NOISE Urban Songwriter Project - Final Showdown

Over 300 submissions to the NOISE Festival 2006 Urban Songwriter project are whittled down to just four acts - who battle it out in a final showdown

  • Type
  • Date
    24 October, 2006
  • Location
    Deal Real Records, Carnaby Street, London

With over 300 submissions to the NOISE Festival 2006 Urban Songwriter project, a final showdown is held as part of the big programme of events that make up the NOISE Festival 2006 October showcase.

Two of the most influential figures in the UK urban music scene, Tony Tagoe CEO of Deal Real Records, and Ras Kwame of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, whittle down the entries to just four acts, who are to perform their tracks at one of the most highly respected venues on the scene.

The finalists who battled it out on the night were:

  • Rhythm ‘n’ Grime, Manchester: Track - I Will Survive
  • Tsana, 19, Manchester: Track - Ms Girlfriend
  • T.J, 22, London: Track - Can We Start Over?
  • Cakes, 22, London: Track - Holla At The Girls

On the night, Deal Real records is packed out, with people outside the store clambering over each other to watch through the windows! After the performances, Tony Tagoe and Radio 1 DJ Nihal choose the best act.

The winners, Rhythm ‘n’ Grime, receive a state-of-the-art home recording studio from Yamaha worth over £1,000, plus free production time at Dairy Studios, a top London recording studio, to help them to develop and promote their talent and media coverage.

The event provides a massive press platform for the finalists of the Urban Songwriter Competition, including:


  • Channel M
  • Touch magazine Jan 07 and Feb 07 
  • BBC Manchester Where I Live site
  • The Voice 
  • New Nation

Just taking it all in! WICKED! I can't believe this! Absolutely Fantastic!

Wayne Welbeck, MC of winning act ‘Rhythm n Grime’

I really enjoyed last night's competition and it's nice to see their faces when they win. Actually visiting the venue to give away the prize was a nice touch and it was a good chance to see the fruits of NOISE’s labour. I am happy to help NOISE out with future competitions as they arise.

Susan Martin, Yamaha Representative.

This track could go in the charts, depending on how it’s marketed.

Tony Tagoe CEO of Deal Real Records

Supported by

Arts CouncilBBCDeal RealYamaha