City Showcase: London, the live music festival dedicated to new music, will take place in Soho and Central London between 9th-13th October. Since 2003, the growing list of alumni who’ve performed their first live gigs on a City Showcase stage include Amy Winehouse, Keane, Gabriella Cilmi, Razorlight, Laura Marling, Ray LaMontagne, Newton Faulkner, and Hot Chip, and to mark its 10th anniversary year in style, the event will be hosting its biggest ever line-up of breaking acts at venues across London.
Following the hugely successful Soho Flea Market event on Dean Street in May, City Showcase has secured an outdoor stage on Heddon Street, where Tibits will also host the City Showcase hub comprising a media and bloggers’ lounge, photography exhibition, film screenings and more. Alongside traditional live venues such as the 100 Club, The Borderline, Bar Rumba, The Phoenix, Pizza Express Jazz Club and the Purple Turtle, retail outlets such as the Apple Store, Ugg, Coast, Ted Baker, Brooks Brothers, Kirk Originals and 7 For All Mankind on Regent Street will be involved.
Artists confirmed for City Showcase: London include Ash Graham (winner of City Showcase: New Zealand 2012), Mark Morriss (of The Bluetones), hotly tipped Lillian Todd Jones, Daniela Brooker, Josephine, Yellowwire, Magazine Gap, Big Cloud Kid, Fractures, Pink Cigar, Rev78, Floodliners, Shanel Brown, Robert Vincent and many more. The opening party will be held at The Bedford in Soho on Tuesday 9th October. The closing party will take place at the Amersham Arms in Lewisham (for those aged 14 years old and over).
City Showcase covers all musical genres and supports creatives across all disciplines, and this year the festival will feature an electronic music programme at venues such as 93 Feet East and Café 1001. In addition, there will be screenings of works by new filmmakers and new photographic exhibitions. Complementing the real world creative experience set to take over London’s iconic Soho, City Showcase London 2012 will have a strong digital element with displays of new digital technologies at Inamo on Wardour Street and other West End locations. For more info, check out: www.cityshowcase.co.uk.