Boiler Room in conjunction with the Mayor of London hosted a night dedicated to celebrating London’s Women in Music. Global Citizen also contributed to this event which aimed to bring awareness to a range of social issues including gender inequality.
We sauntered down to City Hall on one of the hottest days of the year and were greeted with airport like security. This really reminded us of the magnitude of the venue. The top floor of City Hall was turned into a club-like atmosphere with DJ decks and a bar.
The first act of the night was East London grime DJ, A.G. Her garage and grime set really set the mood for the night ahead.
Next up was DJ Ellie Prohan. Ellie is the resident DJ at multiple RnB club nights in the city including Supa Dupa Fly. Her afroswing and r&b heavy set was an immediate crowd pleaser.
Flohio, an MC from South London was the third performer. She brought the energy with her intense bars and incredible hype man.
Japanese singer-songwriter, Rina Sawayama’s addition to the line-up brought a different vibe to the evening. With her sultry backing dancers and incredible live vocals, the atmosphere in the room became more chilled.
DJ and BBC Radio 1Xtra broadcaster Jamzsupernova was next on the decks. She had just flown back from Ibiza to play this set. Her slick transitions and excellent 90’s song choices made the whole audience erupt into continuous dancing.
The moment that most of us had been waiting for finally arrived. Ray BLK came through the crowd looking stunning in bright blue sequinned trousers. She sang all her hit songs including Chill Out and My Hood. My Hood received a particularly strong reaction from the crowd seeing as this was an event celebrating the different sounds of London. A particular highlight of Ray BLK’s performance was when she rapped one of her verses alongside an enthusiastic member of the audience. Ray BLK also smiled in our direction so #lifemade.
Many shout outs were given to Saqid Khan for allowing the event to take place at City Hall. The panoramic view of the London skyline truly was a glorious backdrop to an evening of such amazing music.