Nelly Hits London For One Night Only – The Forum, May 8th

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US-rapper Nelly, to will play a one-night-only UK live date on 8 May 2014 at The Forum in London. The highly-anticipated show from will showcase his well-known classics as well as new material from his recently released M.O album, including the single Get Like Me (Ft. Nicki Minaj & Pharrell).

DJ support now confirmed, with special guests Trevor Nelson (1xtra) + DJ Swerve (KISS) joining the bill and playing everything from old school RnB to club classics. An official after-party will take place at Proud Camden from 10pm on 8 May with DJ Swerve, WORK IT and Last FM DJs. With debut album Country Grammar in 2000 and hits including Country Grammar (Hot..), Ride Wit Me and E.I, Nelly crossed the line between rap and pop with ease, becoming a worldwide success and collaborating with artists as diverse as Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Rowland and Tim McGraw.

Coming straight out of St Louis, Nelly’s crossover appeal was routed in his universality; not representing the East or West coasts, Nelly had free range to provide a new sound and his midwestern country drawl stood him apart from the pack. Nelly’s first foray into music was with St Lunatics, alongside a group of his peers; Big Lee, Kyjuan, Murphy Lee and City Spud).

Shortly after the St Lunatics began releasing material, Universal Records signed Nelly onto a solo deal. Country Grammar debuted at Number 3 on the Billboard Album chart, climbing to the Number one spot shortly afterward. Nelly went on to release second album Nellyville in 2002, again topping the Billboard album charts. His lead single Hot in Herre was produced by The Neptunes and also topped the US singles chart and reached number 4 in the UK singles chart. Other hit tracks from Nellyville included Dilemma (ft. Kelly Rowland) and Work It (ft. Justin Timberlake).

Nelly’s stream of hits continued unabated in the wake of Nellyville as well as album releases; Sweatsuit (2004), Brass Knuckles (2008) and 5.0 (2010), top hits included: Shake Ya Tail Feather from the Bad Boys II film soundtrack, Flap Your Wings, My Place, Tilt Ya Head Back (ft. Christina Aguilera), Over and Over (ft. Tim McGraw) and Grillz.

In 2013, Nelly released his latest album M.O which includes features from Pharrell, Nicki Minaj and Nelly Furtado.





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London College of Fashion Celebrates Fashion’s Enduring Enfant Terrible

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The After Nyne team were invited to attend the private opening of the first ever exhibition of the graphic design work of designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

This satellite exhibition of the Gaultier show at the Barbican, which is being held at the Fashion Space Gallery at the London College of Fashion, is the first ever presentation of Gaultier’s design work dating from the 1980’s through to the present day

The exhibition shows an evolution of a designer showing his key trend inspirations depicted on singular pages.

Gaultier had been at the show earlier that day to have a final view of his work speaking to one LCF student, “I’m surprised anyone turned up to my first show” Whilst sharing a laugh at his first piece of design work.

We also had chance to have a look at some banned pieces of work, deemed too offensive for use at the time as well as seeing some of his more elaborate catwalk designs such as the yellow playsuit below.

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It is truly refreshing to see a designer so willing to show in such a raw format their entire career laid bare. It’s all there for us to see, and secures Jean Paul Gaultier’s position as the fashion industry’s enduring enfant terrible.

After Nyne truly recommends visiting the exhibition whilst it is still in London.


Jean-Paul Gaultier: Be My Guest – at the Fashion Space Gallery. 

The exhibition is open Monday–Friday from 10am–6pm, from 26 April on Saturdays 12 noon-4pm and is free of charge.
Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed

‘Skint’ Filming Goes Ahead in Grimsby – Residents Respond

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Listeners of the After Nyne Show podcast may recall that we ran an interview in episode 2, with Josie-Anne Gray, a Grimsby resident who was campaigning against the filming of Channel 4 show Skint in Grimsby.

Josie made an eloquent case against the filming, which she stated would only serve to work against the passion of locals who are working so hard to improve the area.

Well, I heard from Josie this morning. After a valiant fight against the filming, the residents have learnt that filming for the series will go ahead.

