As part of Roundhouse Rising

Yoots don’t come like they used to. At tonight’s 30/30 Roundhouse Records Album Launch, there’s not a bouncy ball or training wheel in sight. Lots of tie-dye though, and some truly shocking backless jeans. Seriously, is this a thing now? Are cardigans out?

But then, it’s not every day that thirty acts of eleven-to-twenty-five-year-olds get recording time with EMI to make one killer album, and that’s what tonight’s about celebrating. Five acts from the record are performing live, interspersed with tunes from the awesome DJ Joss Ryan. Even Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason came to watch – we’re not kidding.

Vanessa Gimenez opens with a cover of Jake Bugg’s ‘Lighting Bolt’ followed by David Guetta’s ‘Titanium’. But it’s her own track, ‘Stars’, sung in her deep, yodel-y tone coupled with sorrowful guitar, that stands out. It is beautiful, truly memorable.  

Next up is Blazer Splitz Boys, who’ve been writing and singing R&B together since the wee age of ten. They’re good fun, obviously passionate and determined, and wearing matching white blazers, which is always a laugh. Fancy some beans after this, lads?  

Fourteen-year-old Callum Rafferty is staggeringly clever with his looping and his beat-boxing and his audience participation and his half-size guitar. He’s clearly comfortable with his instrument, the lyrics to his songs idealistic and sentimental, his covers of Ed Sheeran’s ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ and Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’ tidy and smoothly sung.  

Demo, an eighteen-year-old rapper, follows, dominating the room with his fearless stage presence and mischievous beats, and The Tuts round off the evening channelling the ’90s and The Libertines with their lively and accessible punk. Their version of The Clash’s ‘Rudie Can’t Fail’ is played at double speed and their own tracks which include 'Worry Warrior' and ‘Dump Your Boyfriend’ (a cracking choice for Valentine’s Day) are catchy and tight.

So, a bloody brilliant night all round and some proper ones-to-watch. Now, who’s up for some Mario Cart? No?


Words by Mia Bleach

Photos by Rosie Wadey


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