#SchoolMe: Industry Takeover Live Music Showcase – Artist Rundown

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As we get ready to wrap up our #IndustryTakeover schooling series, we give you a quick recap on all of those that graced the stage on Saturday with their musical talents…

As #IndustryTakeover demonstrated on Saturday, when there’s a boatload of musical greatness on offer and all going on at the same time too, difficult decisions need to be made. For many of us this meant having to choose between either enjoying top industry insider talks with our special guest speakers or enjoying top musical talent from our live music line-up.

So, for those who were busy immersing themselves in A-list advice throughout the day and missed out, we give you a quick recap on the amazing acts that took to the stage and treated us to their musical talents!

First to grace the stage for our emerging artist showcase was UK singer-songwriter Etta Bond! Bringing in some #CoolUrbanNewTalent to the day’s festivities, the talented songstress performed a few of our faves including Feels Like (which has been lifted off of her latest EP) along with her brand new MNEK-produced single 18 which is currently available on SoundCloud.

Next in line to takeover was UK rapper and Island Records signee Nick Brewer! A welcome addition to the roster of talent to be featured at #IndustryTakeover and a personal favorite of mine, the promising young artist pulled off yet another effortless performance as he’s been busy doing lately (touring alongside Logic an all), treating us to some of his finest tunes which included Jet Li and his Shakka-assisted single with I’m A Pro. He’s also been confirmed to make an appearance at Wireless Fest this year so if you missed him doing his thing on Sat, now’s your chance to make things right. 

Now if ever there was a perfect example as to why events like #IndustryTakeover are so important for the discovery of emerging new talent, it would be Jessica Wilde. The girl’s got a gorgeous set of vocals on her and although her performance was way, way too short for my liking, it was beautiful nonetheless.

Spreading some more beauty across the stage was newcomer Gracey. Now there’s not much we know about this one except that she sings, she writes, and she’s pretty damn good at it. Let’s hope we get to hear more from her in the coming months!

Another pleasant surprise came in the form of a fierce rap performance from music artist Conrad Kira followed by Wolverhampton rapper Reload whose live set seemed to go down very well with the audience – myself included. If you haven’t checked out his music yet, he’s currently been enjoying the release of his debut mixtape Creative Non Fiction and you can do the same by grabbing yourself a copy here.

A performance I was particularly looking forward to seeing came courtesy of experimental music duo Navan and let me tell you they did not disappoint. After impressing us alongside UK wordsmith Professor Green with their entry into last year’s competition and bagging themselves a runner up spot we just had to invite them down to perform. Stay tuned for further appearances and new music which is set to be in the works from the talented twosome.

Dropping some essential soul and R&B into the mix was competition winner Tilly Bushay. After taking the industry vote, Tilly landed herself a well-deserved spot on the emerging artist stage and shared a very special performance of her track Baby Bomb. Just when you think a song couldn’t get any better, she went and made that happen…

And of course by public demand we had R&B artist Dretonio take to the stage! Clearly a natural born performer who knows how to get the crowd pumped, we got to enjoy a very smooth performance of his winning entry into the competition with Sky Rocket, a track that was lifted from his forthcoming debut studio album Dretonio By Design, so be sure to stay tuned for that one.

Stepping up to the stage for the showcase finale was Miss Aina More who treated us to some spoken word artistry along with a couple of tracks off of her forthcoming EP, FPWSAS (For People With Short Attention Spans), and just as predicted, bringing fire to the stage with her performance and doing it like Nobody Can was ferocious emcee Lady Lykez.

British girl group flavor courtesy of IV Rox and their heavenly harmonies followed shortly after before calling on the only man for the job grime artist Ghetts to close the show.

A huge thank you to all of our amazing acts who graced the stage at #IndustryTakeover this year and to everyone who came down to the event. Stay tuned for the videos to follow shortly and remember to keep it locked on all things Urban Development in the meantime!

WORDS: Leyla Ava [@ava_leyla]