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Introducing Erin

About Me – Erin I am Erin, the new Project and Admin assistant here at Small Green Shoots.   Music has unceasingly shaped the individual I have become, an agent in my life choices and passions. From the songs I sang as a 10 year old at my local community summer holiday clubs, to weekly… Read More »

Introducing Bimbola

About Me – Bimbola   Hey, my name is Bimbola Fadairo and I’m a Junior Social Content Producer for Small Green Shoots. I love working on creative outlets that allow me to express myself, such as a podcast that I host, as well as reading books based on historical fiction. I’d say my dream job… Read More »

Introducing Anna

About Me – Anna Music is at the backbone of everything I do, as it helps me connect to my heritage and my art. It enables me to express myself in terms of how I feel when I can not find the words. Music like art must always be free… it is a force that… Read More »

Introducing Amber

About Me – Amber Grandidier   I’m 17 years old and have just started working at Small Green Shoots as the new ‘music assistant’ which I am really excited about. On the 4 days where I’m not working, I am usually at the studio working on new music which I will be thinking about releasing… Read More »

Song Of The Week

Song Of The Week Lonely – Justin Bieber, Benny Blanco Written by Amber Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco released ‘Lonely’ on the 16th October. The release came with the necessary, video of which someone portrays the younger Justin. For those of us who used to be beliebers when his career first started, this song definitely… Read More »

Song of the week

SONG OF THE WEEK Olivia Dean – The Hardest Part   Written by Amber I have chosen ‘The Hardest Part’ by Olivia Dean to be my song of the week. The song came out over 2 months ago but has been playing on my phone all of this week. The way I perceive this song… Read More »

Billboard Awards 2020

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS 2020 Written by Lauryn — The 2020 Billboard Music Awards took place yesterday after being postponed in April due to Covid-19. While Kelly Clarkson appeared once again as host, the show itself was set to be unlike any in previous years. MTV’s VMAs opted for fake applause in August, but this year’s… Read More »

Morgan Munroe ‘Mama Taught Me’ single review

UK soul is coming strong as Morgan Munroe has blessed us all with her new single ‘Mama Taught Me’ which came out on 9th of October. Her captivating vocals alongside the piano and drums makes it the perfect track to lay back and chill with some candles lit on a cold wintery night.   The… Read More »

RED CARD – Single Review

RED CARD   Frisco, a founding member of Boy Better Know, released this hard-hitting grime track on the 1st September. ‘Red Card’ features Skepta, Jammer, JME and Shorty who each provide the song with well delivered bars which come directly after one another in the verses. The artists’ rap on the verses back to back… Read More »

GRM Daily – Together We Rise

  ‘Together We Rise’ is the story behind the come up of GRM Daily. The first episode of the 4-part documentary was released on the 28th September and has achieved over 23,000 views within 17 hours.   Season 1, episode 1 is titled ‘The Platform is Born’. During those 26 minutes, the founder of GRM… Read More »

Mercury Prize 2020

MERCURY PRIZE 2020 blog – Amber Grandidier The Mercury Prize is an annual prize awarded to the best album belonging to a British or Irish act. Last night on the 23rd of September, Lauren Laverne guided viewers through performances from all 12 nominees. Unfortunately, due to coronavirus, the performances were all prerecorded at different locations;… Read More »

The Receivers – Only Humans Review

The Receivers are an indie band from York they have released songs like Crescent Moon Heart, Leave the right marks, Saturday and much more. With support from Radio X and BBC 6Music (Steve Lamacq) under their belts, The Receivers are quickly establishing themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting indie-rock outfits. Their live show… Read More »

University Struggles

University Struggles – Adaora   Early this year, COVID 19 was announced a series epidemic and schools across the United Kingdom and Ireland were closed, and classes were moved to a digital format with all tests cancelled. The government announced the criteria for a modelling system using previous exam results and ranking order to mark… Read More »

Young People & Creativity

Young People & Creativity – Lauryn I define creativity as the belief in something which does not yet exist. An old friend of mine studying Biomedical Sciences took up painting while at university. She said it was the outlet she felt she needed but other commitments (namely, her degree) saw her unable to attend more… Read More »

Education

Secondary School Experience   These 4 walls will bring you the best and worst memories. Tears & Laughter. There would be days where I believed some teachers woke up with an agenda of ‘who shall I pick on today?’ and it definitely showed in the way they would chuck around behaviour points and detentions like… Read More »

Social Trends

SOCIAL TRENDS – Isaiah It seems like every month this year there has been something new going on in the world. We went from World War III to Covid-19 to Black Lives Matter, but how much have we actually learnt from everything that has happened? This blog will explore the role that ‘trends’ are playing… Read More »

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse during the quarantine – Lorita   By now, you’ve probably heard countless amounts of people moaning and complaining tirelessly about lockdown and how trapped they feel in their homes. But, what about those who live in unsafe, violent and abusive environments? What about those who wake up awaiting the worst? According to statistics,… Read More »

Race and Inequality

Race & Inequality – Jonathan In my experience, more than ever, I have heard, read or been a part of conversations on the topic of race and equality. Movements like Black Lives Matter and those similar have brought issues that were often left unspoken to the forefront and awareness has been raised. Growing up in… Read More »

Shai Brides – ‘Honeydew’ Review + Interview

Shai Brides are a 5-member strong band hailing from Birmingham. The group released their debut single ‘Joie de Vivre’ in September of last year and are steadily making waves.   Their latest track Honeydew opens with sunny synth-pop vibes which are quickly juxtaposed by the lyrical content, exploring the balance of progressing and reflecting in… Read More »

2020 Mercury Prize & Ivor Novellos Shortlist

Women Rule Mercury This years Mercury Prize shortlist was recently announced and though the live awards show  is not likely to happen in September there’s still full reason to get excited for the results. 12 albums have been nominated for the prestigious award, which aims to highlight the most exciting and innovative music of the… Read More »

The Music Industry; Breaking the Mold

Once you develop a fan base around a certain profession or genre it is exceptionally hard to break that mold however it can be done especially when we look at internet stars like KSI who is a great example of not being tied down to one label. KSI has bounced between various professions regardless of… Read More »

Simplicity: The new normal?

Written By Nicky Ojomo   Many people, myself included, have spent the majority of the last 3 months inside, with nothing much to do, and even if you try to avoid it, it has given us a lot of time to think and reflect. Life as we know it will inevitably change. With the lockdown,… Read More »

Reggae Music Influence in the UK

This week Small Green Shoots celebrates International Reggae Day, a global celebration day of Jamaican music culture. When we think of reggae music it’s almost impossible to not think of the late great Bob Marley but this genre of music has had such a massive influence in music around the world especially in the UK.… Read More »

Apply to work at Small Green Shoots!

We’d love you to be a part of the Small Green Shoots family, so as usual, we are bucking the trend and HIRING! The Small Green Shoots Low Down; Small Green Shoots is an NPO & Registered charity founded in 2010 by CEO/FOUNDER Natalie Wade. Our mission is to simply Change Lives. We have a… Read More »

Commission Mission – Importance of Identity

The Importance of Identity in Cultivating a Stand-Out Brand     I can remember like it was yesterday, the moment in the studio when, at age fifteen, a producer told me to “sing less Indian”. I’d just signed an artist development deal that I’d hoped would take me to labels, get me signed and turn… Read More »

A Profile of Queer – The CocoaButter Club

A Profile Of Queer – The Cocoa Butter Club   Our Profile on Queer Club Nights, activities and inclusive UK spaces introduces The CocoaButter Club ; A Cabaret Collective dedicated to showcasing & celebrating performers of colour!   As part of our #PrideWeek2020 programme, we are hosting profiles of queer club nights, activities and inclusive… Read More »

A Profile of Queer – Queer BRUK

A Profile On Queer – Queer BRUK   A profile on Queer Club Nights, activities and inclusive UK spaces introduces QUEER BRUK, London’s duttiest Queer POC night. As part of our #PrideWeek2020 programme, we are hosting profiles of queer club nights, activities and inclusive UK Spaces.  

The creative industries are a place for expression.

Written by Lauryn.   The creative industries are a place for expression. It’s a sector that champions itself on its activism and ability to bring about change. Many who have been ousted, marginalised and targeted by wider society have found a haven in the arts yet inclusivity and representation remain prevalent issues. As a result,… Read More »

Refugee Week Resource

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For SAMA – Review Blog

For Sama Written by Nicky Ojomo   ‘For Sama’ is a truly heart breaking and insightful documentary film told by Waad al-Kateab. Over 5 years, she uses her camera to film the uprising in Aleppo, Syria, all the while falling in love, getting married and having a child – Sama. The film captures incredible stories… Read More »

Stateless Stories Reading – Arji

Meet Arji Manuelpillai, a poet, performer and educator – one of our Stateless Stories artists. Check out his reading his poem of ‘What You Know About Patience?’

Imagine your Utopia

Utopia is an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The term itself has gotten a bad rap over time. If someone calls your idea ‘utopian’, they often mean it as an insult; a synonym for a naive, out-of-reach, an unrealistic idea – merely an imagination.   Imagine your utopia. What… Read More »

SNAP STORIES with SANE

FLASH FICTION WEEK

SNAP STORIES WITH YASMINE KHAN

FLASH FICTION WEEK        

Interview with DECO

DECO – Leading the 80’s inspired synth-pop sound – Debut EP Pop duo Deco are making waves right now. Following their hugely infectious songs Roam and Upside Down last year, the duo have made their mark and haven’t stopped there. We were able to listen to the London based duos first EP ahead of today’s… Read More »

Interview with MAHALIA

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ALYS – MONS28

ALYSS just dropped a new single and has blessed us with wild visuals to match. Her highly distinctive sound is original and unique, and what separates her from everything else? She cleverly fuses tribal, alternative electronic and expressive vocals in her tracks which really draws in a range of listeners (as I found playing it… Read More »

Mental Health in Quarantine

During lockdown, I have been in contact with those struggling with mental health and the theme I have found to be most common is how mentally-deteriorating media reports on Coronavirus are. Also, being unable to leave your house and continue with regular outside life is having a negative impact on them. The best advice given… Read More »

The Melody Men – If It’s Love (NEW SINGLE)

  Behind ‘The Melody Men’ persona are Dyanna and Lou are a multi-faceted writing and production team making a serious name working with some of the biggest and best artists and labels and we have had the amazing opportunity to promote. Between them they have a collective skill-set that makes them the ultimate writing and… Read More »

ALYSS – DAKINI (NEW SINGLE)

Make sure you don’t miss out on the latest release from Alyss! With her first release since the 2018 release of 3EARTH we are loving her newest release ‘DAKINI’; written and produced herself. We supported Alyss last year with ACE Funding for development and love being able to introduce and promote amazing artists sounds and… Read More »

Introducing Unfinished – The Latest EP by Sans Soucis

The latest release from Sans Soucis is not one to be missed. The EP has 3 tracks and each is special in its own way, bringing the amazing voice of Sans Soucis together with sounds of Pop and Jazz.  The EP has had great reactions from The Independent, Earmilk, The Selector, BBC6, and BBC introducing… Read More »

