August 29, 2012 - Peace Mix
Grab your hankies: our Peace Mix journey has reached its final destination, after a stonking live show at The Camden Roundhouse last night, with a banging headline set from Tinchy Stryder, massive tunes from Maximo Park and brilliant big-stage debuts from our joint Peace Mix Play Off winners Ricky Fleming and Georgie Rose.
After three months of travelling across the UK exploring the best youth music studios, which you can use for free or minimal charges, our Peace Mix story has reached its final curtain – an incredible tour closing gig to celebrate music, peace and community.
Like our Peace Mix Play Off event at Eden Project, kids that we’ve met at Big Lottery Funded music studios across the UK joined us in London to see our two winning acts from the Mic Relay tour – acoustic darlings Georgie Rose (Nottingham) and Ricky Fleming (Leeds) – plus indie kings Maximo Park and grime prince Tinchy Stryder.
After watching a video explaining what Peace Mix is about and how the campaign was born, starring legendary Linda Quinn of BIG and her own peace rap, Georgie Rose took the stage – the biggest gig of her life. Just seventeen, she already has a songwriting nous beyond her years, with songs Retribution and L.O.V.E sounding like there were straight out of Nashville during the Cash years.
Up next, and his debut London show, was Ricky Fleming – who’s Yorkshire charm, warm vocals and pop hooks ala Ed Sheeran won him loads of (screaming female) fans this evening. After some super catchy self-penned odes to young love, plus brand new song ‘If We Could Change the World,’ written especially for this evening, the 21 year old threw out a surprise: a gorgeous cover of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’. If the cheers and tweets from the crowd about this Future Arts user are anything to go by, this lad is going on to big things.
After our two acoustic acts, we had the first interlude of the evening – fully fuelled by fantastic DJ duo the Loose Cannons, then something completely different: our ‘cypher’ event which brought the best MCs Peace Mix had met on our Mic Relay journey together onto the Roundhouse stage for one huge ‘Mic Relay’ for peace.
After an introduction by Wizdom of XLP, who explained what was happening, plus wise words from New Day Foundation (NDF)‘s Michelle, on the importance of peace, positivity and working together, Cyrus began the relay with his 12 bar rap. This was followed by a collective of wordsmiths, MCs and bar spitters that we’d met on our journey across the UK – dubbed by Wizdom as ‘the Peace Mix All Stars’ – sharing their words on peace.
It was time for the proper party to kick off, as Maximo Park bounced on stage. One for the older members of the Peace Mix Presents, the Newcastle six piece played a super tight set of angular alt rock – including classics ‘Girls Who Play Guitars’, ‘Apply Some Pressure’ and ‘Our Velocity’ – storming after a hiatus from playing live.
Loose Canons then brought their decks back on stage to drop a selection of beats, bass and dub, before the big unveiling of the night: the first version of our final collaboration peace track – inspired by NDF‘s original track ‘Going For Gold’ and curated and produced by NDF. Huge congrats to our winners who star on this young urban anthem for peace - Narjes Fawaz, Phil Fairhead, Joseph James and Keir Dickson on vocals, plus Sunni Gill and Liam Ryan - the final track will be available for download on September 21, International Peace Day! And, with huge cheers from the crowd, it’s a winner.
Then it was time for what everyone was waiting for: Tinchy Stryder live. As the decks saw Loose Cannons swapped for Tinchy‘s personal beatmaster, the Roundhouse began to fill up and go mental for the petite pop king. From studio users to competition winners, musical talents from across the UK to Tinchy fans, friends of BIG, and industry insiders: Peace Mix Presents was a fantastic finish to a great adventure – proving how powerful and unifying the simple pleasure of music can be.
To all involved it’s been amazing: watch this space for what’s next – and come back on September 21 – International Peace Day – to download our completed peace track.
Like this? Find out more about the Peace Mix Mic Relay:
- Read the blogs from the Peace Mix Play Off video on all winners of the Mic Relay
- Check out the gallery from Peace Mix Presents at the Roundhouse, Camden
- Check out the gallery from the Peace Mix Play Off at Eden Project
- Watch videos of Ricky Fleming – live at Leeds, Eiger Studios
- Find out more about our online (closed) competition and listen to the stems