::WRITER’S BLOCK BBQ! 12TH AUG 2012::

July 27, 2012

It’s ‘summer’, at least in theory, so what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than feasting over freshly prepared BBQ food on the Hoxton rooftop of The Macbeth + drinks, good music & beautiful people. Afternoon indulgence will be followed by a serene selection of live music and poetry talent on the main stage of the venue. See below for the full scoop. Our soiree shares the same date with the Olympics Closing Ceremony, but fret not, we’ll be done 2 hours prior to that, leaving plenty of time to Usain Bolt to the nearest TV.

Limited early bird tickets available here: : http://www.wegottickets.com/event/175313 or on the door, via individual artist guest lists.

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►JAY NORTON
This month’s show will be Headlined by Jay Norton, who you may have seen giving a spine-tingling rendition of Aloe Blacc’s ‘I Need A dollar’ on BBC 1’s top talent show The Voice. Liverpudlian Jay has also been seen on SBTV.co.uk, racking up tens and thousands of video views for his Acoustic 64 sessions, covers and original material across YouTube.http://www.youtube.com/JAYNORTON13

► KERSHA BAILEY
Coined as the ‘future queen’ of UK Soul/Jazz, Kersha Bailey is hailed as ‘a major new talent’ by the specialist music press and ‘one to watch in 2012’. She has been featured in Time Out, RWD Magazine, Radio 1, 1Xtra, NME online, and was shortlisted as one of top 7 UK artists who should be shortlisted for MTV Brand New for 2012. Kersha Bailey’s aim is to hone her art, to have international success and for her music to reach a wide audience – to touch those who fans of REAL MUSIC. She is also playing Hackney Weekend. http://youtube.com/kershabailey

►MISPHITS
Indie-hip hop pair Misphits are an exciting new addition to our line up! Quintessentially London, the dynamic duo have been famed for their enthralling live performances on the Underground, Central Line. Having just completed a sold out event at Ronnie Scott’s, their Writer’s Block performance comes ahead of their highly anticipated debut single. http://twitter.com/Misphits

►DESTA HAILE
English-Eritrean singer songwriter born in Bangkok, Desta has travelled through, lived in, studied or worked in over 50 countries. As backing vocalist for artists like Joe Bataan, Finley Quaye, Baloji, Zap Mama, and Michael Bublé and as lead singer with her own multicultural soul & funk band “The Elements”, she has collaborated with a colourful spectrum of people. http://destahaile.com/

Limited £6 Advanced Tickets:: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/175313

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Writer’s Block BBQ Show
12th August 2012
The Macbeth
70 Hoxton Street
London N1 6LP

Food from 3pm.

► BBQ will include::: Jerk Chicken (Halal), Beef Burgers, Vegetarian Burgers, Corn on the Cob, an extensive selection of salads (Coleslaw, green and potato), plus homemade cupcakes and deserts.


:: See :: Oct & Nov.

October 18, 2010

THEATRE

Fela! Musical:: 6th November- 4th December 2010

Having seen this on Broadway in New York this summer, I can’t recommend Fela! enough. Highly entertaining and a befitting show for an absolute cultural legend.  Tickets via The National Theatre

LIVE MUSIC

Allaboutgoodmusic Live:: 24th October
Manchester based outlet Allaboutgoodmusic  are set to have a cracking live show on 24 September featuring Shakka, G.R.E.E.D.S, The Remedies and more. To get in the mood, they’ve rustled up a Promo mix, put together by Agent J(Groovement):
http://soundcloud.com/allaboutgoodmusic/allaboutgoodmusic-live-promo-mix | http://www.divshare.com/download/12832022-04a

EXHIBITION

Hendrix in Britain Exhibition:: Until 7th Nov

Taking place @ The Handel House Museum, this exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the god-like guitarist and singer songwriter Jimi Hendrix. The focus is on the last four yeas of his life, which Hendrix spent as a London resident. Looking forward to checking this out soon.

WORDS

Poetry International 2010:: 30th October – 7th November.

Celebrated poets from around the globe respond to the theme of imagining peace and bring us their perspectives on a changing world, with Palestine and the Middle East as a central focus.  Nine days of readings, performance and ideas, as poets from 29 countries take to the stage. Visit The Southbank Centre site for more info.

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Those are just a few top picks for the next month, not forgetting our own live show on Wednesday 17th November (more info soon). For a definitive list of London events with a music focus go here.


.::Creators Project::.

July 19, 2010

On Saturday 17th July, 2010, central London was ablaze with a flurry of art enthusiasts ready to sample the first UK installment of the Creators Project. The initiative is self termed as a “new network dedicated to the celebration of creativity and culture across media, and around the world. At a time in the history of the arts where digital technologies have revolutionized distribution, democratized access, and completely re-imagined the scope and scale with which an artist can create a vision and reach an audience, The Creators Project is a completely new kind of arts and culture channel for a completely new kind of world.”

Established just this year, The Creator’s Project has already seen a successful run in New York City in June, and will undoubtedly keep doing the rounds across the world’s artistic epicenters.  Saturday’s event was special, really special. Victoria House in Bloomsbury was transported into Creation HQ, clinical white walls, indigo mood lighting and sections dedicated to instillations, interactive exhibitions and short films that were each embracive of all things digital and new media. From coupling street wear with augmented reality (Casette Playa clothing demonstration) through to 3D augmented reality participation illustrations, movement and colour reliant light installations and dance/photo booths.

