9-13 October, Soho and Central London

Music festival celebrates 10th Anniversary



City Showcase: London, the live music festival dedicated to new music, will take place in Soho and Central London between 9th-13th October.

Since 2003, the growing list of alumni who’ve performed their first live gigs on a City Showcase stage include Amy Winehouse, Keane, Gabriella Cilmi, Razorlight, Laura Marling, Ray LaMontagne, Newton Faulkner, and Hot Chip, and to mark its 10th anniversary year in style, the event will be hosting its biggest ever line-up of breaking acts at venues across London.


Following the hugely successful Soho Flea Market event on Dean Street in May, City Showcase has secured an outdoor stage on Heddon Street, where Tibits will also host the City Showcase hub comprising a media and bloggers’ lounge, photography exhibition, film screenings and more. Alongside traditional live venues such as the 100 Club, The Borderline, Bar Rumba, The Phoenix, Pizza Express Jazz Club and the Purple Turtle, retail outlets such as the Apple Store, Ugg, Coast, Ted Baker, BrooksBrothers, Kirk Originals and 7 For All Mankind on Regent Street will be involved.









Artists confirmed for City Showcase: London include Ash Graham (winner of City Showcase: New Zealand 2012), Mark Morriss (of The Bluetones), hotly tipped Lillian Todd Jones, Daniela Brooker, Josephine, Yellowwire, Magazine Gap, Big Cloud Kid, Fractures, Pink Cigar, Rev78, Floodliners, Shanel Brown, Robert Vincent, and many more.


The opening party for City Showcase will be held at The Bedford in Soho on Tuesday 9th  October. The closing party will take place at the Amersham Arms in Lewisham (for those aged 14 years old and over).


City Showcase covers all musical genres and supports creatives across all disciplines, and this year the festival will feature an electronic music programme at venues such as 93 Feet East and Café 1001. In addition, there will be screenings of works by new filmmakers and new photographic exhibitions.


Complementing the real world creative experience set to take over London’s iconic Soho, City Showcase London 2012 will have a strong digital element with displays of new digital technologies at Inamo on Wardour Street and other West End locations.


For 2012, City Showcase has extended its “Finding The Future” conference and networking schedule at Gibson Guitar Studios and at The Apple Store, Regent Street. The 4-day panel programme includes a conference on 12th October aimed at students. Participants include Alan Pell (A&R), Barrie Cadogan (Little Barrie), Chris Cooke (Unlimited Media), Chris Dyer (Zimbalem), Kerry Harvey-Piper (Red-Grape), Martin Heath (Lizard King), Rob Hallett (AEG), Sean Devine (ASCAP), Sophie Garner (vocal coach), Stan Mcleod (Bandwagon), Tony Moore, Tom Pakinkis (Music Week), and Tony Wadsworth (BPI Chairman).


To mark the 10th anniversary, City Showcase is offering free entry to those who register online for wristbands by 28th September otherwise entry to each event will be £5 on the door.


City Showcase Director Nanette Rigg says: “We are now gearing up for our tenth anniversary celebrations with more businesses, brands and venues taking part.  We are celebrating the last 10 years and looking forward to the next 10 years showcasing more creative disciplines and creating an online festival to equal the real world experience creating even wider audiences for new talent”.


This year’s ‘Creative’, Caffy St Luce of Rocklands says: “I am really excited to be involved in City Showcase: Spotlight London as the event has been instrumental in instigating ideas and genuinely raising artist profiles. City Showcase is an established success, but still manages to be inclusive and approachable for the maverick and alternative.”


Further information can be accessed via:

Twitter: @CityShowcase

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