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TUNED ON | ASTON MANOR ACADEMY

Since 2009 ‘Tuned on’ sessions have become a regular feature in the Punch calendar, 7 years on these sessions are still reaching young people from the city of Birmingham, offering myriad forms of multi-genre music industry education and guidance. This year we opened the discussion again with our latest panelists; Dapz On The Map, Mark Wilberforce (#PA$$IONPA¥$), internationally respected DJ ‘Matchstick’ and The Playmaker Group’s studio manager Stephen. This diverse panel visited Aston Manor Academy music department ready to answer any questions the young students had and to discuss their experiences as active members of the arts. After sharing some great advice and words of wisdom with the students, we opened the floor for some all-important networking, allowing the young people to make some much valued connections.

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SOUL ACOUSTIC | UK TOUR

This year we have been celebrating women in music and uniting some of the best UK female voices to take the stage and champion their craft and contribution to the music world, Soul Acoustic hit the road in April bringing strong performances with acoustic vibes to 6 major cities around the country, each city embodied its own personality and dynamic adding to the excitement of every show. Misha B, Roxxxan, Miraa May, Aleighcia Scott and Kara Marni were joined by a range of emerging artists from the city they were performing in, opening the show and helping to showcase the various musical talents being developed amongst young artists around the country.

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MUSIC POTENTIAL | BIRMINGHAM

After an intensive Bootcamp selection process seventy-eight 18-25 year old creatives were enrolled in this year’s Capital Xtra Music Potential program. Everyone was selected to join a group based on their music industry passion and experience, gaining skills such as music production, song writing and performance, events management, video production and much more, supported by a whole host of music industry professions, with special guest visits from radio DJ Tim Westwood and rising star Anne-Marie. After 4 weeks of hard work the participant’s various talents were celebrated, first in a local event at Mama Roux in Digbeth, organised entirely by the events management team and culminating in a star-studded showcase and awards ceremony at Camden’s KOKO in London with performances from a selection of participants from both Birmingham and London, as well as chart toppers WSTRN and Anne-Marie.

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JULIAN MARLEY | UK TOUR

With six back to back dates in August, internationally acclaimed roots reggae sensation Julian ‘Ju Ju’ Marley embarked on his first nationwide tour or England. Grammy nominated Marley performed a collection of favorites taken from his three albums including hits like Boom Draw, Lemme Go and Violence in the streets. to 6 sold out venues across the country, with support from Jamaican roots artist Iba Mahr.

The son legend Bob Marley, has continued to uphold his father’s legacy by creating an authentic and energetic set, with each date embodying its own unique and mesmerizing atmosphere delivering nothing less than a quality live music experience, proving once again that Punch are continuing to deliver some of the most innovative and exciting Black music tours in the UK, with many more great acts to be expected to hit the road in 2017.

We continue our journey through our highlights from the year in BEST OF PUNCH 16 – PART 2 

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