12 February 2016
Last night saw the first ‘PRS Presents’ gig kick-off for 2016, where Streatham offices played host for the stellar line-up of live music performances from Andrew Ashong, Ghostpoet and Dr Meaker.
MP Chuka Umunna was of attendance, where he introduced his old friend and first act of the evening, Andrew Ashong - also sharing his love for the vibrant music scene in London’s south.
Only the second in its series, the ‘PRS Presents’ gigs take place every two months – giving industry, fans and the local community an opportunity to connect with live music and the amazing talent that fall under PRS for Music’s membership.
The evening was filled with the sounds of south London with soul singer-songwriter, DJ and producer Andrew Ashong opening the gig with a mesmerising set of dreamy vocals and jazz-inspired sounds.
Mercury-prize nominee and headline act for the evening, rapper, Ghostpoet, followed with superb indie-rock infused monologue backed with stunning female vocals and band, wowing the audience leaving the room buzzing for more.
To close the night, hailing from Bristol – the electronic dance act Dr Meaker took to stage their unique fusion of Drum & Bass, live saxophonists and astounding vocals which got the crowd dancing.
Streatham MP, Chuka Umunna said: “It’s great to be back at PRS for Music, I am so proud to have PRS in Streatham. It’s fitting because we are an immensely creative, energetic musical part of London. There are so many music legends that you can associate with our area.”
Ghostpoet said: “It was a true pleasure to play for PRS Presents, it's the least I could do for all the great support I've been given. Was a great atmosphere and fun was had, great times mate great times.
PRS for Music Chief Executive, Robert Ashcroft said: “What a great night for our first ‘PRS Presents’ gig in Streatham, filled with simply outstanding music. We are extremely fortunate to be able to host these performances on our doorstep, especially in an area that continues to be recognised as a thriving cultural hub for live music.”
The next ‘PRS Presents’ gig will be held at PRS for Music’s King’s Cross HQ in April, line-up to be announced soon – stay tuned prsformusic.com/presents
About PRS for Music
PRS for Music represents the rights of over 124,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.
PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.