somewhereto_ re:store hits Aberystwyth

What would you do with a disused shop? The fabulous Aberystwyth re:store team have so far hosted (big breath..!) a music society, DJ sets, an art exhibition, a photography show and a drama workshop. Not bad for their first two weeks! Their shop had been empty for the past few months since the closure of an ink cartridge business. We think they’ve done a pretty fantastic job and this is just start!

Here’s a few pictures of their fabulous work!

Got a fantastic idea of your own for a disused space? Head over to somewhereto_ where we can match you with a space of your own.

somewhereto_ re:store (the high street heist) in Manchester kicked off on 25 July with a day of performances and activities at the Corn Exchange. Young film maker Anthony Price made this beautiful short film of the launch. 

Gareth Gates surprised the audience who had turned up to check out the launch. The singer-songwriter made an appearance to speak about the importance of space in helping young creatives  to achieve their dreams.  Babycakes, clothing designers who are on the way to doing just that,  set up a live art installation to showcase their products.  The crowd was entertained by  performances by Megan Grooters, J Bear and the Giants and, from Z arts  the Sat’day Allsorts as well as by great pieces by 3 Roots theatre and Lia Baron. All in all an amazing start to somewhereto_ re:store Manchester.

somewhereto_ re:store (the #highstreetheist) is a high impact campaign seeing young people take over a series of shops across the UK (from #London to Manchester, Glasgow, Bangor, Cardiff, Newcastle and beyond) for a six-week period, having launched in London on 18 July.

We’re putting disused shops into the capable hands of local young people to deliver events and activities that will benefit their future ambitions as well as revamp the high street and engage local communities.

Want to know more and get involved?

Visit https://somewhereto.com/restore

Check out music artists Blizzard and Joss Owen taking some time out for a freestyle jam at our somewhereto_ re:store #highstreetheist launch in Manchester!

Shot by Babycakes

For more info visit www.somewhereto.com/restoremanchester

somewhereto_ create a brand new style of event

A newly formed immersive event En Route: Transition From One Home To Another began with two students, one studying music and the other studying performance arts, who were eager to create a new type of event combining their fields of interests in a different way.

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With the concept of ‘two contrasting feel of homes’, the two organisers wanted to recreate a journey of going between two homes: one where you feel emotionally pressured and the other emotionally comfortable, and so they decided to organise an event that would immerse the audience into experiencing that journey.

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They gathered an enthusiastic group of young artists together in London, collaborating with 11 artists and 6 musicians to present their works, which included live music, interactive performances and a collection of art installations to present the concept of transition and contrast between two different homes.

 

The journey of En Route began with the audience having to go through a certain route. They were greeted at the event and were given a pass with list of questions that the audience were required to fill in.

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The journey began with Moon Lee’s series of photographs of her home entirely wrapped in bubble wrap. This was followed into another section of the first home with Josh Pemberton’s funny and highly visual video installation ‘77’, where the audience could sit on the couch and enjoy the video with snacks laid out on the table.

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Next was a room with Anya Mustoo’s and Chae-eun Park’s interactive installations where people were invited to confess ‘Something You’ve Never Been Able To Expressed’ in a letter, write in an address book, and open to read passages from books hanging off the walls. This room also contained a selection of other art, interactive performance and music creations by other artists; Eleanor Jarvis, Megumi Readhead, Sing Yeh, Michael Cowler and Ting Yeh.

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The route then reached the point of transition at the ‘Border’, where the actors dressed up as border agency officers requested your ticket and interrogated you with arbitrary questions before you were let through to the other space – the other home.

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As you entered the second home (the emotionally comfortable but materialistically strained) you were welcomed by a puppet dog coming to sniff your hand and play, created and manipulated by puppeteer Emily-Jane Stedman. The second space was a relaxed setting with paintings by Kwame Frempong, self-portrait by Hae-Eun Lee and animation by Hina Fujimoto and Ermina Takenova. Also with the complementary of the bar and an invented game of skittles game, people could sit down and end their journey with live music performances by The Venus Bushfires, PEGI, Nora Benjamin, Claudia Heidegger and Rosina Andrews. 

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somewhereto_ helped finding the space to hold En Route: Transition From One Home To Another, which was held at the Vibe Gallery and ran for two days on the 5 and 6 May 2013 with great success. It received excellent feedback from its audience and brought many young creative people together to network and to collaborate.

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Need space? To do anything! Start a business, put on a theatrical spectacular, ice skate, break a world record, start a charity, host a Big Lunch…..???

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somewhereto_NI are about to brighten up the high street!

somewhereto_ Northern Ireland are busy preparing for an exciting few days in May with their event The Open Source.

