On the 21st September, UWE’s Live Music Society put on their most audacious event so far. The society decided to showcase the event during Freshers’ Week at Bristol’s central venue, Eton. The event focused on Hip-Hop acts rather than its well known focus on alternative rock musicians.

The purpose of the event was to raise enough money to give a Palestinian student a chance to study at UWE. Entering this event with both an admirable cause and a challenging purpose, it was great to see the society put on such an enjoyable show.

While the event started off slowly, more individuals converged on the dance floor as the first act appeared. Zubair, a Bristol Beatboxer, opened the event and certainly got the crowd moving as they anticipated the acts that followed.

The second performer of the evening was Awate combining his soulful and poignant lyrics with a melodic backing and a cutting message. He had the crowd bouncing all the way through his crowd-pleasing set.

Local favourites, Temple Circus, provided a dazzling display of dub, soul and funk that has been hitting the Bristol music scene hard over the last few years. Having won 2010’s Live Music Society’s battle of the bands, the group had no problem getting the masses to groove away to the soothing tones and lively rhythms, with their lead singer Flo really belting out the
lyrics.  It is a wonder why Temple Circus has not yet received previous recognition and adoration they truly deserve.

Before the main attraction – and to the surprise of both the audience and Live Music Society themselves – MC Logic delivered a set that can only be described as a powerful, heartfelt and incredible display of lyrical skill and dexterity, culminating with a tribute to Smiley Culture, who was killed in police custody this year.

Then it was time for Lowkey to take the stage as the headliner of the event. The popular rapper of English and Iraqi descent has more than a million hits on YouTube, so the success or failure of the gig rested solely on his performance. The political focus of his words may have left some of the audience alienated but Lowkey delivered a brilliant performance that has
left former critics in awe. The greatest thing about Lowkey’s set was that every second he spent on stage, it not only looked as if he was respectful of the cause but that he is also rather enjoyed uniting the crowd as one.

While I believe it’s too early to call this the greatest society event at UWE so far, the guys at Live Music have certainly hit the ground running, putting on a worthwhile and enjoyable event.

Mike Whiting and Patrick Besiris