RADAR is a live event born of a collaboration between The Manchester College, Music Week, ILUVLIVE and MusicConnex to showcase the best unsigned and just-signed talent to the UK music industry. With a terrific line-up including Blizzard, The Carnabys, Izzy Bizu, The Lottery Winners and The Kaptivators, all of the artists performing are offering something unique, different and fresh, covering a broad range of musical styles. These could well be tomorrow’s stars! With a wealth of quality artists, RADAR is one of the industry’s favourite nights out.
Natalie first came to public attention for winning a national song writing competition judged by Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Since then she has written with Paul McCartney, performed with Boy George and collaborated with Beth Orton. In 2013 Natalie won Female Artist of the Year at the Liverpool music awards. Her single ‘PINS’ has received airplay from BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music alongside widespread critical acclaim from the local and national press with Q Magazine featuring it as one of their ‘5 Tracks To Hear This Week’.
Blizzard is a Manchester based grime musician and rising star of the UK underground scene. He has now amassed 5 million YouTube views, emphasising his already considerable credentials, and has reached #18 in the iTunes album chart and #3 in the Hip-Hop charts with his music. Blizzard followed up with many more videos on the likes of SBTV and Don’t Flop that saw him exchanging lyrics in a battle against Mark Grist, an English teacher.
The Carnabys are a fast paced, buzzing, electric, indie-rock five piece hailing from South West London. They are a classic example of talent beyond their years; honing their live craft in pubs, clubs and venues they broke into a wider consciousness in 2012 with London and German festival appearances. Since then they have opened for Bruce Springsteen, Black Crowes, Alabama Shakes, supported Blondie (numerous times), Patti Smith, Imagine Dragons, Palma Violets, AllusonDrugs, StarSailor, The Coronas and more.
“The Best Support Band We’ve Had In Years” – Debbie Harry, Blondie
Born to an Ethiopian mother and an English father, Izzy’s rich cultural tapestry has informed her soulful pop soundscape. Growing up on a diet of Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse and Marvin Gaye, Izzy’s delicate acoustica threads those nostalgic funk-and-soul elements with a genuine indie spirit. Izzy’s debut EP Coolbeanz went to no. 3 on the itunes R&B and Soul chart and caught the attention of Radio 1 tastemakers Zane Lowe, Gemma Cairney and Huw Stephens, as well as BRIT award winner Sam Smith, who invited Izzy to support him on tour.
The band have played extensively live, supporting the likes of The Futureheads, Jamie Cullum, The Charlatans and The Enemy, building up a loyal family of fans in the process.
The Kaptivators are a Manchester based collective with funk and rhythm in their bones! Their sound is an eclectic mix of hip-hop, soul, electro and dub. Uplifting themes and social commentary form part of their story, the strong live set-up will rock you!
The Manchester College offer a specialised range of music courses. Whether you’re a budding composer or keen to manage events and record labels, you’ll develop a range of skills for working in the industry. Our top of the range recording studios and Mac suites use the latest technology. Find out more and view our courses or contact our Course Enquiries Team on 0161 203 2100
The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.