Benny Mails COLORS Stream

Benny Mails is premiering a new song ‘Mileage today on COLORS live stream. We have supported Benny Mails with ACE Funding for development and look forward to seeing his forthcoming releases as well as this one today on COLORS The stream starts at 6 pm and you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sXJzZxTGfY If you haven’t been acquainted… Read More »

Focus On The Good

Amidst the panic and self-isolation that has emerged worldwide during the coronavirus pandemic, we wanted to take the time to highlight the positive effects that have come from the outbreak as a break from the bleakness. Spotify have taken the opportunity to launch a new COVID-19 Music Relief project, helping connect musicians and other music… Read More »

CoronaVirus In The Music Industry

From the announcement of countries having mass shutdowns, borders closing & flights being cancelled, one by one the government have been forced to answer the question of whether mass gathering are worth people’s safety and the further spread of coronavirus. That answer has been a resounding ‘no’. As the virus has been officially named a… Read More »

A Small Shoot of Sound

Last night we hosted our new promotion “Small Shot of Sound” to a specially invited audience of music and arts industry guests at Kings Cross’s new best kept secret Nola’s at Lafayette.   The night was hosted by Capitals 1Xtra’s Rio with live performances from talented emerging talents; Otta, SBK, Sans Soucis and special guest… Read More »

Meet Olivia

Hi, I’m Olivia McKenzie-Campbell and I am an Events Assistant. This is how my first week has been. What have you liked about your first week at SGS? What i’ve liked about my first week at SGS, is that everyone has been very welcoming and i’ve been able to get on with work that has… Read More »

This Tuesday evening (18th February 2020), one of the biggest nights in UK music calendar took place, The Brits 2020 at O2 Greenwich. From the star studded red carpet to the fantastic variety of performances, the night was one big celebration, even more so as the award ceremony turned 40 this year. There were so… Read More »

Meet Callum!

Hi, I’m Callum Karim Kouzibri and I am a Project Assistant at Small Green Shoots. This is how my first week has been.   What have you liked about your first week at SGS?   Since joining I have felt extremely welcomed into the team with a friendly and bubbly atmosphere in the office. I… Read More »

Stories behind the song – Looking Glass

Yesterday, 21st November, Joshua and I had the pleasure of going to the swanky Looking Glass in Shoreditch to attend ‘Stories Songwriter’s Round’ by Stories behind the song. The intimate event commenced at 7:30 and hosted a line-up of five artists varying in styles. What differed this occasion from other live gigs is that before… Read More »

Meet Jonathan!

Hi, I’m Jonathan Imiere and I am a Junior Content Producer Apprentice at Small Green Shoots. This has been my first week.   What have you liked about your first week at SGS? During my first week at Small Green Shoots I have quickly been able to learn many new skills and greatly improve on… Read More »

Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial (Album Review

“Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” is Roddy Ricch’s debut studio album and I’ve spent my weekend listening to it, analysing and making conclusions on what I think about it.   The album is a beautiful body of work, the songs are very well produced and they all tell a story in their own ways.… Read More »

Blue Story: It’s so good, so good that it may be too good for its purpose?

Blue Story was a special type of film. One infused with a comedy, romance and food for thought. It is the most refreshing thing to see Black celebrities and influencers who don’t usually get much love on the big stage, earn £1.3 million pounds in its opening weekend, despite controversial screening bans. The film stars… Read More »

Mahalia and SGS take the Roundhouse

Last night Savanna and I had the chance to go and see two queens live – Mahalia and Hamzaa at Mahalia’s sold out Roundhouse show 25/11/19. Hamzaa supported Mahalia on her UK tour and it was a delight to finally see her perform ‘Sunday Morning’ live – especially seeing the crowd sing it back to… Read More »

Meet Adaora

Hi, I’m Adaora Maduakolam and I study Btec Level 3 Business at Westminster Kingsway College. I’m currently in my first year of the course and involves a work placement. Last week is when I started my work experience at Small Green Shoots.   What have you liked about your first week at SGS? During my… Read More »

Small Green Shoots @ Artist and Manager’s Awards 2019

On the 14th of November, the Artist&Manager awards took place in Bloomsbury Big Top in Bloomsbury Square. It was an amazing night and some of the biggest names in the music industry were in attendance. It was a great opportunity for us to work at the events and also meet some stars that we have… Read More »

Lauryn’s Weekend Away in Blackpool

This weekend, I travelled to Blackpool to visit an Arts Council England funded hotel. Despite my train being cancelled and a 3-hour journey spent standing up from Euston to Blackpool North, the welcome I received was well worth my aching ankles.   I stayed at Art B&B (https://www.artbb.org), a new boutique hotel for art lovers… Read More »

Starboy Fest 2019 @O2 London

On Saturday night, the African ‘Giant’ Wizkid took over the O2 arena in London with some of his friends. The sold out show kicked off with performances from all the supporting acts which included – Afro B, Nafe Smallz and Ms Banks. The anticipation and excitement rose as the time went on and Wizkid was… Read More »

Artist Network 2019 Highlights

Another successful artist network event!  The night consisted of two workshops, production content and channel development hosted by YouTube who were more than happy to give advice and helpful tips. The audience feedback was positive, and they said it was very insightful, the advice given they will be able to put into practice straight away. … Read More »

Artist Network 2019

Small Green Shoots are partnering with Youtube for our annual Artist Network event and it is fast approaching! Small Green Shoots are partnering with Youtube to produce that will be held at the Youtube Space in Kings Cross, on the 26th September, 18:00-20:30.  This event is an opportunity for like-minded people to network and gain… Read More »

Mercury Music Prize

The Mercury Music Prize is always the hot industry ticket and after last night, I think few could argue it really is the very best Awards Show of the bunch.  Judges are refreshed annual and they vote for the best Album, a full body of an artist’s work that year. And did the artists rise… Read More »

Artist Announcement!

Ka-Li will be performing at UPshoots 2019!

From Ramsgate with Love: Ramsgate Pop Up Summary

We started off the day with heading to St Pancras Station at around 8:15am to catch our train to Ramsgate, with one stop over at Ashford International. Once we touched down in Ramsgate,  Yovan, Curtis and I headed straight to our first interview with Michael who is the founder of The Sarah Thorne Theatre and… Read More »

Ban Drill: Music Video Review

Last week highly acclaimed UK artists Krept and Konan linked up with the creative genius that is Rapman to release a Music Video/Short Film entitled ‘Ban Drill’. The video is based on a young man whose struggles, in life, see him turn to sell drugs and getting involved in gang violence. On his release from… Read More »

FC Not Alone x Calm World Cup

Over the weekend hundreds of men came together to play a football tournament, but it wasn’t any tournament, it was the FC Not Alone World Cup in partnership with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). 32 teams went to battle on the football pitch but only one team could come out as champions. ‘Slight Edge’ (a… Read More »

We R Festival or We R ‘Danger’

The very much anticipated We R Festival took place in Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster- its regular location, taking place from 24th- 26th May. Featuring the latest dance artists as well as huge names such as Craig David and Ibiza’s fave DJ Tom Zanetti, alongside popular UK rap artists like Yungen and Bugzy Malone. With an… Read More »

Apple will be shutting down iTunes!

Apple’s iconic marketplace for media has been around for almost 20 years. We’ve all heard speculations that Apple had decided to scrap the iTunes app from their line up. This speculation is in fact, correct. At this year’s annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple has finally confirmed that they are replacing iTunes with Three different apps:… Read More »

Skepta – Ignorance is Bliss [Album Review]

Skepta, arguably the grime scenes God Father, dropped his highly anticipated album ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ on Friday(31/5). Having spent my weekend listening to it I think I can come up with a fair review. I’m not a hardcore grime fan but when Skepta dropped the album I had to give it a listen specially after… Read More »

Aladdin (2019) Review

Aladdin Review So I’ve watched the new live action Aladdin and let the truth be told, I was blown away. As a huge Disney fanboy, it was a pleasant watch. The casting was done very well with each actor embodying their characters perfectly. It followed the original narrative and had a beautiful twist to it.… Read More »

Vegetarian Week Summary

As our vegetarian week comes to an end, it has been more than an eye-opening experience for us all. On Monday we began a vegetarian diet. The shoots and staff were not allowed to eat meat. The first day was easy, everyone was excited, sending in pictures of their meals and experimenting new recipes. But… Read More »

Kickstarter x SmallGreenShoots

Last week Wednesday (22/05/2019), Small Green Shoots invited a group of exciting creatives, artists and project managers to an interactive workshop, led by Kickstarter UK’s Arts and Culture Outreach Lead, Gemma Seltzer. The session, held at the uber-cool Tileyard, saw us find out about the story of Kickstarter (which is celebrating its 10th year), explore… Read More »

Grime in the classroom?

Times are changing and I think the education system needs to adapt to this. A study by Youth Music Charity with Birmingham City University was released this week and it showed that students maintained higher levels of attendance to modern music lessons (More than 95% during the programme). In this blog, I will be discussing… Read More »

Keable’s Man

Sasha Keable – Man   Keable’s most recent EP – Man released April this year captures the essence of a young woman’s diary brought to life. She has been on the music scene since her teens, having worked with the likes of English electronic band Disclosure on their house single ‘voices’ in 2013 – Keable… Read More »

Sub Blue Headline Show

Last night Liverpudlian artist Sub Blue held his first ever London headline show. It was hosted by Ace from BBC 1XTRA and his opening act was Kali Claire. Upcoming artist, Kali Claire, warmed up the crowd with some amazing acoustic work, performing her original songs from her EP and a few of her other tracks… Read More »

Skint & Demoralised

Last night, Small Green Shoots went to The Social in oxford circus to see Skint & Demoralized, a showcase of 3 amazing poets Grim Chip, Laurie Bolger & Matt Abbott. The space was grimey and intimate, from the dark and moody room to the quotes on the toilet doors. A perfect fit for the night.… Read More »

#WeMakeCamden

#WeMakeCamden Last night Camden Council hosted an event to showcase the diversity within the community. The young shoots were invited to perform some original pieces that they had written. The night was kicked off with a few words from significant figures of Camden including MP Keir Starmer. The night included performances from people who all… Read More »

New Job Alert! Charity Administrator

We’re hiring! Hello! Small Green Shoots is looking for an experienced Administrator to be responsible for financial administration, office administration and admin support to the CEO. It is offered full-time, 5 days per week (35 hours) at a salary of £25,000 for an initial period of 6 months. We hope to recruit permanently to this… Read More »

Celebrating our beloved Mother’s!

