Tinchy Stryder, Maximo Park and Peace Mix rock the Roundhouse


Peace Mix takes over the Roundhouse with star guests Tinchy Stryder, Maximo Park and The Loose Cannons

The finale of Peace Mix took place last night (28 August 2012) at the Roundhouse with a host of amazing acts and the winners of the Peace Mix Mic Relay, Georgie Rose and Ricky Fleming. The night was a closing ceremony for Peace Mix, a campaign that has seen hundreds of 16 – 25 year olds enter both the Peace Mix Mic Relay national tour and an online crowd sourced track produced by SBTV. London’s Loose Cannons kept the crowd going throughout the show with their jump up set.

First on stage was the Nottingham Peace Mix Mic Relay winner Gerogie Rose. This was her first big gig and before she went on stage she said this was the most nervous she had ever been. The crowd took to Georgie straight away and made her feel right at home. Birmingham winner, Ricky Fleming was next up and played an outstanding set, he’s definitely one to watch. His heartfelt rendition of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’ was his finale song and left the crowd wanting more. 

New Day Foundation (NDF) was the next to jump on stage to perform their rendition of the online crowd sourced track. Performing alongside some of the young people involved in the Mic Relay. Sharif Cousins, CEO of NDF, said: “NDF are a collective of people who share a vision to change our community for the better and put young people on a positive path”.

Maximo Park came on stage with front man Paul Smith looking as dapper as ever in his trademark bowler hat. They opened with the 2004 single, ‘Apply Some Pressure’ and the Roundhouse was given the honour of hearing their new single from the new album The National Health. The band recorded their fourth album with Pixies and Foo Fighters producer Gil Norton and will be on tour from November. Paul told the crowd, “It’s been such a brilliant day, and getting to meet with all the young musicians and seeing Peace Mix come together like this”.

Star of the night and MC of the moment, Tinchy Stryder, closed Peace Mix with a storming 45 mins set. He opened with his 2009 hit, ‘You’re Not Alone’ and slammed through his set with the crowd singing every single word his UK smash hit, ‘No 1’. The Camden crowd was treated to a very special first listen of his new single.

Tinchy Styder said about the cause: "When Peace Mix approached me I knew that it was something that I could get involved in because I've known so many people that have used music to rise above bad situations. Peace Mix wants to get young people to stop making trouble and start making music! Peace Mix is a wicked project and our gig at the Roundhouse is going to be epic!” 

Peace Mix was created after the BIG (Big Lottery Fund) and aspiring conflict resolution social enterprise theNew Day Foundation (NDF) joined forces to give young people across the UK a voice and the opportunity to be part of a campaign that promotes peace. At the forefront of the newly formed NDF is former Birmingham gang members who after 10 years of feuding are now focusing on building a more peaceful future and are encouraging others to do the same.

Peace Mix was made possible through a broad range of partners including urban youth charity XLP, social enterprise education through music education charity Blastbeat, youth engagement agency Livity, London’sRoundhouse and the Eden Project in Cornwall, plus a host of community groups, the voluntary sector, youth organisations and regional charities.  Together they hope to offer young people the encouragement and resources they need to improve their life-chances and realise their full potential.

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