LIMF TV: Watch as we take you to the LIMF Academy London Showcase gig

We boarded a bus bursting with musical talent earlier this week as LIMF Academy made tracks for London to showcase the very best of our city’s newest acts.

Think you know about new music? Think you’re a tastemaker? Then you should’ve been at one of London’s premium live music venues, Proud Camden last week as it played host to the LIMF Academy Showcase in association with PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music.

The stellar line up of scouse talent included 2016/17 acts Eleanor Nelly, Lumen, Suede Brown with special guests Sub Blue, Gazelle and Astles and was hosted by Dave Monks of BBC Introducing and BBC 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova.

Astles ‘One to Watch’

Kate Gilston of Culture Liverpool and part of the epic team behind LIMF 2017 explained the background behind the gig, she said: “We are basically giving the artists from last years LIMF Academy the opportunity to showcase themselves on a London stage ahead of LIMF 2017 in just a few weeks.”

Following a phenomenal year since being named LIMF Academy ‘One to Watch’, swiftly followed by ‘Most Ready’, then signing her first recording contract with DECCA Records and realising her dream of writing in Nashville, USA, Eleanor Nelly performed three tracks at the showcase, in her signature story-telling way.

Eleanor said: “LIMF gave me a platform to play the festival and the next year I was the one to watch, and its gone on to DECCA now….I can’t thank them (LIMF) enough, I’m so grateful.”

Also on the bill were LUMEN and Sub Blue who each brought their distinctive sounds to Proud Camden. With such a diverse line up of incredible talent, from lyricists to self-taught guitarists and composers, the LIMF Academy produced a showcase that knocked people’s socks off.

Flying the flag for the LIMF Academy class of 2017/18 at the showcase were both Astles and Gazelle. Recently named as one of this years ‘Most Ready’ artists, Gazelle brought her soulful, jazz tones from Crosby to Camden and alongside the beautifully haunting vocals of Astles, gave the London a crowd a taste of the calibre of talent, originating in Merseyside. DJ and Producer, Suedebrown took to the decks to close the show with a fusion of Grime, Hip-Hop and soul. Having previously released official remixes of some iconic names such as Yolanda Be Cool and Steve Aoki, we had the pleasure of busting a few moves before heading for the coach and the journey home.

Sub Blue

Having watched these guys prepare for the gig, support each other through set up and de-rigging and big up each others performances, the LIMF Academy is much more than just an incredible opportunity for up and coming musicians to hit the big time, its a family.

LIMF Academy is open to all musicians from any genre. If you’re aged between 13-25, have recorded music for LIMF to hear and live in Merseyside, you can enter! LIMF Academy will be looking for its next intake in Spring 2018, so check socials for updates. Follow LIMF on Twitter, Facebook and its Tumblr page.

We can’t wait to see the LIMF Academy Class of 2017/18 take to the stage on July 22nd-23rd, right in the heart of Sefton Park. Which act are you most looking forward to? Tweet us @TheGuideLpool or email us your faves and we’ll share the love on our socials.

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