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IFF reveals first showcase artists

X-ray Touring's Pink Oculus, Dead!, Skinny Living and Kelly Lee Owens and Coda's Tiggs Da Author, Raye, Lido and Kiko Bun will play the September event

By IQ on 23 Aug 2016

Pink Oculus, Jan de Bloois

image © Jan de Bloois

With just over a month to go until kick-off, the International Festival Forum (IFF) – ILMC’s spin-off event for festival bookers and agents – has revealed the first festival-ready performers for its agency showcases.

X-ray Touring kicks off Wednesday 28 September’s showcase schedule at 13.30 with shows from Southampton five-piece Dead!, fresh from a summer of festivals and club touring, and Pink Oculus, the alter ego of Dutch recording artist, singer-songwriter, MC, producer and actress Esperanza Denswil (pictured).

Also showcased by X-ray will be Yorkshire four-piece Skinny Living and Björk- and Arthur Russell-channelling singer-songwriter Kelly Lee Owens.

On Thursday 29 September, meanwhile, Coda Agency will be front and centre for Tanzanian-born, London-based poet, rapper and producer Tiggs Da Author to showcase alongside Stormzy collaborator and media darling Raye.

Completing Coda’s line-up is Norwegian songwriter and producer Peder Losnegård, aka Lido, who mixes electronic, R&B, pop and jazz energies, and Kiko Bun, who crafts a sound based on the re-emergence of reggae, soul and golden-era hip hop.

More participating artists will be revealed in the weeks to come.

Listen to the eight announced so far in the Spotify playlist below:

Produced by ILMC, IFF, an invitation-only event for booking agents and festival promoters/bookers, takes place across two London venues, Proud Camden and next door’s Dingwalls, on 28 and 29 September. Participating agencies include UTA, X-ray Touring, CAA, WME, Coda, Primary Talent, ATC Live, ITB, LPO and Pitch & Smith.

Rock am Ring founder Marek and son Andre, now heading up the newly formed Live Nation GSA, were earlier this month announced as keynote speakers.

To register to attend, visit www.iff.rocks/register.


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