The Big Music Project 2016


Hackney’s young musical talent will come together on 11 March for the Big Music Project 2016, a free, live-streamed and interactive event.

Taking place at Hoxton Hall from 7pm, and hosted by Afrobeat rapper Timbo STP and singer-songwriter Linda Adesanya, the Big Music Project will showcase Hackney’s young singers, rappers and instrumentalists, alongside seasoned performers.

Part of the Discover Young Hackney Festival of arts events and activities for the borough’s 13 to 19 year olds, the event will be streamed via the digital channels Hackney Live and YouTube, offering viewers the chance to put their questions to the acts and influence what happens on the night. A panel of young people will be offering feedback to the acts while putting them through their paces with questions from social media viewers using the hashtags #BigMusic and #HackneyLive.

In preparation for the show, young people from Hackney have been coached in their performance skills, while others have gained training on how to promote their music via social media. The Hackney Live production team also features young people who have gained technical back stage experience.

Performers on the night include:

  • Frenzy – a rising 22-year-old MC who is gaining attention with the single ‘Follow Fashion’ while also collaborating with musicians from around the world.
  • Alexia Fernandes – 16-years-old Alexia finished second in this year’s Alter Ego contest.
  • Katie Wilson – a 15-year-old singer who made the final of Alter Ego 2016.
  • Clarissa – 20-years-old and the kind of artist that anyone can relate to, making music everyone can find comfort in.
  • Josh Tenor – the 16-year-old soulful singer songwriter returns as a special guest.
  • Terror Troy – part of the Hoxton Hall Youth Arts programme, Troy’s act blends dark atmospheric production with almost-operatic vocals.
  • SNE – 22- years-old, blending Jamaican roots with strong grime influences.
  • Nia John – a 15-year-old rapper who goes by the name of X.NY.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
This event is giving fantastic local young artists the opportunity to showcase their talents while also helping to inspire other budding performers looking to get into the music and entertainment industries. This is great opportunity for all young Hackney residents to tune in for an evening of fantastic live music as part of the Discover Young Hackney Festival 2016.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
Timbo STP
The positive outlook of this project is incredible! I'm always looking to show support to those around me that feel like there talent is going unnoticed. So when Hackney asked me to be involved, it was a definite YES!
Timbo STP

The live show begins at 7pm on Friday 11 March. There will also be a recorded show of other talented acts available on-demand.

On Saturday 12 March, The Big Music Project Live also makes the London stop of its nationwide tour by visiting BL-NK in Hackney's Curtain Road. The free event is run by two of the biggest names in the UK’s music industry - Globe’s Capital and BPI – and is packed with workshops from first class industry professionals designed to developing skills and industry awareness.

You can find out what happened in 2015 – the first time The Big Music Project visited Hackney – on the Hackney Live website: hackneylive.co.uk/shows/thebigmusicproject

Use #BigMusic #HackneyLive on Twitter and for more information, visit: hackneylive.co.uk , thebigmusicproject.co.uk and www.younghackney.org

The London stop of the nationwide Big Music Project Live tour is happening at BL-NK from 11am – 5pm on 12 March. For more information visit: www.thebigmusicproject.co.uk