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Friday 21 July
In a nutshell
#ShahlaaDiscovers presents the TAKEOVER Launch, bringing urban music with a message to East London.
TAKEOVER Launch will use art to provoke, critique and question all of the current issues in our society. These are indeed interesting times, and after the recent events, young people are now actively being more engaged with the ideas that affect the world around them.
What does it mean to be a young woman in 2017?
Can anybody call England "Home?"
Is London bad for our health?
Are young people scared of a Revolution?
These are some of the questions that we'll be looking at & discussing with a panel of young artists, musicians, theatre directors and spoken word artists, hosted by Mr Gee. By exploring our problems we seek to give voice to our solutions.
We will celebrate the beginning of TAKEOVER festival with live music set curated by #ShahlaaDiscovers featuring the freshest unsigned talent out there. Artists on the night will use music to express their concerns on revolution, home, identity, health and wellbeing. This is your chance to hear some soulful, futuristic RNB and Hip Hop from local urban artists who are destined for greatness.
What to Expect
Panel discussion & artistic provocations in response to the TAKEOVER themes featuring some of the TAKEOEVER artists. Short debate with the audience members hosted by Mr Gee (poet laureate, co-founder of Chill Pill) and Rachel Long (poet, founder of Octavia).
Live music performance featuring 4 acts back to back, supported by a DJ. All of the artists are diverse, ranging from acoustic, to a group of 4, or a one-woman band. These artists style vary but they have been selected because they compliment each other’s sound and all have a strong message to share.
#ShahlaaDiscovers is an award winning brand that provides a platform for artists in the UK. #ShahlaaDiscovers has been supporting unsigned talent since 2013 giving artists like Nadia Rose (2015), A2 (2013) Not3s (2014,2016) and 4i (2014) their FIRST Radio interviews. #ShahlaaDiscovers has collectively gained over 15,000 listen backs online with more listening live, over 500 people have attended the events and #ShahlaaDiscovers has supported over 70 unsigned artists and counting. Currently #ShahlaaDiscovers is supported on GUAP Magazine, but it originated on Reprezent Radio and has also hosted 4 successful events at Amersham Arms, Rich Mix, Camberwell Festival and Hootananny.
Mr Gee is the co-founder of Chill Pill, poet laureate on Russell Brand's Radio X show, National Prison Radio. "A charming and politically articulate street poet” - The Times
Rachel Long is the founder of Octavia (poetry collective for Women of Colour), curates open workshops at the South Bank Centre. She's been featured in the Guardian & Huffington Post.
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Things you should know
This event is for ages 15+
For sold out shows, please make sure to collect your tickets 15 minutes before the event begins, or they may be released for resale.
This event is wheelchair accessible.