ILUVLIVE HOTLIST TOUR 2017
Supported by PRS Foundation Open Fund
ILUVLIVE is the UK’s premier homegrown live music event and offers over 50 events annually across five UK cities. Launched in 2004, previous performers include Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Chip, Emeil Sande, Naughty Boy, Professor Green, Maverick Sabre, Plan B, Tinie Tempah, Katy B, Shakka, Kano, Krept & Konan, Izzy Bizu and Wretch 32 to name but a few. ILUVLIVE also run an annual artist development programme supported by The Arts Council England and have a record label and management arm (Izzy Bizu and Mika Barroux).
Launched in 2015, The ILUVLIVE Hotlist features 10 acts that we think the tippers will be tipping in the coming years. Early successes include Nadia Rose, Rukhsana Merrise, Ray Blk and Stefflon Don.
The 2017 long list of 20 acts was announced on Wed 23rd Nov 2016 when public voting opened. The final hotlist top ten was announced on Dec 12th 2016.
Two hotlist shows were held in London earlier this year and ILUVIVE now announces a hotlist 2017 tour featuring four acts from the top ten alongside MC/singer, Geko who will be headlining the tour.
The aim is that the list, London Shows and tour generate industry and media interest and help acts further along the road to success.
17th Sept – Zombie Shack, Manchester
18th Sept – Hirst Yard, Leeds
19th Sept – Square Club, Bristol
27th Sept – 2Funky Cafe, Leicester
Geko is s 20-year-old artist of North African descent from Manchester who started writing raps at just 10 years old. However it was two years later at the tender age of 12 that he started taking music seriously and became the online and youth phenomenon he is now.
By 17, Geko and manager Shaz had created their own record label ‘One Tape Records’. Singles include ‘Baba’, ‘Love Me’ and ‘Over & Under’ and ‘Heartless’ reached number 9 on the iTunes chart. Being of Algerian and Libyan decent Geko experimented with afrobeats and his track ‘Baba’ has had over 9.6 million views on YouTube. His talent is now being recognised across by a larger audience exemplified when videos for ‘Y’, and ‘Drunk on You’ reached over a million views.
The One Tape Records YouTube channel itself has reached over 49 million views in total and with so much achieved at such a young age, it is exciting to see where his career will take him in the years to come. @RealGeko
SNE aka (Sound Never Ends) is a patriot to his hometown East London. He has coined himself 'Hackneys Golden Child' and continuously creates and grafts to become the best in his lane. SNE's music is a fusion of different genres and 'vibes' creating a sound he describes as 'Trillful'. Between 2009 and 2011, SNE was a member of the Grime collective "S.O.S." (Sound Of The Streets), performing at the BBC and taking well-known stages such as, Hackney Empire and the 02. Now solo for five years, SNE has released two acclaimed projects, 'I.0.U' and 'Essence' along with a handful of quality singles, including 'Rico Rodrigo', 'Tell Me (Team Like Us)' and 'Tiana Major'.
Born in Algeria Raised in Tottenham, Miraa came to the UK as a young child with her parents and quickly settled in. Growing up she gained a passion for music and all things creative, taking up music classes via school and other avenues wherever she could, Steel Pan being one of her favourites. Fast forward to 2012 and a chance meeting with her current management while attending a live night ended up with Miraa’s First Acoustic EP ‘The Beginning’ being released in 2013. The positive reaction to the ‘The Beginning EP’ helped build a dedicated fan base and with numerous plays on specialist radio, the future is looking bright for Miraa.
Hot on the heels of supporting Bastille on their worldwide tour and featuring on Wilkinson’s new single We Will Be, singer songwriter Matt Wills releases Emily and recently headlined London’s Omeara. “Emily” was premiered on Radio 1 by Abbie McCarthy (standing in for Huw Stephens), and follows the release of Matt’s Hurricane and Set You Free EPs. Showcasing a new side Matt Wills’ signature style, Emily sees him layer sincere, heart-felt lyrics over a fusion of lush electronica and a subtle piano melody to create something original, touching and undeniably compelling.
21 year old singer/songwriter Autumn Sharif recently released debut single "5AM". The up tempo pop-soul anthem combines stylistic inspiration from 90s icons Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston with lyrics that touch on the challenges she experienced reaching the quarter finals of The Voice in 2015.
Born and raised in Dordrecht, Netherlands, Autumn has been writing songs and crafting her vocal skills since she moved to London with her family at the tender age of 8. After picking Ricky Wilson as her mentor on The Voice, Autumn struggled with being thrust into the media spotlight but has recently been developing her sound and plans to release an EP imminently.