talks & debates
talks & debates

Violet Nights: Lady of the Mics

Part of Violet Nights

Hear from women in the grime scene who are pushing the genre forward at an event inspired by Angie Thomas' latest novel, On the Come Up.

In Thomas’ book, protagonist Bri wants to be the greatest rapper of all time. In a male-dominated industry, how can women like Bri get the credit they deserve? The scene has always featured female MCs, presenters and producers, and more and more women are making an impact.

Speakers include C Cane, who has built a noteworthy profile for herself via her standout talents and multilingual flows, DJ and producer A.G and British rapper, singer and actress Paigey Cakey.

DJ Kaylee Kay plays songs throughout the night.

Join us to discuss the female future of grime at Violet Nights, our space for young people to socialise, express their views on topical issues, and explore with music, performance and discussion.

C Cane is a dedicated musician, who also plays guitar, piano, drums and bass, featured on Dizzee Rascal’s EP Don’t Gas Me, and her freestyle for Radio 1Xtra’s #GimmeGrime series was flagged by MTV as one of the best of the year.

Paige Meade, better known by her stage name Paigey Cakey, has worked with Stormzy, Lacrim, Chip, Yungen and Geko, and opened for Lil’ Kim, Eve, Ciara, Migos, The Game, Jeremih and Azealia Banks. Despite being independent and unsigned, her latest single ‘Loving’ featuring Geko gained 2.7 million YouTube views in four weeks. She is currently planning the release of mixtape 'FLAVOURS' in late October, followed by a UK tour. She has also gained acting credits in film and TV, including Attack the Block and Waterloo Road.

A.G is host of The M'n'M Show and Beauty Blender on NTS and the Grime Show on Rinse.

Kaylee Kay is a London-based DJ with a passion for grime music, R&B, hip-hop and anything with a dirty bass line. She has DJ'd for Fekky and is resident DJ for Eskimo Dance and Boxpark. She has supported the likes of Tim Westwood, Pioneer and DJ Maximum, and played at venues including Ministry of Sound, EggLondon and indigO2, as well as Wireless Festival and Latitude Festival.

This event is chaired by journalist and broadcaster Kieran Yates. Yates writes regularly for publications including The Guardian, Vice and Dazed, and was shortlisted for Culture Writer of the Year by the Words by Women Awards in 2016. Yates has co-authored Generation Vexed, contributed to essay collection The Good Immigrant and co-hosts The Guardian’s Music Weekly podcast.

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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1


Free, but ticketed

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Age recommendation
For ages 18 – 30.