Festival2Funky wasa massive celebration of urban music, on Saturday 25 May 2013. Taking place across four venues on Leicester’s Braunstone Gate, this free festival encompassed a variety of urban styles and exciting, high profile live performances, alongside open mic opportunities, masterclasses, DJ sets and an after-party. Events were hosted by Toucan, Vinnie Spice, The Music Café and Sumo. Daytime at The Music Café was targeted at young people and their families, and evening events engaged young professionals and older music fans at other venues.
Thankfully, the sun shone on us in the daytime, with a fantastic, chilled out, family festival vibe at The Music Café. In the evening,the atmosphere was electric across all venues. Overall highlights included:
-An open mic at The Music Café, with MC Emro taking theFirst Prize trophy and title, competing against a variety of great acts of allages and genres
-Tuned On panel seminar- ‘WomenIn The Music Industry,’ featuring guest panellists Melody Kane (SBTV official tour DJ), singer Shezar and Shejay1E DJ.
- DJ Glamour & NxLevel’s LC Takeover, with some of Leicester’sbest MC’s taking over the stage in a great showcase.
- SBTV’s official tour DJ Melody Kane Presents FemaleTakeover, featuring all the ladies from our panel. Also featuring Lady Lykez,taking it up a notch with some explosive performances, and DJ’s dropping tunes.
-DJ Kenny Ken and DJ SS at Toucan. The two played to a jam-packed, ecstatic audience in true 2Funky style.
-Great performances at Sumo, including solo performances and groups. In addition to funk and soul collective band headlining, this night covered all sorts of live genres from jazz to Irish folk.
-Vinnie Spice featured some great ‘ol’ skool flavas’, with fantastic live performances including Terri Walker and TEN
-The Music Café was busy until 4am, and no one wanted to go home! After the workshops and open mic, dub reggae outfit Reality Souljahs pulled an allnighter.
- Commissioned acts: Singer-songwriter Ten, saxophonist Marcus Joseph and MC Michael ‘Sly’Simpson
Director Vijay Mistry commented: “The festival had great audiences, artists and atmosphere, and one of the most diverse events people said they had seen in Leicester in a while. We’re hoping to make this an annual event!”
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Also supported by Leicester City Council.
OfficialPartners - LCMP, HQ, Nxlevel, Vocal Tech, BME Records, Excluded, MainstreamPartnership, Counteraction, Unod, FD2D, Seed Creativity, Takeover Radio, OutThere, DNA and Radio2Funky.
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