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REVIEW: OT2P SHUT IT DOWN AT THE ROUNDHOUSE!

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Roundhouse Rising presents Cleo Sol / Tres / OT2P
Date: Thurs. March 28th 2013
Venue: Roundhouse, Studio Theatre

Last night will be remembered as the time OnTrack took over The Roundhouse. Before a sold out audience of friends, family, industry insiders and reality TV celebs such Xfactor’s Jahmene ‘Jamazing ‘ Douglas, the performance and events collective known as OT2P opened the night with a show-stopping set worthy of any headline act.

With Captain K, SMB and Bo-Dee on hosting duties, the trio masterfully commanded the evening. DJ Sykz and Sentiment set the scene with the music selection before the band entered the stage to provide the live soundtrack to what would prove to be a spectacular evening of entertainment.

Sublime songstress Whitney soared, the mighty Fatal 64 blessed the mic with reality rhymes, Nalliekah commanded the stage like a boss, PJ captivated the crowd with the melancholic ‘It’s About Time’, Eman taught everybody the ‘OT2P skank’ and Sexy Choc lived up to her name with an infectious combination of carnival beats and playful lyrical exchanges with her partner-in-rhyme Target Eagle. 

The intimate Studio Theatre space also afforded a few tender moments. When BA opened with a lyrical missive for his mum, it was clear that is was penned straight from the heart. The charismatic Captain K also shared a deeper insight into his life when he performed ‘Sirens’, a song that touched on his fight to beat childhood cancer. The OT2P showcase was indeed an emotional affair.

By the time SMB ushered the collective all on stage to round off the set, with party starter ‘She’s Amazing’, the whole audience revelled in their triumph. 

Headliners on the night did not disappoint either. The Roundhouses’ prolific son Tres transported the audience to the Congo with the enchanting vibes of his band and irresistible call and response lyrics; and Cleo Sol closed the night perfectly with a stripped back, intimate performance that accentuated the effortless vocal prowess of this 21-year old rising R&B star.

The night was six weeks in the making and a testament to the tenacity, natural talent and creative vision of all the young people involved. Event managers Rochelle, Rachel, Sean, Julija, Elijah, Michael and Bo-Dee all deserve praise for delivering a smoothly ran, sold out event.

Now in its second cycle, the OnTrack project continues to grow in strength. The Roundhouse invests a unique level of faith and professional commitment to the progression of young people outside of employment, education and training – the results are life changing. Respect as ever to Angus, Policy, Barbara, Emma, Rachel, SJ, Oli, Dave, George, Marta, Dana, Bea and the whole team! Big thank yous also go out to Earl McNeish and Michael Nyarko from Rio Ferdinand Foundation for investing in the vision.

Industry In The Street is proud to work in partnership to deliver the OnTrack project. IITS creatives Fusion, Natalie Maddix, Spider J, Funk Butcher, Joss Ryan, Maya and Ryan all put their 100% into training up the event mangers, producers, performers and DJs. Such a project is never without its challenges, but on a night like this it all makes perfect sense.

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Keep up with OT2P’s journey here and to find out more about the Roundhouse and its various projects visit www.roundhouse.org.uk

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