As if there weren’t enough reasons to get excited about June, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is making it extra-special by launching Sounds Like London, a celebration of live music in the city. Throughout the month you’ll find gigs, events and a whole host of workshops aiming to get Londoners involved in the grassroots music scene. As part of the wider #behindeverygreatcity campaign they will also be shining a light on women in music, celebrating inspiring figures, addressing the issue of gender inequality in the industry and supporting women in discovering new skills.
We’re real excited to have London’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé, taking over our stereo, and giving us her top pick of artists to look out for across this electrifying month.
It should come as no surprise that Mabel was destined to follow in the footsteps of her music royalty parents, Neneh Cherry and Cameron McVey. Mabel has spent the past few years paving her way to international stardom on her own terms. As known for her collaborations as her solo work, Mabel recently released a track with acclaimed acts Raye and Stefflon Don. Look out for Mabel as part of Apple’s June series in partnership with Sounds Like London.
Jade Bird has been making waves across the globe. She’s gone from playing the capital’s grassroots venues to critically acclaimed showcase gigs at SXSW earlier this year. And now she’ll be the first artist to playing the North Tower in the iconic Tower Bridge as part of our Airbnb series.
BBC Music Introducing
Tiana Major9 is breathing some fresh life into the UK R&B soul scene. Her part spoken-word alternative jazz vibes are the perfect soundtrack to summer and can’t fail to make you smile. Catch Tiana at BBC Music Introducing showcase at The Lexington alongside breakthrough acts Kara Marni and Olivia Nelson.
Girls of Grime
Grime music is synonymous with London. While male artists dominate the headlines, there’s a wealth of female talent who are taking the capital by storm. 17 June sees Girls of Grime host a Female Takeover in Dalston. The Grime Violinist brings an amazing infectious energy by weaving classical into grime.
You can attend a gig every night of Sounds Like London in the capital’s grassroots music venues. Amazing talent will be representing the best of London. My pick of the crop is Big Joanie – a female trio who describe themselves as black feminist sistah punk. Check them out.