  A Mother’s Day – a day when we honour our mother’s. It’s a beautiful and a special day to all mother’s all over the world, even though in different countries Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days. Anyway, it doesn’t change the fact that we’re celebrating our beloved moms. We, Small Green Shoots are… Read More »

R.I.P Nispey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle Rap fans all over the world have received the sad news of the passing of LA rapper and businessman Nipsey Hussle. Nipsey was an amazing artist and an inspiring individual. In his early years as a rapper, he displayed maturity beyond his years and shared messages of liberation, investing & owning properties. In… Read More »

Drill Music: The Good, The Bad and The Misconceptions

An opinion piece by Isaiah   Music has an effect on people, yes, but to what extent does this effect lead people to act out. In this article, I will explore the different sides of the drill music debate, discussing why it is good, why it may be bad and try to clear up some… Read More »

Psycho B*tches – International Women’s Day

2 Northdown played host to our International Women’s Day event on Friday and what an event it turned out to be. Entitled ‘Psycho B*tches’, the event was based on a project that we ran exploring the vast availability of derogatory language aimed towards women. Young Shoot Isaiah curated and hosted the night that was opened… Read More »

Brits 2019

Last night the 2019 Brit Awards was held at The O2 Arena in London. It was the 39th edition of the British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards. Hosted by Jack Whitehall and attended by the biggest stars in the industry, The Brits were celebrating a year of musical achievements. Big up Jorja Smith for… Read More »

About Last Night: Kings X Clubland Launch

Camden Council Building or Bagley’s Warehouse? Last night it was hard to tell after the young shoots and participants transformed it for the Kings X Clubland launch event. With acid house balloons, historic rave shoes and tellys with original footage, the young shoots couldn’t have done much more to create a scene that was Stars… Read More »

Edgars is on Youtube!

At Small Green Shoots we’re all about developing young people and helping them along their way to success, so it is with great pride that we share with you the beginning of Edgars’ youtube journey. Edgars is a talented young shoot here at Small Green Shoots. He has opened his YouTube channel and invites everyone… Read More »

Ones to Watch 2019: Part 1

Predicting artists that are going to have a good year is probably the hardest part of my job but I’ve managed to pick a group of artists that I can honestly say I believe in and I can’t wait to see what they produce this year.   Octavian There is no doubt that Octavian would… Read More »

Octavian wins BBC Music’s Sounds of 2019 Award

Self-made South London rapper Octavian was awarded the BBC Sound of 2019 award last night; the first rapper to have done so since 2003 (50 Cent was the last winner). This award comes after a steady and successful 2018 for the artist, seeing the release of his debut album entitled ‘Spaceman’ and his single ‘Lightning’… Read More »

Resident Advisor

Last week, the clubbers yellow pages “Resident Advisor” (RA) announced it was closing its comments section for good. The comments section has been a part of this well-loved site since the 00’s, but the reasons they are giving for closing it are all too recent, familiar and for us, pretty depressing. Resident Advisor cite; “……a tone… Read More »

Top 4 UK Urban Artists

This year has been a huge year for the UK’s scene, we’ve seen new talent rise and old talent return, we’ve seen a new wave of music take over the streets and there hasn’t been a better time to be a UK pop music fan. In this blog I’ll be saying my top 4 UK… Read More »

Christmas Song Royalties

It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas, bright lights, mince pies and christmas songs being played everywhere, but the life of a good christmas song never really ends. Recently I have been looking into what exactly happens after you make a christmas song and it charts highly. Last christmas I gave you my heart,… Read More »

A shoot’s experience at the Artist and Manager Awards 2018

It isn’t everyday you get to meet your idols and Wednesday was definitely not like every other day. It was like a fairy-tale, there were stars in the sky (roof) and stars in the seats. Its safe to say I was star struck for most of the night. When we arrived we went on a… Read More »

What the AM Awards mean to a Shoot

Small Green Shoots helps emerging artists and young creatives make their way in to the creative industries. For almost ten years now, we’ve been working ferociously with young artists and aspiring professionals to create opportunities for our “Shoots” to grow and get the skills and tools they need to reach their ambitions. We’ve run projects… Read More »

Small Green Shoots has entered the big leagues…….

The fancy schmancy Artist and Managers Awards have made us their official charity partner!   Whoop-Whoop! Not only have they recognised all the hard work we put in to support emerging artists and creatives, they also know any money raised is going to us “The Young Shoots” to help us with things like workshop leaders, buying… Read More »

Noah Carter @the Camden Assembly

The Camden Assembly was set alight by Noah Carter on Wednesday night. Whilst waiting for Noah to come onto the stage the audience were warmed up by the DJ who played a range of music from afrobeats to pop. Noah’s arrival made the audience’s energy levels rise, people were dancing and singing/rapping along to all… Read More »

Small Green Shoots x The Artists & Managers Awards

“We aren’t a big operation, but we punch above our weight and it is simply incredible that the Music Managers Forum & Featured Artists Coalition have recognised a small grassroots charity like us to support. The whole crew were stunned! Every pound raised will go towards our Young Shoots scheme providing real opportunities for a… Read More »

Sony Music Placement

Our Shoot “Curtis” has just finished a placement in the Sony Music creative department, learning a range of digital and editing skills. Thanks to Cassandra Gracey and Sophie Stott for the amazing opportunity. “Having such an amazing opportunity to work with Sony Music UK, was such a great experience for myself. I was able to… Read More »

A True Talent with Voice and Repertoire…

We were excited to work on innovative emerging singer-songwriter “Hamzaa’s” development plan for the Renowned Group, facilitating their recent grant from the Arts Council England. She will soon be featuring on Jools Holland and we can’t wait to  hear her new material. A true talent with a  voice and repertoire… Listen to her song “Standed… Read More »

Poet in da Corner review

From the seminal album that shaped parts of a 100,000 teenage-hoods “Boy in da Corner” comes “Poet in the Corner” by performance poet and Grime artist/exponent “Debris Stevenson”. Hailing from a Mormon family in London’s Seven Kings, she has taken her story to the stage at the Royal Court, and with artists in the audience… Read More »

Mercury Music Prize Award

Mercury Music Prize Award Rock Music is Not Dead!  Well not when it comes in the shape of “Wolf Alice”, a brilliant band whose rock brand consists of romance, synth-pop, grunge and ethereal lyrics….. A worthy, if unexpected winner of this years Mercury Prize Award.      We love the Mercury’s. Unlike other Awards, it… Read More »

Coventry 2018 – Savanna’s Diary

Wednesday 19th September 2018   We started off the day with heading to Euston station at around 8:30am to catch our train up to Coventry, unfortunately there were some delay’s so we had to wait for about 20 minutes. Once we got to Coventry, Niki and Nat headed straight to their first meeting and the… Read More »

AIM Awards 2018

Last night The Brewery, Clerkenwell was crammed with a musically talented and inspired audience celebrating the AIM (Association of Independent Music) Awards.   Hosted by Mistajam from BBC Radio 1 and HQ Trivia’s Sharon Carpenter the Awards were punctuated with brilliant performances, one in particular from Nadine Shah who we hear has also been nominated… Read More »

Michael Jackson’s 60th

As the world marked Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday on 29th August a range of celebrities directly & indirectly effected by his legacy took to social media to commiserate the death of the King of Pop with messages from Chance the Rapper to Eddie Griffin. The date also held an announcement from Jerry Greenberg, former MJJ… Read More »

Memo’s Of The Mind

  Memo’s Of The Mind, a mental health awareness campaign put together by the Arts Council, Opal Arts and Curve. The theme for the day was bringing awareness to mental health and breaking the barriers around it. From 12pm till 5pm there were various workshops scattered all around the Curve Theatre in Leicester, this included… Read More »

Alternative routes after Sixth Form/College

So, the dust has settled a bit after tens of thousands of students received their A-level results last week. For those with their sights on University this must’ve been an intense and nerve wrecking day. The listed letters on the A4 sheet of paper hanging in the school hall determined if they would be going… Read More »

ASTROWORLD – Album Review

On Travis Scott’s highly anticipated third album, the Houston rapper is at his most effective, giving room to his talented features and picking his spots more carefully than ever.   One of my favourite songs from the album is “No Bystanders” it starts with the harmony of Rae Sremmurd’s voices then smoothly transitions into the… Read More »

Eight9FLY – One To Watch

South East London rapper Eight9FLY, real name Emmanuel Isong is definitely one to watch in 2018. To describe him in one sentence, an artist not bound by convention. Eight9FLY consistently showcases both his versatility and ability as an artist in finessing these varied musical styles. His biggest influences are: Michael Jackson, Usher, Dizzee Rascal, Drake,… Read More »

L.E.A – Emerging Artist

London/Los Angeles – based, up and coming female singer/rapper, L.E.A is certainly one to watch in 2018. She is one of UK’s most exciting prospects building her own lane her way. Confidently claiming her spot as a one to watch female artist, her creative visuals and soulful sound has found her voice in the RnB and… Read More »

Just My Type Review

British pop rock band The Vamps who consist of Brad Simpson, James McVey, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans recently released their 3rd studio album titled Night & Day. “Just My Type” is yet another great track from their album, the upbeat nature of the song with its catchy chorus makes it perfect for the summer.… Read More »

Netflix Vs. TV

New data from Ofcom has shown online streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube have more subscribers than your traditional TV services in the UK such as BT, Sky and, Virgin.   The number of hours spent watching traditional TV schedules continued to drop. Teenagers and young people now watch around 40% less than… Read More »

Diana Debrito aka IAMDDB has a fierce mix of hip-hop, trap and jazz that have the critics buzzing…

IAMDDB This Manchester based rapper/singer is carving her own niche path. Drawing on her Portuguese and Angolan heritage with a very British voice, she’s definitely knocking on all the right doors! Beats 1 host Julie Adenuga has described her as “the most exciting artist to watch” in 2018. She came third in the BBC’s Sound… Read More »

BMT Stories and Psychology at The Movies presents…The Work

BMT Stories hosted a fantastic event at the Regent Street Cinema showing a documentary directed by Jairus McCleary titled “The Work.” The theme of the film was exploring toxic masculinity, redemption and the importance of vulnerability and how it has developed in society for decades. Set inside a single room in Folsom Maximum Security Prison,… Read More »

FundaMentals Blog

Mental Health Education is being made compulsory in English Schools under new government plans following growing concerns about mental health problems among young people. Especially considering our Comic Relief funded campaign “FundaMentals” we think this is really positive, especially in today’s climate with the statistics of mental health cases amongst young people. Apparently, the children… Read More »

Cardi B & The Carters Lead 2018 MTV VMA Nominations

Cardi B leads the MTV VMA nominations this year. The breakout rapper has her hands in 10 categories including Artist of The Year, Best New Artist and Video Of The Year for the “Finesse (Remix).” She was also recognized for “Bartier Cardi” (Best Hip Hop) and her feature on Jennifer Lopez’s “Dinero” (Best Collaboration). The… Read More »

Takes Not3s 2 Review

Right in time for the summer heat, Not3s drops his new EP, ‘Take Not3s II’ The follow-up to 2017’s album ‘Take Not3s’ arrives fittingly on July 13thvia Relentless Records/Sony Music UK. As expected with the London native, Not3s assembles a set of killer features and tracks for his latest project.   “There’s no such thing… Read More »

Smiles, Colours and Rainbows

Pride Festival London city is set to be a sea of rainbows and smiles over the weekend. Filled with colour and passion celebrating its 46th year this Saturday 7th of July. Wide range of arts to be performing such as Theatrical performances from the cast of West End show Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Aladdin, The… Read More »

Violence and Music or Music and Violence?

