This month, PRS for Music returned with another instalment of PRS Presents, a night of incredible live music from some of the UK’s most exciting up and coming talents.
Since 2015, PRS Presents has played host to intimate performances, new voices and firm favourites. These shows are an opportunity to showcase future generations of talent, with many of today’s most notable artists having once graced their stages. The Presents alumni includes Rag N Bone Man, IDLES, Lady Leshurr, Self Esteem and many more beloved acts.
Taking over independent venue Amazing Grace in London Bridge, the first Presents of the year featured Downtown Kayoto, Aziya, and headliners NOISY. All three artists on the carefully curated line-up – selected in partnership with charitable arm PRS Foundation – are known for being musical all-rounders, blending genres and production techniques to create new sonic landscapes.
First up was Zimbabwe born, Hull raised Downtown Kayoto. Mixing elements of indie, pop, rap, RNB, electro and more, Downtown Kayoto sang of looking for purpose and feeling adrift in a performance of his track Lite. Later, Aziya amped up the crowd with her latest single Girl Meets World. Aziya has been writing songs since she first picked up a guitar at ten years old, and her exceptional talent struck a chord with the crowd.
By the time NOISY took the stage, the room was buzzing. Describing themselves as ‘your new favourite band that sound nothing like a band’, NOISY combine the energy of a club with the atmosphere of a gig. Their track RUDEBOY is a prime example – a euphoric dance track that sent the night out on a high.
Nurturing the next generation of songwriters, composers, and music-makers is crucial for the long-term sustainability and growth of the industry. The first PRS Presents of the year was a great example of this, bringing together people from across the industry to celebrate the diversity and vitality of the UK’s talent pipeline. We look forward to many more to come in 2023.
Watch the full video of February’s PRS Presents below.