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Artists, Interviews, Music, Talent House | 26 September 2023

Introducing… Emiko

Hailing from West London, Emiko is an emerging R&B-soul artist with a voice that proudly carries both a strong message and a whole lot of heart. Kat Friar finds out more…

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Artists, Events, Music, What's On | 25 September 2023

What’s On… TRENCH x adidas x UD

TRENCH and adidas Originals are throwing the biggest event its LDN flagship store has ever seen and the UD media team are going to be there on the night, capturing the live music vibes for all to see. Sign up for a free ticket now…

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Artists, Interviews, Music, Talent House | 18 September 2023

Introducing… Arinola

If you’re looking for a slice of UK rave nostalgia, look no further – Arinola has got you covered. Hailing from North West London, the 20 year old multi-talent – she’s a producer, singer/songwriter and pianist – is aiding the resurgence of UK funky, jungle & drum and bass, as well as tapping into Amapiano and House to provide the perfect backdrop for her celestial R&B vocals…

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Artists, Events, Music, Talent House, What's On | 14 September 2023

UD Presents… Open Mic 12th October @ Talent House

On the 12th October @ Talent House, UD presents… Open Mic! 3 Sugar House Lane, E15 2QS. Free entry! 6.30-10pm. 18+ event (ID may be required)…

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Artists, Events, Music, What's On | 14 September 2023

What’s On… UD Music: DJ Collective x Emerge East

If you’re looking for a motive this Saturday 16th September, head to Barking Riverside for Emerge East and the right kinda riddims, courtesy of DJ’s Y3KMish, Saiming & DJ XHNWAV…

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Artists, Events, Music, What's On | 14 September 2023

UD Low Down: YouTube & Google launch Union Black: Sounds Of A Nation

YouTube and Google have announced the launch of UNION BLACK: Sounds Of A Nation. A new multi-platform online exhibition that celebrates the history and impact that Black British music has had on the UK and beyond. Led by acclaimed British broadcaster, music champion and Union Black ambassador Trevor Nelson (MBE), Chris Kelly went to the launch event to get the low down…

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Artists, Events, Flames Collective | 11 September 2023

UD Low Down: Flames x Jake Bugg @ Olympia Liverpool, 24/08

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, invited Flames to join him on backing vocal duties again, this time for his One Night at the Olympia show, in Liverpool, on 24th August. Vocalist Nayana.AB gives us an insight into a night in the life of the Flames Collective…

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Artists, Music | 8 September 2023

Opinion: UD celebrate Ezra Collective’s Mercury Music Prize win!

Ezra Collective’s victory at last night’s Mercury Music Prize was an incredibly special moment, not just for the jazz genre and the brilliantly talented musicians whose hard work and persistence over the years was recognised and rewarded; but for the many, many youth and community organisations up and down the country…

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Artists, Events, Featured, Flames Collective, Talent House, What's On | 7 September 2023

What’s On… Audition for Flames Collective!

Are you a promising vocalist and performer? Interested in joining our vocal group? Following an epic year for Flames Collective, including a performance with Raye on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, the time has come for Flames to open the doors and welcome more of you aged 14-18 to audition to join…

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Artists, Events, Featured, What's On | 6 September 2023

UD Gallery: V&A x GUAP Friday Late London Is the Place for Me?

On August 25th, GUAP took over the V&A for another Friday Late, with highlights including UD Open Mic, music by Home Sweet Home, fashion displays, dancehall workshops, a carnival village showcase, a screening by Hairouna Film Festival, carnival costume making, panel talks, a children of Windrush display and much more. Check our photo gallery by Joey Hoang aka JH Visuals…

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Artists, Events, Featured, Music, What's On | 5 September 2023

UD Low Down: Open Mic x V&A x GUAP

For one night only, UD Open Mic moved to the V&A with our friends at GUAP for another epic Friday Late on August 25th, as part of a season of events and displays marking the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush. Check the gallery and highlights here…

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Artists, Featured, Music, Talent House | 31 August 2023

UD Live Room Sessions 2: AE

The second video in our new series, UD Live Room Sessions, it’s time to meet AE as they step up to perform ‘Tell Me’…

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Artists, Featured, Music | 30 August 2023

UD Selects: August Mixtape

Bringing you a pick of the month’s best releases, Maria Hanlon presents 10 tunes that have hit her decks – and got a reload – in August. Starring VC Pines, Bakar, Summer-Pearl, Liam Bailey, MANIK MC, Eliza Imperilee, Denyah, AJRadico, Junior Simba, Pixie Cola, Rio Rainz, Finn Foxell, Casnova, KAM-BU, Bawo, Lucy Tun & Star.One…

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Artists, Events, Featured, Music, What's On | 29 August 2023

UD Low Down: Cloud X Festival @ Beckenham Palace Park, 20/08

Don’t know about Cloud X Festival? London’s leading independent festival for lovers of R&B, soul and alt-rap, this might be the perfect day festival for you. Nayana AB & Saadiq T headed down to Beckenham Palace Park on Sunday for the third Cloud X festival – and a vibe check…

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Artists, Featured, Music, What's On | 24 August 2023

What’s On… 8 Bar: The Evolution of Grime

New to BBC4, BBC3 and iPlayer this week is a stunning documentary directed by seminal photographer, Ewen Spencer. 8 Bar: The Evolution of Grime provides 89 mins of subculture glory and includes commentary from scene stalwarts Kano, Ghetts, Wretch 32, Jammer, Lethal Bizzle, Slimzee, Geeneus, Devlin and UD’s own, Chantelle Fiddy…

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Artists, Featured, Interviews, Music, Talent House | 22 August 2023

Introducing… ESTHER DURIN

Maria Hanlon sat down with Esther Durin at the Talent House to chat about her music career so far, from church to working on cuts with Headie One, doing BV’s for Stormzy, time spent at UD, and that all important advice for up and coming artists…

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