From @flavourmag: Together in an intimate setting, fans and industry folk alike gathered at the decadent Hospital Club in Covent Garden for a night of gripping, thrilling and hilarious performances. Brought to us by Starcount, 'Be Discovered' can only be hailed as the go to gig for upcoming artists and deserving fans and for the first show of what we're expecting to go on and on, Starcount delivered. The night kicked off with the 20 year old singer Ojerimee, with a deep and rich textured voice beyond her years, and song writing skills to match as she shared a collection of penned songs, plus an eerily smart refix of Drake's 'Hold On We're Going Home,' plus a stunning redition of Wale ft Tiara Thomas 'Bad.' As the first to the stage Ojerimee portrayed confidence within such close proximity of the crowds and kept it pitch perfect. Mixing things up next was the cheeky Kojey Radical who had listener's hook, line and sinker, introducing his friends on stage as well as ribbing his guitarist (what are friend's for, ay?) before letting rip. Kojey kept it real with subjects ranging from the pride of his mother, political unjust, drug fuelled life styles and so much more. His flow from one topic to another was ridiculously smooth and where he plunged us deep into one narrative , he successfully lifted us into another. He incorporated memoirs, history and adventure, whilst getting the crowds to chant before we took time out for a group selfie. The experience was altogether humbling for us as well as for the word smith. Then came the turn of UK rapper Smiler who brought along with him some infectious beats, plenty of play on words and effortless flow. Having worked with the likes of Professor Green, Icona Pop, Lana Del Rey and more recently Ed Sheeran on the upcoming track 'Brand New Style,' it's clear that Smiler isn't a musician to be pigeon holed, as he delivered Hip Hop and Retro vibes laced with Rock elements. Another humble artist Smiler let us know his plans for the future and spoke of his experience within the music industry so far, and on that note we look forward to the release of Smiler's debut album next summer. The evening itself had such a mellow atmosphere and it was refreshing to see artists stood amongst everyone else, lending support and bringing that electricity for others to give 100%. Little Nikki is a star who at only 17 years old has bags of stage presence and you could tell she was loving every moment. Some of the fashionista's of the crowd would have recognised two of her songs 'Yoyo' & 'Little Nikki Say's' from those Boohoo adverts but seeing them up close and personal brought them to a new dimension. Adding the moves of Little Nikki and her on point dancer, each song was like a glimpse into a Little Nikki night out and I couldn't help but sway and jiggle along to her sound, fusing Reggae, Old Skool 90's, Drum 'n' Bass and Jungle. It seems that this teen can lend her voice to anything she wants to. Looking exceptionally dapper, shakka took to the stage next and it was evident from the word go that this was going to be a fun ride. The camera phones were whipped out as Shakka worked the stage like a true professional, belting out supernatural vocals and busting out some seriously vigorous moves. Some of you may know Shakka from his partnership with Wretch 32 on the hit 'Blackout,' so I was pleased as punch when he treated us to it on the night but he's got some stonking tracks of his own like the Ska sounding 'Sooner Or Later' and the heartfelt truthful lyrics of 'Just Want To See You.' It was a prominent moment of the evening when Shakka mashed up the tracks of Disclosure & Chris Malinchak's 'Latch' and 'So Good To You.' I'd say that it deserves a release in it's own right. Not only bursting with talent, we too had the comedic skills of the evening's host Julie Adenuga, as crowd interaction was high on her agenda. The masses weren't shy to get involved as they divulged weird facts about themselves, took part in catwalks, joined together for sing songs and acted out random scenes. But don't just take our word for it, get discovering now.
The Hospital Club
Until Fri Feb 7 2014
Time Out says
Posted: Tue Jan 7 2014
At this regular new talent night in Covent Garden, catch the cream of London's up-and-coming urban talent from hip hop and grime to electronica, all-out pop, R&B and soul. Entry is free, all you have to do is Tweet @StarcountBD to reserve your spot. Appearing tonight are Islington's 19-year-old rapper Little Simz – who Jay Z championed on his Life+Times site – indie guy/gal duo Chasing Grace, Blizzard, Ray Jones and Jody Brock. Plus a special guest, who we're guessing will be hella exciting considering Be Discovered had Woolwich MC Smiler and Little Nikki, the pint-sized Rihanna down last time.
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Absolutely sick gig, great intimate venue. Bediscovered introduced me to new up and coming artists! Would definitely recommend bediscovered to anyone looking who is interested in new talent! Great event, can't wait to go to the next one
Had a great time at Be Discovered last month! Went down to see Little Nikki, who was amazing as expected. Highlight was being introduced to the music of the incredible Shakka! Absolutely fell in love with his voice, so I'm so happy I went! Great vibes. Great crowd. Great talent. Great venue.
Be Discovered was a really enjoyable night of fresh talented artists. The hospital club us a great venue for intimate shows like this too and i loved the casual vibe as well as the enthusiasm guests had for the artists. The other highlight was the funny and very enthusiastic host who fully got the crowd involved. It was a great mix of music and i had a really great time at the event with two of my friends. I would definately go to a Be Discovered event again and would recommend it to anyone.
There are many showcase nights running in the capital, especially when it comes to urban music and it's always hard for a new one to make an impact. However 'Be Discovered' seems to be doing just that. With a blazing line up for their debut show in December and an equally exciting selection of up & coming artists gracing the stage for their first of the new year, it seems like they will be a force to reckoned with in the future.
Be Discovered was a well executed night of pure talent. Can't wait for the next one! The night was smooth running and intimate without being overbearing. The drinks were well priced and the atmosphere was buzzing with positive.
Well organised, slick, madly entertaining showcase. BeDiscovered highlights true artists and performers and produces a one of a kind experience.
I went down to the first gig last month to see Shakka perform. I was completely blown away by the performances and walked away being a new fan of the other acts. Great venue, good vibes, thoroughly enjoyed. Look forward to this one! A good mid-week event.
I went to a Be Discovered gig in December and it was amazing - great line up and fantastic atmosphere in an intimate venue! The artists got the crowd going and everyone was loving it so I'm excited to go to more of these gigs this year!
The best place to find out about the next big artists. Went along to the first event just before Christmas and was really impressed, the music was varied and new, venue is intimate without damaging your wallet too much. If you're interested in being on the pulse music-wise, get down to these.
Was told about this Be Discovered event by a friend and have to admit that it was one of the best nights out I've had in a while. The Hospital Club venue was absolutely fantastic - intimate, reasonably priced and easy to get to from Covent Garden tube. The night itself consisted of up and coming artists from the local music scene, although I had not heard any of their music before I was thoroughly impressed and even got to have a brief conversation with a few of them between performances! Really looking forward to the next one!