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City Showcase Rocklands
Category : Music
Article Post Date: Thursday 08.04.2010

6th-8th May South East X & The West End; www.cityshowcase.co.uk for  free / discount for wristbands. Creative involvement positively encouraged.

City Showcase Rocklands announce the first artists confirmed for events 6th-8th May 2010. Hosted by the Music Tourist Board (not for profit collective of performers and creatives) in Rocklands (south of Docklands) and beyond. Their music and live sets are attracting interest, critical acclaim and a. This is festival of the Art Beat movement’s word of mouth and net favourites.

Alphabetically; Anita Maj, Ceri James, Cojak, Conil, DJ Dex Lutha, Edit/Select, The Futuristic, Glitches, Man Like Me, MC Rhymes, Model Society, Monsters In The Attic, Nacional, Officer Kicks, Panama Kings, Polysix, Rhiannon The Nightmare, Robot Disaster, Shiva, Stereo Decade, Ten City Nation and Valve Control at 229 Great Portland Street W1, Albany Cafe, Deptford SE8, The Bunker, Deptford SE8, Dirty South, Lewisham SE13, Fox & Firkin, Lewisham SE13, New Cross Inn, SE14, The Old Police Station, New Cross SE14 and a workshop – Like Punk Happened - at The Apple Store, Regent Street W1, mid day on Saturday 8th. Speakers include Eddy Lawrence (Time Out Magazine Music Editor) and Denis Fernando (Red Cable Sunday) plus visuals/networking.

More venues, live music, art, comedy and ideas to be announced. Free and discount entry to all these events is via a City Showcase wristband or tickets on the door subject to availability.

City Showcase Rocklands sees participating venues, along with major retail outlets, coming together to promote this massive music and arts festival.

Events are on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th May 2010, with a vote for the favourite performances to play the City Showcase main stage event on Saturday 8th May at the British Music Experience, a permanent, high-tech, interactive music museum housed at The O2 which will host a day of music and dance.

Recognised by Time Out, who called it “the capital’s new capital of underground arts, culture and getting on down”, and recently the New York Times, who praised the creativity that has inspired a community, South East London is enjoying a boom in socially inclusive, diverse and art powered ideas.

Music Tourist Board has a proven record of booking, tipping and industry/media/grass roots connecting (often very early days) and a sharp ear.

Artists like Bloc Party, Hatcham Social, My Passion, Bleech, King Of Conspiracy and Chew Lips.  Events like RAR! club/Rocklands Party, Artful Festival (Tinie Tempah, Ebony Bones, Howard Marks, Pendulum, Lightspeed Champion, Julien Temple, Bashy etc). All woven into the growing “Costa del Thames” tale.

The bottom line is positivity for the community of South East London through the economic potential of the entertainment and exhibition industry.

Recently a youth-led music industry (including Arts Edutainment, Future Fusion and The Young Mayor Of Lewisham) has united via RAR!. club at The Albany which is presented by Tristan (Deptford Army), Caffy (Music Tourist Board) and Sam (Ministry Of Sound). The 14+ audience have also had photography and  film making from the events exhibited and screened.

Local visual artists, ideas and arts based industries have made the borough of Lewisham the official location on the entire planet of the most creativity per square foot. Even the local housing estates have their own festivals. The locality is simultaneously pretty and gritty with a local motto “You can’t kill the spirit”.

Another case of City Showcase forward thinking.

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