Allsortz was back in May with another fantastic line up of talented performances from a line up of creative London artists.
The evening was kicked started with rappers Billy Stone and Mr. Dublin; starting with a relaxed collection of UK Hip hop and Jazz Hip hop – really bringing out the chilled Sunday evening vibe. The two began with their original piece “Where Did I Go Wrong”, explaining the journey that he has taken and what it takes to get back on track once you have made mistakes.
Next up was wildcard Dhark Knight who performed a collection of pieces, touching upon the issue of beauty being defined by social media at present, he then moved on the perform a short acappella piece about the struggles of growing up and trying to make it to where he wants to be. Other wildcards of the night were: Henry Albert, a talented rapper who performed some smooth Hip hop really moving the audience with his piece “I Got You”; Samuel King, a comedian who successfully had audiences in laughing at the familiarity of his subjects – including politics, stretching money and family drama. Also to perform were: Mr. Elliot – who also performed a dynamic comedy sketch; Kyronne and Tudor – a duo consisting of a rapper and beat boxer demonstrating some incredible skill and technique; and spoken word artist Kayrond who performed one of his original pieces, reflecting his incredible creativity.
The next main act to take to the stage was spoken word artist Kush, who began with an emotive piece about being an inspiration to yourself and to others around you. The diverse performer then went on to disprove the notion that men have no emotion, highlighting something as a simple as sending a text message can stir a whole range of feelings. His final piece provided some very wise poetic words about the barriers interracial relationships; different cultures and backgrounds can pose.
Following this was a moving performance from Boy Nash who began with a spoken word piece about the struggles of a nation and the necessity of offering a helping had to others less fortunate. He then went on to perform an original rap piece before introducing rapper Jay Script to the stage – who performed one of his own pieces demonstrating his lyrical genius.
Up on stage with a well timed, bold entrance was Presh Williams alongside a live band. The artist immediately impressed the rich mix audience with his catchy and vibrant tunes and mix of styles. The band, performing for the first time together really wowed audience members with their skill and powerful sound.
The last but most definitely not least performer of the night was young rapper DC Scribbla, who as always had the audience moving and singing along with his highly energetic performance. His pieces of the night included “98 Flows”, bringing an American flow to London and also an exclusive performance about his experiences of being an artist.
This month’s Allsortz gig began with a lively atmosphere from the get go with audience members buzzing in anticipation of the some of London’s amazing talent. It was also great to see so many new faces. (See videos below)
First to be introduced to the Rich Mix stage was rapper Lemzi, who kicked off with his piece “No Place Like Home”, touching upon the hard hitting theme of abuse and disruptive family relationships. The inspiration rapper also continued to perform his pieces “I Don’t Wanna See You Cry” and “Regulate Yours” which resulted in some friendly audience interaction really getting the crowd going. The set incorporated a range of styles including some modern jazz hip-hop, and an old school rap flow.
Following this was a beautiful set performed by the extremely talented Prizz alongside his guitarist James. Performing for the first time together, the duo warmed those present with some incredibly mellow vocals and unbelievable skill. The artist performed his songs “Simplicity” and “Stay” leaving the crowd moved.
The next section of the night, saw the wonderfully brave wildcard acts perform after being inspired by acts they had seen on stage. First to take the spotlight was young rapper and black activist Lois Lane with some hard-hitting, passionate words of truth. Next up was Kyroe – a rapper from west London who performed a piece recently released on his mixtape, which demonstrated his lyrical creativity. The final wild card of the evening was brought to us by a group of international student singers from Norway who performed a powerful and melodious version of the recently released “Four Five Seconds” by Paul Mccartney ft Kanye West and Rihanna,
Resuming the main slots was the outstandingly gifted Kit Rice, who blew the audience away with his pieces “BYOB”, “You Really Need e”, “Rearview Mirror” and “So Gone”. Not only did he perform with great pizazz but also his original pieces really unveiled his diverse and impressive vocal skills.
Next in line was Andre Bentley performing for the first time on the Allsortz stage. Thesinger performed alongside the highly energetic band Musical Minds; the smooth vocalist first began by nailing an acappella version of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” before moving on to perform his own tracks “Anything” and “I Want To Get Away”
Last but most certainly not least on stage were the very dynamic, stand out performers of the night OMG Collective, currently made up of five members. Together the group closed the night with their quirky lyrics, comical and highly interactive performance of their pieces “Facebook Thing” “Babble”, “Over Rated”, “Inhibitions” “Neyo Groove” and “Bounce”. A fantastic way to end an incredible evening of raw talent in London!
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 was back this month with yet another fantastic line up of performers and artists at East London’s Rich Mix.
