On October 24th and in line with Black History Month UK, Boiler Room and Saul Williams present an evening dedicated to the art of lyricism and spoken word. As part of an Arts Council funded project, the global music broadcaster and legendary poet and activist are bringing a heavyweight line-up to the heart of London's Hackney Wick.
As well as seeing traditional spoken word artists perform on the platform for the first time, the concept looks to embrace lyricists in all forms.
From artists like Klashnekoff and Kate Tempest through to contemporary, unclassifiable acts like Kojey Radical and James Massiah, BR are looking to provide an all-encompassing showcase of one of the arts' finest skills.
The event will be split into two parts. The first segment takes influence from Def Poetry Jam — having artists sharing their favourite verses acapella in a theatre environment — and the latter sees those same artists backed by a DJ and involved in big cypher. All to express how acrobatic the lyrical form is.
Additional to the show, Boiler Room are organising a workshop where young adults from the Hackney borough get to talk to Kojey Radical and Saul Williams about the power of lyricism and poetry. That class will also gain priority access to Boiler Room's live broadcast.
Talented artist and poet, James Massiah, will be presenting the evening affair.
Please note that successful applicants will only be granted entry to the second segment of the show. Spaces for the first segment are incredibly limited and mostly reserved for young adults from the local community.
Many thanks to our friends at Cornerstone Agency, The Barbican Centre, The FADER, Apples And Snakes and The Roundhouse for making this possible.