Last month, we announced the first three live acts selected to perform at the Unsigned Music Awards 2016 presented by Liquiproof.

We are pleased to unveil the newest additions to the line up: AKS, Chasing Cadence and Hunter & The Bear.

The show is to be held at the stunning Troxy theatre, London, and hosted by Laura Whitmore (MTV) and Chris Stark (The Scott Mills Show).


Recommended to UMA by the team over at BBC Radio 1Xtra, there’s no denying there’s been a real sense of palpable excitement around this British born Hip-Hop artist.

He is well and truly back, after unveiling his long awaited sophomore EP, and the second project in his three-part Modes of Transport series – Train of Thought. His first solo project in five years, and the highly anticipated follow up to his seminal debut EP The Bus Stop, which was released to critical acclaim in 2011, and championed by the likes ofHypetrak, Okayplayer, SoulCulture, and Roc Nation’s Young Guru among others.

Led by the lead single Stay with Me, the new EP has gone on to assert AKS as one of the most promising acts in the UK’s urban scene, gaining notable support both home and abroad from the likes of BBC 1Xtra, MOBO, Earmilk, and MTV (The Wrap Up). Undoubtedly a captivating body of work from AKS backed by stirring and soulful Hip Hop musical backdrops and soundscapes, over which the London native bares his soul – bringing his superior rap flow, deft lyrical dexterity, commanding vocal cadence, and song-writing abilities, to the fore.

With a London based headline show around the corner, it’s clear that this is one journey that isn’t set to end any time soon and the world is definitely his Oyster Card.

Chasing Cadence

Chasing Cadence have made their presence known on the UK’s alternative music scene. Not only have the rock quintet from Hertfordshire released a stellar EP, supported pop-punk legends Taking Back Sunday and Bedford’s Don Brocoand featured on the line ups of Download Festival, Camden Rocks, Tramlines and Takedown Festival, they have also recently completed their sixth UK tour.

September 2016 will see the band release their new EP, Destroy Something Beautiful.

With coverage across more than 100 magazines and blogs, their single, Dear Life was added to both Kerrang! and Scuzz TV playlists. The single also secured airplay with more than 50 digital and analogue radio stations around the world and secured them a major sync deal as the main theme tune to TNA Wrestling’s worldwide television programme, TNA Xplosion. This deal also took the band on a nationwide arena tour, including a packed out Wembley Arena.

With some even bigger things set for the not-too-distant future, it is with complete pride that we reiterate yes, they’re totally unsigned, and we simply couldn’t pass this one up.

Hunter & The Bear

Hunter & The Bear have come a long way since school friends Will Irvine and Jimmy Hunter headed home to the North Western reaches of Scotland in search of musical inspiration after leaving university in 2012. At that time they played whatever they could get their hands on and wrote music which fitted the varied collection of instruments they could beg, steal and borrow from friends and family. They soon moved to London in search of gigs and some new members which they found in the way of Gareth Thompson on drums and Chris Clark completing the line up on bass.

Since then, having shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Simple Minds and Van Morrison, this young British band have been making a big noise on the rock scene. With slots at festivals like Reading & Leeds, T in The Park and Hard Rock Calling, the boys have been captivating crowds all over the UK, Europe and America with their thunderous live show. Having been compared to greats such as Dire Straits, Bruce Springsteen and Biffy Clyro, this band are looking to carve their own path in today’s ever changing musical landscape.

With extensive coverage from BBC R2, BBC R6 and Amazing Radio, they’re currently recording their highly anticipated debut album and touring extensively in the UK & Europe.

More to come…



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