0121 Fest: The Round Up!
Over the years, Birmingham has built up a strong reputation as one of the key producers for a wide range of creatives, including producers, rappers, singers and many more varieties of talent. And, although the city has seen huge success in recent times, the infrastructure within the 0121 is still developing. People across the country are becoming more and more aware that the Second City really is the hub for the hottest upcoming talent, and in order to draw more attention to the city it is vital that music lovers up and down the country are given a reason to make the trip to the centre of the country. And, there is one man who has spotted this, and he has acted upon it.
Birmingham raised talent, Nathan Dawe, has rapidly become one of the hottest DJ's in the UK, and as he continues to sore at the forefront of the scene the gifted selector and his team have decided to invest into the place that raised him by organising the 0121 Fest. Originally meant to be held at the Digbeth Arena, the huge showcase had to re-locate late on due to unforeseen circumstances, but this would not stop the party taking place and the O2 Institute was secured to accommodate for the hundreds who had purchased tickets. The fans were not going to give up on this one, and as soon as the doors opened the room began to get packed out ready for the all star line up including Sweet Female Attitude, Donae'o, One Acen, B Young, NSG and Jaykae.
DJ Nico started the night, warming those in attendance up with a string of hits. With the energies rising, Sweet Female Attitude made their way to the stage ready to raise the levels even higher. The Garage icons performed their catalogue of classics including the feel good hit 'Flowers'. They were then quickly followed up by another UK icon. Now, we all know that Donae'o is one of the most reputable acts in the UK, and has continuously provided us hit after hit, so you know his set was about to be a shut down. The room was full, and Donae'o gripped the audience with a performance of his extensive range of hits and a live P.A of his brand new single, which of course got the wheel up. Towards the end of his set Donae'o stated that the crowd was the best he'd performed for all year, leading them to scream his memorable trademark 'DONAAAAAEO, DONAAAAEO' for a full 2 minutes.
We'd already been blessed with two epic live performances, and now it was time for the new generation sound to take the lead with One Acen coming out to perform his popular hits. The London based creative has been making waves over the past 12 months, and it was clear to see that the people of Birmingham had been following his journey. Similary, the fans were loving B Young's performance, who followed up Acen's lit set with live P.A's of his hit filled catalogue.
The night was drawing to the latter stages, and the 0121 was still yet to be blessed with NSG's presence. The fans were in full swing, and as soon as the popping UK crew took to the stage, it was confirmed, the 0121 Fest was a shutdown. They turned the O2 Institute upside down. Of course 'Options' and 'OT Bop' were the key highlights, but NSG's energy, and stage presence is powerful, and will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Now, if you're throwing a festival in Birmingham, there is one man who has to be on the bill. He is a true Brummie, and as he stands strong at the heart of the UK scene, it was only right that Jaykae headlined the show, and gave the fans a real grande finale. The Small Heath star entered the stage to his popular 2019 single 'Heartache', a real goosebump moment for the fans. Jaykae then thanked everyone for stepping out despite the change of venue, and went on to perform a selection of tracks before making history yet again.
The 'King Of Brum' took the opportunity in his headline slot to shed some light on one of the most infamous Birmingham talents, Devilman. The iconic 0121 rapper is still held in high regard by many across the UK despite not being as prominent in the game these days. Jaykae felt that it was only right that he came out to shutdown at the first ever 0121 Fest, and there's no doubt that the moment will be remembered for years to come. The 'Toothache' creator then wrapped up his set in the company of Bowzer Boss. The duo raised the energy levels with smash hits 'Moscow' and 'No', bringing an end to an action packed evening.
It is safe to say that 0121 Fest proved to be a huge success. The crowd loved every minute, and there was no signs that the venue change caused any problems. Nathan Dawe stated that he’d lost money having to change venue last minute but, this was no issue to him. He wanted to put on for his city, and whatever obstacles came his way, he overcome with finesse. The talented DJ did this for the people of his city, and that should not go unnoticed.
The team here at CGuk can't wait for the next event, and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the 0121 Fest team on a successful debut festival!