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Britain’s Got Talent Aims to Give Unsigned Talent "Recognition"

WHAT DO you get if you mix popular ITV 1 show Britain’s Got Talent with the country’s top unsigned reggae artists?

Britain’s Got Reggae (BGR) offers a syncopated spin on the popular television franchise and aims to give unsigned UK reggae artists opportunities and exposure in a competitive field.

This year’s event, the second in the series from City Link-Up Unsigned, will take place at the Hootananny in Brixton, south London, on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Brixton’s Hootananny has previously won awards for the Best Live Music Events venue and Best Live Music Pub and has also played host to many established reggae artists from home and abroad.

BGR’s inaugural event took place in January and showcased artists from Leicester, Nottingham, Birmingham and London. It was originally planned as a one-off affair, but due to an outpouring of positive feedback, another celebration was organised almost instantly.

“There are some fantastic artists and music being produced within the UK but limited platforms exist for those that are up and coming,” the show’s organisers said.

“Mainstream radio stations are no longer playing reggae music, so they are not even getting heard by wider audiences. We feel as a team that we have created a platform with a few of the leading businesses within UK Reggae Music such as VP Records, Stingray Records & Natty B’s UK Official Reggae Charts, which will enable artists to get the positive exposure that is needed,” they added.


The events support raise awareness for the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) and makes every effort to encourage people of colour to join the register. Black donors are seriously unrepresented.

“Our vision is for reggae music within the UK to be recognised and for artists to get the recognition they deserve.”

The full schedule of dates for future events are as follows:

Thursday, April 23, 2015 Thursday, July 9, 2015 Thursday, August 6, 2015 Thursday, September 3, 2015 Thursday, October 1, 2015 Thursday, November 5, 2015 Thursday, December 3, 2015

The City Link-Up Unsigned team are currently looking for sponsors for Britain's Got Reggae events. If you're interested, please email or


Cyrlene Braithwaite (CEO City Link-Up Unsigned) EMAIL: WEBSITE:

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