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City Showcase 2010 Takes Over London!

News: 13th April 2010 by Louise Dodgson
Source: City Showcase

Full line-up announced for this summer’s live music events

The 9th annual City Showcase, being held 5-9 May in the heart of London, has announced its 2010 line up.  Having previously showcased new young artists, including Keane, Razorlight, Amy Winehouse, Newton Faulkner, Natty, Hot Chip, Scouting for Girls, Sway, Lady Sovereign and N-Dubz, City Showcase promises a huge amount of both industry and media attention over the four day event. City Showcase has expanded to include many more venues as well as gigs on 8 and 9 May at The O2 all accessible with a festival wristband. 

Launching the event, City Showcase returns to Chinatown on 5 May where it will, again, be holding a fantastic free outdoor gig in the centre of Chinatown on Gerrard Street.  Chinatown is a cultural capital - where the East meets West - in the heart of London’s West-End.  City Showcase will introduce new acts Tuanne, Rebel Control and Cherry Lee at this fantastic free outdoor gig in the heart of London.

Headlining at the British Music Experience/The O2 on 8 May is Master Shortie celebrating his new label deal and his 21st birthday.  On 9 May, City Showcase will expand its music line-up with UK’s first, stand-alone classical and world music event - “City Showcase: Roots and Flutes”.  This unique festival will introduce London’s musical roots to a whole new audience and demonstrate the breadth of our culture with a day of music in restaurants and bars at The O2 as well as a rolling programme of talented new acts at the British Music Experience.  Headlining are Camilla Kerslake and Raghu Dixit.  Participating restaurants include Gaucho. Union Square, The O2 Store, Slug & Lettuce, S&M, Frankie & Benny’s, Las Iguanas, Tahir Silk, Spur, Water Margin and the Ha Ha Bar.

Acts this year include May68, Lunar Youth, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, These Monsters, Muchuu, Donae’o, CoCo Electrik and The Plight, playing at City Showcase gigs in the Borderline in association with Xfm and Rock Sound and at British Music Experience at The O2.  And 100% Music at The100 Club on 6 May hosts the wonderful vocals of Gemma Ray, Peter Lawrie, Chris Simmons and introducing a real future star, from Canada Ali Milner.

Plus evening gigs at venues across the city that include Toploader will be introducing a bill of emerging new singer songwriters at Dean Street Studios on 6 May including Natalie McCool plus gigs at 229 Club, Regal Room,  Amersham Arms, Fox & Firkin, New Cross Inn, The Bunker, Dirty South City.  Acts that will be playing include Monsters In The Attic, Officer Kicks, Ten City Nation, Ivyrise and many more.

In Carnaby and Regent Street on Saturday 8th May from midday to early evening, visitors can enjoy live music at hippest fashion boutiques and cafés - 55 DSL, The Apple Store, Ben Sherman, Eastpak, Fornarina, Habitat, Henri Lloyd, Lee Jeans, Liberty, Puma, LK Bennett, National Geographic, Sacred Café, Ted Baker, Tibits, Timberland, TM Lewin, Tommy Hilfiger, Vans, WeSC, Wrangler and Zebrano.  Acts include The Hornblower Brothers, Rotating Leslie, Honeyryder, The Perils, Bitbasic, Conrad The Scoundral, The Amateurs, Tin Soldiers and Jody McKenna.

Wristband holders will qualify for 20% off purchases in participating daytime venues throughout the City Showcase event as well as being able to take part in a 'trolley dash' ie the first person each day to present a receipt redeeming the 20% discount will win a day with their favourite band of the day in studio.

At The Apple Store, gigs and industry workshops will include Vaudeville Falls, Andrew Davie, Patch William, Polly MacKay and The Pleasure Principle, Jess Morgan and Tony Christie, Lynsey de Paul and Hal Ritson.

Nanette Rigg from City Showcase said, “We’re thrilled to be launching at London’s Chinatown – a great location with a brilliant atmosphere.  Also we are very excited about our new world and classical event to be held at the British Music Experience at the O2.  Coupled with the series of events in Carnaby, Regent Street and at Borderline, Soho, City Showcase promises another fantastic summer of music.”

City Showcase wristbands are available online at www.cityshowcase.co.uk

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