Let’s face it, if you want to see real talent every week then you shouldn’t be watching The X Factor. Instead, get yourself down to Music Is My Drug on a Tuesday at The Brickhouse in Brick Lane to see impressive performances from known and unknown artists, accompanied by a live band. We went to check out Tuesday’s show and we definitely didn’t leave disappointed.
Presenters for the night were Bianca Clayton and BBC 1xtra’s CJ Beatz, who did a great job at keeping the crowd entertained and upbeat in between sets. Artists then took to the stage to showcase their musical abilities, with singers, MCs and even a beatboxer proving their worth.
Amongst the performers were the soulful Christiana Kayode (backing vocalist for Plan B), former footballer turned singer Leon McKenzie and singer-songwriter Alex Phillips.
The night also included an open mic session, in which three MCs and three singers battled it out for the chance to return to the stage the following week and perform a proper set. Music industry experts from GRM Daily and SB.TV were on hand to pick the winners and spared us of the usual pantomime style judging we’re used to seeing from the likes of Simon Cowell and Tulisa.
The judges and performers kept it real and focused on the music, making it a great example of raw talent that we would encourage everyone to go and see for yourselves at some point. We even spotted a few famous faces in the audience, with G Frsh, J2k and Aggro Santos all passing through to show support.
We had a great night and it’s highly recommended.