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Roundhouse Rising festival set to celebrate new talent and more established musicians

08 February, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Hip-hop artist AWATE is on the line-up for this year’s Roundhouse Rising

IT’S hard to believe that Roundhouse Rising is in its eighth year. The festival, which celebrates breakthrough new talent and more established musicians, while giving valuable insight into the industry, remains as fresh as its debut, attracting exciting headliners and promising support acts.

Ever expanding, this year’s event has grown to encompass 10 events across 10 days, taking place at the Roundhouse between February 10 and March 4. Tickets are modestly priced and so give an opportunity to see up-and-coming musicians and producers in a stunning venue before they fly.

This year’s line-up includes Lil Simz, Blair Dunlop, IAMNOBODI and Awate.

The event ends with a massive Lil Simz takeover, Welcome to Wonderland: The Experience, a conceptual all-day event put together by the pioneering rapper and performer. Little Simz unites her favourite new artists, including rising star Cleo Sol, DJ Miller, and Ezra Collective, the five-piece collective fusing afrobeats, hip-hop and jazz.

Known for his soulful arrangements and grooving basslines, IAMNOBODI, NYC rapper Junglepussy teenage MC “Lioness”, south London soul singer Tawiah and Van Jess also join.

The line-up is topped off with DJ and Producer OTG, creator McKay Felt and Corey Wash. There will also be discussions, exhibitions, food and more throughout the day. There is so much to cover that we’ve done our best to give a flavour of each event below:

10.30am-6pm: Rising Futures – a day of creative masterclasses, talks and workshops for those looking to take the next step in music.

7pm: Sackler Space – Camden’s own hip-hop supremo and producer AWATE with support from Kingpin + Kai Jones + Turkish + The Last Skeptik.

Artist Toolkit day. YouTube Space, King’s Cross, 12pm.

6pm-9.30pm: Sackler Space. Award-winning songwriter and guitarist Blair Dunlop with folk and pop singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy, saxophonist DM Farley and indie-pop singer songwriter and Roundhouse resident artist Saachi Sen.

7pm-10.30pm: Sackler Space. Jazz pioneers JAZZ RE:FRESHED curate a night of emerging jazz and hip-hop artists Triforce and drummer Ayo Saluwu and the Jazzadelics + Fred Fredas + Roundhouse Music Collective.

7pm-10.30pm: Sackler Space. BBC1XTRA/Introducing rising MC Dapz on the Map + 17-year-old Glastonbury 2017 Emerging Talent runner-up Yizzy + singer and south London rapper Alicai Harley + Shivz + hip-hop and R ‘n’ B-influenced Mvngo & Lashes.

7.45pm-9.30pm: Sackler Space. Rising Sounds Album Launch featuring 12 unsigned bands and artists who have taken part in the Rising Sounds Album project, working with a professional producer to record a track. Producers working on the project this year include Gaika (Warp Records), Bayoz Music (Giggs) and Margot Broom (Fat White Family). Expect a first play of the album plus live performances of songs from the album.

8pm-1am: Sackler Space. Rising Soundclash – witness collectives BOSSY London, Girls Can’t DJ, Prestige Pak and Resonate Sounds battle it out as they fight for the title of Rising Soundclash Champion 2018 with judges Sian Anderson (1Xtra), Laurie Charlesworth and Swarzy Macaly (KISS FM).

ROUND OUR PLACE: Rising Festival Producers Takeover, an all-day festival curated by emerging producers where the Roundhouse studios will be transformed into a mini-neighbourhood, with a lounge, an indoor park, a house party rave and a library. Featured producers include Jerome Thomas + Boadi and The Banku Powers.

Little Simz – Welcome to Wonderland Part II (Main Space) ft Little Simz + Junglepussy + IAMNOBODI + Lioness + Ezra Collective + Tawiah + VanJess + Cleo Sol + OTG + McKay Felt + Corey Wash + DJ Miller, main Space + other spaces, 1pm-11pm.

• See website for tickets.


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