Monday, 25 March 2013

ESPspotlight Review: Be On The Scene, March Fashion & Music Event, The Coronet

When I first met Richard Ney, co-creator of online entertainment network Be On The Scene back in 2011, I was always intrigued to learn more about the concept of a new platform, aimed solely at Artists from all walks of the Industry, in their own social media hub. A LinkedIn for Creatives; BOTS brings aspiring talents together with brands offering the services they need most, at discounted costs for membership. With a registered base and web audience now exceeding 2 million per month, there's little question as to why so many companies are jumping on their affiliate bandwagon.

Fast Forward 2 years and I attended the now HUGE organisation's first event of the year on Saturday night. Previously streamlined to their respective avenues, the BOTS team combined the Music and Fashion events to put on a massive jam-packed showcase filled with Talent.

After stints at Jewel in both St. Pauls and Piccadilly, as well as a good few turns at the Kensington Rooftop Gardens, it was South London's turn for a taste; with the show touching down at newly refurbished, The Coronet.

Mtwo with guest vocalist
Presenter Ross Fiddes introduced beautiful acoustics from singer-songwriter Tom Price-Stephens in his guitar medley; sweet Soul from Stephen Ville, and Rap group Mtwo, who closed the show. Having only attended the music showcases previously, the fashion was a fresh and welcome addition for Yours TrulyCatwalk offerings from designers boasting an eyecatching, varied style selection. Debra Pleta's bohemian handbags, Milina Imrichova's hand-painted dresses, Aissetou Traore's ethnic heritage wear and The Boutique LNDN's gorgeous dramatic evening wear, mish-mashed well enough to make you wonder what you may have missed in previous shows. The variety offered insight into the diversity that a connection through the membership network has to offer. Changeover gaps in-between were peppered with Euro Dance, Pop and early noughties Hip-Hop sounds from DJs Renegade and Dexx Master.

Suffering from the gargantuan competition of an R&B Legends dream lineup and subsequent after parties on the other side of London; not to mention the small matter of a deluge of snow forecast in London's first weekend of 'Spring', the night did suffer from a noticeable drop in the promised turnout, in comparison with the previous events I've been to; where breathing space was a luxury. Those in attendance were determined to get their money's worth though, partying the night away until the venue's 4am close.

At only £12, with so much packed into the programme, a night out with Be On The Scene is definitely worth the ticket. See their website for details of the next event in June.

See you on the morrows for another chance to win a MASSIVE Artist Development pack (worth £90), in the Lost In Music Competition, for March Music in the ESPspotlight.

ES ;)