Bradford’s up and coming rap stars are set to kick off a new events series coming to the city centre.

The first ever BD Sesh is coming to The Underground on Saturday - featuring homegrown talent Y.C, NIXX, KG, T.T, AIMZ and TJB.

The aspiring rappers have been learning about the music industry in the studio with All Star Entertainment before taking their voices on stage.

QM Record’s Ned Archibong and Nicholson Davids hope to put their home city on the map and show the world what Bradford’s undiscovered acts can do.

Alongside singer Phoebe Freya, Ned and Nicholson have built up a “small cult following” in the soulful hip-hop group Normanton Street.

Now it’s time to bring a dose of “new music energy” back to Bradford, Ned said.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus, the label and events director said: “It’s going to be every few months.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Ned Archibong and Nicholson Davids from Normanton Street and the record label, QM RecordsNed Archibong and Nicholson Davids from Normanton Street and the record label, QM Records (Image: Anisha Melody)

“New music energy in Bradford, we’ve got an electric line-up of rappers.

“We’re from there, we started in Bradford. Hopefully we’ll use it as a way of seeing what’s going on and being able to really help the city. That’s the vision.

“Being the City of Culture it’s just an exciting place to do activities right now. Coupled with being from Bradford, it’s amazing. For us it makes sense for us to be more present in the city and we can bring our experience in culture, music business and doing music.

“All the artists from this particular line up, most of it’s come from All Stars. The Underground have been great too.

“It’s the energy that I love. A lot of the rappers are very proud to be from Bradford. It’s what I love to see in music - having a voice, not being afraid to do what they’re doing. That’s what I’m excited to see, not afraid to do their thing and rapping where they’re from.

“I’d love to see more artists, professionals, in Bradford. That’s the same energy with the City of Culture and everything that’s going on in Bradford, there’s a big push to find artists that can represent the city on bigger stages."

The first BD Sesh, in partnership with DICE and All Stars Entertainment, will take place at The Underground from 7.30pm on November 19, 2022.

Tickets are priced between £3 and £5.

Ross Elliott, who tutors the city’s aspiring young musicians at All Stars, said: “I’m really happy promotors like Ned are looking to showcase the talent in Bradford. It’s about creating visible youth leaders in the music scenes that are out there in the city inspiring.”

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