- Words Maria Mukaranda
Priya Ragu and more will celebrate grassroots music at this year's Youth Music Awards in association with Hal Leonard Europe, taking place this Wednesday at Troxy.
In anticipation of the forthcoming Youth Music Awards in association with Hal Leonard Europe, a string of artists across the music industry have been announced to perform at the event at London’s Troxy.
This year’s awards have been judged by a panel of industry experts, including the likes of singer-songwriter Fleur East, the star and host of Chicken Shop Date, Amelia Dimoldenberg, and rapper Kojey Radical.
The evening promises to be a showcase of various musical talent and a celebration of the industry’s rising stars. Among the highlights of the night are the performances by this year’s nominees, who represent the next generation of music stars. The anticipated line-up includes Swiss-Tamil artist Priya Ragu, performing ahead of her debut album launch. Other acts include Capital XTRA and Foundation.FM presenter and DJ Kennedy Taylor, as well as nominees EVA, ALT BLK ERA, Yv Shells, Kindelan, J4, Qazi & Qazi, StudioWyzz and Youth Music NextGen artist Richard Carter.
The winners of last year’s awards have achieved significant success since. Leeds band English Teacher won the Rising Star Award (Artist) and recently released a new single with Island Records while securing a slot at this year’s Glastonbury. In addition, artist, songwriter and producer Sans Soucis, 2021’s winner, has since gone on to sign a deal with Decca Records, and open for Rina Sawayama.
Youth Music, the UK’s foremost youth charity, is dedicated to empowering young people to engage with music and creativity. Their mission is centred on removing barriers and fostering an environment of inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility. The Youth Music Awards in association with Hal Leonard Europe symbolises a push towards a more diverse, inclusive, and creative music industry, offering a platform for young individuals who face substantial challenges in accessing music. In parallel, Hal Leonard Europe, a global leader in music, is an integral part of the world’s most extensive music publishing group. They represent renowned publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers, and instrument manufacturers.
As the spotlight shines on this year’s show, it’s clear that the event is more than just a celebration; it’s a testament to the power of diversity, inclusivity and emerging talent in the music industry. The night is set to be an inspiring showcase of rising stars, with performances geared to leave a lasting impression.
Watch the performances live on Youth Music’s Instagram stories this Wednesday 19th October.