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 Sunday Sessions @ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (2/11/14)

By Ayshamar Atkins (@Aysha_nikita)

This weekend consisted of another exciting event from Allsortz Open Mic, which took place under the ArcelorMittal Orbit at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as a part of a six-week representation of some of the best emerging talent in London. Despite the whether being somewhat dreary, the event went ahead and with successful results! (See Video below)

The first act to warm the locals last Sunday was the stylish Miss Sha with her silvery vocals. The singer performed a mixture of covers, also featuring her very own “Take The Blame” and a Jazz version of Sam Smith’s “La La La”, stopping passers on their way to the Orbit.

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(J.E.T taking on the WildCard challenge)

Next to perform was singer Cleo, who arrived on stage with a massive smile on her face while radiating with energy. Her acoustic movement consisted of her original works “Drive” and “Unlucky Girl”, which had a powerful and alternative feel. Cleo who displayed an impressive vocal range on the day had locals participating in her cover of the well-known song “Burn” by Ellie Goulding.

Up next was the up and coming Samuel King, who performed a set of political pieces in relation to the social structure in Britain. His first piece titled “Powerless” featured a description of power and the effect it can have on an individual depending on their context; the informative piece also focused on the deception of power and how simply taking control life can redirect power in your favor. The poet also performed two other pieces also relevant to the theme of being trapped within a system; suggesting in order to break free, one must first self-assess and identify their own morals and beliefs.

Singer Eleni C was next on stage, with a reflective cover or Emile Sandé’s – “Clown”, following this emotive performance was her original song “Building Castles”. In this piece the powerful vocalist explored the definition of beauty, raising the fact that many try to hide with outward appearances, consequently forgetting about the importance of inner beauty.

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(Maureen and Lynette taking to the stage after a shift at work)

The next act to feature on stage was rapper Lemzi, who began with cleverly placed lyrical rhymes in his original song “Push Push”, highlighting the struggles of being successful. The talented artist gathered a nice crowd with his next piece; a cover of the well-known track  “Paradise” – Cold Play, with his own creative spin on the song; clearly demonstrating his gift with words.

Also to perform on stage was Tolu, the rapper began with an inspiring piece about his own personal journey, highlighting themes of determination and perseverance; making the best of a situation in order to be successful. His set also featured his short and sweet piece “Insanity”.

Connie Craven was the next artist to be welcomed on to the stage. The singer-song writer performed a simple set and illustrated impressive musical skill, creating the perfect chilled atmosphere for a Sunday afternoon.

Wild card Dhark Knyte was up next with his piece “Jordan’s”, challenging stereotypes about up and coming rappers, being from the “hood”, gang culture, difficulties in school and being judged based up on skin color and the problems this may entail. This compelling performance left a powerful message resounding among the locals of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Following this was the talented Izara B with her compelling pieces “Materialistic Society” and “Resurrection”. Both pieces were delivered with passion, stopping many and encouraging them to listen to her wise words.

After this was a lively performance from L-Reece. The informed rapper began with his original track from his first E.P “Positive to Negative” which focused on changing perspectives. The dynamic and confident rapper had audience members enthused with his uplifting performance.

Group J.E.T. were up next with their soulful a capella, the group performed an original piece with an old school Motown feel and after a positive response, the trio performed an encore of Miguel’s “How Many Drinks”. After such a successful performance, it is evident the well-synchronized group are extremely talented individually and work well together!

Penultimate act Shay D, began with a few pieces exploring the justice system and how this relates to her own personal struggles, the moving performance raised many relevant issues including housing, unity as a community and youth, leaving the audience deep in thought.

Last on stage where the colorful duo Maureen and Lynette, both local workers who provided a fun ending to the showcase with their cover of Lauren Hill’s “Killing me softly”.

Don’t forget we’ll be in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park until the end of November so you’ve still got time to pop down and share your Talent! See our events page for more details

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!