SoundLounge Festival 2016 Review

Project SoundLounge is over for another year and it finished with a bang as SoundLounge Festival took over Town Hall on Saturday 6th August. The afternoon session was kicked off by a familiar face from last year’s project, the wonderful AffieJam. She was followed by a selection of the freshest female talent including Barbella, Truemendous, Kemi Sulola and MArieè. One particular highlight of the session was Barbella’s impromptu PSL chant which was taken up by the crowd!





After a short break Docrha turned up the volume for the evening session, introducing their unique and powerful sound. This was followed by the jazz and soul influenced Butternut and the psychedelic rock band, Karl Monroe to finish the night.




Photo credit: NUBI magazine

The team of young people behind the festival have worked incredibly hard over the past 8 months to create an event which showcased and celebrated diverse talent from across Birmingham. Taking on various roles leading up to festival and during the day itself the group learned a variety of skills in programming producing and marketing a festival and gained real life hands on experience. The festival was very well received and the feedback from audience, artists and crew members was incredibly positive.

Full Line Up!!

On Saturday 6th August 2016 the Project SoundLounge Festival will be bringing a full line up of amazing artists to the Town Hall stage with music from 3pm-11pm. Doors open 2.30pm, FREE ENTRY.
(Click Here to obtain limited Free Ticket)

Showcasing the best under the radar performers from across the city, the freshest female talent will take the stage in the afternoon, then as the night progresses we up the volume for three genre-bending bands!!


15:00 – Affiejam


15:45 – Barbella

16:30 – TrueMendous


17:15 – Marieè


18:00 – Kemi Sulola Artist

18:30 – 20:00 – BREAK

20:00 – Dorcha


21:00 – Butternut[1]

22:00 – Karl Monroe

Come on down to celebrate the amazing talent and creativity we have in our amazing city!

Project SoundLounge is Town Hall Symphony Hall’s youth development programme enabling young people to create an arts festival in Birmingham. The 16-25 year old participants take on the programming, producing and marketing of the festival, building a range of employability skills.

Blissful 6… Kemi Sulola

Kemi Sulola is a gifted RnB singer/songwriter from London, she has shared her work, performing up and down the country. Most recently her music has played on BBC Radio.

With influences, from a range of genres, such as Lovers Rock, Neo-soul. Hip-hop RnB, Reggae and Gospel as well as Afrobeat and Jazz her sound is a fresh combination – unique but familiar enough for you to get you in your zone. With a sound often linked to the golden era of 90’s RnB, she is hoping to bring that feel good and free vibe to her music. After winning a local Talent competition a few years back, she has been writing and performing in around the UK.


Her latest project ‘Fallen For You’ is her first E.P. The project draws from her soul and RnB influences and explores the emotions of falling for someone, unrequited love, fears, aspirations, insecurities and faith. She is excited for what is ahead and hopes to use her music to spread positivity and encourage others to shine their light!


Social Media
SnapChat @ KemiJoyx

True to her word at number 4… Truemendous

The art of storytelling fused with: ear clenching wordplay, bizarre punch lines and in detailed poetry (just to name a few) are elements that this Artist obtains exceptionally well…she really is TrueMendous.

The 23 Year Old Artist from Birmingham has already released a full body of work contained in her debut mixtape “The Autistic Librarian” (April 14th 2014) which consists of 17 detailed stories focusing on the reality of women lost within their inner self while accustom to: vulnerability, pain and love (free to download on


The successful mixtape was shortly followed by 2 further improved EP’s off her Current Project “A non-Models Portfolio.” Whormonal Moodswings and Hello were released on 19th April 2015 & 14th February 2016 and are currently available for purchase on itunes and all other good digital stores. Both EP’s have received a Brilliant response (Hello in particular as TrueMendous has pushed the boundaries of Characterisation and Narration).

She is currently working on her final EP to complete the trilogy.

Latest Visual: TrueMendous – O.T.Y.L (Music Video) 

Social Media
Facebook @TrueMendous
Twitter @itsTrueMendous
Soundcloud @itsTrueMendous
Instagram @ itsTrueMendous