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Preview: Roundhouse Rising

A look ahead to the seventh edition of the Roundhouse Rising festival

02 February, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab


YET another year has passed and Roundhouse Rising continues to grow.

The seventh edition of the festival for emerging musicians and music industry hopefuls returns next month with nine days of genre-spanning live music from the pick of the best new talent.

The strength in the festival series is in its ability to do more than just focus on performance, providing unique insights into the workings of the music industry with a packed programme of panels, workshops, demos and talks from the big names in the business.

This year’s line-up includes live performances from Glaswegian four-piece Catholic Action, afrobeat artist and MOBO nominee Mista Silva, Roundhouse Resident artists on-the-rise Edges, and hip-hop collective SumoChief, as well as a late-night DJ soundclash from leading club scene tastemakers from around the globe.

Forever scouting, BBC Music Introducing also presents some of their favourite emerging acts from around the UK.

For the first time ever, Roundhouse Rising Festival 2017 will also celebrate the success of its alumni with a headline show in the main space from rapper Little Simz, who returns after a thrilling set in 2014 with special guests including hip-hop sensation Mick Jenkins.

Each night will include support sets from Roundhouse Resident artists plus many more unmissable acts to be discovered.

The programme is many and varied so here’s a little taste of what to expect…


7.30pm: Glaswegian four-piece Catholic Action with support from dream-pop four-piece Swimming Girls and ferocious modern grunge band Calva Louise.


1.30pm-5pm: Urban Development presents Grime 2.0 industry takeover ft Mista Silva, Kaniva, Estee Blu, DJ P Montana, DJ Funkz + more. If you’re an urban music artist looking for the edge in raising your profile and perfecting your sound, or a lover of grime who wants to know what it takes to work with the likes of Skepta, JME, Ghetts and Dizzee, Urban Development’s industry takeover day can help. Key players in the business will delve into the past, present and future of grime, followed by the chance to play your music to A&R professionals from top labels including Universal Music UK, Polydor and XL Recordings, culminating in a live music showcase illustrating the spectrum of grime music. 5pm: Little Simz presents Welcome To Wonderland: The Experience with Mick Jenkins + Nérija, Sipprell, Tiffany Gouché and McKay Felt. Curating the bill in the Main Space for a live art and music event, Little Simz hosts an international line-up of live performances from some of her favourite artists, including US hip-hop sensation Mick Jenkins.


7.30pm: Vant + Tom Grennan + ZUZU + Isaiah Dreads. Huw Stephens presents a collaboration with BBC Music Introducing, showcasing a line-up of some of the best up-and-coming artists from around the country.


7.30pm: City Serenades with Bat and Ball + Chloe Leigh and the Willow Trio. Chloe Leigh & The Willow Trio, Easy Stride Band and Bat & Ball, are all bands whose history and music are influenced by London.


7.30pm: Edges + Maya Law & Allergy Kid + 4th Project + Abnormal Sleepz. Part of a north London upsurge of reckless electronics and tempered R&B, Edges unveil brand new music from their much anticipated forthcoming EP. 7.45pm: Roundhouse Choir Hub Session. An evening of original music written and performed by the members of one of this unique choir.


7.30pm: Rising Sounds Album Launch with ArA Harmonic + Sonny + Lovutta. The Roundhouse’s major annual project giving unsigned acts the opportunity to shape one of their tracks with some of the UK’s best producers. The launch will unveil tracks laid down by the top producers and unsigned artists who took part in the flagship project, with live performances from some of the contributors.


7.30pm-1am: Rising Soundclash with Boko! Boko!, InGoodCompany, S I S T E R, So Future + Born N Bread. See six musical collectives from all over the country battle to be crowned Soundclash Champions over three rounds of genre blurring music.


Sounds of the Underground: Taking over the Roundhouse studios and combining live music, art installations, artist workshops and panel discussions with music professionals, expect a showcase of the unique nature of London’s music scene.

1pm-4.30pm: Journey through the sounds of Camden, east London, Notting Hill and Brixton, and explore live performances, workshops and discussion panels from local artists and music experts. Camden will be represented by Burnz, Heman Sheman and Tokyo Sexwail. 7.30pm-11pm: Live music from Shanty, Holly Flo Lightly, Maxwell Owin and Burnz in the Sackler Space.


11am-5pm: Artist Toolkit Day – everything needed to get ahead in music. Experts from all areas of the industry host masterclasses and panel events covering how to get signed, getting your music online, promoting your music, funding, music production and working with agents.

7pm: SumoChief + KOKOROKO + Awate + Roundhouse Music Collective. Closing the festival is hip-hop collective four-piece instrumental act SumoChief. Hosted by co-curators Jazz re:freshed who will be spinning the best jazz inspired sounds between sets.


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