Its always a great affair when artists perform in smaller locations because the vibe becomes music more acoustic and intimate, making you feel like its just you and the sound. Ibis teamed up with Roundhouse for a new venture which brings upcoming artists to perform at various Ibis hotels around London, kicking off with Shoreditch because where else would be better for such a cool event!?
The event featured performances by Estee Blu who is a unique performer mixing a little gospel with jazz and R&B with her first EP being fresh out, Jay Johnson who started his career as a busker to recording his first EP in Abbey Road studios featuring a mainly folk influence, Soma which is a young creative band with electronic influence and Nikita Chauhan, a DJ with a great ear for mixing different genres of music.
All of the acts regularly at Roundhouse in various genres which was great for allowing us to go on a musical journey throughout the evening. I’d never heard of any of the acts before and really enjoyed listening to their own material as well as a few covers. I’ve definitely fallen a little in love with Jay Johnson’s folk style and he is definitely an artist to know about for the future.
The next #ibislates will be in hotels around the country including Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh so if any of those are close to you, I’d recommend heading down to listen to some great acts. If you can’t get to one, everything is also streamed to Facebook live and available to watch back on Ibis’ Facebook page so you’re never missing out!
*this post is in collaboration with ibis hotels who kindly gifted us a one night stay.