Young Minds Matter LX- VOL2

In the 21st century, where a number of environmental and political catastrophes have lead the human race to an undeniable period of uncertainty, the hopeful, fresh voice of the youth seems more essential than ever. However, we as artists, perceive things differently. Our nature causes us to analyse the situation in a much more poetic way, a way that looks back into the routes of the problems and deconstructs the factors of these issues in their entirety. We are by default to repeatedly analyse and try to find reasoning in everything. Hence, now, when our nation needs us the most we ought to gather our forces and use our artistry as a medium, not only to unite, but to bring awareness to the youth.

Our exchange program ‘Young Minds Matter’ is a youth lead international exchange project where young artists from European countries converge their diverse artistic mediums and approaches to create a fascinating three-day festival, combining theatre performances, street shows, concerts and an exhibition to reflect current youth voices on post Brexit, Islamophobia, xenophobia, mental health, hate speech, racism and violent extremism in Europe.

How to apply? 

Our application form requires the artists (from any field/related field of the artistic industry) to clearly state their creative direction in a few words. The description does not need to be long but  preferably summarised , giving a clear idea of the artists’ intentions and subject of interest. The idea is that all participants want to actively raise awareness about global issues and use their voice to inspire and give hope to the younger generation of a sustainable future in terms of economy, ecology, politics, etc.

Participants accepted on to this program will have the opportunity to create a variety of new work, by engaging in an experimental film project, a performance project and an interpersonal exhibition collaboration. All applicants should be ready to adapt, network and grow through their interaction with other fields of the artistic industry. As cross disciplined collaboration is the main concept of the expedition all participants should be aware of its importance as the only medium of personal and collective growth

Programme dates: 4th – 13th September 

Application deadline: 17th July 2017

Request and application form at: Society@elevateyoungminds.uk / FB: Elevate Young Minds 

Note that you will be required to self fund or join fundraiser to cover the cost of the programme.

This project ran in a similar fashion last year with great success and we look to continue to grow by bringing new artists with fresh ideas into the fold. We look to promote new work and push boundaries by encouraging the experimental work being developed throughout Europe and across the globe. Every artist has their voice embedded in their work, let us use this to create a better world for not only our generation but the many generations to come.


Mike Skinner and Chris Lorenzo will top the bill at The Tuesday Club Summer Carnival, it can be announced today.

The last time Lorenzo packed out Foundry

The Carnival will take place on Tuesday 6 June, running from 4pm in Bar One right up until 4am in Foundry.

The legendary Skinner, best known for his work in The Streets, last headlined TTC in December 2015, while Chris Lorenzo has fast cemented himself as one of the most in demand names in the UK dance scene.

The line-up reflects a wide range of genres. Bassline, garage, grime and drum and bass will all be represented through sets from Holy Goof, Wookie, Swindle and Mollie Collins & IC3.

After his huge set at Detonate Sheffield in February, Holy Goof – playing TTC for the first time – said “I’ve heard great things about Tuesday Club, so I’m really looking forward to making my debut!”

Resident DJ Andy H will be on warm up duties as always, while Channel One Sound System return to Sheffield for a daytime mix in the Bar One gardens.

Also announced today were Displace and Coxie going back to back, as well as sets from Simmerdown DJs and Chief Pukka Sound System. More acts are still to be confirmed.

Early bird and first release tickets sold out rapidly before a single act was announced, with second release tickets currently flying out.

Last year’s summer party was a huge night which saw Preditah, Cause & Affect and Elf Kid deliver huge sets which more than compensated for a certain MC not turning up.

This year’s Carnival is looking like another roadblock event – don’t miss out on Sheffield’s biggest dance line up in some time.


This week’s Tuesday Club put four huge names on one line up – living legend Slimzee, fast rising grime star AJ Tracey and Sheffield scene staples Dr Cryptic and Forca. As usual, Andy H provided the first hour of tunes. He established the tone of the night perfectly with some inspired selections; there’s no denying TTC’s resident selector’s expertise or ability to warm up a crowd.

The founder of the independent Chip Butty Records, Dr Cryptic’s strong back catalogue includes My Style’ and ‘My Selector’. He took things up a notch in Foundry with huge basslines and impressive remixes. Cuts including bassline versions of a Whitney Houston song and the Countdown theme showed off Cryptic’s skill and creativity.

Next up was Forca, performing his very first solo live show but few people would have guessed. He already has a likeable stage presence, interacting well with the crowd and teasing a number of VIP and new tracks which show huge promise.

