BEAT100 saw the first of many live events in London at the Sportsman Casino. This isn't just your standard gig in London, it was a showcase event for the best unsigned music Beat100.com has to offer, picked by the Beat100 team and given a chance to show their talents in front of a crowd of fans, industry professionals and music lovers.
Opening the proceedings was Essex based, ex Southend United footballer, Tim Ajayi, better known as Menace. Having been writing and rapping for the last few years, he's made quite a name for himself in Southend. Opening with Audacious, the track that got him to number one in the Beat100 charts and earned him his place at the gig, his energy got the crowd going almost instantly and he kept them in palm of his hand for the rest of his set.
Second on was Kelly Donovan, an 18yr old singer/songwriter from Benfleet Essex. She took it down a couple of notches and enchanted the crowd with her sweet voice and gentle piano playing. Her passion for songwriting and composition really shone through as the audience maintained near silence for the duration of her set. A mixture of haunting ballads and catchy pop songs had the venue transfixed as she gave a heartfelt and passionate performance.
Third up was New Subjects, a four-piece urban/acoustic outfit from Leigh-on-Sea. Johnny Thorpe (Guitar, Vocals), and Gary Whittington (MC/Vocals) have been playing together for several years as an acoustic duo, but have recently teamed up with Matt Richards (Drums) and Ben Maskell (Piano) to seamlessly blend their backgrounds of acoustic-folk, rap, rock and classical music. The result enthralled fans and newcomers alike, giving one of their best performances to date. Johnny's rapport with the audience was palpable and the chemistry between him and Gary, as well as the rest of the band is a big part of what makes them so appealing to fans across their different genres.
Closing the night was Southampton's answer to Paramore: Ideawake. This 5 piece female fronted rock group are a force to be reckoned with. The boundless energy from front-woman, Charlotte Campbell, lasted from the opening guitar chord to the final crash of drums; blood, sweat, tears and electricity were her backing in the form of Mat Hillman and Chris Locke on guitar, Neil Field on bass and Mark Rabbetts on drums. A pitch perfect and well polished performance was a fantastic close to the live music, and then we were left in the capable hands of DJ Danny Blanco, who kept the crowd on their feet for the rest of the night with a mix of indie remixes, dub step and club classics.
The night was a massive success and an awesome time was had by both the musicians and the audience. You can keep up to date on all BEAT100 LIVE events at Beat100.com, or better yet, upload your music video and be in with a chance of playing one of them yourself… And while we're on the subject of uploading videos, good news if your not a musician but want to be part of the Beat100 network.
As of July 1st, the Entertainment Video Chart will be returning to Beat100. This means that every month there's a cash prize fund and a chart to enter your entertainment videos into, and be rewarded, just like the music charts. Videos can be of near enough anything; parkour, street dancing, BMX & skateboarding, funny videos of animals or family and friends, or just showing off whatever particular talent you may have.
But it's not just for your everyday camera-phone skateboarding dog user either; This is a perfect platform for aspiring directors, special effects artists and animators to get themselves noticed and be rewarded with cash prizes while they're doing it. The entertainment chart gives everyone and anyone a chance to be seen, be heard and be rewarded and runs alongside the music charts every month.
Get uploading your videos to the network today, music or entertainment, enter them into the charts and be in with a chance of winning cash prizes and worldwide exposure.