Happy 15th Birthday 1Xtra !

1Xtra has always broken boundaries, created their own world and pushed all their listeners to the edge. A true reflection of black Britain. When 1Xtra first launched in 2002, it was dominated by US rap and R&B. At that time grime was still being developed underground. Once Lethal Bizzle’s legendary POW was released, 1Xtra had… Read More »

Afropunk 2017

This past weekend saw a collective of black artists & creatives gather together for 2017’s AFROPUNK. The festival evolving from the small, free Brooklyn based festival to a worldwide celebration of culture spanning across South Africa to Paris & London. The event was hosted across the 2 days at Surrey Quays’s venue Printworks, previously a… Read More »

The Must See Festivals Compilation

If you haven’t been updated on the must-see performances & festival going-ons this year or attempted the mad dash for tickets that sold out months in advance, we at Small Green Shoots are giving you a list of our favourite dates of the Summer;   Lovebox – Victoria Park, Mile End – July The two-day… Read More »

Theresa May – ‘Liar Liar’ song reaches No1 on ITunes UK charts. 

Captain SKA burst onto the music scene in 2010. They released their first version of Liar Liar which got to no 1 in the UK Reggae Chart. They are a band with a with a strong protest message. Captain SKA has a new track that carries a severe political message that might affect the votes… Read More »

Will Terror affect your attitude to Live Music?

On Monday (May 22), 22 people died and at least 59 were left suffering from injuries – some life threatening at a sold-out music concert in Manchester. Police are treating this as a yet another terrorist incident. The news has created rage, sorrow, and sympathy across the country, especially as the attack was aimed at… Read More »

George Mable Gig – Review

Artist “Hoodlem” opened the show last night at Birthdays, Dalston.  She delivered a brilliant performance, effortlessly volleying between vocals & her laptop live mixing the track. Her latest track, ‘Funny Farm’ ensured my trip back home was dedicated to listening to her Spotify. The next rapper “Jevon” switched between rapping & singing with hard-hitting beats… Read More »