5 artists. 5 cities. 5 days
Chiedu Oraka — Hull
Vital — Birmingham
China Bowls — Bristol
Fred Fredas — London
Chesqua — Manchester
Known for groundbreaking work with emerging UK artists and an ability to spot ‘the next big thing’, development agency Punch announce five up & coming artists representing Welcome To My City in 2019.
Punch have worked with regional PRS Talent Development Partners including; Brighter Sound, The Warren and Saffron Records to select 5 emerging artists making waves in their local music scenes and will visit each of their home cities as part of the Welcome To My City tour, now in it’s third year.
Each event will be headlined by the artist from that respective city. Tickets are FREE, and available now via Eventbrite. (All show links below).
Taking to the road this year are:
Chiedu Oraka is the sound of a new working-class Northern England. In a city often dominated by guitar music, Hull native Oraka offers a fresh alternative to hip-hop and Grime, and already attracted the attention of everyone from Vice through to 6Music.
Wolverhampton born grime musician VITAL is influenced by both his Midlands and Jamaican roots, evident in his various releases including 2017’s POWERS EP and 2018’s Clean Hearts Only.
Already an established name on the Bristol scene, China Bowls delivers a smooth honey pot of sounds, combining neo soul, jazz and hip hop influences to tackle a range of subjects including grief, belonging and horrible bosses.
An astute and observant storyteller, Fred Fredas harnesses the immediacy of grime with the undeniable sheen of modern Hip-Hop. His masterful, poetic flow & hard-hitting lyrics, mixed with a clear love for soulful instrumentals produces thought-provoking music.
Chesqua is a vibrant Manchester-based vocalist with an enthusiasm for songwriting; combining her love of Soul and Motown, fused together with pop production.
The tour gives each artist the opportunity to not only headline an event in their own territory, but also a chance to experience working in 4 other cities, sharing their talents with a range of different audiences, and bringing an exciting injection of fresh new music from around the UK to each city. It also gives the artists a more complete picture of the live music scene with their first taste of life on the road.
Welcome To My City first hit the road in May 2017 and can already boast a wealth of success stories for associated artists featured in the months that followed the project; including Liverpool’s Sub Blue working alongside a major label, Cardiff’s Kizzy Crawford receiving a publishing deal and Birmingham’s Gambimi & Lady Sanity going on to further UK tours and high profile festival slots, the former supporting LottoBoyzz & Davido and the latter billed to perform at Wireless Festival 2019.
The Welcome To My City 2019 lineup promises to deliver an equally unparalleled forecast of UK emerging artists with big things of the horizon.
Full dates & ticket links:
14th April 2019 — London — Underbelly (Hoxton) — fredfredas.eventbrite.com
15th April 2019 — Bristol — The Louisiana — chinabowls.eventbrite.com
16th April 2019 — Manchester — Jimmy’s — Chesqua.eventbrite.com
17th April 2019 — Birmingham — The Flapper — vitalwtmc.eventbrite.com
18th April 2019 — Hull — The New Adelphi Club — chieduoraka.eventbrite.com