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Showcasing NEXT LEVEL talent in Lantern Hall

A person sings into a microphone, surrounded by people holding mobile phones

On Wednesday 10 April, the NEXT LEVEL Showcase returned to Bristol Beacon, this time in the transformed Lantern Hall. The night featured live performances from the artists of the 2024 NEXT LEVEL programme – Ava Zarate, Laura Dia, Marns, Rellz & YB Micz, Sambee and Ssadcharlie – before they embark on a packed summer of festival slots.

Co-produced by Big Team and Bristol Beacon, alongside local big name collaborators including SWU FM, Pirate Studios, Boomtown, Saffron, Team Love, Hey! What? and Out of Hand – NEXT LEVEL enables Bristol-based emerging artists to enhance their writing, recording, performance, and promotional skills, and provides multiple performance opportunities including this showcase and festival slots.

The NEXT LEVEL Showcase is the culmination of an intensive writing, production and rehearsal camp, where the artists receive invaluable mentorship from acclaimed artists Eva Lazarus, Res One, Sam Interface, Dread MC, Grove, Javeon and N.Y.T.A.

Take a look at our highlights from the event with photography by Eljay.


A person wearing a blue crochet top plays an instrument on stage
Laura Dia
Two musicians perform into microphones on stage
Rellz & YB Micz
A person performs on stage while playing guitar
Ava Zarate
A band plays on stage fronted by a singer in a long printed dress
A person sings into a microphone surrounded by people holding up mobile phones

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