So, this weekend saw 4 men stabbed at the GarageNation festival after a fight in the VIP Section. 2 airlifted to hospital and people describing poor security and chaotic scenes as the music went on around them and the other 15,000 ravers. There have been stabbings at both Wireless and Parklife amongst others in the… Read More »

Is Streaming The New Buying?

The rise and rise and rise of streaming! We all live on YouTube, Spotify, Google Play …and we knew streaming was going to take over, but now it’s taking over the charts, well sort of. Since YouTube was first launched in 2005, it’s had 20 music videos reaching over the 2 billion views mark. A… Read More »

The Rise of Octavian

Octavian has been on the rise as a quality emerging artist for quite a few months now.. The London rapper really grabbed attention when Drake appeared on his Instagram dancing to his single “Party’s Here.” Last week at London’s Jazz Café he lit up the stage as a natural. Pacing the stage like he was… Read More »

Refugee Week

People! This week is refugee week, which takes place every year all around the world. In the UK, it’s a week of programmes celebrating arts, culture, education, exhibitions, film screenings, theatre and dance performances, concerts, football tournaments and public talks as well as creative activities in school that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the… Read More »

Drill music vs. The People

Drill has taken the UK nation by surprise, as most drill songs are now rising in the top 50 charts and landing a spot on commercial radio stations like Capital Xtra and BBC 1Xtra. However, with the “violent” and “aggressive” lyrical content, especially where drill artists use platforms such as GRM Daily and Link Up… Read More »

A$AP Rocky – TESTING

TESTING. A$AP Rocky’s highly anticipated album that we’ve all been waiting for. It’s been 3 years since  At.Long.Last.A$AP was released and his Instagram album teaser drop this year January has had us all waiting on the edge of our seats. Rocky says it is “An amazing fucking album.”  In an interview with Peter Rosenberg’s Complex Open… Read More »

KINGS CROSS X CLUBLAND

‘It’s actually in my will that when I die I’ll be cremated and the ashes will be scattered around King’s Cross. There’s nowhere else like it in London, and there never will be. I don’t want to be anywhere else.’ Billy Reilly, Club Owner, The Cross, Canvas, The Key. Finally, The Heritage Project is on… Read More »

We love the arts, but for how long?

From the perspective of young workers in the arts industry who wouldn’t choose to do anything different, we’re shocked to hear that the fall in entry numbers for GCSE arts subjects has reached an all-time high.  According to an ‘Arts Professional’ article published last month, registrations for 2018 arts GCSEs in England have plummeted by… Read More »

A Ravyn Lenae performance in Paris

Paris. The global centre for Art, Fashion, Culture, and for one night, a Ravyn Lenae performance at the Parisian venue La Maroquinerie. After the performance, I was surprised to find out how young she is, at only 19 she has such a genuine energy on stage and the confidence of a natural and experienced performer.… Read More »

Mahalia’s 20th Birthday at Scala

Since seeing Mahalia perform 6+ months ago, she has been just as busy as I expected. And it was apparent from the huge contrast between the small personable gig she had at Hoxton Square Bar back in November 2017 and the huge crowd she garnered at SCALA in Kings Cross this month. I was anxious… Read More »

Boadi and The Bank Powers show review

“They made you feel part of the band” Boadi And The Banku Powers Rising band Boadi and the Banku Powers rocked the stage last Friday at the Camden Assembly. A quality palette of Neo Soul, Pop, Retro Jazz and Electronic RnB with a surprising range of instruments like the piano, electric guitar and drums accompanied with the amazing raw vocal power of… Read More »

Alyss on the Path to Creativity, Experimenting & Why She Doesn’t Have a Favourite Track from the Album.

Small Green Shoots recently supported Brighton-based, self-producing singer/songwriter, Alyss in gaining development funding from the Arts Council England.   She’s since collaborated with the likes of Chloe Martini, Snakehips, SG Lewis & Two Inch. I had the amazing opportunity to interview Alyss & get find more about the person behind her 2018 project 3EARTH   How would you describe… Read More »

Music Week Awards 2018

The great and the good of the music industry were honoured at the annual industry knees up – we mean The Music Week Awards 2018 yesterday. The ceremony returned to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and was sold-out. Choc-full of music executives and global superstar Dua Lipa. The night was full of memorable moments… Read More »

Anne Marie “2002” Song Review

“She’s going to be huge.” – Amir Amor, Rudimental   English singer songwriter Anne Marie, 27 year old Essex on her way to stardom. Already attaining several charting singles on the UK Singles Chart, including Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye”, featuring Sean Paul. From the early ages of 6 and 12 years old she appeared in two West End productions — Les… Read More »

Not if but when?

  With Radar Radio suspending broadcasting to investigate accusations of harassment, it seems that it is now not a case of “if”, but “when” the Music Industry will have its #MeToo moment.   The success of the #MeToo movement within the film industry and later the fashion industry led women (and men) to share stories… Read More »

MJ Cole x Kojey Radical “Soak It Up” song review

UK based DJ and record producer, MJ Cole and Rapper Kojey Radical have collaborated on the new release ‘Soak It Up’. MJ Cole merges his signature “bouncy” sound with retro soulful vocals to this toe-tapping, mid-tempo track which echoes his old-school, up-beat, garage offerings. Kojey’s grime-y vocal breaks up the single with his melodic rap… Read More »

Fatoumata Diawara Review

Rising African artist, Fatoumata Diawara graced The Jazz Cafe earlier this week to a warm reception from the Jazz Café. She was supported by London based jazz band “Waaju”. They made a perfect start to the night, musically encapsulating the vibe of the venue with the influence from a number of cultures across Africa, South America… Read More »

James May – “Wild Love” Review

James May – “Wild Love” Review   London based singer-songwriter James Bay impresses us once again with his glorious new single “Wild Love”. The 27-year-old is back with his second album and a new music video “Wild Love”, featuring Stranger Things star “Natalia Dyer”.   If you were not a fan of James’ acoustic sound… Read More »

Hearing H.E.R

The very much anticipated first UK and EU headline tour of H.E.R’s lived up to its preempted success. The location was fitting (Camden’s KOKO), being one of London’s staple locations surrounded by diversity and buzz. To witness a newly emerging artist from overseas perform in such a vibrant location added to the magic of the… Read More »

Experienced Programme Manager – Small Green Shoots

Small Green Shoots is looking for an experienced Programme Manager to be responsible for the delivery of our annual creative programme and our oversee our portfolio of youth projects and arts events funded by Arts Council England, Comic Relief, Heritage Lottery Fund and other partners. The Programme Manager will lead on the delivery of our… Read More »

The struggle of gaining work experience in organisations

A universal experience that everyone can relate to is the struggle of getting a good job in London even with experience, so imagine the pains of wanting to apply to jobs that want 5+ years of experience when you have close to none!   Most organisations only tend to take on interns (good luck if… Read More »

Jamila Woods performance review

After enjoying a tasty meal at local Busaba Ethai, we headed over to Village Underground to catch the Jamila Woods show thanks to Music PR Adam Webb. Yes it was snowing, yes there was a queue, but we were confident that we’d be in for a great time once we got inside. I had come… Read More »

2018 Brit Awards

Its the Brit Awards 2018 tomorrow!   Coming off the back of his stellar Superbowl half-time performance, Justin Timberlake will be performing, as well as nominees; Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith confirmed amongst the line-up, as well as Rag’n’Bone Man, who enjoyed a stellar 2017. But Critics’ Choice winner Jorja Smith is our one to watch with an expected… Read More »

2018 Festival Line Ups!

So in the depths of bleak winter and darkness the only thing we have to cheer us is … Festival Line ups!   The big ones have started trickling out their headliners, so we at Small Green Shoots are planning our favourite dates & festival moments for this Summer.   FIELD DAY The London festival… Read More »

Blog of 2017

To celebrate the end of this year we asked everyone at the Small Green Shoots office about their favourite album/single of the year & who’s music they were looking forward to in the new year! Niki – Two albums have undoubtedly made this year for me: ‘About Time’ by Sabrina Claudio and ‘Wamp 2 Dem’… Read More »

Sexual Harassment in Music

Sexual Assault within the Music Industry With the recent cases of sexual assault & harassment within the Hollywood film industry, more and more women have found the confidence within each other to release their experiences & this has recently come to light within the music industry; a profession which is deemed to be male-dominated. Women… Read More »

A Boogie (With The Hoodie) Review

After queuing up for what felt just over an hour, we had finally entered The Electric Brixton. With echoes of Kojo Funds voice bouncing off the walls and excited fans reciting the lyrics to his tracks, we were left wondering what British artist, A Boogie (With The Hoodie) was going to bring out next, if… Read More »

The UK’s first ‘Music City’ named…

Today Cardiff officially declared itself a “Music City” aiming to boost its international profile. (After losing out to Coventry for the City of Culture) Cardiff will work with musicians, promotors and venues, through to planners and licencing authorities to assess the value music can bring to the Welsh Capital. These plans will not only protect… Read More »

Jamiroquai Performance Review

Jamiroquai at the 02 I’ll start by being honest. I hate the O2. Its so big, impersonal and contradicts the reasoning behind why I go to see live music & I want that connection, the real or imagined eye contact, the “ hearing every nuance & elaboration from the band/vocalist….Guess what. I had that last… Read More »

Gorillaz ‘Human’ Tour Review

The Gorillaz are back in London!     Following the release of their fifth studio album “Humanz”, virtual band Gorillaz stopped off at London’s O2 Arena as part of their 40-date global tour to play a phenomenal show featuring supporting act “Little Simz” as well as a slew of talented performers. Little Simz blew the… Read More »

Kelela Performance Review

Kelela just released her new album and is touring in support of that. A highlight of last night, Better, a song to her ex partner from the new album. Really shows how her sound has evolved and she’s mastered her craft. Another highlight was the encore where she played Cherry Coffee and ultimate kelela anthem… Read More »

MOBO Awards

MOBO Awards If you’ve not caught up to the latest music news, we are here to deliver the latest MOBO details. The past months have lead up to this moment of knowing if you’re favourite nominees managed a win for the night. The beautiful Bristolian, Maya Jama was an amazing edition the night as the… Read More »

Bryson Tiller ‘Set It Off’ Tour Review

Attending one of the days of Bryson Tiller London Eventim Apollo stint of his tour, the artist was supported by the neo soul singer SZA with a guest performance from Mancunian R&B artist IAMDDB. Managing to catch the last part of IAMDDB’s set as she performed ‘Shade’ a track she released only months prior, she… Read More »

Sound of 2018

It’s that time of year again! BBC Music has released their list of the next generation of artists highlighted for Sound of 2018. At it’s 16th year, 16 emerging artists have made it on the list, selected by a panel of 173 music experts including critics, broadcasters and DJs, with the top five shortlisted and… Read More »