In response to this news, Josie has written an exclusive piece for After Nyne expressing her feelings about the decision:

Coming to your town…denigration, humiliation, misrepresentation and a completely shattered reputation.

Yes, that’s right, the bright little brains at Keo Films and their daddy Channel 4 have decided that Grimsby is the ideal town in which to stage a ruinous ‘documentary’ detailing the lives of the most abject, impoverished and least able to give informed consent. Anyway who watched Skint in Scunthorpe will have been invited to judge the lives of troubled children and young people, ruined crack addicts and cheeky families ‘taking the piss’ out of the welfare state by claiming benefits while fixing windows on the side. Twitter was aflame with helpful comments about scumbags and the undeserving poor while in the real world of actual Scunthorpe families were shattered and people were left without support, reeling at the damage done and that lasts long, long after the cameras stop rolling.

At a public meeting in Grimsby where the concerned gathered to discuss their fears, Steve Chalke told harrowing stories of the effects Benefits Street had on the residents of James Turner Street. Cars full of leering men hurling abuse through the school gates of the Oasis academy situated on the street; of frightened kids and angry adults who felt powerless to fight back at what they saw as gross misrepresentation.

I have no doubt that Grimsby is going to suffer some real body blows as a result of what will be a repellent and nasty little series focusing on a narrow section of the community. Some people will do anything for their fifteen minutes of fame with no clue as to how that fifteen minutes is going to affect their life in the longer run. Those of us working very, very hard to improve the town and to make life here more pleasant will be faced with a daunting job afterwards. Everything is going to be much harder, and where will the execs at Keo and Channel 4 be after the event? Laughing at us from a safe distance, laughing and pointing and joking with each other about how much fun it was to go and look at the poor people for a bit and to get them to do tricks. How edifying. They must be so proud of their work.

I requested, and received a response from Channel 4, which is as follows:

Skint is an observational documentary, which follows the experiences of a group of people in an area still feeling the effects of de-industrialization where thriving industries have closed down so work is scarce and money tight. It will tell the stories of people meeting the challenges of worklessness and long term unemployment exploring how some survive better than others. A wide range of stories will be featured in the series including those of residents who are striving to make a difference in their communities and improve their own circumstances.

At a time when government cuts are starting to bite, Skint will look at the real impact of worklessness both today and over generations, highlighting some of the social issues that arise, alongside the resilience, support and ingenuity demonstrated by individuals, families and their communities. 

After Nyne’s thoughts are with the residents, and campaigners, and our wishes for Channel 4 are that they keep in mind their goal of ‘highlighting social issues’ without sinking to the level of exploitative trash to fuel the prejudice, and fears of the Daily Mail readers among us.

My original interview with Josie-Anne Gray can be heard here:

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Ghetts Secret Show – The Rebel Experience, April 23rd


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A firm After Nyne favourite, renowned British MC Ghetts’ new album ‘Rebel With a Cause’ entered the OCC Official Album Charts at number 12 before settling at number 23 in it’s first week.

He’s performing a ‘secret show’ at The Social, Oxford Street on 23rd April.

I interviewed Ghetts for the Huff Post UK. Click here to read our interview

“Ghetts is without a doubt one of the finest MCs to have come out of East London… ‘RWAC is a game-changing album’” – i-D

“His latest release is his most enticing yet” – Clash

“You would be wrong to pigeonhole him as purely a grime artist” – Hunger




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In the Making: Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Howick Place ‘Wind Sculpture’

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Yinka Shonibare MBE with his ‘Wind Sculpture’, London

I’m delighted to be able to present After Nyne readers with an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’  video of the making of internationally renowned artist Yinka Shonibare MBE’s  ‘Wind Sculpture’.

The site specific sculpture was unveiled at London’s Howick Place earlier this month. The video contains an exclusive interview with Yinka Shonibare MBE.

Many thanks to Howick Place for giving me access to the video, which can be seen by clicking on the link below:

Have a lovely Easter, After Nyne fans.


An Influential Role Model, A Skilful Artist – Double MOBO Winner YolanDa Brown Announces 22-Date Tour

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“Brown remains both an influential role model, and a skilful artist with a future”. John Fordham –  The Guardian

Award-winning double MOBO Winner – YolanDa Brown has been described as  the UK’s most exciting jazz talent.

