‘Music without limits!’ Manchester’s youth use hip-hop to mark Peterloo massacre anniversary

Artists from Manchester’s thriving hip-hop scene will come together for a unique music project to reflect on the significance of the city’s 1819 Peterloo massacre to young people nowadays.

Part of the city-wide commemorations of the event, which became a defining moment in Britain’s democracy and a marker in Manchester’s history as a radical city, artists will collaborate to mark the 200-year anniversary.

DISRUPT, organised by local music charity Brighter Sound, is a project that will explore how music can be used as a powerful tool for protest – past, present and future.

“DISRUPT will explore how the themes of Peterloo resonate with the world we live in today,” said Balraj Samrai, from the award-winning record label and club night Swing Ting.

“This is a chance for Manchester’s most exciting new music talent to be bold, expressive and create music without limits!”

The project will give young MCs, singers and producers from across the city the opportunity to work with three of Manchester’s most exciting hip-hop artists including Samrai, MC Fox and rapper Lady Ice.

This is part of Brighter Sound’s work to support the next generation of musical innovators. The charity has a history of connecting participants with acts like Kendrick Lamar, Bugzy Malone and The Mouse Outfit.

Taking place between July 7-11 at People’s History Museum (PHM), the group of young artists (who are currently being selected following an open call-out) will work together to write and produce new music over an intensive five-day period in residence at the museum.

The work produced will be premiered at a special public performance on Thursday July 11.

Limited free tickets are available now via Eventbrite. The public are invited to register at:

Brighter Sound is a creative music charity based in central Manchester. Rooted in the North of England with national and international reach, they have delivered a programme of exciting and relevant projects and events to support young and emerging musicians for nearly 20 years, working with music makers from their early years to their early careers.

Image courtesy of PHM via Twitter, with thanks.

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