Part of Roundhouse Rising Festival, our annual festival of new music

If you’re an urban music artist looking for the edge in raising your profile and perfecting your sound, or a lover of grime who wants to know what it takes to work with the likes of Skepta, JME, Ghetts and Dizzee, make sure you head to Urban Development’s industry takeover day at Roundhouse Rising Festival.

Urban Development are a music development organisation dedicated to the growth of urban music in Britain and they’re teaming up with leading youth lifestyle platform Complex UK to bring together key players in the business to delve into the past, present and future of grime. The day will also offer the opportunity to play your music to A&R professionals from top labels including Universal Music UK, Polydor and XL Recordings.

The day will culminate in a live music showcase illustrating the full spectrum of grime music with performances from afrobeat artist and MOBO nominee Mista Silva, acclaimed rapper Kaniva, Roundhouse Resident Artist neo, soul/R&B singer Estée Blu, plus sets from the influential DJs P Montana and DJ Funkz.

Full line-up:

Industry Takeover | GRIME 2.0
In partnership with Complex UK

Once again Urban Development collaborates with leading youth lifestyle platform, to explore the UK’s biggest urban cultural export. The panel will be chaired by journalist Hyperfrank, with contributions from Senior Complex UK Editor Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson, legendary grime documenter and video director Rooney (Risky Roadz), Eskimo Dance Brand Manager Leila ‘Lilz’Singh, plus a very special guest to be announced. The panel will analyse the past, present and future of grime, chart its rise to dominance and the impact of independent releasing and social media.

Hyperfrank – Journalist + Curator
Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson – Senior Editor Complex UK
Risky Roadz – Media Pioneer / Music Director
Leila ‘Lilz’ Singh – Official Media PR/Eskimo Dance
+ Special Guest

Session Time: 2pm – 3.30pm

Industry Takeover | A&R Surgery

Play your music to highly respected A&R professionals from top labels including Universal Music UK, Polydor and XL Recordings, in your very own 15-minute one-to-one consultation.
Back by popular demand, Urban Development teams up with the UK’s largest major and independent labels, to bring you the opportunity to get professional feedback on your demo, sound or even your artistic direction.

Speakers will include A&R managers;
• Caroline SM, A&R Manager, XL Recordings
• Rich Castillo, A&R Manager, Polydor

PLEASE NOTE: Limited slots are available on a 1st come 1st served basis – Registration begins at 1.30pm sharp!

Session Time: 4pm – 5.30pm (one-to-one sessions)


Industry Takeover | Showcase

After debating the next stages of Grime 2.0, Urban Development curate a specialist showcase that illustrates the full spectrum of the genre from grime, hip hop, to afro beats in this commanding performance you definitely don’t want to miss.

Mista Silva
Estee Blu
+ Special Guests
DJ P Montana
DJ Funkz

Time: 4pm – 5.30pm