Four bespoke Brummie anthems to be created at Selfridges Birmingham
Soweto Kinch, Birmingham’s award-winning alto-saxophonist and MC, will be among the artists coming together to create new music in just five hours as part of Selfridges Birmingham Live + Loud festival this month (September).
The annual celebration, which this marks city’s diverse and vibrant contribution to music, is a ten-day spectacular launching on September 22 that will see a host of exciting events taking place throughout the store.
Sam Watts, general manager, said: “We are very excited by the breadth of activities we’ve organised for this year’s Live + Loud event. From showcasing emerging musical talent to welcoming already established and globally known artists, there is something for everyone, every day.
“Birmingham has a long, rich and diverse musical heritage and has produced some of the world’s most recognised names in pop and rock, so it feels absolutely right to celebrate the creative talent of the city.”
The Collab Sessions are innovative and exciting meetings of minds, which will see two artists from different genres working together to create a new track – live on stage.
There will be four collaborations – on September 23, 24, 30 and October 1 – and the artists will be challenged to fuse their sounds over five hours on the Selfridges Band Stand and eventually perform their new track live at 4pm.
Kinch, who has won two MOBO awards and two BBC Jazz Awards, and is also renowned as a hip hop MC and producer, will be in store on September 24, where he will join world music percussionist Jon Sterkx to create a truly unique track as part of the Collab Sessions.
“I’m really excited to be playing in my home city, and working in this new and exciting way in a collaboration – but most of all I love the idea of art disrupting people’s otherwise mundane shopping experiences with creativity – I can’t wait to catch shoppers off guard,” said Kinch.
Opening the Collab sessions on September 23 is Birmingham’s TrueMendous, who combines storytelling and poetry with hip hop, R&B, neo soul, funk and boom bap. She will be working with another local rising star, jazz artist Xhosa Cole.
Urban grime MC Dapz on the Map will be creating music with fellow Brummies Lobster, a six-piece reggae and hip-hop influenced punk band on September 30, while the final Collab session on October 1 will bring together hip hop artist Lady Sanity and Gabbidon, the last creation of Basil Gabbidon, founder of Steel Pulse, whose eclectic music is a heady mix of roots, rock and reggae.
Live + Loud, which coincides with the Birmingham Weekender, the free bi-annual arts festival, will also see 20 bands from across the city taking to the stage on a specially created breakout band stand on the first level food hall.
Other events include Selfridges joining forces with SB.TV, whose YouTube channel has 10 million subscribers, to create 0121, an art installation/pop-up radio studio on level 2. The live broadcasts between September 23 and 30 will be complete with artist appearances, performance space and conversation areas.
Spectators will be encouraged to play their role in the thrilling spectacular Clash of Drums – which will see Les Commandos Percu perform Les Interventions Mobile. Spectators will be positively encouraged to participate!
The drummers will meet at the store entrance on level 1 and will snake their way through the store on the evening of Friday, September 22, as they perform their unique not-to-be-missed drum battle. This explosive set culminates in a pyrotechnic finale on the terrace. The complementary event will be an interactive experience, where spectators will be positively encouraged to participate!
In conjunction with Town Hall and Symphony Hall (THSH), four-piece brass band Bostin Brass will be staging pop-up performances throughout the store. Be prepared for a surprise, though. The band could turn up anywhere – from the car park to the shop floor – when they go in store on September 22 and 24.
Live + Loud takes place in store from September 22 until October 1. Other events include Birmingham Does Bhangra – a celebration of the city’s contribution to the Punjabi music and art genre, on September 24. On September 29, Selfridges welcomes Birmingham’s own Mike Skinner, formerly of The Streets, who will bring his DJ act Tonga to the store in conjunction with True Religion.
For further information on Live + Loud and ticketed events, http://www.selfridges.com/GB/