Open Mic showcase. (See below for next Allsortz Open Mic date)
Allsortz Open Mic - May '14
Allsortz Open Mic – May ’14
Allsortz Open Mic - May '14
Allsortz Open Mic – May ’14
Allsortz Open Mic - May '14
Allsortz Open Mic – May ’14
As always we promise to bring you all a fresh mix of emerging talent and May’s showcase was no different. 
 
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. 
Ronoc Live @ Allsortz Open Mic - May'14
Ronoc Live @ Allsortz Open Mic – May’14
(@RonocMusic) 
 
Singer Christiana O was one of many talented acts during the night; female rapper Thandi shared her unique delivery and singer/songwriter Neecie Gold also 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 Speaks followed by Dwayne Edwards who 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’. 
 
Mr. True @ Allsortz Open Mic - May '14
Mr. True @ Allsortz Open Mic – May ’14
(@NegoTrue)
 
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.
King Kash @ Allsortz Open Mic - May '14
King Kash @ Allsortz Open Mic – May ’14
 
(@KingKashMusic)
 
As well as our main acts, we had the pleasure of welcoming wildcards to the stage. Spoken word artist, Kirtis Franklynjoined us by sharing an emotional story that touched everyone in the audience; Jack Argles also 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’.
 
Jolade Live @ Allsortz Open Mic - May '14
Jolade Live @ Allsortz Open Mic – May ’14
(@JoladeSpeaks) 

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).

Remember follow us on Twitter @Allsortz1 or on Facebook/Allsortz.

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Allsortz Open Mic 14 April ’14

Written by Izara B

We were back on the Rich Mix stage once again to get rid of those Monday blues with some of the freshest talent out there at the moment! Remember Videos from the night can be found here

We kick started the night with a fashion show by Ireland Nigeria who shared their latest collection with the audience followed by a performance from Team Infamous. If you would like to find out more get following @IrelandNigeria.
 
With a handful of talent to get through, kicking off April’s edition of #AllsortzOpenMic was Sam Way who had no problem getting a bit of audience participation whilst doing the matrix. We also had Ash Future joined by Jay Difference share their unique hip-hop style.
 
The night wouldn’t have been complete without ‘the battle of the bands’. First up we had the pleasure of welcoming Damien Ike on stage who gave us a visual treat all whilst sitting in the dark…YEP! The energy of all the band members took the night by storm with a great amount of energy pouring out from the stage. 
 

 

@Damienike
Damien Ike
@Damienike
@Damienike
@Damienike
 
(Damien Ike and his band sharing the Happy Monday vibes)
 
Our nights wouldn’t be the same without the amazing talent from WildCards. This month we had Ronoc take to the stage with his acoustic guitar; we also had Xana share her spoken word in front of a live audience for the very first time as well as welcoming one of the Ireland Nigeria models who showed us she can also sing and play guitar.
 
Stand out WildCard performance of the night was by Sylvia Mwenze. Strapped with her acoustic guitar she took us all on an emotional journey with her soft tone and heartfelt lyrics. Definitely an act to look out for. 

 

@SylviaMwenze
@SylviaMwenze
 
(Sylvia Mwenze sharing her talent)
 
Last but not least, bringing ‘the battle of the bands’ to an end, Cielo were back! Having not performed for a while they were reunited up on the #AllsortzOpenMic stage. Needless to say they put on such an energetic performance that was so contagious, the audience had no other option but to get up on their feet and start dancing. 
 

 

@CieloOfficial
@CieloOfficial
@CieloOfficial
@CieloOfficial

(Cielo doing what they do best – making us get up and dance!)

Next month we’re on Monday 12th May, 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).

Remember follow us on Twitter @Allsortz1 or on Facebook/Allsortz.

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Allsortz Open Mic 10-03-14

What an amazing way to start the week! First up if you missed this show, then you missed one of our best! But because we don’t hold a grudge, you can watch it all over again here via our Ustream links.  – http://t.co/cO7ty3JEkl and here http://t.co/lJs2b9gl7n Enjoy 🙂

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The evening was part of our celebration for International Women’s Day which was on Saturday 8th. To help us mark this day we partnered with the Youth Media Agency who hosted an insightful and energetic debate about the the roles of women in the media and the challenges they face. Search Twitter for #femaleshowreel to check out some of the conversation. An action packed start to our night and we hadn’t even really got out of first gear! Helping us kick our night of celebrating the amazing female performers we have in the capital was the dance group, ‘The Truth’ led by @LauraLiles . This amazingly talented trio of street dancers were joined on stage by some proper ‘lil men’ who simply took the crowd by storm and had us all cheering away! The Truth was followed by the beautiful words of @IAmMiday, the funky rap verses of @IAmThandi, the cool sophisticated voice of @LauraClemo.