The Open Source is a performance space, music venue and workshop hub bringing life back into an empty space on Belfast’s Donegall Street during the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

 

 

For eleven days, The Open Source brings life to a vacant property and provides space for free workshops, performances and exchange of ideas between 12 noon and 7pm daily. Check out their programme here.

 

 Run by volunteers and made possible by the donation of the space, furniture, equipment and the artists’ time, The Open Source relies on the spirit of collectivism and collaboration to provide a dynamic, creative hub in the city. 

This year’s Open Source is 25 Donegall Street, Belfast. Check back on their page here for more photos as the space begins to take shape in the run-up to opening day on 2nd May.  

Do you need space to do what you love? Get in touch with somewhereto_ so we can find you the ultimate space to do what you love to do..

Our newly unlocked space at Vibe Place is getting a splash of somewhereto_ yellow on the 5th and 6th of May.
Enroute is 13 young artists and six unique music performers who will take you on an immersive journey! What’s more, it’s free! Make sure you donate though as these guys have been working hard! 
Everyone is welcome to come by at 6:30 to get a drink and get ready for the amazing performance at 8pm
Do you want space to put on an event of your own? Get in touch with somewhereto_ here

Our newly unlocked space at Vibe Place is getting a splash of somewhereto_ yellow on the 5th and 6th of May.

Enroute is 13 young artists and six unique music performers who will take you on an immersive journey! What’s more, it’s free! Make sure you donate though as these guys have been working hard! 

Everyone is welcome to come by at 6:30 to get a drink and get ready for the amazing performance at 8pm

Do you want space to put on an event of your own? Get in touch with somewhereto_ here

Georgio Savvides is the founder of The Hip-Hop orchestra. Here, filmed in One KX (a space provided by somewhereto_ for free), we get a teaser of his mission to make classical music more popular with young people by fusing it with hip-hop in a cover of Kanye West’s Amazing. Stay tuned as we’ll be showcasing more of the orchestra’s remixes.

If, like Georgio, you have a great idea but need the space to do it then you only need to get in touch with us! Check out some of our spaces here. Get in contact here!

somewhereto_ wear your wellies to Glasto!

The Glastonbury line up is out! Who’s got their tickets? 

You know we love all things space so here’s our low down on some of the spaces to be at Glastonbury…

PYRAMID STAGE


This pinnacle of Glastonbury was first created in 1971 out of bits of scaffolding and metal.. now it’s enormous and hosting Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Dizzee Rascal, and, Rita Ora…

OTHER STAGE

Famed for it’s more dancey atmosphere. You can find this one round the back of the Pyramid. Portishead, Chase & Status, Two Door Cinema Club, and, Azealia Banks are all rocking on this one this year.

WEST HOLTS STAGE
This one has come and gone in the past. It’s well and truly here this year and will provide the platform for Chic ft. Nile Rodgers
Public Enemy plus others!

 

THE PARK STAGE
Late night bars and tee pee tents.. plus this massive ribbony tower! If that doesn’t thrill you then some great acts including Cat Power and The Horrors

 

JOHN PEEL TENT
Named in honour of the late and great John Peel. This place contains some serious excitement. Get jumpin to Crystal Castles and Jessie Ware to name a few.


SILVER HAYES
The ultimate dance village will contain Nas and Wiley and more!

 


ACOUSTIC TENT
Exactly what it says on the tin! Steve Winwood and Sinéad O’Connor have joining many others to unplug and unwind!

 


AVALON STAGE
The ultimate village fete. When you’re not winning coconuts or wanging a welly you could listen to Ben Caplan or Beverley Knight to name a few!

 


THEATRE & CIRCUS
An array on entertainment can be found in this beautiful Somerset field! Including The Infinite Monkey Cage.



BLOCK9
Pretty sinister place from the outside in. The epitomy of underground and the home of Gene Hunt for the duration!

 

ARCADIA

What the hell is this place?! All they say is not to believe any rumours - to be seen to be believed!

 

 

THE COMMON

Hola - the Central American infused field! 


GREEN FIELDS

At the highest point of the festival’s site - this is a place to watch, learn, and wander around the many small fields..

 

 


KIDZFIELD

Britain’s largest free children’s festival! Need we say more?

 

 


LEFTFIELD

Get on your soapbox and start debating right here - with a lil’ music thrown in!

 

 


THE PILTON PALAIS

Mooooooovies! This year they’re bringing 3D to the table!

 

 


SHANGRI-LA

A myriad of walkways you could get lost down and find yourself at a secret gig…or a kidney hire stall! 

 


STRUMMERVILLE

You might want to bring your marshmallows to this campfire!

