Fri 4 Dec 2015, 7pm

Ticket Info

£25 plus booking fee*

*£3 booking fee per online transaction, £4 by phone. No fee when tickets are booked in person. Go to the Barbican ticket site via the book tickets link for more information on booking fees.

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Oval Space, London E2 9DT

Making Music Against The Odds

In these days of deficit and disparity the challenges facing young people from ordinary backgrounds possessed with a burning passion to build a career out of creativity are often daunting. Join us for an evening of music that brings together established and emerging artists who have all managed to succeed despite coming up against such overwhelming odds.

Electronic duo Darkstar paint a bleak yet hopeful image of the future, performing music from their new album Foam Island (Warp) . Taking a snapshot of the social and political climate in Northern England, the album sets samples of interviews with young people from Huddersfield against glittering, floating electronic pop, music that channels the people and emotions they encountered.

Richard Dawson is a dark and distinctive troubadour – writing songs about people and working class life. Influenced by traditional British Folk singing, he often performs a cappella, delivering a powerfully raw performance – almost blue in the face at the end of each song. His own songs are darkly comical – jangly guitars scratch strange rhythms, whilst layered vocals are at times aggressive, at others gentle and sensitive.

Mixing indie-pop melodies with glitching electronics, singer-songwriter Sivu creates a new kind of DIY pop – weaving tales of finding magic in the mundane. Compared to the likes of Alt-J, Gotye and Wild Beasts, he possesses an almost-operatic voice and layers an impressive array of instruments on his records.

Sitting somewhere between Americana and Folk with thick, soulful vocals, Holly Macve’s first recording ‘The Corner of My Mind’ sounds like a polished 60s ballad, despite having been recorded on Garageband in her bedroom. Plucked from seeming obscurity earlier this year at a basement venue in Brighton, she was swiftly added to Bella Union Records’s roster.

Andy Fearn from 21st century punk band Sleaford Mods brings the evening to bouncing climax with a seldom seen DJ set.

Afrikan Boy, makes music that totally reflects his life experience, fusing the sounds of grime of his south-east London manor with the classic sound of the Nigeria of his parents. Before he was even 25 he had tours with MIA, contributions to music by DJ shadow, and involvement in the Afrika Express project to his name, building to him releasing his debut LP The ABCD on his own label in August 2014.

East-London MC SNE (Sound Never Ends) has been making waves in the capital with his distinctive sound – a blend of his Jamaican roots with UK grime influences, delivering witty lines and intricate word play that shows off his vocal range and ability.