Southbank: Career in the Arts: Open Day for Young People

Today, we had chance to visit the Southbank, where they developed their event; “Careers in the Arts: Open Day for Young People.” The venue is one of the largest arts organisations in Europe and often has a slew of festivals, workshops and events throughout the year. The day included: Event Management Walk and Talk: The… Read More »

Mahalia Performance Review

The Small Green Shoots team was able to see the amazing young artist Mahalia, whom we have previously worked with for an artist development project, perform at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. Her supporting act was Brighton singer songwriter Maisie Peters. Maisie played acoustically, which was able to showcase her beautiful voice. She appeared confident on stage,… Read More »

Richard Antwi Scholarship

Richard Antwi was a London born lawyer passionate about music, the arts and growing new talent which developed into him help launch the careers of artists such as Tinie Tempah, Lethal Bizzle and Wretch 32. Antwi died of natural causes in March 2017 but his legacy will carry on through the University of Westministers’ ‘Richard… Read More »

Stage Presence in Music

  There is always that customary, “Ah they don’t make them like they used too…” comment from older generations talking about new music.   Particularly now, it seems. Is the digital age failing to deliver consummate performers?  Are cash strapped labels not spending on developing artists properly in terms of performance coaching, for example? Watching JHus’… Read More »

Troubles of a ‘Heartbreak on a Full Moon’

In this day and age artists are constantly in the public eye and once one song seems like it’s exiting the top 20 charts they have another track to replace it. As rapper 50 Cent was quoted as saying, “As long as you stay current with things that are in front of you to sustain… Read More »

7 Days 7 Nights with Krept x Konan

Following the release of their impressive 2-part album, Krept and Konan hosted a pop-up show in their hometown London on Saturday night and we had the pleasure of being there. 

Best MOBO Award Newcomers

  With this range of amazing nominees for the ‘BEST NEWCOMER’ category of MOBO Awards 2017, I’m sure you’re struggling to decide who you want to vote for. Below we’ll be talking about some of the artists we believe should hold the title. Kicking it off with Santan Dave, who first debuted on Street Starz… Read More »

Sinead Harnett Performance Review

  Yesterday Venue HEAVEN had the opportunity to see dedicated fans of London based vocalist Sinead Harnett just a few months after her 8-Track mixtape Chapter One. The line up times made everyone wait around for the special guest without any type of music for one hour before their female DJ came onto the stage… Read More »

Sam Peeps Theatre Production Review

  Last Sunday we headed over to Stratford Circus to watch the theatre production “Sam Peeps” which was based on a modern day take of Samuel Pepys diary.         The show kicked off with showcasing 3 incredibly talented artists. Their performances were an amazing start for the show as the two singers… Read More »

Politics in Music

Music & Politics Within the recent volatile political climate we call 2017 more and more celebrities such as actors and musicians are becoming open about their political alignments & more prominently their distaste for the current president of the United States of America, Donald Trump. This brings up the argument of those with no political… Read More »

Freedom Dreams Event Review

    The Freedom Dreams exhibition launch was held at a packed HollStudios last Tuesday. It was attended by the Mayor of Camden and Head of the Council, Georgia Gould and a host of local supporters interested in seeing their compositions and performances.         Which followed a poetic introduction from Floetic Lara.… Read More »

East London –  FIRST FIFTY

See the talent tipped for festival success next year – now! The Great Escape –  celebrates new music. They are internationally known for giving a platform to the brightest new talent for over the last 12 years. FIRST FIFTY aims to showcase the soundtracks for the future through their series of gigs over 3 days… Read More »

JAMBOX Event Review

The beginning of September saw the launch of JAMBOX – a unique music jam featuring renowned musicians, emerging artists and writers coming together to play live beneath the red tinted lights of the BOXBAR in Boxpark Croydon. In association with NOWHERENEAR music management, JupiterMGMT & Offshoots cultivated a diverse set of singers & rappers for a… Read More »

OUR MERCURY AWARD PREDICTION.

The Mercury award is today and everyone is trying to put their best predictions forward. ‘Albums of the Year’ celebrates and promotes the best of UK music, recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres. This year’s nominees are as follows: alt-j – ‘Relaxer’ Blossoms – ‘Blossoms’ Dinosaur – ‘Together, As One’ Ed Sheeran… Read More »

Upcoming UK Music Awards

  British Music is growing and developing its own genre. The growth of music makes UK music awards very interesting to watch due to the vast diversity within the nominees. The UK music award scene has different types of awards from signed artist to independent artists giving everyone a platform to be recognised regardless of… Read More »

Selfish Love Track Review

Following the latest single release ‘Midnight’ from the singer, Jessie Ware has released ‘Selfish Love’ from her upcoming studio album later this year. ‘Selfish Love’ has a haunting air surrounding it as the melodic guitar strumming reaches its crescendo to the beat of a spaghetti western bar in Europe. Ware’s soulful vocals tell of a… Read More »

Belly Squad – SGS August BEST!

Belly Squad is a trio made up of East Londoners Yung Max and Ty Jombla both 18-year -olds and 20-year old Ross Jombla from South. Belly squad has been one of the most exciting acts to watch this year. They’ve been very consistent with their soundtracks from 2016 till now. From an early stage, they… Read More »

Notting Hill Carnival Weekend!

Notting Hill Carnival has been running for 50 years. This Carnival celebrates Afro-Caribbean culture and community during the August bank holiday. The streets of Notting Hill are always filled with the aroma of Hearty jerk chicken, fruity punch, a variety of music floats and whatever weather London decides to give that day. Despite the joy… Read More »

NATIONAL CONFUSION

NATIONAL CONFUSION Thousands of students across the country have been anxiously waiting in anticipation for today’s “Result’s Day” to receive their GCSE results that have actually been reported to be “the hardest since O-Levels”. There have been a vast amount of changes that took place just this year alone, from syllabus changes, mark schemes, to grading… Read More »

Elrow comes to London…

There was only one thing we were looking forward to this weekend and that was Elrow Town!

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 »

Mental Health in the Music Industry

Mental Health in the Music Industry The recent death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington seems to echo a rise in high profile artists, celebrities and musicians opening up about their struggles with mental health. The independent UK charity “Help Musicians” has been raising awareness on the subject for some time now and has recently… 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 »

Chester Bennington, vocalist of Linkin Park Passing

Chester Bennington – Lead singer of Linkin Park, A Life To Remember At the height of the punk rock era of the early 2000’s Linkin Park became ingrained in the culture for the generation growing up at the time who could relate to the lyrics at a time of teenage angst & self-discovery. Their album… 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 »

June 2017 Emerging Artists

June 2017 Emerging Artists    Hare Squead  Hare Squead are the culmination of Dublin born trio Lilo Blues, Tony Konstone, & Jessy Rose to come together through their infectious pop/ hip hop sound. The group can to the limelight with their track Herside Story which turned into a collaboration on the track with American rapper… Read More »

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui – Review

Yesterday, Small Green Shoots were given the opportunity to watch the latest adaption of Bertolt Brecht’s play, ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’. The story follows the rise of the gangsters rise to power through bribery, corruption & murdering those who dare stand in his way. Arturo intends to break out the life of a… Read More »

Drug Testing at Festivals and City Centres?

Due to the increase of death by recreational drugs. The Royal Society for Public Health is encouraging all music festivals to provide drug testing facilities for people to find out what their substances contain.   Drugs are evolving as years are moving and this is having a great effect on the strength. Some users are… Read More »

Goldlink Performance – Review

Irish group, ‘Hare Squead’ opened the Goldlink show at Heaven yesterday and made a brilliant start with track ‘Long Way To Go’, then teased with forthcoming release, ‘Flowers in the Morning’. The trio have an infectious energy that got the audience hyped and engaged,  with a similar vibe to the Headline they made a really… Read More »

Mabel – Bedroom EP Review

Last week saw Mabel release her 4 tracked EP named after single, ‘Bedroom’. Over the past year, 19 year old, Mabel has made a name for herself as one to watch from her breakout debut track, the pop-drenched “Know Me Better” The album is tinged with that slow vibe 90’s r&b starting with the electronic… 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 »

Harry Styles Album: Review

Harry Styles   May 12th saw Harry Styles release his eponymous debut album. It works well as the first solo material away from the ‘Harry from One Direction’ persona but without the memorability of the bands’ previous albums though it does add character to his brand of ‘the charming one’ from 1D. The album introduces… 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 »

One Africa Music Fest

One Africa Music Fest   London was a shut-down last Saturday 13th of May. One Africa Music Festival debuted at SSE WEMBLEY ARENA following its two-previous sold-out shows in New York. According to promoters,  the world’s biggest Afrobeat festival and boy was it well received here in London. The line-up was full with Africa’s biggest… Read More »

Words Work Review of Launch Event

Mental Health Awareness week is in full swing Words Work, Alchemy Arts Collective launch event at the Winch was a vibrant affair with the talented and dynamic Floetic Lara and Sean Bright getting the young people and staff involved in an interactive workshop that culminated in a moving and entertaining performance. Drama games, participation and… Read More »

#MHAW2017 Celebrity & Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week 8th-14th May 2017   According to charity ‘Mind’, one in four people in the UK will experience some kind of mental health problem each year. Recent months celebrities such as Lady Gaga & Prince Harry have been opening up & raising awareness of mental health & PTSD.  The rise of mental health issues in teenagers is something we at Small Green Shoots… Read More »

Lady Leshurr is BACK !

The first time I saw Lady Leshurr she was featuring with Nicky Minaj on a Lil Wayne mix in 2012. But after millions of hits, with her Queen Speech series, it is clear she’s a matured as an artist with her own sound.   She is the leading female British grime artist who has managed… Read More »

May’s Emerging Artists.

Emerging UK music continues to permeate international audiences, particularly with the rise of Grime music.   This is reflected in my picks for the best upcoming artists this month….. DonElito –  is clearly one of the hottest artists on the planet right now. His songs have been posted by the Queen of pop “Beyoncé” on an InstaVid. His latest offering “You Alright Yeah” follows universal banger ‘Balenciaga’ ft. Nado   Hardy Caprio – A thriving young… Read More »

Charlotte OC Performance-Review

Last night one of our favourites, “Club O’Meara” hosted the sold out “Charlotte OC” show. Her supporting act “Pelicandy” created a great vibe playing seamlessly throughout their set – a real quality of a band who know what they’re doing put the audience at ease and ready for the main event.       Charlotte… Read More »

#ARTISTNETWORK

#ARTISTNETWORK Artist network is Small Green Shoots quarterly event aimed at providing information, resources and networking opportunities for unsigned artists. The venue was completely unique, the Digital Catapult Centre is a creative tech space that firmly put itself on the map as innovative rooftop space in the new Kings Cross Redevelopment. The theme for this “Artist Network”… Read More »

DJ Target & Friends Performance – Review

DJ Emerald Rose started the night with a vibrant & upbeat set that welcomed the crowd, multi-genre that couldn’t alienate any raver. Rude Kid followed announcing himself with Lethal Bizzle’s “Pow” and this reflected his set throughout, really getting the crowd fired up with grime classics which appealed to everyone. DJ Target and his Hype… Read More »

Lyrically Gifted ‘Ladies First’ Review

Sunday saw ‘Lyrically Gifted’ host their Ladies First Event at the Notting Hill Arts Club, a live music showcase in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.   As doors opened, the floor became an open mic cypher, artists & the audience going against each other with freestyles as a great way to enter the venue &… Read More »

SBTV from London to the WORLD.

