The music industry’s tastemakers and talent spotters have already begun making their predictions for the artists to watch out for in 2017. This year BIMM joined forces with DIY magazine to support their Class of 2017 launch event, which was held at the chic and stylish Omeara bar and music venue near London Bridge.

The evening saw performances from a host of hotly-tipped rising stars including BIMM Brighton electronic duo and BBC Introducing favourites, Sea Bed who blew the crowd away with an enchanting set including songs from their most recent EP, The Art of Living. BIMM’s Head of artist Development, Jake Shillingford has watched the band develop:

“Their latest EP is a huge step up for the band in terms of production and songwriting.”

BIMM’s Creative Performance Coordinator, Andy Maclure was among those in attendance on the night, alongside fellow Brighton musicians and former BIMM students, The Magic Gang.

“Newly signed to Warner Music, Magic Gang arrived to watch Sea Bed. It’s great to see so many BIMM Alumni here supporting each other,” Andy told BIMM.

Abattoir Blues also stole the show with their dark and foreboding blend of post-punk, which draws parallels to Interpol and Fat White Family. The band set the bar high for another pop starlet, Pixx, but the eclectic singer-songwriter more than rose to the occasion, leaving only the talented Declan McKenna to close.

The 2015 Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent winner was in fine form and had feet stomping and shoulders swaying with a stellar performance, with BIMM London graduate Isabel Torres on guitar.

Speaking after the event, Sarah Jamieson, Managing Editor of DIY said:

“After much hard work planning and organising our Class of 2017 launch event, it’s a real pleasure to say that it was a brilliant night for all. While the night was very much new territory for DIY, getting to see both our exhibition and gig come to fruition was incredibly satisfying. It was also a real privilege to have BIMM involved in the event and gave us the opportunity to continue supporting not just emerging artists, but emerging talent from across the music industry.”

DIY’s Jack Clothier was also full of praise for the event’s ‘exciting line up’ and BIMM’s involvement, paving the way for more collaborations in the future:

“It was a real treat to get such a vibrant and exciting line up of acts in one room last night, and the place was positively fizzing with atmosphere. There was so much to do, so it was great that BIMM were in attendance as well to get involved with the show – and hopefully it is a relationship that will continue to grow into 2017 and beyond!”

We also caught up with Sea Bed’s manager Keith McColl, who was more than complimentary about DIY’s Class of 2017 showcase following his group’s triumphant performance.

“It was great. Brilliant venue and superb night,” he told BIMM.

It was a pleasure teaming up with DIY to sponsor such a fantastic event, which also saw our BIMM music journalism students given a chance to shadow the editorial team. Thanks to all who attended – a perfect gig to round off 2016.

POSTED ON: December 8, 2016
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