If this wasn’t enough to get the audience dancing in their seats our all female line-up celebrating International Women’s Day moved into another gear when @LanaPeswani and then the lovely @LinahNambooze took the stage. Both had voices that lit up the room and had us all begging them to return.

@TaliaAJay swept us away with her beautifully sultry voice. Our penultimate artist was Ayshamar @aysha_nikita to look at her standing on stage you would not expect such a powerful, yet silky voice to literally reach out and grab you – That young lady has talent!

Finally our Allsortz Open Mic stage was blessed by our very own and very talented @Izara_B Having come straight from performing at City Hall, she dropped her latest verse on us and blew us all away! If you missed it – here it is – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzrIaaE9ndE

Because we are trying to do our bit to support and celebrate International Women’s Day this whole month of March we’re funding raising for the Global Giving project, ‘Voices of the Future’ which aims to lift and unite the voices of women to empower them to be the voice of change around the world. If you’d like to contribute please go to our JustGiving Page. All your support is always appreciated.

Just time to tell you that next month we’re on Monday 14th April, 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).

Remember follow us on Twitter @Allsortz1 or on Facebook/Allsortz.

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Allsortz Open Mic, January 13 2014

Written by Izara B

Our very first edition of Allsortz Open Mic 2014 started with a bang. We had just a few acts on the lineup, but as they say, ‘quality over quantity’.

We couldn’t start our 2014 edition without getting James déCosta back on stage. Needless to say, he won the crowd over with his stand out performance, with assistance from his acoustic guitarist and bassist, and even had the whole crowd chanting ‘one more’.

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(James déCosta and team, winning the crowd over)

Next up we had Coco DeParis and her guitarist take to the stage with a touch of Jazz.

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((Coco DeParis and guitarist)

We also had rapper SB Entertainer, who brought a new meaning to the word energy whilst showing us exactly why he loves what he does.

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(SB Entertainer on the Rich Mix stage)

Our only WildCard of the night was myself, Izara B. I performed my latest piece, which I recently performed at parliament, ‘Heads or Tails’.

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(Izara B, me, sharing another story)

Last but not least, we had the one and only Infecta. He finished the night on a high with his infectious energy which had the crowd taking part too.

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(Infecta bringing the night to a close)

Thank you to everyone who made it down to support all the great acts.

The next date for you diaries is Monday 10th February and our theme is…….LOVE: the good, the bad and the ugly. (all performers must include this theme in at least one of their performances.

If you’re interested in performing email us on: allsortz01@hotmail.co.uk or sign up on the night (before 8pm) for a WildCard slot.

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Allsortz Open Mic 11-11-13

Written by Izara B

It’s a new month so that could only mean Allsortz is back!! This time accompanied by cold wet weather but that didn’t stop the show from going on.

Getting the crowd warmed up was one of our first acts, Ak Rekz. Taking to the stage with his contagious energy, it wasn’t too long before he had everyone laughing and singing along to his lyrics.

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(Ak Rekz getting the crowd warmed up)

Throughout the night we had a few WildCards from previous shows come back but this time for a main slot. Ella CR joined the happy Monday vibes once again along with her soulful voice that had the audience’s attention from the very first note and of course Calm the Poet who shared with us more of his heartfelt poetry, which kick started a night full of UK poetry. However, we also had a special American treat to this evening full of UK talent. Sisi, a poet from the states, got up on stage with her hard hitting poetry.

Stand out performance of the night was by Nairobi as she gracefully and skilfully laid her lyrics on stage for anyone who was listening. The honesty which she projected into the crowd was apparent by everyone’s reaction (a whole lot of clicking fingers).

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(Nairobi pouring the truth out onto the stage)

The talent from our WildCards was unbelievable. First up we had Ara Solo who came out of her shell as soon as she began to sing; one of our very own Jolade didn’t resist swapping a camera for a mic to share his thoughts with us; we also had the pleasure of having a rapper by the name of Oscar perform for us; Natavann who peformed for the very first time in front of a live audience last month at Allsortz came back for more and last but not least for the WildCards, Unique Sistar speaking on one of the most courageous topics for a young woman to talk about in this day and age.
Bringing the show to an end was one of last month’s WildCard, Handles. Once again the audience couldn’t help but be on their feet during his performance. At one point, he even performed laying down on stage (no wonder why they call him the UK Kanye West).

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(Handles bringing this edition of Allsortz to an end)

As always, thanks to all of our acts and of course the audience for coming down and supporting the talent despite the bad weather.
Whilst you’re here, don’t forget we have two dates next month: Monday 9th and Thursday 19th December

You can watch interviews and clips from our performers on our YouTube Channel – click here

If you’re interested in performing email: Allsortz01@hotmail.co.uk or turn up on the night and sign up to be a WildCard.