  In time for a meeting of Global leaders that will be meeting in New York to draw up its “Global Goals” – firstly eradicating all forms of poverty and inequality over the next 15 years – SBTV founder “Jamal Edwards” is calling all world leaders to “take urgent action” according to his interview in… Read More »

Jorja Smith Performance – Review

Monday saw Small Green Shoots at the Underground Village in Shoreditch for rising artist, Jorja Smith’s gig. She brought out alternative Indie artist, Jordan Max as her supporting act who had powerful vocals and an amazing bluesy voice full of emotion; we will definitely be going to any of his next gigs. It was definitely… Read More »

Joel Culpepper Performance – Review

Another music crammed week for Small Green Shoots, but a highlight had to be Joel Culpepper’s headline show at The Camden Assembly. Although supporting act electronic-pop group, “Petrie” suffered from technical difficulties at the start of the set, they powered through with a remarkably refreshing energy and suite of tracks. The lead singer’s confident vocals… Read More »

LCCM Music Industry Mondays 3 : Music Publishing – Review

Monday saw Small Green Shoots at the Blue Tree Kitchen in Southwark under a bridge near the Tate, for “LCCM Music Industry Mondays 3”: Music Publishing series featuring Kobalt Music & BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters Composers & Authors). “Music Industry Mondays” is a brand new series every last Monday of every month. Each event… Read More »

Form 696 – ‘A Race Thing? ‘

Form 696 has been reviewed since 2009, but today grime artists are feeling targeted. The new form has added the two questions which were removed from the original Met Police form. This was because they originally raised some complaints about its profiling of certain groups. The inclusion of these original questions is clearly controversial –… Read More »

Elsa Chapman Performance – Review

Yesterday, saw Small Green Shoots get the chance to visit The Phoenix Artist Club in London to listen to classic soul & Motown artist, Elsa Chapman. Elsa sat at the stage with her piano pouring out amazing vocals & heartfelt lyrics that had your head bopping to the sound. She delivered an amazing set, sharing… Read More »

Youth Music Fundraiser : Give A Gig Week – Review

Last week Small Green Shoots had the chance to check out “Youth Music Fundraiser: Give A Gig Week” featuring three amazing new artists. A casual, acoustic unplugged atmosphere with people sitting on chairs or on the floor with their BYOB gave us a level of calm, comfortability which was a nice change to the usual… Read More »

Donae’o Performance – Review

Last week it we went to XOYO for Donaeo’s first headline gig. It was very exciting because he is someone whose’s music was a part of our childhood with classic hits and production in the genre of funky house. As my only second time at XOYO, the main thing I can applaud is that the… Read More »

Drake: #MoreLife Album Review

‘It’s a playlist, not an album” Drake has released a 22-track album last weekend with some tracks featured British artists such as with Giggs, Skepta, Jorja Smith and Sampha   Drake has created a platform for exposure that record labels would pay millions for their artists. The Canadian Artist is known to love UK music and… Read More »

Roundhouse Review

Ever busy at Small Green Shoots, we attended the Film and TV networking event at The Roundhouse yesterday. Aimed at emerging creatives with speed networking sessions to meet & gain connections with professionals within the industry. Drinks, nibbles and networking were followed by opportunities to learn about funding for film and pilots.   The break… Read More »

Tempa T Performance – Review

Yesterday I excitedly went to XOYO to see Tempa T. Excitedly as I had been told he was one of the most energetic and exciting performers in Grime/HipHop. For my sins it was the first time I’d been to XOYO; in the midst of Shoreditch high street, the club was highlighted in neon & coloured… Read More »

The Legend of Mike Smith – Review

Whatever concept or idea you had about the production of ‘The Legend of Mike Smith’ prepare to have it turned on its head. The stage performance was written by Soweto Kinch who also stars in the piece as one of the characters, rap narration & plays the saxophone. Directed by Jonzi D & the choreography… Read More »

Lola Coca Performance – Review

This Monday, we had the amazing opportunity to catch up and coming artists, Jasper Wilde & LOLA COCA at their gig in Camden Assembly. Jasper Wilde came to the stage with his pop mix of r&b & soul with his amazing guitar & singing skills. He was also able to seamless switch from playing the… Read More »

The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin – Review

The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin – Review.   Finally, a musical based on a Black Girl. This musical is about a middle class (Bubbly) black girl named Viveca. She narrates her life from the 60’s, starting from her childhood growing up in Los Angeles with the dreams of becoming a dancer, till… Read More »

Zak Abel Performance – Review

The Shoots were fortunate enough to grab a fistful of the quickly sold out tickets for the up-coming hyped North London soul singer; “Zak Abel”. The show opened with Dan Caplen, a British R&B singer, songwriter & musician hailing from Brixton, stepping in last minute to show off his amazing vocals alongside his keyboards. Technical… Read More »

Tate Modern x Rinse fm

This Sunday, I visited the modern art gallery in London, Tate Modern to check out their exhibit collaboration with multidisciplinary artist, Papadopoulos who had creation installation / performance space in real time throughout the event, made interactive for the audience to participate. Then half way through the event Rinse fm, a centre of a vast musical community & Barbican Guildhall hosted… Read More »

Stööki Sound London Performance – Review

Last night we went to the gig of London duo, Stööki Sound at Kamio located in Shoreditch. The line-up for this UK tour was amazing featuring talents such as Kaido & Daniel Ness. The first set was played by Kaido who absolutely killed it and set the vibe for the night. Followed by Daniel Ness’s… Read More »

The Lady By Kadija Kamara – Review

Moonwalking across the Finsbury stage in her stylish boots, Kadijah showcased her skills alongside her band with soul & energy. Whilst, her mustard beret constantly made a show of almost escaping her fro, but it didn’t stop her from rocking the stage and getting intimate with the crowd with her vocals. The band made us… Read More »

Blak Whyte Gray Review

10 SHOWS, 10 STANDING OVATIONS Feeling inspired and empowered after watching Boy Blue Entertainment’s #BlakWhyteGray hip-hop theatre production @TheBarbican! The show was honestly so breathtaking, leaving me SPEECHLESS! It definitely reminded me why I fell in love with dance. Hip-hop theatre has reached new levels!   Contrary to it’s title, there was never a dull… Read More »

Tom Grennan – Career so Far

Tom Grennan goes on tour this 2017 with his first appearance (6th Feb) in Manchester. Here is a little look back on his career. Born in Bedford but based in London, singer-songwriter Tom Grennan first found fame as the guest vocalist on Chase & Status’s track When It All Goes Wrong however his first appearance… Read More »

Apple Music is Successful

Apple Music was announced on June 8th 2015 and was launched on June 13 2015 in over 100 countries worldwide. In just 18 months it has over 20 million subscribers. They have attracted a lot of their customers by offering new customers the first 3 months of their subscription for free. Their main rivals ”Spotify”… Read More »

Tion Wayne – Lavish Living Ft B Anca Review

Tion Wayne has come a long way from his Edmonton Hood videos 6 years ago, he has matured and invented himself as a respectable artist and this is shown in his new music video Lavish Living (Dec 4) featuring B Anca. At first sight, the visuals look like a 1990’s hip hop video , somewhat… Read More »

Skepta – Taking Grime to the next level

“My album came out in May, I was on a flight to Toronto the next day to play a show and they knew all the words to the song…you think when I was a kid I ever thought that would happen?” Skepta has bought Grime Music back from the verge of death. This is not… Read More »

Zeo x Eyez | Liars – Review

Zeo x Eyez | liars (11 Nov) dropped on SBTV and we are all wondering why this banger has not reached over a 100 thousand views at least. It seems like the music scene, being so “trap music” dominant, do not seem to care about other forms of music. It really looks like Trap music… Read More »

Spinnup – Universal Music new digital platform

Universal Music have recently released their new digital Platform “Spinnup”. Just from the name itself we can tell, this platform is going to be out of control! This platform is for aspiring artists and songwriters looking to get distributed and discovered, basically suggesting that it’s for unsigned artists. Spinnup offers global distribution and has a network of… Read More »

Artist Network!

The Artist Network (1 Dec 2016). The PRS HQ was flooded with emerging artists coming in from all over London. The keynote speaker Claire McAuley led proceedings and our Natsx moderated the panel including Dani Sawyer (A&R Manager, Universal Publishing), Bhavesh Patel (Performing Rights Society for Music Foundation), Rasi Wellington (Heavytrackerz), Etta Bond (Rising Soulstress… Read More »

BAM Festival

BAM! Be a man festival (26 Nov) presented at SouthBank Centre brought people from all genders and sex’s together to discuss what it was like to be a man in this modern age and boy was it good to hear the opinions of celebrities such as Ashley Walters poor his heart out, talking about his dad… Read More »

THE SPECIALS ANNOUNCE THEIR UK TOUR DATES

  For the first time, “The Specials” will be on stage with reggae royalty, Toots and the Maytals. With both acts having significant careers spanning over 40 years. They’ll play three very special shows in Leeds, Birmingham, and Hatfield at the end of May to kick-start the summer. With a refreshing mix of timeless anthems… Read More »

LOYLE CARNER IS DROPPING HIS DEBUT ALBUM

 ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ is out January 20th on AMF  Records 22 year old rapper Loyle Carner revealed that his debut LP ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ will be out January 20 via AMF Records. The South Londoner’s lead single ‘The Isle Of Arran’ was Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on her BBC Radio 1 show last week,… Read More »

Is Lady Gaga’s new record going to go platinum?

