Showcasing young talent at GB16

Showcasing young talent at GB16

We’re excited to be able to showcase some great young talent at this year’s festival – with our own set of youth short talks, Tell It Like It Is, and the return of the XLP Showcase.

Sunday, Little Big Top, 12.30pm

Four under-18s have just 12 minutes to tell us what they’re thinking, what’s important to them. It’s as simple as that. And as scary. We’ve set no agenda. Other than we wanted to hear from young people this Greenbelt – the stuff that irritates, excites, worries and inspires. We had really strong applications and we can reveal that the four thoughts we’ll hear are: 

  • Rhianna Cracknell on young people and mental health
  • Eleanor Coward on living with autism
  • Isaac Hanson on the failures of criminal justice (pictured above)
  • Jyothi Cross on the power of live theatre

We’re hoping what we hear might jolt us out of our complacency. Young people have been silent stars too long. Now it’s time to shine. And make some noise!

Sunday, Pagoda, 8.15pm

Join XLP Arts as they platform some of the great talent they’ve been working with in their London-based street work – as well as over the festival weekend itself. Then tomorrow at 11am, in the Glade they’ll showcase three of their very best new acts.

Lola Young
A feisty singer-songwriter who was a finalist on CBBC’s Got What It Takes programme. The BRIT School Student was a part of the XLP Southwark Showcase and is currently in talks with a number of labels and music companies. 

Basia Bozzao
A young vocalist who recently sang for the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to XLP. Basia was an Arts Showcase Finalist in 2013 and this is her second visit to Greenbelt. Currently working on her own material, Basia has just finish the Amy Winehouse development course Amy’s Yard.

Trey Qua
Is a singer, songwriter and UK Beatbox Championship runner-up. He was the 2015 winner of the XLP Arts Showcase Finals and will be performing his own material with a little bit of beatbox for good measure.