 


THE UNFAIRGROUND

A fairground…but not as you’d know it!


There’s so many places we’ve left for you to explore. We love amazing spaces and these are so cool! Tweet us if you have tickets (you lucky people, you) and if you need space - SURELY you know by now that we’re the ones to call! 

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Have You Got Your Tickets for London’s Rising Star’s EP Launch?

Looking for something to do on the Bank Holiday? Get yourselves down to somewhereto_ space Rich Mix for a night of art, music and Juliyaa’s launch of her EP Stars and Dragons Live. 

Pre-booked tickets are a deal at £5 and on the door it’s £7. Book quick to avoid disappointment - this one will sell out fast!

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Check out our interview with Juliyaa here.

Do you need space to gig, make music or maybe something completely different? Click here to see the spaces you could use or click here to get in touch with your Regional Delivery Partner to find out more.

somewhereto_ rising star - Juliyaa tells all - Stars and Dragons debut EP launch!

On the 1st of April at our loyal somewhereto_ space, Richmix there’s one young person planning something very exciting. Juliyaa will be launching her debut EP 

How long has music been a part of your life?

I was born into a family that loved music and dancing, and I got caught up in that from a young age.  I’ve got a funny video of me as a three year old doing the bogel in the front room to some of my dads reggae playing on our vinyl player! Also I have fond memories of waking up on a Sunday to hear gospel and hi life music being blasted from my mums tapedeck.  For me music is always associated with fun times with the ones you love.

 

What made you take it further?

In my early teens I became involved with a youth organisation that helped young people called Bigga Fish. I became involved in a lot of singing and street dance. It opened up a lot of great opportunities, travelling around the UK and performing with artists from the likes of Estelle to The Heartless Crew.  This was a time when my musicianship grew, and I learned some important lessons about what it takes to be in music. Also I wanted to take it further because I realised that its something that I am completely passionate about & would regret if I didn’t try to do.



Was there a pivotal moment in your music career? Tell us about it?

A pivotal moment was receiving the Best New Music Act for the GUBA Awards at the end of 2011. It was really nice to be recognised by my cultural peers as making positive movement in my field. Probably the biggest thing is releasing my first EP Stars & Dragons at the end of 2012. The project felt like my statement to the world. It feels like I have that chapter/story told and I can now move forward with making more new music, and enter a new chapter as an artist.

 

What’s the best space you’ve performed in so far?

Definitely the Jazz Cafe. Growing up in North London, I always walked passed it and saw the names of artists I admired performing there. So to perform there myself was surreal, and it being in my hometown was extra special.

 

What can we expect on the 1st of April?

Lots of soul, lashings of rhythm, great music and a great time! Plus with 1xtra’s DJ Ace spinning some tunes and artwork from YinnYang - your eyes and ears will be well fed! It is a chance for people to hear lots of my new songs and the full breadth of my musical inspirations.  It will be an experience, not just a music night, and remember your dancing shoes!

 

Can you give us any nuggets of wisdom for any young musicians starting out?

Writing and performing is a real risk sometimes, as people - often not musicians themselves - will be constantly critiquing your thoughts and feelings that are captured in your songs.  But make sure you carry on making music that you want to make. People have opinions but at the end of the day you have the lyrics and melody - all is for the taking. It’s just waiting to be captured with a simple pen and paper.

Tickets are available at £5 in advance from www.richmix.org and £7 on the door. Book early to avoid disappointment!

A serious amount of moolah is being spent on a seriously big project. It’s a zone for youth! It’s called a Youth Zone! Yeah, ok, before you start rolling your eyes these oldies are really trying to make things better in your area!

A multi million pound project has secured a space for music, music recording, dance and loads more exciting things. Hey, it’s better than the bus stop in the rain…

Do you need space in your areas and your oldies aren’t giving you a Youth Zone. Why don’t you get in touch with us? somewhereto_ find space for young people like you all the time! 

Scottish band CherryGrove found a space to shoot their fantastic Black Is The Colour music video at the CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) with somewhereto_

For more information on CherryGrove visit:http://cherrygrovemusic.com/

Do you want to start up your own enterprise? Have this great idea for a business but not sure where to start?

It can be daunting but why not read Bdaily's article on Stewart. He not only started his own music label, event and artist management company, 

If you need space to do your thing then check out the spaces we’ve already unlocked! If all of those spaces aren’t right for you then just find your Regional Delivery Partner here

DJ Winner to Play at the House of Commons with Fat boy Slim!

Over the last few months the House The House competition has being searing across the UK picking up talented DJs along the way. In exciting heats that have built up momentum to one exciting final that happened at Ministry of Sound one winner was announced in the form a of a somewhereto_ young person.

