Back for a glorious ninth year, Roundhouse Rising returns to Camden this February with an astonishing assortment of up-and- coming talent, established stars and a wealth of panels and workshops that will provide an invaluable insight into the industry. The music programme is headlined by our absolute favourite, and former LiS cover star Little Simz, who’ll be presenting a sequel to last year’s Welcome To Wonderland show. You’ll also find Soundclash hosting four UK collectives competing to be Rising Soundclash Champions 2018, a sweet jazz and hip-hop night care of Jazz Re:freshed and, well, too much to list. To help us out Roundhouse Rising here talk five artists and tracks that are sure to rule the festival.
LITTLE SIMZ – OUR CONVERSATIONS
The North London native that needs no introduction, Little Simz is at the top of her game. A locally loved global star, her Welcome to Wonderland Part II full day takeover is a showcase of some of her most revered artists of the moment plus her most local creatives. Bigging up rising stars Junglepussy, IAMNOBODI and many more, she’s not one shy of a collab. Arguably done best here with BADBADNOTGOOD.
AWATE – GEMS
Camden-raised Awate has been honing his craft since he was just 12, going on to carve out his name at iconic hiphop spot Deal Real. An unsung hero, his accolades are many – touring with Ghetts and the mighty Blackstar (Mos Def & Talib Kweli). We love ‘Gems’, taking elements of music from across the globe, home truths flow behind bars narrating his journey from Camden and beyond so far.
TRIFORCE – ELIJAH’S REMEDY
Triforce are a force to be reckoned with, another group of insanely talented young musicians pushing the boundaries of the London jazz scene to new levels. Fusing funk laced bass, jazz percussion and retro guitar chords, they’ve carved out a beautiful sound, powerful enough to transport listeners into a whole new realm. Very excited for this crew to be joined by Ayo Salawu and Fred Fredas with the mighty Jazz Re:freshed.
MVNGO AND LASHES – STOOSH
Mvngo and Lashes are a dream duo from East London, blessed with serious talent and inimitable attitude. ‘Stoosh’ showcases these ladies wicked talent for storytelling with velvet vocals. Served up live with a hefty dose of signature sass, their Roundhouse Rising performance is hotly tipped by those in the know.
BLAIR DUNLOP – KILLING TIME
Blair Dunlop first made waves as a young’un in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, playing a young Willy Wonka. Fast forward and he’s carved out a name for him as an incredible musician playing dreamy folk and moving blues like this track ‘Killing Time’ with Larkin Poe.