Lambeth Live Explosion @ Pop Brixton 25th June 2016
Lambeth Live Explosion (LLE) is a bi- annual performance platform for young musicians and DJs aged 11-18 which started in 2010. The event is organised by the Lambeth Music Service in collaboration with local music venues and festivals including The Half Moon, The White Lion, Oval House, Lambeth Country Show and Southbank Centre. The event on 25th June at Pop Brixton marked a new direction for LLE with a special focus on celebrating the wealth of music being made by young people who work with organisations in the Lambeth Music Network. The Lambeth Music Network (LMN) hub was set up in 2012 and is a platform where organisations working in all areas of music making can meet, share resources and collaborate on projects. The concert featured live classical performances by hub partners London Music Masters, In Harmony Lambeth, School Ground Sounds, Raw Material, Brixton Wings, Youthsayers and Grooveschool, plus acts from The Norwood School, Dunraven School and the Lambeth Music Centre. Also on the bill were Jazz fusion group “Triforce”, a bunch of young musicians from Lambeth who are studying jazz at Middlesex University and astonished the crowd with their technical mastery.The concert showcased the diversity of music making in the borough highlighting that whether classical, jazz, hip hop, pop, afrobeat or reggae, music can be shared and enjoyed by all regardless of taste or background. Many of the young musicians have at some point played in two or more of the different groups and it was inspiring to see a burgeoning and highly supportive peer network emerging throughout the day.
Whatever the style of each performance every one of the eleven acts received great applause and encouragement from a very appreciative and busy audience. The show was compered by a year 13 student form The Norwood School who did an excellent job introducing the acts and there was a special celebrity moment when Lara Lee runner up on The Voice and long-time supporter of youth music dropped in and sang for the crowd.
If that wasn’t enough we were also delighted to continue the musical celebrations into the night with an after party featuring the fantastic DJ selection of TwoTone founder, ex Special and local hero Jerry Dammers.
This was certainly a day to remember for young music makers in Lambeth and a real treat for everyone who attended.
Lambeth Live Explosion will be returning in December 2016 venue TBC.