“Lady Gaga Rules the world!” Lady Gaga has a following that may get her to the platinum level so quickly that the music world wont be able to follow. Her following is so large because of her honest nature and people feel they can relate to her music. There is no doubt that her new… Read More »

Amazon’s new music streaming service

Amazon is launching its new music streaming service, Amazon Unlimited Music, in the UK. The service was unveiled in the US last month. The service offers 40 million tracks, Android and iOS mobile apps, and both handpicked and algorithmically generated playlists. In the UK, Amazon Unlimited Music will cost £9.99 a month for non-Prime members… Read More »

Skepta – “No Security” & Section Boys Collaboration “Worst”

“Happy Halloween you pagans.” Skepta has treated fans to not one, but two new tracks – a song called ‘No Security’ (Halloween sound) and a collaboration with Section Boyz titled ‘Worst’. ‘No Security’ is built around a quote by Malcolm X: “I am a man who believes that I died 20 years ago, and I… Read More »

Celebrities Vow to Leave the USA if Trump Wins

To think, when these celebrities first said their statements, would they have ever though it would have become a reality? Here are a few celebrities that said that they would leave the USA if Donald Trump won                 Cyrus took to Instagram last week to call Trump a… Read More »

MOBO Awards Review

Last weekend, the SGS team headed down to this year’s Mobo Awards in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro arena. The night kicked off with performances from the likes of Lady Leshurr (Best Female Act), Craig David (Best Male Act), Section Boyz, Popcaan and various others. Twitter went crazy after hosts Rickie and Melvin handed out the wrong… Read More »

Trump Vs Clinton – The compilation Album

The election is finally here! Today is the day that will decide the fate of the USA! With Hillary Clinton looking to have only a 4% advantage over Donald Trump, according to BBC “Poll Tracker”, we give to you our very own album compilation…enjoy. Album Title: Trump: that’s what I call stupid! 816 Track 1… Read More »

Green Rock River Band

Southbank Centre seems to be more frequently visited, as I journeyed their again (4 November 2016) for a Green Rock River Band show…this was my first time hearing of them. A normal set of performers came on stage and I thought right, this is not going to be anything special, but would I be mistaken?… Read More »

Poetryindance

I went to PoetryinDance (2/11/16) at Southbank Centre and if it wasn’t for the chilling wind that gushed from the sea, this would have been an exciting night out. The Queue was horribly long, and we was let into the building late as there were some set-up delays. Once we got in however, it all… Read More »

Get Me Tickets! – Ticket Touting

What is a ticket tout? In a nutshell, ticket touts are individuals, companies or groups of people who buy tickets for an event to resell them at a profit. This is usually done through secondary ticket outlets such as Get Me In and Seatwave. Why is it a PROBLEM? The problem that arises as a… Read More »

FlashBlack

I attended FlashBlack (oct 26) and I have to say, it really impressed me. It was a blast back to a time where soul had deep meaning and music was very inspiring. Artists such as Kirsty Spence highlighted my night as her brilliant tone of voice made me feel as though I was watching a… Read More »

Kojo Funds x Abra Cadabra – Dun Talkin [Music Video] | GRM Daily

Abra Cadabra has shocked the scene with his musical maturity. At the age of 18 he is on fire and it is no wonder why he is a favourite to claim the title “Best new-comer” at this years MOBO Awards. Abra Links up with Kojo Funds for this new hit single “Dun Talkin [Music Video]… Read More »

“Views From the Snap”

So as most of us are aware, Drake announced his UK tour dates about a week agoooo! His tour dates for his “Boy Meets World” tour are set to go ahead from January 26th to February 23rd in the new year in Glasgow, London, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham. Tickets went on sale at 9am… Read More »

Africa On the Square

I attended “Africa on the square” (15 October) in Trafalgar Square. It was an extremely entertaining and educational experience. I learnt a lot more about Black History and about Black inventors. There were entertainers all over the square performing but also educating us, making us realise how beautiful the African culture really is. One of… Read More »

Donmar Theatre – King Cross

Yesterday (October 13th)  We went to the brand spanking new Donmar Theatre in Kings Cross to watch “The Tempest”. It was a really good experience – something that I have never experienced before. The theatre had a prison theme and the performance started as soon as we were lining up. There were guards telling us… Read More »

Small music venues in the UK are under threat!

It’s estimated that over the past ten years, a huge 40 per cent of London’s music venues have closed. This includes Cockpit in Leeds which closed its doors in 2014, and the Sheffield Boardwalk. This could be due to the fact that people going are to big venues and disregarding other music venues. I’ve recently attended… Read More »

Roundhouse – Spoken Word

Last Saturday (8th Oct) I arrived at the Roundhouse for my first live performance poetry experience!The performers “Lyrix Organix” are a collective of performance poets and here they were working with Roundhouse developing artists and the London String Collective. For me it was a slow start, however it shortly picked up the pace. I was… Read More »

Industry Takeover

Industry takeover Review On Saturday I headed down to Industry Take over. The line up was Elfkid, Mista Silva, Compozers, P Montana, Vianni, New Age, Muzik, Dun D, Chipmunk and Big Zuu. I was impressed with Chipmunks capability to answer questions and explain himself about the music industry and how it works. I found the debate between Big Zuu and the fans… Read More »

Top 5 songs for London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week is in full swing and here’s what we think should be on your LFW playlist:   Jax Jones, Mike Dunn & MNEK – House Work Katy B – Dreamers  Iman – Naive Kanye West – Fade PartyNextDoor – Not Nice

Mercury Music Awards 2016

This year’s Mercury Music Awards is fast approaching and, boy is, this years ‘Album of the Year’ nominees a close call. With two of the most influential Grime MC’s Skepta and Kano up against each other alongside the late-great David Bowe and The 1975, it’s hard to predict who’ll walk away as this Album of… Read More »

Uni vs Work… what’s right for you?

Finishing college and deciding what to do next isn’t as easy as it seems. With the many different options and routes that we have now, it can be quite tricky understanding what’s best for you in terms of happiness and progression.

Jones Artist Review

In the office, we regularly listen to music of upcoming artists, who we think will make their big break soon. So when we heard Jones’ ‘Melt’, we were hooked almost instantly! The East London Singer has been making big strides in the music community since her EP, ‘Indulge’, came out, even performing at Latitude and Standon… Read More »

Raye Artist Review

Raye is a British singer and songwriter. Like a lot of British singers, she went to the Brits school, and has gone on to become fairly well known in the music industry. She first came to my attention when I heard her latest single, Distraction, on the radio.I didn’t really think much of the song,… Read More »

RedBull Culture Clash 2016

This years Culture Clash saw the likes of UKG Allstars, Wiz Khalifa & Taylor Gang, Mixpak and Eskimo Dance go head-to-head in the ultimate sound clash at London’s O2 Arena. This had been one of the most talked about event for the past few months and had been one of the closest clash’s in Redbull history!… Read More »

WildLife Festival 2016!!

  Probably the best festival line up of the season, but     the arrival put us all on a downer. Queue for bus    tickets for 20 minutes  in some miscellaneous park a   couple miles OUT of Brighton, then queue for the       actual buses for 40 mins, then everyone who… Read More »

How to Register to Vote

One thing that we hear a lot when talking talking about voting in the any sort of election is that people don’t know how to register to vote. Well, we’re here to help! Registering to vote is quick and easy and can be done on almost any device that’s connected to the internet. The first thing you need… Read More »

Mabel – Artist Review

Mable is making some serious strides in the music industries, despite only being 19. It’s not really surprising , considering who her parents are, pop maverick Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey. She grew up listening to great music from a young age, and even started writing her own music from the age of five! You can… Read More »

Festival Season is Here!!

Tomorrow sees the first festival of the summer! We Are FSTVL is back with a bang and a massive line-up. With DJs such as DJ Fresh, Sigma, Craig David, DJ Charlesy and much more, this is bound to be one hell of a weekend.  Don’t worry if you haven’t got your ticket though as there’s… Read More »

Nimmo

This London based band is fronted by Reva Gauntlett and Sarah Nimmo. The 5 piece band has been making big strides this last year, and were even shortlisted for MTV’s Brand New 2016! The band signed with Columbia in 2014 and since released multiple singles, as well as, performing alongside Years and Years. I was a bit sceptical… Read More »

K Zorro & Wretch 32

Tonight will see North London rapper K Zorro gracing the stage for Wretch 32 as Jack Daniel’s bring a piece of their hometown to ours. Flying over from Tennessee, drummer Dominic Billet and bassist Owen Biddle will be supported by K Zorro’s blend of Hip-Hop, Contemporary Rock, Indie and Electronic Dance Music alongside Wretch 32’s… Read More »

Rihanna’s World Tour

After her debut single ‘Work’ took the music world by storm leading  the Billboard Hot 100 charts for more than three weeks, Rihanna has begun her ultimate world tour! Starting off in America,Michigan. Rihanna plans to do 73 shows covering North America and Europe, ending in Belgium, Hasselt. So far her tour has seen appearances… Read More »

Poetics Of Grime

Last night the office went to to the Institute of Contemporary Arts to watch the Poetics of Grime, a panel discussion and set of performances that considers the link between poetry and the music genre grime. We went there with pretty low expectations, thinking that it was going to be a boring panel talk with… Read More »

Alessia Cara – Know It All

Thanks to her debut single Here she has unexpectedly blown up. The song was hailed as the introverts anthem and seemed to expel the expectations of the pop songs that glorified drinking and partying. The rest of her EP, Wild Things, was really good as well, so I was excited to see she was coming out with… Read More »

Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered.

Earlier this month, just like Beyoncé before him, Kendrick Lamar has graced us with an outstanding surprise album release. The album – Untitled Unmastered – seems to consist of music that didn’t make it into his last album To Pimp a Butterfly.  The album is 8 tracks long (barely long enough to be called an album) and… Read More »

March Feature List

Starting this month Small Green Shoots have started a new monthly segment called Feature List which includes highlights of  new upcoming rappers, artists, instrumentalists and other well known mainstream artists.     Kendrick Lamar Cornrow Kenny aka Kendrick Lamar makes this months edition of Feature list after 11 nominations in total at the Grammy Awards 2016. Also,… Read More »

Rihanna – ANTI

Rihanna just put out her eighth studio album, and despite the anticipation it had fans feeling flat. The first single released from the album, ‘work’, wasn’t especially exciting , even though it was the only song on the album that could be played at a club without any sort of remixing. My personal favourite song… Read More »

Beyonce – Formation

On Saturday Beyonce surprised us  all with the drop of her song ‘Formation’! She released the video in advance of her Super Bowl performance on Sunday. The song and video specifically points out police brutality towards black in the United States, Hurricane Katrina and, black financial power. The video highlights her work with the Black… Read More »

Artist Network Launch!

So Wednesday 3rd February 2016 saw the launch of our #ArtistNetwork launch at The Roundhouse in Camden. What a night it was, from two great performances from emerging artists’ Daisy May and The Age of Luna. This was accompanied by an insightful speech from Polydor Record’s A&R Manager, Jamie Spinks, followed by a night of… Read More »

Small Music Venues Under Threat

  With the rising price every square foot in our capital, new and lucrative residential developments are threatening the very existence of small music venues in the Capital and beyond. With rent and rates costing some venues up to £4,000 a month, some music venues just can’t afford to continue hosting music nights. With tickets… Read More »

The Artists Network

Here at Small Green Shoots we know that forging a career as an artist or writer is not an easy business.  Becoming successful in the current industry revolves around ‘self-development’ which includes having an independent media following, having sound industry connections, collaborating with the right writers and producers or as cliché as it sounds, being… Read More »

Our 10 Favourite Songs of 2015

10 – Drake ‘Hotline Bling’ This is defiantly one of the most memorable songs of 2015 (being the subject of memes since the video came out). The song is one probably Drakes most high profile songs. 9 – The Weeknd ‘Cant Feel My Face’ This is probably the Weeknd’s most influential song and will likely… Read More »

Industry Takeover – Brixton POP

Yesterday we went to Urban Developments Industry Takeover in Brixton POP. This is an event where three acts are brought together and perform on the radio station Reprezent 107.3FM; Sundays was the third and final event of 2015. The three acts on Sundays event were Vital0, Alqae and, Allana Verde. Vital0 was especially good, with his… Read More »

The Events Industry Needs YOU!

