I was planning on going to Monday's show with Bashy up until about midday on Monday when I decided to go up to Birmingham a day early instead. Pissed I missed out because ILuvLive is always SICK, but Bashy's going to be on Fresh Cuts very soon. Albeit not with a full live band. Anyway, enough rambling - read about the exciting new development that is ILuvLive Uncut.
ILUVLIVE UNCUT - THE SUMMER SESSIONS
Due to popular demand ILUVLIVE goes weekly for a series of summers sessions at Bar Rumba launching on Monday 29th June 2009.
OPEN MIC FEVER
One of the most popular parts of the event has always been the 60-second open mic with slots often filling up within five minutes of doors. With this and the daily clamour of ‘when can I get a slot? in mind, the weekly shows will turn the first half of the event over entirely to open mic'ers . From this three acts will be selected to perform in the second half, either with their own or the house band. The night will finish with a pre booked act.
Ras Kwame, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra's homegrown expert will be master of ceremonies, so if you want your track to be heard by the man himself this is the only place to make sure it happens! Plus as always at ILUVLIVE expect a lot of music industry attendance, so if you're an act looking for a break this is the place to network, push your music and perform.
If you have a mix CD, single or album coming out we'll also have opportunities for you to perform and sell your product on the night. Independent labels can also get involved with label showcases. Just come down on the night, grab one of the team and we'll see what we can work out.
Expect the standard to be high and the audience to get involved. This is ILUVLIVE going back to its roots raw and uncut and whether you're an A&R looking for the hottest new talent, an artist trying to find your way or just a live music lover, this is the only place to be on a Monday night over the summer.
INFO FOR ACTS
Just turn up on the night to sign up for the open mic. We'll have 15 -20 slots and it will be on a first come first served basis so get there early! You'll be given an initial 60 seconds but if we and the audience are feeling you, you'll get to stay on for the full track. For the first time ever at ILUVLIVE backing tracks will be allowed but the house band will also be on stage and if you opt for accapella, as is ILUVLIVE tradition, the band will back you up once they pick up the vibe (and you'll gain brownie points from the team for going live lol). All we ask is no covers in this section of the show.
Bands can also get involved in the open mic and if you bring musicians with you, you'll be guaranteed a whole track. Drums and keys will be provided and other instruments can be plugged into the existing kit on stage.
In the break three acts will be selected to play in the second half of the show. Selected acts will be given the opportunity to showcase two - three tracks. This however will have to be done with live musicians rather than to backing track so either bring your own musicians or play with ours. You'll have 20 mins during the break to liaise with our band on your set and one cover song per act is admissible (don't worry the band are bad and will be able to pick up what it is you want adhoc).
If you require any further information (essential only please!) contact Eunice Obianagha on email@example.com
ILUVLIVE Uncut The Summer Sessions - The Details
Date: Launching Monday 29th June and every Monday thereafter through til last Monday in August
Location: Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EP
DJs: Twin B
Host: Ras Kwame
Time: 7.30pm-1am (1st act onstage 8.30pm sharp)
Entry: £5 on the door. Free on the guest list for the first 50 people. Email names to firstname.lastname@example.org