The night was kicked of with singer Shaquille Brown who first performed for Allsortz last September. He began with an acoustic soul version of Bob Marley’s – No Woman No Cry, then following on to sing Stupid Girls – Jasmine Sullivan and Breaking the Law – Emeli Sande. The young performer serenaded the Sunday crowd with his incredible vocal techniques. After speaking with Shaquille, he described his style as Progressive soul allowing the vocals to stylistically remain the same as the original however leaving space for the music to progress and develop. I later spoke with Shaquille about his performing and his journey with Allsortz:
“I have been singing in church all my life, Allsortz [has given] me the chance to learn more about performing and audience interaction”
Next up was wildcard Kyroe, a rapper from London who brought with him masses of energy in his rendition of “Get the Funk Up”, as well as a few of his own original pieces addressing the challenges that life may present that can be over come through a proactive attitude and independence. The second wild card of the night was spoken word artist… who performed his original piece “Message from me to you”, the talented poet had audience members in silence with his very honest and moving piece. The final Wildcard of the night by the name of John K Wilkes brought with him a whole different vibe, transforming the event with the calming and relaxed vibe of the smooth alto sax.
Next to take to the stage was singer-songwriter and musician Ayshamar. The soulful singer performed a set of stripped back songs including acoustic versions of “Twice” – Little Dragon, and “Never Felt This Way” by Alicia keys. Ayshamar also performed an original piece entitled “Fallen Angel” touching upon the relevant themes of abuse, faded innocence and self acceptance.
Spoken word artist Samuel King was next, capturing the attention of those present with his clever and dynamic pieces “Smartphone Love”, “Relationship Goals”, and “Fatherless Britain” truly demonstrating the artist’s gift of words. After speaking with Samuel, it became apparent that the naturally talented writer who focuses on highlighting social issues from the perspective of a young person, first with Allsortz just over two years ago and is currently spending time writing and performing pieces to be released in the near future. Samuel King described his experience performing with Allsortz as:
“Versatile, [they’re a] versatile crowd. You never know what to expect and what to prepare for, each crowd is different.”
Following this was a performance from spoken word artist Rae The Poet who performed her pieces “Letter To My Unborn Child” and “Drunken Thoughts and Sober Actions”; both of which pieces take a mature approach in speaking of tackling abortion, teenage pregnancy, the challenges of bringing a new life into the world and the mistakes of a drunken one night stand. Some extremely wise words from a young poet.
The penultimate act of the event was from the mellow duo, Sister Sidney. The inspirational sisters performed two outstanding covers: “Without you” and “Party and Bull***” – Rita Ora; creating a great atmosphere and engaging the locals at Rich Mix.
The final act of the evening was Solsine who brought Allsortz February 2015 to a lively close! The groups of collective performers (ft. Hannah Symons – currently a contender on the voice) performed a mixture of genres including club, house and electro-pop, created a club like mood with their atmospheric lights and charismatic style. By the end of the night, all audience members were on their feet, singing and dancing along! Definitely a great way to end the night with a bang!
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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
Sunday 30th November marked the sixth and final of the weekly Sunday sessions presented by Allsortz Open Mic at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. (See Video Below)
First to take to the stage were Rock band, A Danger To Us who performed a series of their original, upbeat pieces including “The Rest” and “Pretty Pictures”. The band that have only been a group for a matter of months rocked the stage and drew in a crowd of locals with their distinctive and unique style.
(‘A Danger to Us’)
Following this were the first wildcards of the day who go by the name of Kryptic and Kustic. The incredibly synchronized beat boxers blew the audience away with just a minute each to showcase their immense talent and skill, blasting through a range of styles and genres. Other Wildcards featuring on the day were a yet to be named fusion/ collaboration. Flor and Maya who sang alongside guitarist Ty, performed a beautiful acoustic version of Beyoncé’s – Drunk in Love and Bruno Mars’ – Locked Out of Heaven. Also to perform was local Jill Redman, who performed a stunning and emotive cover of Roberta Flack’s – First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.
Also performing that day was the dynamic rapper Drew Marshall who performed three pieces including his song titled “This One”. The informed rapper addressed issues that occur as a result of a broken social and justice system, specifically focusing on the job market, housing and class discrimination
Next in line was Allsortz’s first reggae artist of the six-week line up, Marvin Brown. The vocalist warmed audiences with his lyrical performance; his conscious lyrics touched upon appreciating life despite hardships and maintaining faith through tough times. Despite being under the weather the singer performed his original pieces – “Life Is A Rocky Road”, “Protected By”, and “Fountain” and still managed to stun the audience with his astounding voice.
(Billy Stone & Mr Dublin)
On stage next were gifted rappers Billy Stone and Mr. Dublin. Who performed their song “Chasing Dreams” and “Never Learn”, their characteristic style certainly left local audience members with a sense of determination and perseverance.
Next up on stage was the incredibly talented singer-songwriter Lani Bowerman, whose innocent and pure voice resounded throughout the park and amongst locals. The young singer performed he very own original acoustic songs “Here We Go Again” –highlighting the focus on changing the world instead of ourselves; she also performed her piece “Where We Are”.