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Allsortz Open Mic 14-10-13

By Izara B

Back on the Rich Mix stage spreading happy Monday vibes was of course Allsortz and some of the best London talent!

Getting the evening started differently this time around were local videographers from DessyMak Productions and Freelance Films who shared their short films.

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(With the mic in his hand, Allsortz founder Dekan Apajee gets the show started)

With a long talented line up, we had performances from Carol Jack and of course her guitarist, Lea Rogers; Steven Lue who left the poetry at home this time and showed us that he can sing too; we also had Katie J White who owned the stage with her powerful voice and the beautifully husky Irish voice of Sample Answer with his amazing presence on stage.

Stand out performance of the night was by one of our wildcards, spoken word artist Ollie O’Neill who showed us exactly why she is 1 of 6 winners of SLAMbassadors 2013. To see Ollie and the rest of the winners, join them on 1st November from 4-7pm at the Clore Ballroom, Royal festival hall.

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(Ollie O’Neill lyrically engaging the audience)

We had more WildCards who jumped up to share their talents with our audience. Natavan who is a young poet bravely grabbed the mic and performed for the very first time in front of a live audience; Ella CR blessed the stage her soulful voice; Shawts who brought a bit of hip hop to the stage and Calm who shared a love poem.

Back on the Allsortz stage was Soultanna who took us all back in time with her amazing lyrics, unique tone and extremely visual performance. All of this whilst accompanied by her guitarist who switched it up throughout the set. If you haven’t seen her perform, you need to get onto the Allsortz YouTube Channel!

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(Soultanna entertaining the crowd)

We also had an Amy Winehouse cover performed as an acapella by Alysa; followed by the most energetic performance of the night by Handles who is described as the UK Kanye West – needless to say he had the whole crowd on their feet and last by not least Mr Allsortz cameraman himself Jolade who ended the night on a high note with a poem about change.

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(Jolade bringing the night to a close)

You can watch clips from the night on our YouTube Channel here:

Thanks to all of our acts and of course the audience for keeping the love meter high which definitely made this a happy Monday.
Whilst you’re here stick the next date in your diary is Monday 11th November.

If you’re interested in performing email: Allsortz01@hotmail.co.uk or turn up on the night and sign up to be a WildCard.

Remember:

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Allsortz Open Mic 08-07-2013

Written by Izara B

The sun was shining so that could only mean one thing… we brought the freshest talent in London to the Rich Mix stage for our summer gig!

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(Allsortz organiser Dekan Apajee, getting the show started)

During the first half we really got the happy Monday vibes going with performances by: Rajiv who confidently took to the stage to show us exactly what he can do vocally and also gave us a treat when Mr Arch surprised the audience by joining him. Next up, Shade, a poet who surprisingly has only been performing for 3months, yet truly inspired the crowd with her words.

Up next on the mic was our stand out performance of the night, Mr Harris. The intensity of his set was felt by all as everyone attentively listened to every word which he honestly shared. His last poem which questioned ‘Have you ever?’ was a reflection of the depth of situations from his personal life and really got the audience thinking about their own experiences.

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(Mr Harris captivating the audience with his heart felt poems)

With the love meter running high throughout the night, we also had wildcards take to the stage and own it! Lydia Maddix was first up along with her acoustic guitar, Angeline who performed for the very first time in front of a live audience by doing an acapella of a Rihanna song and Jamie Leo also took on a cover performing acapella, but this time of Frank Ocean’s track ‘Thinking about you’.

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(Dark Phonix performing their set)

After a few months away from our stage, three-piece band Dark Phonix were back strapped with their guitars and exploiting their distinctive sound, with lyrics that has a great storytelling element to it.
During our second half, we had the pleasure of having on stage: Mr Arch joining us for the second time who received a nonstop applause for his energetic performance and Sistersidney (who are really sisters) captivating the audience with their mellow sound.

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(Sergio ending our summer gig)

We can’t forget Sergio who of course brought the evening to an end with an engaging performance which was extremely rhythmic and prided itself on honesty.
After all the amazing performances, we couldn’t just end the night on that note. YES – we got behind the camera once again to conduct short interviews with our features! Keep your eyes peeled if you want to find out more about our great acts.

Thanks to all of our acts who took to the big stage and last but not least, the audience for keeping the love meter high which definitely made this a happy Monday.
You can check out video interviews of our main acts from this other shows and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel here

If you haven’t heard yet, we will be taking a break over August so the next date to stick in your diary is Monday 9th September.

If you’re interested in performing email: Allsortz01@hotmail.co.uk or turn up on the night and sign up to be a WildCard.

Remember:

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