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2Funky Music Cafe 23A Park Street, LE3 5NH Leicester, United Kingdom
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#Festival2Funky Presents Ms Banks At iLuvLive
Wednesday 24th May 2017
8pm - 11pm
£5 Entry or FREE with festival wristband
Headliner: Ms Banks
Off Colour - Aine Zion - Ofure - Stanza
ILUVLIVE is a live music event that launched in London in June 2004 and has now become the UKs premier homegrown live music night. Jesse J, Ed Sheeran, Professor Green, Maverick Sabre, Tinie Tempah, Plan B, Taio Cruz, Chipmunk, Tinchy Stryder, Katy B, Wretch 32 and NDubz are just a few of the acts that we supported, often years before they were signed.
Each night features acts all playing with a live band plus the now legendry ILUVLIVE 60 second open mic. Anyone can sign up for the open mic but the 8-12 slots fill up fast and the competition is ferocious with the act most popular with the audience winning a coveted slot at our next show. Sign up on the night. First come first served.
Ms Banks, a South London native of Nigerian and Ugandan heritage, brings her own unique perspective to the UK Grime scene. Her rhymes are authoritative in nature and speak on her experiences growing up in the ‘hood with a predominantly male circle. Banks smokes weed, finds it uncomfortable presenting herself in an overtly sexual way and loves a challenge, but prefers to keep things classy. These traits make her stand out in an industry determined to make her fill the feminine stereotype. She feels that her gender only boosts her popularity and isn’t worried about breaking into a male-dominated industry.
Ms Banks has been rapping since she was 12 years old, inspired by her uncle who used to rap over drum and bass beats. Her real name is Thyra with a silent H, so the comparisons to the American supermodel turned businesswoman were inevitable. Adding the Ms to the Banks was her way of formalizing her take on the name and Ms Banks was born. She began songwriting at the age of 15 to vent her experiences and help herself through troubled times. These songs formed her debut mixtape Once Upon A Grind, which came out in 2014.
Her big break later came when her radio host friend encouraged her to start recording in the studio at 18. From there, she was invited to open mic nights and started to build her social media presence, including posting popular covers on YouTube. Since then she has collaborated with the likes of Tinie Tempah and JME and stacked up quite a few awards. At this point she is happy to be an independent artist and doesn’t want to sign to a major label anytime soon.
HOST: Carol Leeming
DJ: DJ Yess
LOCATION: 2Funky Music Cafe
New Park St, Leicester LE3 5NH
Time: 8PM till 11PM (1st act onstage 8.30)