Colston Hall has revealed a brilliant line-up of Bristol-based artists set to take over the foyer on Saturday 27 April. The free, one-day mini festival will celebrate Bristol’s incredible musical talent as well as the venue’s long-term place within Bristol’s music scene.
The list of artists includes hometown heroes and underground DJs and introduces the five up-and-coming artists selected for this year’s Home Grown Heat programme: Pariah, Lexus P, AMELIA, Delocx and KAYA.
Home Grown Heat is a bespoke programme of artist support, run as part of the Hall’s talent development programme Multi-Track. The programme connects emerging artists with the required tools to navigate the tricky world of the music business and progress their careers through mentorship from accomplished artists.
The line-up for the Takeover Day also features Spectres, Rachael Dadd, Alexi King, Anna Lisa, Chaouche, Cuts, Ellie Gowers, Gabriel Templar, Haze, a Breakfast Records label showcase, and many more. SWU.FM will also present a stage featuring DJ sets from Chikaya, Dedw8, Sir Hiss, Neffa T W/Jay 0117, EMZ & Double, Woz and special guests.
The event first took place in 2017 as part of Colston Hall’s 150th anniversary celebrations and returns this spring in partnership with local music brands including Multi-Track, Saffron Records, SWU.FM, BIMM, Minirig and Bristol In Stereo, who will present stages at the event.
The announcement of the Bristol Takeover line-up comes alongside news of renewed PRS Foundation funding of £20,000 for Bristol Music Trust, which runs the Hall. The grant will be used to continue to create performance opportunities like the Takeover Day for local emerging acts, as well as also funding programmes like Home Grown Heat.
“We believe that supporting emerging artists is essential to ensuring the future of both Bristol’s local music scene and the wider music industry,” said Todd Wills, artistic director at Colston Hall. “We’re thrilled to have once again secured this funding to be a PRSF talent development partner, so that we can continue to deliver the support we’ve been giving to local emerging artists for the last two years.
“The Takeover Day will bring together artists from all genres with some well-known names appearing alongside new and exciting acts to showcase the musical talent we’re so fortunate to have in Bristol.”
Colston Hall creative producer and Multi-Track co-ordinator, Owen Parry added: “The artists selected for the second year of Home Grown Heat show amazing potential and are a perfect example of the calibre of musical talent we have here in Bristol.
“We’re proud to support these artists and can’t think of a better way to introduce them to the Bristol public than have them take over the venue for a free one-day festival.”
The Takeover will be the first opportunity to see this year’s Home Grown Heat cohort perform together, on the Multi-Track and Saffron Records stage.
Contemporary R&B singer Pariah was born in Leeds but has called Bristol home since she was three years old. She’s one for pushing the limits and incorporating fun synthesisers and sassy lyrics.
Lexus P, who was part of a Bristol hip-hop group in his teenage years, studied in music business and production at university and upon completion of his degree, has branched out to create his own music.
Meanwhile, smooth, electronic lyrics and production create a groovy sound for AMELIA. Her single Love is slow, catchy and exposes her raw, artistic talent.
The second rapper and singer of the group, Delocx, shows his deep ties to Bristol in the video for his debut single How We Livin’ and has developed a fresh new formula in his music.
KAYA doesn’t conform to any given genre and places diversity at the heart of her creative output. She has produced a collection of tracks that draws on psych-pop, trip-hop, neo soul and R&B to create a bed for her sophisticated lyrics. Her style has caught the attention of BBC Introducing and she’s featured as a member of the Daisie 100 – an app created by Maisie Williams, encouraging artist collaboration.
Alongside the day’s performances, Multi-Track is also presenting a series of free A&R workshops for emerging artists and aspiring A&R execs, in partnership with Believe, the world’s largest fully independent music distribution company. The interactive sessions will cover the A&R process, self-releasing in today’s ever-changing market, and one-to-one sessions with music industry A&R professionals.
The sessions are open to any emerging artists or aspiring music industry professionals. Places are free but are extremely limited and must be booked in advance via the Colston Hall Box Office.
The Bristol Takeover takes place 4pm – 1am on Saturday 27 April at Colston Hall’s Foyer and is free.