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What’s On… Summer By The River: BBC Introducing in London

As the weather heats up Summer By The River: BBC Introducing in London 2023 returns! 

Summer By The River 2022.
Image: Kian Boyle/ BBC

BBC Introducing in London presenter Jess Iszatt will be back at The Scoop in London Bridge to present an incredible line up of the best emerging talent from the capital, spanning across five Thursdays evenings this summer.

Jess and the BBC Introducing in London team have curated the five line ups, each featuring three up and coming artists from BBC Introducing in London. 

The events are FREE to attend and they take place at The Scoop, which is an amphitheater meaning you can relax & soak up the rays whilst discovering your new favourite artist!

It’s also a great opportunity to network with other artists, meet the BBC Introducing in London team and feel inspired by watching the artists perform.

Summer By The River 2022.
Image: Kian Boyle/ BBC
Summer By The River 2022.
Image: Kian Boyle/ BBC
“Us at BBC introducing London have LOVED our collaboration over the years with Summer By The River festival. Not only do they share our ethos of celebrating all types of music on their stage (which has STUNNING settings at The Scoop - The Shard and Thames in view), it's open air, free for all and un-ticketed! Anyone can come down and find their new favourite artist, meet the team and hang out in the sun. We love hearing the musicians we have been playing over the last year on the show, sometimes with their first ever live performance, and then reflecting it on our BBC Radio London show for anyone who can't make it down. It's a great opportunity for us to check out new artists before putting them forward for the major festivals we partner with on a nationwide level, and the team we work with there are top level. I look forward to seeing you down there” Jess Iszatt, BBC Introducing in London
Summer By The River 2022.
Image: Kian Boyle/ BBC

The first event takes place this Thursday 15th June and sees Sakawah Boys, Circe and Yaz León take to the stage…

Sakawah Boys

Sakawah Boys is made up of four MCs and producers. They are most at home spitting over UKG beats and instrumentals but expect to find them producing and rapping within most genres of the UK rave scene.

From throwing their own sold-out parties with carefully curated lineups to performing at clubs and events across the country, SB gets in amongst the crowd and always brings their own energy.

Their releases cover a mix of sounds reminiscent of early Eskimo Dance blended with a new-style production. Raw, authentic, and honest, Sakawah Boys are a fresh take on the current expanding UK dance scene.


Circe is a London based producer, writer and performer making alternative pop music.

Circe is without doubt the spawn of the likes of Grimes, Sophie, Charlie XCX all in one. … an insanely talented [producer] and definitely someone we are backing” BBC Radio 1, Jack Saunders

Circe’s first EP ‘She Is Made Of Saints’ appeared across multiple television soundtracks – including Netflix No 1. show ELITE in 2023.

Yaz León 

Although a newcomer to the industry, Yaz León has proven to be a rising talent already having gained support from Wonderland, Notion, Wordplay, and other prominent magazines. In 2020 León was selected by Selector Radio for the British Council to showcase the UK new music scene internationally, signaling an international career is just around the corner for this new talent. As a Spanish/Iraqi born and raised in West London, her music is inspired by her heritage community, and pride mixed in with detailed storytelling.

Now, León is set to release a highly anticipated self-produced EP this summer – alongside some incredible collaborations and a UK tour to follow her sophomore EP.

Summer By The River 2023 dates:

  • Thursday15th June, 29th June, 20th July, 3rd August, 17th August.
  • Address: The Scoop at More, London SE1 2AA
  • Time: 7PM-10PM


Maria Hanlon vibes master, Summer By The River 2022.

If you want your music to be heard, visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/introducing and upload your tracks today…

Words: Maria Hanlon @mariahanlon. Listen to Maria Meets on the 2nd Friday of the month 3-5pm on voicesradio.co.uk.

Photo credits: Kian Boyle @kianboylephotos #BBCIntroLondon/ BBC copyright.

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