Bigga Fish has been running for 15 years with young people being at the heart of the organisation. CEO Nii Sackey provides education in events management and marketing for 14-25 year olds nationwide. After being lucky enough to work on their largest event ever, UFEST LDN, we were able to see the hard work, dedication,… Read More »

Loyle Carner

Loyle Carner is a upcoming British Rapper who’s ‘sensitive and eloquent’ sound separates him from other rappers and grime artists in the industry right now. He only released his EP last year but he has already played at Glastenbury this summer, as well as supporting Joey Badass on his UK tour. We think that he… Read More »

Mahalia at Heaven

It was a pleasure seeing Mahalia perform yesterday at Heaven in support of Kehlani. To think she’s only 17 and has written for Rudimental’s upcoming album and has an EP coming out early next year is truly sensational. Mahalias down to earth nature yet vulnerable lyrics added to thr euphoric atmosphere. Mahalias best of British… Read More »

Kehlani European Tour

Yesterday we had the pleasure to go and see Oakland’s, Grammy nominated artist, Kehlani, Live in Heaven. After having sold out her first UK date in less than a few hours, Kehlani vowed to add another date, and thank god she did. Selling out the venue two nights in a row, Kehlani surely knew how… Read More »

Grammy Nominations 2016

The Grammy Nominations have beed announced on Monday by Alicia Keys. We had got all 83 categories and unsurprisingly Kendrick Lamar got the most nomination with his 11 nominations including in Album of the Year, Song of the Year and, Best Rap Album. Other nominees include Taylor Swift nominated for Album of the Year for… Read More »

Disclosure at Alexandra Palace

We got to enjoy a stellar cast of acts at last night’s Disclosure show at Alexandra Palace. What it lacked in intimacy, it made up for in a kick ass light show. The venue heaved with classics reminding you how much this Surrey duo has influenced the face of UK commercial house music.   They pleased… Read More »

#UFESTLDN

We had a great time helping out at Bigga Fish’s Co-sign Ufest event over the weekend. Hosted by Big Tipper, Rambo & Madness it was due to be a sell out show! Throughout the weekend Ufest had a variety of showcases at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Friday saw a huge dance competition with performances… Read More »

MTV’s Brand New 2016

It’s that time of year again, for MTV to crown the up and coming Music Acts of 2016. Every Year they pick acts that they think will make a big splash in the music industry in the upcoming year, and they have picked up on acts like Adele and Justin Bieber in their early career.… Read More »

Lion Babe

On Tuesday we went to watch Lion Babe perform at Heaven in SOHO. I’d never really listened to their music and wasn’t really sure what to expect. however, I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out that I really liked her. Her music was different than most of the music that i listen to but… Read More »

Celebrating RADAR’s 2nd Anniversary

So yesterday I went down to Under The Bridge to celebrate RADAR’s 2nd Anniversary. ILUVLIVE, Musicweek and Musicconnex put together a great line up from two time Grammy Award winning Timothy Bloom, rapper 4i, West London trio WSTRN and many more! Performing their hit single In2 and giving us an exclusive listen to their upcoming… Read More »

Final refugee to Resident Workshop

Yesterday I went to the final workshop for Refugee to Resident – a youth project exploring immigration In the form of Spoken Word. We were just finishing up our final pieces, going through them with Nick Makoha, and discussing our own experiences with immigration. Brian, the creator of the event also came along to see… Read More »

UK Music’s £500m Investment Boost

It looks like Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Coldplay and many other UK acts are set to benefit as the UK music industry is boosted by  £500m investment. In 2014, The British music industry invested nearly £500m in new music with the signing of many new artists by major labels up 30%. Allowing the number of… Read More »

MOBO Awards

The MOBO Awards was in Leeds on Wednesday night, and there were many deserving winners – Krept and Konan winning both best Hip Hop act and Best Album – as well as some excellent performances like FKA Twigs. However, our favourite part was Nadav Kander’s film. Click below to watch: http://www.lbbonline.com/news/amv-bbdo-mobo-awards-rise-up-to-break-down-barriers-stereotypes/

Illegal rave in Kennington.

On the 1st of November in Kennington a bunch of ravers were celebrating Halloween at Whitgift Street until police officers came rushing in at 6am telling people to leave the rave and stopped the event with powers under the criminal justice and public order act! With some further arrests and even a couple of injuries,… Read More »

Calvin and Makeda’s workshop

I went to one of my first workshops yesterday for Calvin and Makeda’s National Poetry Day event ‘Neon’. We had people from the likes of Paigey Cakey, Rodney P as well as the  SGS team and some young performers that will be performing at Neon on Thursday! Paigey Cakey and Rodney gave us a little sneak peek… Read More »

Daughter’s new album

The British band Daughter has announced the upcoming release of their new album ‘Not To Disappear’ and we are super excited! The album will be coming out on the 15th of January 2016 but, to keep us on the edge our seats, they’re released a single called ‘Doing The Right Thing.’ The video tackles the heartbreaking theme… Read More »

Sia to Collaborate with FKA Twigs

In some exciting news Sia has said that she is going to be collaborating with FKA Twigs. She dropped this massive bombshell in an interview with NME about her new single ‘Alive’. After Twigs covered Elastic Heart on the Radio One Live Lounge we’ve all secretly been waiting for this collar to happen, and now… Read More »

Ceremony Festival

Ceremony festival! Ceremony festival was incredible this year! It was in Finsbury Park on the 12th of September and it was amazing. Ceremony Festival is a celebration of dance music, past, present and future. Seven arenas hosted a combination of international AND home-grown artists that have played a massive part in shaping underground British culture as… Read More »

The Nova Twins at Birthdays

On Wednesday I went to see the Nova Twins at Birthdays in Dalston, and they were great! The venue was really nice with an intimate feel and a with it’s dim lighting. The venue was quite packed which was a surprise as they aren’t that well known yet. The Nova Twins introduced their own interesting… Read More »

The Aim Independent Awards 2015

The Aim Independent Awards 2015 was a great show yesterday! Had an incredible host and amazing performances! We just want to give a massive congratulations to all the winners of the Aim Awards 2015! Well done guys! We also want to give a massive congrats to the nominees, you are all outstanding artists and in… Read More »

Radkey at The Old Blue Last

Ok, so I’m not a huge rock fan, so I was understandably sceptical when arriving at the Old Blue Last to watch this up and coming rock band. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that RadKey were great. It wasn’t only the music that kept the crowd entertained, but also their nonchalant demeanour and their hilarious… Read More »

Utopia at The Roundhouse

With it’s combination of live performances and exhibitions, Utopia at the Roundhouse is both thought provoking and entertaining . We went to the event last Thursday and  came away really impressed –  particularly with the performances, which included BAFTA and MOBO winner Akala, the incredible Amy True and Jay-Z signed Awate. There was also a really cool exhibition to explore while you… Read More »

Why are nightclubs suffering?

Why are nightclubs suffering? Clubbing is the nightlife and can be the best night of your life, so why are they closing down? Nightclubs have nearly halved in the last decade, going from 3144 clubs in London to a shocking 1733! DJ’s are struggling to find work and people are losing their jobs. Are nightclubs… Read More »

23% rise of UK festival attendance

  The total attendance at UK music events reached a mindblowing 21 million in 2014! That’s a  23% increase in three years, newly released figures have revealed.

Brighton Music Conference

Smells like DJ in here I’m not joking, from the live desktop visual on the projector, the ominous bass drones from another room in the distance and a slight hum of testosterone.  Yes, I am the only girl in the room again.

Our journey through Alice’s Wonderland…

  Ever wondered what it’s like to be in a fairy-tale or to experience an imaginary land that you always wished you were a part of when you were younger?

Discovery 2 Showcase – 28/5/15

Yesterday, we head down to the Discovery 2 Showcase at 229 The Venue to check out some new upcoming talent and one act definitely impressed us! 

Women in Music – 21/04/15

The ‘Women in Music’ event was an optimistic and positive look at women in the creative industry. The panelists posed questions sent in from the audience and made a good effort to create scenarios for the young people. The overall focus was on their personal experience and journey into industry. Like in other ‘Women in… Read More »

Coachella; bigger and better?

There’s no doubt about it, America try to do just about EVERYTHING bigger and better than the UK and it sure does work in some cases (cough cough have you seen the side of their mcds meals). But when it comes to festivals, that’s one thing we have on lock here in the UK.

Art Meets Music 25/3/15

  Art & Music, two things we absolutely love under the same roof. We knew this was going to be amazing.

The coolest Independent Label Market

There’s no better place to be on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Laura Welsh @ The Renaissance Hotel

We were delighted to hear that the super talented Laura Welsh was going to be performing less then 5 minutes away from our SGS offices! We definitely couldn’t miss this.

Guess who’s coming to town…

Missed the £1 Dollar and a Dream Tour last year? That doesn’t matter now. J.Cole is back, and he’s bringing guests.

What has March got to offer?

The 2nd of March, you know what that means… Spring is well on its way! Lucky for us, there is A LOT in store over the next few weeks.

BRIT’s 2015

  So the big day has come around once again! The 35th BRITs award ceremony takes place tonight at The O2 Arena in London and there is A LOT to look forward to.

Chris Loco x Emeli Sande release brand new freestyle

  No better way to fight off those Monday Blues. Word on the street is that the UK’s very own Emeli Sande has just released a brand new freestyle and we love it…

Disclosure to collaborate with Gregory Porter

    Is this not the best news ever?!

Roundhouse Rising

  New music and industry workshops. – You better know Small Green Shoots is going to be all over this. 

Independent Venue Week

Today marks the kick-off of Independent Venue week. You know what that means right? A lot a crowded small pubs, basements and venues filled with sweaty eager fans.

Brits totally dominate 2014 UK Album Chart!

2014 was definitely one to be remembered for all the right reasons in the UK, just as the music scene proved in the official UK album chart!

Jazz Sounds of WW1

Last month saw our Expressions of War series take place – with three events around the UK, all looking to engage young people with commemorations of the 100th anniversary of World War One. In Birmingham, this saw the acclaimed pianist Trevor Watkis lead the Jazz Sounds of WW1 project, whereby a group of young musicians recreated compositions… Read More »

Raleigh Ritchie – Cuckoo

Raleigh Ritchie is very well admired by the SGS team and his new track is “Cuckoo” is something worth getting excited about. Snappy and memorable with a thumping back beat before the jazzy snare fill kicks in, and enter Little Simz who adds even more character to the already divergent single. Produced by Stefan Ponce… Read More »

Blackjack LDN – Glass & Cry Baby Cry

Last night I made my way to the small quirky venue nestled off Great Portland Street to attend a gig put on by our close friends; Blackjack London. I was already made up by the décor of red balloons and white tinsel hung all around the room, who I later found out was none other… Read More »

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