To mark National Poetry Day, Lyrix Organix collective UnFOLD have released ‘EP2’, a collection of tracks from five of UK’s outstanding young voices and “change makers” on the spoken word scene. To celebrate the release, UnFOLD have announced their first UK tour, heading to Band On The Wall on 10th October for a stellar night of live performance featuring five incredible spoken word artists, alongside a full band and the London String Collective with visual art by Joanna Layla.
Lyrix Organix are acclaimed and defiantly independent curators of music and poetry, events and education, committed to youth-led programmes around the world that support charities and social action. Restlessly experimenting with live performance, their stages have seen performances from the likes of Akala, Kate Tempest, Kojey Radical and Ed Sheeran.
Combining language, music and illustration, attendees at Band On The Wall can look forward to sets from Sophia Thakur, emerging as one of the most captivating and vital female voices in spoken word, highlighting racial and social injustice with over 14,000 YouTube subscribers and two TED Talks to her name. Barbican Young Poets resident Kieron Rennie will also appear, an exhilirating spoken word artist strongly influenced by visual art tackling subjects from gang culture to male identity and depression, along with Bristol-based Solomon OB, blurring the lines between rap and poetry and winner of ‘Best British Spoken Word Artist’ at the BBE Awards.
Also on the bill, guests can look forward to the unmistakable Toby Thompson, mentored by Akala at Hip Hop Shakespeare Company and acclaimed by Kate Tempest, with the subtle and acutely observed Laurie Ogden completing the line-up, dubbed a “rising star of poetry, screen and stage”. Supported by an illustrious group of musicians, advance tickets to catch this superb line-up are just £10.
Lyrix Organix: UnFOLD takes place at Band On The Wall on Wednesday 10th October. Tickets are available here.