Here's what went down at our issue launch at Kamio...

The Clash Spring Party went down last night at Kamio, and with it a string of explosive live sets and one very big surprise…

We launched issue number 103 with the help of Soulection’s Jarreau Vandal, Danish pop pioneers Off Bloom and super-hyped collective S4U.

Kicking things off (while queues snaked round the block) were S4U, headed up by the brilliantly-named Rosita Bonita, who breezed gracefully through new track ‘Friends’, along with heavenly R&B-tinged cuts ‘Twice’ and ‘One Key’.

Copenhagen pop trio Off Bloom were up next, bringing M.I.A flavours to the fore as they ran through fiery singles ‘Love To Hate It’ and new single ‘Falcon Eye’, Mette’s energy as a frontwoman ensuring all eyes were fixed to the front.

Jarreau Vandal nailed the headline slot with his effortless blends of R&B, hip-hop and house, blowing the roof off the venue with the Amsterdam producer’s Ginuwine edits and razor-sharp blending that kept the whole room on their feet.

The biggest surprise of the night came as an appearance from one of the most hotly-tipped artists to emerge out of the UK in recent times — J Hus. The afrobeats-cum-grime star leapt onto the stage, ripping out a laptop on stage before launching into ‘Dem Boy Paigon’, ‘Friendly’, ‘Did You See’, ‘Lean & Bop’, ‘Playing Sports’, and more — leaving a gassed crowd, phones out, shouting ‘husssssla baby’.

Run in association with with Cheap Monday and Olympus, our party was kept well oiled by BrewDog and evian, while Nandos kindly dropped off some crates of chicken to ensure our performers were fired up for the stage.

Check out the highlight reel below, put together by LJ Edits and Cees Artz.

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Photo credit: Lauren McDermott and Cees Artz


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