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After half an hour, the stage was set for AJ Tracey. He immediately had the crowd entranced, causing chaos at the front and dropping massive tracks throughout the set. ‘Leave Me Alone’ and ‘Buster Cannon’ showed why everyone from Zane Lowe to BBC Music have tipped AJ as big in 2017. Rounding off proceedings with ‘Thiago Silva’, a collaboration with Dave, AJ justifiably remarked that the crowd was one of his best of 2016.

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Seeing out the night was Rinse FM co-founder Slimzee, whose involvement in pirate radio and the grime scene across the years has been key to the success and development of many high-profile MCs. In keeping with his reputation, Slimzee delivered a huge hour of exclusive dubplates and grime classics. His years of experience were evident in how he commanded the decks, rounding off another TTC with a well curated range of acts and an electric atmosphere.


This year’s massive Tuesday Club line ups have arguably stepped things up from last year. Proof of this came in a massive return for Bondax, with special guests Maribou State also coming back to Foundry and Rev. Austin in tow to open the night.

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Opening another sold out event, Rev. Austin got things going with a range of ambient big beats. His tune choices that ranged from funky house to hip hop, incorporating most styles in the process. Popular cuts from Disclosure, Kendrick Lamar and CHVRCHES ensured an upbeat start to the night. Rev. Austin’s impressive production and mixing skills were left in no doubt at all.

Foundry was packed out by the time Maribou State took to the decks. After their memorable back-to-back set with Pedestrian last year, the standard had been set. True to form, Maribou State delivered a fun, diverse set, featuring everything from their own tunes to a Tame Impala remix. This continued the variety and quality of the night, and Maribou State’s return delivered the goods.

The night was finished up with an hour and a half of tunes from the night’s main attraction Bondax. Armed with an impressive visual setup, they played hits ‘All I See’ and ‘Giving It All’ in the first part of their performance. Both tunes were remixed in the form of impressive edits, and the quality did not stop throughout the ninety minutes. Balancing the popular with a selection of deeper cuts, Bondax once again delighted all at TTC with a versatile, strong appearance which justified their continued ascent on the British dance music scene.


One of the most exciting electronic music duos around, Dusky’s appearance at another sold out Tuesday Club event was a real coup. It’s safe to say they did not disappoint.

Main support on the night came courtesy of Pedram. He had previously appeared on support duties for Wookie, and was able to showcase a different range of sounds in this slot. As clubbers filed into Foundry, Pedram did not disappoint in picking a variety of big tunes from the likes of Disclosure, setting the vibe up for the night nicely. Also worthy of a mention are the strong range of DJs who were appearing in room 2, as part of a takeover from fast rising Sheffield brand Pretty Pretty Good.

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A great atmosphere had built when Dusky finally took to the stage. Their visuals were among the best to grace TTC in the last year or so, adding ambience to the venue and perfectly accompanying their set. The 90 minutes mostly consisted of tracks from their stellar new album ‘Outer’. Collaborations with Gary Numan and Wiley – ‘Swansea’ and ‘Sort It Out Sharon’ respectively – were among the best received tunes, and this was testament to the sheer class of the production. A truly memorable performance captivated the crowd.

Things were rounded off by Trevino. His tune choices saw him rise to the occasion of following Dusky, selecting and mixing to an enviable standard. Trevino ensured that another quality night on a high.

 

 


With hundreds of people still buzzing about the previous week’s sold out season launch, The Tuesday Club returned to Foundry on 28 September with another stellar line up.

After resident DJ Andy H performed his standard hour long set to get the crowd going, Jax Jones took to the decks. Jones supported Bondax at TTC last year, and his stock has since risen thanks to high-profile remixes and his summer smash ‘House Work’. He relied less on remixes than he did last October, and his command of the decks has improved significantly. An hour’s worth of quality bass house had the crowd bouncing, with ‘House Work’ getting the biggest reaction. Jones proved he has what it takes to continue his mainstream success.

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Next up was Chris Lorenzo, best known for  collaborations with Hannah Wants. Over the course of 75 minutes, he delivered an incredibly strong set. Signature song ‘Rhymes’ met with a huge response, flowing nicely into a ‘Pump Up The Jam’ edit. The likes of ‘Nightmare’ demonstrated how strong his solo efforts are. Artists from Ed Sheeran to Kendrick Lamar were also featured and remixed, in a relentlessly strong set.

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In the closing slot was Friend Within. If you’ve stepped foot in a club in the last 18 months, you’ll have probably heard ‘The Renegade’ at least once. However, Friend Within proved there is far more to his talents than what is currently his defining track. Seamless mixing and up-tempo house numbers saw the event off nicely. This was assisted by an incredible atmosphere in Foundry that persisted throughout the night.

While the night seemed to end too soon, this reflected its quality. The event’s three attractions all smashed their performances. For value for money, atmosphere and high quality, high energy dance music, The Tuesday Club remains unbeatable.