Not only is YolanDa the UK’s premier saxophonist – she is as much an entrepreneur as she is a musician.

YolanDa has recently teamed up with the University Of East London to create a new music award for students offering four grants to their Music Students . She has a long-standing connection with UEL and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2010.

YolanDa is proud to announce a  22-date nationwide  tour – May 2014-March 2015Taking in  1st and 2nd  November - Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London and Maidstone  on  8th November.  Plus the Jazz Café  7th February 2015.

 “I love nothing more than being on the road and meeting new people. Having just given birth to my first baby, I am really looking forward to returning to stages around the world and sharing my music, emotions and stories…”  Says YolanDa.

With two albums under her belt to critical acclaim – ‘ April Showers, May Flowers’  reached No.1 on the UK Itunes Jazz Charts in 2011.  In 2013, YolanDa  released ‘April Showers, May Flowers Live Sessions’ – which contained a live album and live DVD.

YolanDa has been listed in the Evening Standard as one of the top 30 black students in the UK selected by Gordon Brown.  She is also a celebrity ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and is also a Patron of The Mayor Of London’s Fund for Young Musicians -  which provides outstanding progression and development opportunities to young people  – who demonstrate significant musical talent and commitment.

A tour not to be missed.

All tour dates can be found at

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The London Original Print Fair 2014: An Exciting Array of Talks & Events


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London’s favourite boutique art fair, the London Original Print Fair opens at the Royal Academy of Arts on 24 April, showcasing prints from 50 exhibitors. This year’s fair presents a dynamic programme of talks and events by artists, printmakers and collectors.

Harland Miller: An artist’s view of printmaking
Friday 25 April, 6.30-7.30pm   £12 / £6 concessions
Artist and writer Harland Miller’s painterly screenprints combine his signature expressive abstract style with humorous, punchy text. Miller speaks candidly about his creative process, with an opportunity to see his latest prints on show in the Print Fair (Main Galleries).


LOPF will run a daily talks series in the Tennant Gallery at the RA. Each talk will be followed by an exclusive tour of the Fair by the speaker.
Bob Saich from Advanced Graphics in conversation with Albert Irvin RA
Thursday 24 April, 12 noon
Royal Academician and celebrated printmaker Albert Irvin will be talking with his printmaker Bob Saich.

Marcus Rees Roberts artist and Pratt Contemporary printmaker, in conversation with Dr Ben Thomas
Thursday 24 April, 3pm
Practising artist and master printmaker Marcus Rees Roberts will be speaking with Dr Ben Thomas, Art Historian and founder of the Kent Print Collection.

John Mackechnie artist and Glasgow Print Studio printmaker
Friday 25 April, 12 noon
John Mackechnie, master printer, artist and Summer Exhibition LOPF Printmaking Prize winner will discuss the collaborative process of printmaking with one of the artists he works with at Glasgow Print Studio.
Mark Hampson ‘Inky fingers, Tidy minds: Printmaking at the Royal Academy Schools’

Friday 25 April, 3pm
Mark Hampson, Head of Material Processes for RA Schools, will discuss the development, history and current status of printmaking in the Schools and RA Editions.


Chris Orr RA Talk and Tour
Saturday 26 April, 12 noon
Chris Orr RA will discuss his printmaking methods and inspirations, followed by a visit to the Fair for a guided tour and a chance to see his latest work.


Mike Taylor, Paupers Press
Saturday 26 April, 3pm
Mike Taylor, artist and master printer, will explore the relationship between artists and collaborative print studios, both in relation to the contemporary and antiquarian artist.

Anne Desmet RA Talk

Sunday 27 April, 12 noon
Anne Desmet, Royal Academician printmaker, will discuss her work and its inspiration in the Old Masters, as well as her position on the RA Summer Exhibition Selection Committee.
Anita Klein RE ‘Why artists make prints. And why I am addicted to printmaking’
Sunday 27 April, 3pm
Artist Anita Klein will discuss the methods and inspirations of her printmaking practice, including the traditional chiaroscuro woodcut technique.

