Hosted by Laura Whitmore (MTV) and Chris Stark (The Scott Mills Show), the first ever televised Unsigned Music Awards ceremony is fast positioning itself as one of the major showcases that celebrates and spotlights some of the hottest new talent around that are currently unsigned, self-signed or otherwise breaking artists.
Co-Founder, Georgina Thomas tells us:
“With an award show focusing heavily on the discovery of new music, it makes perfect sense for us to leverage this platform and show the world exactly what the Glastonbury headliners of tomorrow look like. For that reason, live music is a strong focus at our awards ceremony. The performers we have chosen are not only representing themselves, they are waving the flag for what it means to be unsigned and emerging in 2016, to a national audience, and we couldn’t be more confident in them.”
Today, we make the first of two announcements unveiling the acts chosen to perform at the event, taking place at the Troxy theatre, London on 27 October 2016.
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Broken Witt Rebels
Broken Witt Rebels released their second single Guns in June this year, which quickly amassed more than 447,000 hits in just a matter of days, so if you don’t already know who they are, you soon will.
With a nationwide marketing campaign that saw them take over the home page of YouTube as well as front page features on Yahoo! Tumblr and Shazam, in addition to a whole host of billboards up and down the country, the band recently made the A-List playlist on a number of notable radio stations. They’re making it pretty difficult for anyone to miss them and from what we’ve heard, it seems to be paying off.
The Birmingham group caught the attention of Buzzfeed earlier this year after a live version of their previous single, Low, was uploaded to their Facebook page and skyrocketed to an astonishing 130,000 views in only four days. The viral content geniuses caught wind of this and invited the band up to their offices to play a live streamed gig to their 1.3m strong Facebook following, which went down a storm.
As I said; if you don’t already know who these guys are, you soon will.
Elle’s extravagant and adventurous nature has captured the hearts of many. She has been championed by BBC Introducing and Kiss FM, flown high in Music Week and Amazing Radio charts and received glowing praise from the likes of The Guardian, Popjustice, The Quietus, Gay Times and many more besides.
Playing sold out shows across London and her native Edinburgh, Elle has been making her mark on the live circuit on both sides of the Atlantic, playing four shows at Canadian Music Week as well as jam-packed shows at The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City and Xpo North this year.
‘Lately’ is the latest track to be taken from Elle’s upcoming debut album Love Fuelled Hate, due for release on September 9th. It explores the concept of love’s transition to hate and journeys through a gloriously twisted tale of flirtatious glamour and irresistible lust into the seedy depths of adulterous behaviour and its dramatic conclusion.
Alex Francis’ emotive melding of rock, soul and blues emerged from the London grass roots rock scene in late 2015 after a rapid and completely organic rise to prominence that few singer song-writers have experienced.
The UMA team saw Alex perform live with his band at one of the popular Time Out London ‘Rising Stars’ events to a sold out crowd at the Camden Jazz Café earlier this year and were instantly captivated by his magnetic energy.
With a debut EP release lined up for later this year, and plenty of exciting movements on the horizon, we believe that Alex Francis is certainly one to watch and one to be seen.
It’s gonna be a good’un. Catch you there!