Written by: Dominic Penna

Twitter: @DominicPenna

Photography by: Elouisa Georgiou Photography


They do so much more than that but you need a short snappy title don’t you? Anyway yeah, these guys are promoting a healthy lifestyle and fresh diet whilst raising awareness for and joining the dots between climate change, social justice, organic gardening, environmental awareness and hip hop.

DJ Cavem (aka Ietef Vita) and Mixmaster Alkemia (aka Arasia Earth) run seminars, workshops and community programmes through their organisation Going Green Living Bling which include a culinary concert called “Food On Fleek” and screenings of their documentary “From Gangs To Gardens”. They are dedicated to promoting an organic and healthy lifestyle from setting up a grocery store/grow space called The GrowHaus where you can buy and grow organic vegetables, to releasing a vegan cookbook called Damn Near Raw and releasing an album/curriculum called The Produce Section: The Harvest, this couple are up for educating and promoting  a healthy lifestyle through any medium they can get their hands on.

Ietef was nominated for the 2014 Music Educator Grammy, has spoken at TedXManhatten and was even invited to The White House for the 127th Easter Egg Roll to perform their Culinary Concert.

“My goal is to promote the idea of holistic health, permaculture, urban agriculture, yoga and culinary wellness. Unfortunately, sometimes there’s almost a resistance to anything like that in our community. For example, in my school programs sometimes I’ve had to disguise yoga as breakdancing, math and engineering as music production and language arts as poetry and spoken word. I try to teach the students about how they can create their own business in urban agriculture. I also have a curriculum that introduces educational plant-based cooking, as well as juicing and raw foods. I have a lecture series that covers EcoHipHop, food justice, gang intervention, race and politics, organic gardening and graffiti art. I even lead a class called HipHop Yoga.” Ietef tells NBC.

Needless to say, trying to promote this kind of stuff to communities where there’s literally more liquor stores than grocery stores is no easy task but the couple have thrown themselves at the challenge whole heartedly and their sincerity definitely shows.

Check the couple’s Ted talk below:

 


Fresh from their set at this years Kendal Calling I have S-Unit and Mike Clipboard in for the guest mix on this months Rotation show on UK Mondo.

S-unit has been on the Sheffield scene for a while now and has played main stage at Tramlines, many high profile Sheffield events and even supported Toddla T on his Australian tour.

I caught up with them both before their guest mix to chat about music, Sheffield and the promotion game.

First up Mike as we have know each other the longest. By my rough calculations you must be heading towards promoting your 1000th event fairly soon with all the years of  weekly Tuesday Clubs, Urban Gorilla, Valve, Suckerpunch, Wait, Quality Control plus your recent run of events O2 Academy events. What is it that keeps you pushing on bringing new music to Sheffield?qclogo

 Mike – Haha I think you’re probably right about the number of shows – oof that makes me feel proud and tired in equal measure! I’ve always been a music fan and keen to share new music I like with anyone who’d listen. So I feel very lucky that a big part of my job has involved bringing acts I love to Sheffield, to a new audience, as well as working with established acts that people in the city are desperate to see.

 Can you name a few of the artists that have really stood out for you?

Mike – That’s a big list. From back in the day at TTC, the likes of Quantic Soul Orchestra with Spanky Wilson, Aloe Blacc, DJ Dexter from The Avalanches, Raekwon – they were all awesome shows. Over at Urban Gorilla I got to work with the likes of Booka Shade, Agoria, Josh Wink, Rolando, James Lavelle and tons more. Quality Control meant we could bring DJ Derek and The Reflex to an intimate venue too – there’s been loads of good stuff over the years.

 More recently in terms of new stuff on a local level I think KOG & The Zongo Brigade are a great band from Sheffield, Omni Prezidents are making some great hip hop, Steel City Rhythm are getting plays from Rodigan and obviously there’s even more artists breaking on a national level, as Coco has most recently. I also think Baba Naga and Sievehead are great bands and I’m looking forward to hearing more from LOGS too. My musical remit has really opened up since moving to O2 Academy Sheffield, so there’s now more opportunities than ever before for me to work with Sheffield musicians as well as artists on a national and international level. I love my job.

 What would be your dream artist/line up to finally get to Sheffield?

 Mike – Hahah dream lineup would probably be Stevie Wonder & Chaka Kahn? Or something a bit more realistic would be Kendrik Lamar with Kamasi Washington / Anderson Paak?

Tell me about the Australian show last year. How did that come about and how were they in contrast to back here in the UK?