This, in tandem with a curious, young artistic crowd made for a great day segment of the event. The highlight of this had to be the screening of Spike Jonze short film ‘I’m Here’. A stunning, harrowing piece of hyper real fiction. It’s befitting that it’s called the Creators as opposed to Creatives Project. It’s the doers. The enablers and in that spirit of interaction, that allows attendees to have a real sense of contribution, and it’s a wonderfully unique way of celebrating art.

When night fell, and the volume around the free bars invariably began to swell, the Creators Project took to more musical focuses. With a master class by Boy Better Know veteran MC Jammer and a pop panel who created a song in 58 minutes,  a SICK Grime set by Mumdance and a line up of DJs playing everything from Ghettotech to Hip Hop .

Most of the live performances took place within the Bloomsbury Ballroom with Mark Ronson and band ‘Business Intl’ headlining. They gave a ferociously energetic performance and later Bloc Party front man Kele Okereke- after some technical hitches- rocked the crowd right with both solo and old Bloc Party jams. At one point he proclaimed that after a long day, he felt like a Ghost,
“so excuse me if I disappear”.  There wasn’t a chance of that. The crowd, fully invested in that giddy glee that a free bar brings, wouldn’t let him let up and things pretty much turned into a full on rave. Hands out stretched, drenched tees and jumping Jacks. It was a-mazing. And a great culmination to an event that really did tick every box.

Let’s hope the Creators Project will return next year for more of the same, please.

For more information visit the Creators Project website.


::You Must Be My…::

July 13, 2010

This is Bilal

This where Bilal will perform TOMORROW. 14th July, 2010.


It’s enough to make a grown woman cry.


WRITER’S BLOCK FEAT. JESSE BOYKNS III – 14.04.10

March 16, 2010

Writer’s Block presents: Jesse Boykins III (real name, no gimmicks).

Performing for the first time in the UK, and hailing from Brooklyn New York, Jesse (accompanied by a full live band) will have the crowd swooning with tunes from his two delicious albums;

Dopamine

The Beauty Created

No one has more swoon-worthy finesse than Jesse Boykins III. With his breathy intonations, boyish hustle and collaborations with artists like Melo-X and Theophilus London; he’s making noise in a soul music scene aching for something classic and new. In an age where vocals course through vocoders and double-clicks rule the DJ booth, Boykin’s New School-bred production and arrangement skills are both novel and necessary. His second album The Beauty Created is awash in richly textured instrumentation and driven by Jesse’s lyrical adoration of a woman’s quirks.

April 14th marks Writer’s Block’s 2nd Birthday celebrations and a rare chance to witness Jesse, plus a host of talented acts from the world of music and poetry Live at Cargo, Shoreditch. After the show, it’s the after party, led by mighty Hip Hop connoisseur DJ Snips (Doctor’s Orders).

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Get your advanced tickets now before they sell out ——>

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• • •Supa dupa Support Acts• • •

Inua Ellams of P.I.P (Poetry Inbetween People)

Impassioned. There’s no better way to describe Inua. So whether he’s spitting ticklish tales of childhood misdemeanors or offering rhyming couplets about love lost over Converse all-stars, know that he will deliver…passionately. Spoken Wordist, Writer, Graphic Designer & Nomadic journeyer. Inua is fresh off his sell out story-telling stage show ‘The 14th Tale’ performed at the National Theatre.


Deanna Roger

UK poetry slam champion, seasoned spoken word performer, poetry workshop student turned facilitator, original, delectable Deanna.
“Her poems take listeners on a journey, much of the time, they don’t realise that they are on; meaning is disguised through specific words used, semantic fields and imagery- so listen carefully. She speaks HER truth no one elses”


Kersha Bailey

Soul sensation, Kersha Bailey has developed a three octave vocal range with a soulful, colourful style. Her influences are diverse and include Coldplay, George Benson, Outkast, Foo Fighters,. Kersha’s sweet voice and notable song writing talents have taken her to performances such as the legendary London Jazz Café, Ronnie Scotts, Rise Festival, The Royal Albert Hall and for MPs in Covent Garden. She had the whole audience mesmerized at her last Writer’s Block Performance, captivating!


The Illersapiens

A 7 piece hip hop collective including live instrumentalists, rapper, and vocalist. Pure infectious vibes.
Growing up in South London, the Illersapiens style has evolved from a colourful hybrid of music from Reggae to Broken beat, drawing inspiration from Hip Hop acts such as A Tribe called quest, MF Doom, Wu Tang Clan, The Roots, J Dilla, Flying Lotus and Madlib. British artists such as Roots Manuva, Jehst, London Posse, Klashnekoff and Steel Pulse are also heavily influential.

PoetiCat

The atmospheric and candid PoetiCat band will be gracing the Writer’s Block. The sound they bring, nick-named ‘folk n word’, will in no doubt bring extra spice to the night. PoetiCat’s are famed for their honest, thought-provoking, and comic take on urban life in London.

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Get your advanced tickets now before they sell out ——>

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::In case you didn’t know!

October 8, 2009

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Catch what poetry events are going on in and around London today here

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