Congratulations Bryce Fury. We caught up with him and found out how it felt to know he’ll be playing alongside Fat Boy Slim at the House of Commons very soon….

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How long have you been DJing for?

I had turntables at uni but only really started playing officially since February. I grew up around my best friend who DJ’s since we were 14.

What’s been your favourite style of music?

Why would you want to restrict yourself? I don’t think I could really pick one style.

How did you get involved in the competition?

I saw that Generator had tweeted so I tweeted them back. I did it for something to do really. Wanted to do something fun. These competitions are a good way to gauge where you are with it and what level you’re at. I’ve been to other competitions before but never really thought I’d win, I just thought I’d do it for fun!

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What was the competition process like?

I just did what I liked. I have a musical background, played keys since I was 9 and worked as a sound engineer for a bit. Like I said, I don’t really have a favourite music style and I really enjoy mixing the old with the new. I do a lot of ElectroSwing so I just went in and did that in the heats. It got a good reception and was chosen for the next round. I spoke to some people afterwards and they all said I should do the same stuff for the final. I don’t really plan my sets. Only to an extent. There are tunes I know I’ll bring in but mostly I’ll go on my gut once I’m up there. I use turntables and was the only one using them. I got up the on the final and they didn’t work! When I began my set I had about four people around me helping me sort the technical issues out. I started my set, it wouldn’t work and I had to start again – it was hard not be throw off by that but in those instances you have to remain focused.

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How do you feel about winning the competition?

It really hasn’t sunk in! I keep expecting someone to ring me up and tell me it was a mistake. Only the funny thing is I initially came 2nd and they had to recount and turned out I’d actually won.

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Which part of the prize are you most excited by?

Its all pretty good! I think I’m mostly looking forward to the scholarship. Because regardless how my DJing and music production goes… even if I mess all that up – which I hope I won’t – I’ll be spending the next two years doing something I really love. Doing something that will show me how to be a better and stronger musician. I’m nervous about DJing with Fat Boy Slim. Whereas before I was just going up there by myself and doing my thing. It didn’t matter where I came because I had little expectation and I was doing it for me – now I feel I’m representing a lot of people and I feel the pressure to really smash it.

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What advice would you give to others who want to DJ?

Really, if you want to do something just go and do it. Don’t let any doubts or worries stop you doing what you love. And practically? Get turntables rather than a CDJ or a controller. You learn a lot more with turntables and it gives you a better foundation than going straight to the other forms. There’s so many interesting things you can do on Vinyl that you can’t on CDJ. Oh, and never use the sync button! It’s cheating!

Do you need space to do what you love? Get in touch with somewhereto_

photo credits: 

Hattie Simms

Matt Dinnery

Last summer, a young collective of talented models, artists, producers and musicians took over various spaces unlocked by somewhereto_ at the prestigious London landmark that is Somerset House.

NZEPLTN is an ambitious UK-wide collective showcasing skills from working in their various industries and challenging other young people to go after their dream careers.

They gained access to the Embankment Galleries and Dead House spaces at Somerset House which have previously hosted the filming of Sherlock Holmes and London Fashion Week. Quite apt for their project Modo Vitas which means Fashion Lives – an installation celebrating fashion and music.

“We produced a film, three virals and a photoshoot. People pay thousands of pounds for that and we were in an amazing location – it was a once in a lifetime opportunity” says Sam, the somewhereto_ champion from NZEPLTN.

The collective maximised their use of the space by organisinga fashion runway and photoshoot that introduced pieces from up-and-coming young British designers, and a DJ-set featuring underground hits from various artists.

Sarah Mann, Somerset House’s Head of Learning was delighted with the results and NZEPLTN’s professionalism. “I think it’s really exciting that we can be a launchpad for some really amazing British talent. It’s inspiring that they’ve decided to work as a collective. I think making a film that reflects all these different facets of creativity is a great idea.”

NZEPLTN will use the films to promote their brand and vision and plan on screening them at a further event with the continued support of somewhereto_.

Sam initially applied for O2 Think Big funding to kick-start this project and manage costs of vital materials and equipment. Since the success of Modo Vitas Sam has been able to apply for O2 Think Bigger funding and has shared her story with others – here she is in More Magazine and Heat magazine!

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NZEPLTN now have a close relationship with the marketing team at O2 and are much better equipped going forward in the ways they build, manage and promote themselves as an up-and-coming collective.

"Everyone from somewhereto_ has been amazingly supportive, which is overwhelming and refreshing” says Sam.

somewhereto_ have unlocked hundreds of space to be used in new and exciting ways. If you’re 16-25 and need some space then get in touch by clicking here