Sunit – I first met Toddla over 10 years ago now through a bar called Dulo which was a proper hub for people into our kind of music at the time…it wasn’t necessarily a genre thing…just good music & like minded people. We became friends & around the same time he moved down to London his manager moved up to Sheffield. We’d met before & he didn’t know too many people here so we started hanging out & just really hit it off. The three of us always seem to end up having a lot of fun when we get together so it was him who asked if I wanted to come to Australia…it’s a long way & with all three of us going we knew it would make for a memorable trip rather than being just a work thing for T. We did a warm up for each gig & T did a long set & finished things off as only he can. It was a very intense trip…half way round the world for three shows in Perth, Melbourne & Sydney then back home all in the space of a week! The gigs & crowds were all great but they have strange licensing laws over there so things started & were over much earlier in the night than in the UK. I do remember everyone we spoke to at the shows being heavily into Grime which I didn’t expect at all…one guy was so excited to meet Toddla because he had done some work with Skepta & JME & that was literally all he wanted to talk to him about!

Apart from meeting Craig David how was your first Kendal Calling experience?Kendal-Calling-Sign

Sunit – I’ve heard nothing but good things about Kendal from when it first started & my girlfriend went last year & loved it. I have always wanted to go but with one thing & another i never got round to it so to get to play there & experience two days of the festival was great. It’s a beautiful setting, not too big but with loads of hidden stuff to explore, the crowd are friendly, the lineup has something for everyone, the stages are well organised & you can get a good pint for 4 quid…I’d recommend it to anyone looking for something alternative to the more well known big festivals…not that there is anything wrong with those, it’s just nice to know there are other options.

And…Craig David…for various reasons i have a special place in my music collection for ‘born to do it’ even though it may not be something i’d necessarily play out. When he went through what he did a while back & moved to America it became easy to forget what a truly great pop album it is. I’d heard friends say he was the best act they saw at Glastonbury this year & i kind of laughed it off until i saw it for myself. I came back from Kendal completely agreeing…& to top it off he was an incredibly nice man.

When you DJ together what should people expect?

Sunit – Well mainly I’d keep the expectations low…

Jokes aside…just good, fun, soulful music! We have a very similar taste so we compliment each other well…before I met mike properly one of my housemates at uni had this mix CD which she played a lot & i loved it…i had literally every track in my own record collection & it turned out it was by some guy called Clipboard

Listen to the full show here

 


Elevate Young Minds is pleased to announce EYM LX, a pop up festival for around 40 young artists in a cultural exchange based in Lisbon, Portugal. The one day festival will feature multidisciplinary art of all forms and is created around exploring connections and opening up cultural access to all.
This event was inspired by the passion of young collaborative artists and supporting artists on their ascent into the professional industry. At Elevate Young Minds, we believe it is important to foster and nurture artistic talent in all forms, and this exchange in Lisbon will provide opportunity to share work and to engage with others. Elevate Young Minds LX is made up of students from Leeds Beckett University (UK), artists from across the globe and volunteers and artists from Lisbon, Portugal.

Taking place on the 3rd September 2016 at EKA Palace, this festival will begin at 6pm and continue into the early hours of the morning. At EKA the artists will converge their diverse artistic mediums and approaches to create a fascinating one-day festival, combining theatre performances, street shows, concerts and an exhibition to reflect youth voice at an international extension.
Line up and ticket information is below:

Tickets: 3 Euro— Sale opens at 18:00

Exhibiting Artists: Beatriz Bagulho, Inês Brito, Alice Albergaria Borges, Madalena Wallenstein, Pedro Saúde, Sebastião Ribeiro Soares, Luana Sal, André Correia, Diogo Gama, Lisa Fernandes, Bárbara Faden, Carolina Caramujo

Film Artists: Clara Jost e Tiago Santos, Rita António, Cru Na and Ana Anix Antadze

Slam Poetry: Cru Na, Marco Galrito, Vitor Malvas, Ana Homem de Melo

Performance Line up (Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Concert)
18:30- (Outside) Stitch Theatre – Rise to Vertex. James Rowling, Martyna Kozanecka
19:30-( Inside) -This Land? Beth Ellis, Matthew Hill, Edenamiuki Aiguobasinmwin
20:00- (Outside) – Camisa
20:30 – (Inside) –Two, Daniel Phung and Kayleigh Price
21:00- (Outside) – Ossos D’Ouvido
21:30- interval – 30 min.
22:00 – (Concert room) – Império Pacífico
23:00 – (Concert room) – Morning Coffee
00h00 – (Concert room) – Maxi Zee
01h00 – (Schwarzwelt) – Vince Royce

 

We are also looking for volunteers from Portugal who are able to assist with the running of the festival, volunteers will need to be available on the 3rd September 2016 and passionate about supporting an arts based festival.

If interested please contact: admin@youngmindmatters.com