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Novelist, Amy Lamé, Dave Maclean and more back new CirKT talent initiative

CirKT launches a new live music project offering opportunities for any super talented musicians from the South West London area to take part in across a number of new and existing venues from August to November this year. CirKT presents a dedicated, packed live music programme, re-igniting a love for nightlife and a passion for live music across this part of London.

The loss of venue spaces is one of the biggest problems facing London’s live music sector and CirKT has developed an ecosystem style approach to respond to this. Kingston Council was awarded The Mayor of London’s Cultural Impact Award, and CirKT will officially launch its four-month music programme with its final New Talent Call Out, seeking the best of London’s music talent. An eclectic mix of artists have already been chosen, but there are still more places available to receive once in a lifetime professional development, networking support and performance opportunities. Up to three acts will have the opportunity of securing a bursary of £500.

Successful applicants will have the chance for their music to be heard by a stellar panel of music industry giants including: Novelist, Dave Maclean (Django Django), music journalist and creative, Chantelle Fiddy and Tom Baker (Founder of Eat Your Own Ears and Field Day festival).

Dave Maclean of Mercury Prize nominated Django Django said, “I am excited to be a part of CirKT. I’m passionate about new music and the next generation coming through, so it’s going to be really exciting to meet the acts and hear some great new music.”

Tom Baker, music promoter and founder of Eat Your Own Ears and Field Day, said, “I am thrilled to be part of the Mayor of London music programme Cirkt and looking forward to discovering some brilliant new talent across all genres of music."

Mobo nominated Novelist commented, “I’m a great believer in supporting new talent when possible. Being invited to be a CIRKT juror is both a fun and important way in which I get to do so.”

Amy Lamé, Night Czar, said: “I am delighted to see such an inspiring line up of live music as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture programme. Kingston’s project will support up-and-coming musicians as well as some of the capital’s much-loved live music venues. This is what London Borough of Culture is all about – putting creativity on every doorstep and supporting the city’s creative talent to flourish.”

Cllr Andreas Kirsch, Kingston Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Governance, said: “CirKT is a significant programme for Kingston, supporting both local creative talent and local businesses. Kingston has a rich music heritage and CirKT will be a great chance for local and visiting audiences to discover exciting new music talent, whilst providing a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to get involved, showcase musical talent and business at the same time.”

CirKt will be launching a second music talent call out on June 26 with the deadline for applications midnight, Sunday 18 August. For more information about how to apply and a full listings of upcoming events, to buy tickets and much more visit Here

CirKT Live Event Programme Upcoming Dates

Thursday 8 August, 7.30pm https://www.glasshouse.pub/

Thursday 22 August, 7.30pm https://www.lambsurbiton.co.uk/

Wednesday 4 September, 7.30pm http://www.theoakpubkingston.co.uk/

Thursday 19 September, 7.30pm http://www.the-fighting-cocks.co.uk/

All times and dates are subject to change

CirKT Jurors Biographies:

David Maclean, Django Django

Dave started DJing in 1994 playing local clubs, pubs and school discos as a young teenager and quickly progressed to making his own bedroom productions on a sampler and a tape track. 10 years later after meeting singer Vincent Neff at Edinburgh College of Art, the pair moved to London and formed Django Django. The bedroom productions were turned into an album that would see them tour the world and secure a mercury music prize nomination. Since then David has produced another two albums for Django Django and worked as a producer with the likes of KT Tunstall and Damon Albarn’s Africa Express as well as scoring music for The Royal Shakespeare Company and running his own 12” singles label ‘Kick & Clap’.


Once dubbed ‘The Poster Boy of Grime’, Novelist (real name Kojo Kankam) has gone on to become a respected 2018 Mercury Prize and Q Award nominee. After years of local shows at youth clubs and MC freestyles on YouTube, Nov soon found his way onto radio stations such as Flex FM, Rinse FM and Reprezent which allowed him the platform to reach a wider audience and develop his fan base. At 18, Novelist featured on veteran Grime artist Skepta’s award-winning Konichiwa album. The two co-wrote the track titled Lyrics and it proved to be a perfect marriage of styles. By now Novelist had some years of performing at festivals under his belt, but when he was asked to play at Glastonbury, this was an essential milestone in his journey to establishing his name. He not only performed with Skepta, but he also played his own stage and gave an energy filled, electric performance loved by the crowd! Novelist along with Mumdance supported Major Lazer on tour in the UK, ending the tour with an energy filled performance at London’s Alexandra Palace. His first Australia / New Zealand tour at age 18 was a roaring success and his second by age 20 saw the exponential growth of his fan base with fans chanting his lyrics verbatim.

Tom BakerMusic promoter and founder of Eat Your Own Ears and Field Day

Eat Your Own Ears prides itself on promoting music from across the spectrum of genres and has made a reputation for identifying potential talent, building the live profiles of the emerging artists it promotes. As such, EYOE has put on some of the first London shows for the likes of Aphex Twin, Four Tet, Jamie xx, Animal Collective, The xx, Caribou, Franz Ferdinand, ANOHNI, Florence and the Machine, Anna Calvi, Arca, to name but a few. Alongside producing more than 200 events a year, Tom Baker is responsible for co-founding the musically diverse festival Field Day, which is currently in its 13th year in the exciting new home of London’s Meridian Water in North east London. Field Day has hosted some of the world’s most iconic artists alongside the very best in up-and-coming talent including Pixies, Skepta, Aphex Twin, PJ Harvey, Erykah Badu, Patti Smith, Air, Toumani diabaté, Charlotte Gainsbourg and a whole host of others. Tom Baker is also the booking agent for artist Four Tet.  

Chantelle Fiddy, Music Journalist

Now working in music management where she represents the interests of nu London jazz don Henry Wu and Nottingham born MC Mez, Chantelle Fiddy’s career in music began in 2001. After graduating with a BA Hons in Journalism from the University Of The Arts London, Fiddy began her career at Touch Magazine, championing the then unknown genre grime. Her work subsequently appeared in i-D, Dazed & Confused, The Guardian, Sunday Times Style, TheLondonPaper (where she was a columnist for three years), Smash Hits and many more. After a stint working as editor on social activism magazine CTRL.ALT.SHIFT, Fiddy moved fully back into the music industry in 2013 as a tour and day-to-day manager, working with Duke Dumont, Jax Jones and Kelli-Leigh among others. With a CV that covers a vast array of work with - and for - major and independent record labels, Fiddy has also worked in radio, TV and continues to write for Trench and Complex UK as well as being the urban editor of Mixmag where she’s contributed in excess of 100,000 words in reviews over the last decade.



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