Singer Shaquille then followed this with an emotive cover of “Thinking of you” – Ed Sheeran; the modest singer of outstanding abilities warmed the audience as the day became chilly.
Following this, was a performance from… who brought the spirit of Christmas along and onto to the stage, the lively artist received maximum appreciation resulting in audience members singing and dancing along to her songs and later requesting and encore performance. Her pieces are titled “Go Elsewhere”, “Worthless” and “Hurry Hurry” – which was the first Christmas song of the Allsortz Sunday sessions and definitely put locals in a festive mood.
Next was Singer Adir Tov and his band who performed a mixture of covers and original works, the upbeat and energetic singer performed well-known pieces “Summertime Sadness” – Lana Del Ray and “Valerie” – Amy Winehouse. The singer’s lively sounds definitely created a buzz among the audience creating an atmosphere of fun and dance.
The final act to round of six-weeks of amazing talent was the one and only Miss Sha, whose silky vocals brought the day at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to a mellow close. The singer performed “My Type of Guy” one of her originals and a cover of “Wake Me Up” – Avicii.
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!
Last weekend saw Allsortz back at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the third event of a six-week line up of Sunday sessions under the orbit. (See Video – Coming soon)
Introducing the first act to open the showcase was the five-piece band Blank Fiction. The very interactive group of musicians performed their captivating and multi-faceted pieces, which crossed genres including “Fire” and “Unclean Animals” successfully gathering the local crowd with their alternative style.
(Jones 2.0 taking to the stage)
American singer and wild card Adrian was next on stage; kindly accompanied by drummer Evan from Blank Fiction. This characteristic cover of One Republic’s “Apologize” definitely took locals by surprise! Other wild cards to perform on the day were singer-songwriter Ayshamar who performed a cover or “Twice” – Little Dragon; Nate Black, who performed a profound piece touching upon themes of self worth and also eight year old Melanie who warmed the audiences with her performance of “Let it Go” from the well known animation Frozen.
Also featuring on the day was singer-songwriter Marianna from North London who performed a graceful set with ease and wowed audiences with her remarkable vocal range and technique. The inspiring and uplifting artist performed original pieces from her recent E.P including “The Time is Now”; she finished her set with an emotive cover of Bob Marley’s “Song of Freedom”.
Next to take the stage was the glamorous singer from Essex, Pharella who is currently working the release of a ten-minute album. With the weather temperamental, Pharella’s summer-time vibe and energy warmed locals on the chilly afternoon. Her set included her pieces “Let’s Get Together” and “She Don’t Care About You”.
(Pharella on stage at Allsortz Sunday Session 9/11/14)
To follow this was rapper Jones 2.0 who performed an impressive rap variation of Frank Sinatra’s song “That’s Life”. This was followed by his pieces “Out of My Life” and “Rosé”, both of which featured catchy tunes displaying the rappers skill.
Subsequent to this was rapper 4i. The conscious rapper began with one of his unreleased tracks “Midnight Moan”, the bouncy piece had locals participating and clapping along to the beat. The positive artist also performed a few tracks of his E.P “Soul Rich” scheduled for release later this week.
Folk acoustic singer-songwriter Alice was next to grace the stage with her latest piece – written only a week ago; “Angel Man”. The upbeat folk dance song created a unique atmosphere and engaged the audience of the park.
Next up was stand out rapper Strive, who gathered a nice audience with his festive vibe performing his catchy piece “More Time” from his debut E.P “Beginning of Beginning”. The rapper also performed his tracks “Brazil” and “Empire” which had the locals grooving and whistling along.
The final WildCard and act of yet another day of quality talent was the massively energetic Clinton Elvis, the very animated and tropical singer-songwriter, musician and performer, shared his good vibes with his tracks “Control Your Mind” and “My Angel”.
Just like any other second Monday of the month, Allsortz Open Mic took over Rich Mix with some of the London’s finest talent!! This month, however, we teamed up with Born British UK and had a more intimate showcase.
We had the pleasure of welcoming an Allsortz first…classical music by Three4. Gracing the stage with a touch of keys, violin and soprano. The most unique element of their performance was not just performing on stage but within the audience – this definitely took us all by surprise but made their set probably one of the most engaging we’ve come across.
Next up we had spoken word artist Izara B, who performed a piece from her upcoming EP titled ’33’ (release 25/10/14). If you missed her performance, be sure to check back in for more details on our event in November where Izara will be performing the EP LIVE for the very first time along with special guest performances.
Last but not least, we had the soulful sounds of Sister Sidney (we can never get enough of them!). If the event was intimate enough, they definitely drew the crowd in even more!
We’ve got a bunch of exciting things coming up very soon so watch this space! In the meantime, pop the next Allsortz Open Mic dates in your diary: Monday 13th October @ Rich Mix, London and a special Allsortz @ SouthBank Centre on Friday 24th October from 5.30pm sharp!