Breakthrough Live

Part of Alchemy

Enjoy performances by emerging acts that showcase the diversity of the contemporary music scene and some of the women driving it forward, curated by Shaanti.

Sabiyha is a London-based singer-songwriter with the ability to captivate and silence an audience with her compelling vocals and powerful songs. While her sound resonates with the past, she pulls on her blues, jazz and folk influences to bring it forward to the present with a contemporary edge and versatility. Following her debut single release, Sabiyha will be performing songs from her new EP, Hollow Bones.

A London-based female producer and DJ, Gnarly creates genre-bending future beats that draw influences from jazz, funk, hip hop, R&B and neo-soul. A multi-instrumentalist, she has attracted interest on Instagram with her live finger drumming videos, reaching viewers all over the world. She has played live shows for the last few years at events and venues such as Relentless HQ, Secret Walls, and the UK Beatbox Championships.

Layla Tutt
Inspired by The Old Grey Whistle Test and the Woodstock Festival, Birmingham-based Layla Tutt is a skillful songstress, fashioning tunes to groove to and tunes to move you. A lover of assonance and dissonance, she is thrilled by rhyme and rhythm. With her distinctive percussive ‘strum and bass’ style, ferocious, driving guitar strings and haunting, ethereal vocals, she pulls at heartstrings, sparks up the spirit and soothes the soul.

Part of Shaanti’s Female Takeover
Birmingham-based Shaanti collective have been pioneering British Asian music since 1999. For Alchemy 2018, they curate a day of live shows, workshops and exclusive performances recognising the women changing the sound and soul of British Asian music. Shaanti promote gender equality, inclusion and opportunities for women working in music.

Throughout the day, see phenomenal artists working across different genres, including spoken word, electronica and indie rock.

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Royal Festival Hall
Riverside Terrace, Level 2, outside Royal Festival Hall