Four must watch acts under 24 at Lovebox Festival

Lewisham based artist MNEK performing at Glastonbury Festival 2014  Pic:  Neal Whitehouse Piper

Lewisham based artist MNEK performing at Glastonbury Festival 2014
Pic: Neal Whitehouse Piper


This weekend, the Lovebox Festival will return to Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets for the 12th time, providing two days of some of the world’s best music.

The park will be inundated with big beats and sing-alongs this weekend as the sold out festival hosts some of the biggest names around, such as the mainstream troublemaker M.I.A, electronic tastemaker Chase & Status and rapper Nas, who will perform his old school masterpiece ‘Illmatic.’

ELL has handpicked four must watch artists under-24 years of age who will be performing at Lovebox this weekend.

Ady Suleiman (22)

Twenty-two year old Ady Suleiman is truly a hidden gem of the UK soul scene.

Catapulted from Nottingham obscurity after earning a record deal with Sony Music, and recently spotlighted on the BBC stage at Glastonbury, Suleiman is hypnotising, natural and precise.

Lovebox is the perfect time for you to catch him before he becomes a big star.

MNEK (19)

Still only 19, Lewisham-born Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike, who goes by the name MNEK, has already been involved in major electronic projects with big names such as Rudimental, The Saturdays and Duke Dumont.

He has received serious shout-outs from the Guardian, NME, Dazed and Popjustice, who all praised his work at such a young age.

This weekend will be MNEK’s second round of Lovebox, after his well received performance at last year’s event.

“It’s an all-round great festival and I’m honoured to be on the line up for my own set this year,” he said.

Elli Ingram (20)

Elli Ingram’s journey into the music world began at age 18 when she started uploading cover tracks to YouTube. Just two years later, Ingram’s dense soulful voice can now be heard on her first EP ‘Sober,’ after signing with Island Records.

Ingram has already received the stamp of approval from the likes of RWD, Vibe, Radio 1 and Wonderland.

Mirror Signal (19)

Nigerian-born Steven Barker may be just 19, but his music is definitely mature.

His latest four-track release, ‘Broken Soldier,’  has immediately garnered serious airtime and sparked a discussion about whether he is the successor to James Blake.

Barker knits his tunes with layers of vocals, enticing people to drown in his deep vocals seasoned with acoustic guitar and reverb.

You can catch Mirror Signal performing at the Noisey stage on Saturday.

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