Join us for an evening of networking, emerging music and great people together with Karousel and SESAC. From 6pm MMF will host a Manager + Industry mixer, before the 7.30pm 4 act showcase upstairs featuring LOELASH, ASHES, PACIFIC & MAKOLA.
Spaces are limited so make sure to sign up in time. This is free for MMF members but we encourage donations to support the acts.
Makola is working on a new EP and are actively looking for management. Ashes are managed by MMF Members Ignition, Pacific are managed by MMF member Gemma Etchells and Loelash are managed by MMF member Corinne Chinnici.
6PM: MMF Mixer
Ashes is a new project from Matt Jones (Ultrasound/minuteman/Beady Eye/Jamie T/Chris Robinson/Engineers and many more).
Channelling the drama of Scott Walker and David Bowie, via Lee Hazelwood and Phil Spector. The expansive sound couples classic song writing with modern nuance, resulting in the spectacular sound of Ashes.
Rising duo Makola have their roots in Finland and Ghana but their sound, an irrepressible explosion of hip-hop and afrobeat, could only ever have been forged in London. Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio show host DJ Julie Adenuga jumped on their first release, featuring ‘This is London’ and hailing it as one of her “tracks of the summer”. The track quickly became one of Apple Music UK’s A-List tracks of the week. This is London encapsulated the feeling of summer 2016 and soon made it on UK mainstream radio. Radio 1’s Phil Taggart showcased it and so did Mista Jam, culminating in Makola becoming BBC Introducing’s act of the week. Subsequently This is London was playlisted by BBC Radio 1xtra and played by Trevor Nelson, DJ Target and the like, meanwhile Europe was feeling the vibe and major stations like Radio Fritz in Germany and Couleur3 in Switzerland played it all summer.
Second single Black Man Statues saw Makola incorporate a Grimier London sound, again embodying their surroundings and producing a piece of socio-political commentary in a tongue-in-cheek manor. Black Man Statues found pride and place on Spotify’s Grime Shutdown playlist and also featured on Radio 1 with Huw Stephens, also as Mista Jam’s ‘Inbox Fresh’ track of the week.
Now the band is gearing up for their next release ‘Black Star’ in Feb 2020, and is to be followed with an Afro Mixtape in March.
Having been spun on BBC Radio 1 by Huw Stephens and featured in METRO, “New band Pacific are proving indie music is getting a much needed coming back”, the band’s electrifying immediate sound has been gaining them strong momentum.
2019 saw the band sell out three shows in Manchester and Northwich, win Y Not Festival’s public vote to play the festival from 1,000s of acts that applied, as well as a 30-minute, live-on-air gig for BBC Introducing Stoke.
Recent live slots included Dot to Dot Festival 2019, joining All Tvvins, The Modern Strangers, and Red Rum Club as support act on their recent tours, as well as selling out their biggest headline show to date at Night People, Manchester which was covered by Scott’s Menswear & Manchester’s Finest.
Continued strong radio support this year has included multiple BBC Introducing plays, national playlisting on Amazing Radio & Union Jack FM, as well as support from XS Manchester, where the band performed an acoustic session.
Pacific have also gained support from Manchester football clubs; frequenting Premier League match playlists at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, performing at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, and receiving backing from Salford City FC, who use the band’s music across their video content.
“Their sound is big & bold with a focus on the keys. Their music holds the injection of indie rock the charts so desperately need right now.” – Metro
Loelash is an Italian electronic, future bass artist and producer. His debut EP Prisma, alongside his productions and remixes, received support by Jamz Supernova (BBC1xtra), Brown x Blue (Reprezent Radio), Keturah and Kamillah Rose (Foundation FM, SoFutureSounds), Chris P Cuts (NTS Radio). In October 2019 he supported Canadian artist Anomalie across his UK Tour. His unique live set, an hybrid between DJ set and live performance with Ableton involving synths, drum machine and sax, received an outstanding feedback from the audience.
Since completing his education, Loelash has established a reputation as a visionary artist, DJ and live performer. Continuing to build an ever-growing presence on the London electronic music scene, he’s held down a bi-monthly music podcast on newly-launched platform KEAKIE Radio.
Drawing from his diverse musical background, Loelash’s performances are an innovative, exploratory sonic adventure, blending live electronics, DJ techniques and instrumental talent.