Places on the talks are reserved for LOPF ticket-holders at no additional cost. Spots can be booked ahead of  visits by emailing Some places will be reserved for on-the-day visitors.
Young Collectors Evening
Friday 25 April, Main Galleries, 6.30pm – 10pm
The LOPF also offers several leading fine art print and publishing studios a platform to showcase works by contemporary artists. A number of galleries will be giving demonstrations of printmaking techniques during the Fair. Artist Tom Hammick will give a talk and demonstration at Flowers Gallery’s stand, and visitors to Jealous Gallery will be able to assist and print an exclusive print. There will also be guided tours aimed at the younger art buyer.

Twitter: @LondonPrintFair
Tel: 020 7439 2000


Dates and Opening Times

The London Original Print Fair 2014
Thursday 24 April: 10am – 6pm
Friday 25 April: 10am – 10pm
Saturday and Sunday 26 / 27 April: 10am – 6pm
Main Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J OBD
Fair Admissions (tickets available on the door)

Ticket £12 (includes catalogue), Concession £8, Free to Friends of the RA
Harland Miller Talk, 6.30 pm, Fri 25 April, Reynolds Room
Tickets are limited – to book
£16/£7 reductions* (price incl. exhibition entry) £12 (event only)




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Capital Xtra’s Music Potential, in partnership with Barclaycard, is back for 2014. Music Potential engages with 16 to 25- year-olds across London and Birmingham who are not in full-time education, employment or training (NEET).

The programme aims to help the next generation improve skills, develop talent and enhance employability to ultimately enable them to build a career in the music and creative industries. Young people will be able to take part in taster days through April and May that include workshops in music and radio production, song writing and performing. These events will be hosted at venues across London and Birmingham and will provide an opportunity to find out more about different areas within the music and creative industries.

Young people demonstrating the most promise will be invited to take part in the Music Potential Xperience (MPX), a further series of events running throughout the summer. As part of the programme, participants will receive practical, hands-on training and support, including intensive courses, industry mentoring and work placements. MPX will be hosted at high-profile venues, including London’s Roundhouse, Raw Materials and DV8 Music and Media Centre. Also as part of the programme, Barclaycard will provide access to a network of music and entertainment-related partnerships to help participants gain work experience and performance opportunities.

Many of the young people involved in Music Potential have gained valuable experience working or performing at a number of renowned Barclaycard British music events and venues, including Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, the Barclaycard Mercury Prize and the NIA (National Indoor Arena).

Matt Harris, Barclaycard Director of Customer Planning, Marketing Strategy and Citizenship said: “Music Potential is a fantastic project, which we’re proud to support as part of our 5 Million Young Futures commitment to help young people develop the skills they need to fulfil their potential.’ “It’s really important to engage young people in what they’re passionate about and, over the last three years, we’ve seen how this inspiring programme creates unique opportunities in the music and entertainment industry, giving participants key skills and helping to transform their lives.”

Throughout the year, MPX participants will be supported by professional tutors, special guests, presenters from Capital Xtra and Barclays employees. The Music Potential Network, consisting of industry executives from Capital Xtra, Island Records, GRM Daily and EGA music, will provide mentoring throughout the project. Young people will also be given opportunities to work with music industry professionals, includes DV8 Training, Punch, Industry In The Streets (IITS) and established musicians like London singer Joel Compass and American rapper and model Dominique Young Unique.

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Joel Compass, London singer and Music Potential Ambassador said: “I’m really pleased to be working with Capital XTRA and Barclaycard on their Music Potential scheme. There are many young people out there who have a ton of potential but just need a helping hand or advice on how to get into these industries and need access to training. This scheme does that and I’m proud to be an ambassador for it.”

Capital Xtra presenter Jade Avia said: “Music Potential is amazing for aspiring individuals, it really does set aside the people who have a real passion and pushes them into the industry with a head start! I wish I had something like Music Potential when I was trying to get into radio!”

The 2014 Music Potential programme will culminate with a final showcase event later this summer at leading London performing arts venue the Roundhouse, with performances from project ambassadors, special guests and Music Potential participants.

