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Rise wide open: festival to showcase new talent

Roundhouse event to feature acts including GAIKA, Stealing Sheep, MC Big Zuu, Sinead O’Brian and Colossal Squid

15 August, 2019

Stealing Sheep

ROUNDHOUSE Rising’s curators have an eye for talent.

In the past few years the festival, which aims to highlight and support up-and-coming talent, has played host to the likes of Little Simz, Tom Misch, The Magic Gang, Hooton Tennis Club, Pretty Vicious and Dom McAllister.

Now in its ninth year, it is bringing a whole lot of new talent to Camden, as well as some already recognisable rising stars.

This year’s showcase – which runs from October 15-29 – will feature a headline main stage slot from Warp label artist rapper GAIKA, who closes the series with an exclusive one-off show, expanding on his signature blend of grime, dancehall and R&B-infused electronic music, with the help of a 10-piece jazz ensemble led by composer Jason Yarde.

There will also be appearances from Liverpool’s electronic experimentalists Stealing Sheep, west London grime MC Big Zuu, Sinead O’Brian, Colossal Squid and many more.


Across the rest of the festival, the more intimate Sackler Space provides the stage for Æ MAK, electro-beats outfit Colossal Squid – AKA Adam Betts – Kai Whiston and Sinead O’Brien’s spoken-word and post-punk blend.

Also on the bill are Swedish-London urban pop artist and producer Eva-Lina, 60s-inspired indie band Weird Milk, rappers HMD, Princess Kemz and R.A.E, singer-songwriters Anaïs and Martha Da’Ro and Roundhouse resident artist IORA.

There will also be two specialist Transmission shows: Deeper Cuts, with Nihilism and Chelsea Carmichael bringing a selection of new modern jazz and left-field electronic music, plus The Green Room Live with Weyland McKenzie.

The festival brings in a range of diverse curators to team up with Roundhouse Rising to present acts spanning a wide range of genres including jazz, electronic, urban, contemporary R&B and soul, hip-hop and indie. Curators including BBC Introducing, The Great Escape Festival, global artist agency Paradigm, female collective The F Word, which promotes gender parity in music, and Bucks Music Group have collected an array of impressive talent for each night.

Weyland McKenzie

Also involved are Gilles Peterson, Brownswood Music’s new talent discovery agency Future Bubblers, and Brighton’s 13 Artists.

It is also an opportunity to witness the Rising Sounds album launch, brought to life with live sets of tracks from the album – a culmination of 10 emerging musicians aged 18-25, each having paired up with a professional producer to record their own work.

The album demonstrates the various roles of the Roundhouse. As well as being a performance space, the venue is a talent incubator and creative hub, offering facilities, inspiration and guidance to aspiring young creatives.

To make the festival more accessible for young people, ticket prices have been adjusted. The line-up so far is as follows (all events, except where otherwise specified, are in Sackler Space and presented in association with Roundhouse Rising Festival):

BBC Introducing in London Presents: Big Zuu + Princess Kemz.

Rising Sounds Launch: live sets from a selection of the artists on the album.

Bucks Music Group presents: Kai Whiston + Colossal Squid + Æ Mak.

Transmission presents Deeper Cuts: Nihilism + Chelsea Carmichael.

Future Bubblers presents: Resident Artists Elena Siljic & Eloi + Future Bubblers + Cult Architect & Nutribe.

13 Artists Presents: Line-up to be announced end of summer.

The F Word Presents: Stealing Sheep + Eva-Lina + Iora.

Paradigm Presents: Anaïs + HMD + Martha Da’Ro.

Transmission presents Green Room Live: Weyland McKenzie + Ego Ella May + Dips & Lo-Wu.

The Great Escape Presents: Sinead O’Brien + Weird Milk + R.A.E.

Serious Presents: Gaika + guests TBA, Main Space.



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