The 2013, Music Potential programme engaged more than 750 young people and culminated in an event at Wembley Arena, with performances from Wretch 32, Devlin, RoxXxan and 2012 ambassador, Angel.

To see what some of last year’s Music Potential participants are up to now, visit the official website at



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‘Blissfully Buoyant’ Painted Palms Announce European Tour Dates


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Amid continuing hype around recent album Forever, San Francisco’s Painted Palms are pleased to announce a European Tour this April.

Whether living four states away or four blocks away, Reese Donahue and Christopher Prudhomme have always found geography has no bounds against their psych electro pop output.

The two cousins grew up together in Louisiana, but started making music over the Internet when one moved to San Francisco. The virtual exchange proved to be such a fruitful method (with their first EP Canopy being personally discovered by Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes and released with Secretly Canadian) that it spurred them to continue making music this way despite ending up living in the same city.

And so, the songs that formed their debut full-length Forever (released February 2014 with Polyvinyl), came together as if the musicians were still separated by 2000 miles.

Tours with Of Montreal, Braids and STRFKR around their first EP showed testament to the duo’s spacious persona – affixing themselves behind computer screens clearly has no impact on their physical affinity. With many more shows under their belt since, their songwriting and performance abilities are so inherent and compatible with each other that they can cross seas and energetically emit their blissfully buoyant tracks to live audiences as effortlessly as clicking ‘send’.

Characterised by pop structures and memorable melodies, don’t be fooled into thinking Painted Palms are a wholly sunny band. Forever can get dark particularly in its lyrics, with much of the focus centered on how it feels to be caught between the external world and one’s own thoughts. And in that moment a hint of irony is apparent, for as much as the members of Painted Palms want to get out of their own heads, they’re awfully good at writing songs that will immediately get stuck in yours.

Painted Palms’ European run is as follows:

April 17 Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser
April 19 Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
April 20 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
April 22 London, UK @ Old Blue Last
April 23 Paris, France @ Espace B
April 24 Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique Witloofbar
April 25 Luzern, Switzerland @ Sudpol
April 26-29 Germany TBC
April 30 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet

Stream the video for ‘Forever’ here:

Painted Palms online:

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Axel Vervoordt Company Announce Opening of New Gallery in Hong Kong

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The Axel Vervoordt Company is delighted to announce the opening of a new exhibition space in the heart of Hong Kong.  Due to open on 13 May 2014 during Art Basel Hong Kong, the Axel Vervoordt Gallery Hong Kong is an extension of the existing gallery in Antwerp.

It will offer a complementary programme of specially commissioned works, and will be an important platform for internationally renowned artists to participate in the radically-changing art scene in Asia.

Since the 1970s, Axel Vervoordt has developed a strong interest in Eastern philosophy, directly feeding into the spirit of the company, which has the ambition to create a dialogue between East and West.  As a result, the gallery has naturally worked with a broad range of artists who tend to explore concepts of void, universality or infinity.

The new space, which will be managed by Korean-born Mi Jeong Kim, will enable Axel Vervoordt Gallery to grow their roster of artists and in particular foster relationships with Asian contemporary artists.  The annual programme of exhibitions by established artists will be punctuated by showcases of work by younger and emerging artists.

Axel Vervoordt Gallery Hong Kong will open with a series of three specially-commissioned works by African artist El Anatsui.  El Anatsui (Ghana, b1944) grew up in a period typified by the search for social and personal identity, a central theme in his art. He investigates the erosion, survival and transmission of tradition.

Most of Anatsui’s sculptures are made out of materials once designed for another purpose.  His early works were built out of broken pottery or old wooden logs, which he cut up using a chainsaw.  In the past ten years, Anatsui has focused on large tapestry-like metal sculptures made out of thousands of colourful liquor caps.  Using found objects, he reworks and rearranges materials and transforms them into something new, while conserving the item’s history.

“This is an exciting moment for the Axel Vervoordt Company.  Following the success of the gallery in Antwerp, we have been planning our first international venture and Hong Kong is the obvious location from which to continue to explore the artistic dialogue between East and West which is so central to the ethos of our organisation.” Boris Vervoordt, Director Axel Vervoordt Company.

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