OneTaste Festival 2012


11 Nov 2012


50 incredible acts...


The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London, SW12 9HD



YES – This event has now been and gone leaving a magic trail of creative sparks in its wake! THANK YOU to all the 150 artists, crew and volunteers that made this event so amazing. We'll will be announcing our next event very very shortly…. watch

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Our one-off event that showcases the best 50 artists that we have seen in 2012, all in one day.

Our annual OneTaste Festival is our favourite event of the year. Just as we start to have withdrawal symptoms of our fun-filled festival summer days, OneTaste brings the community back together for a musical, poetical, theatrical and danceable extravaganza in the most beautiful venue in London, The Bedford.

50 artists in 5 rooms over 3 floors in 1 day


Dress Up? If you fancy adding to the festivities with your dress, we have two themes for you to tag onto:

1940s (for all you swing and cabaret lovers) and

Mayan – (Prepare to be decoded and shown the secrets of the universe in light of the 2012 prophecies of this ancient civilisation).

Come with your best outfits and get prepared for lashings of praise and fun!

The Line Up:


Bridgette Amofah’s solo project Dansu is killer. Having spent the last couple of years on tour with Oi Va Voi and Brian Ferry, Bridgette is finally concentrating on herself, and my word is it paying off. Accompanied by drums, cello and organ, Bridgette’s vocals are explosive at times and tender at others. She has a raw passion that will leave you feeling as though you've been smacked around by a warrior princess and liked it.

Link to Bridgette Amofah

Jono McCleery

At last year's OneTaste Festival, Jono McCleery played an absolutely soul crunching set in the Globe. Jono and The Dans hung their magic in the air and set the perfect mood for our head-liner Alice Russell. This year, Jono will be thrilling us with a stripped down acoustic set. One man. One guitar. And one supremely gorgeous voice that is sure to bring the house down once again.

Autumn Shift presents The Adventures of Prince Achmed Orchestra

At 2pm, The Globe Theatre will be playing host to something very special indeed. We will be screening Lotte Reiniger’s THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (1926). The earliest surviving animated feature film, set to an innovative live composition by the Prince Achmed Orchestra. A re-imagining of the Arabian Nights Tales though beautiful hand-cut silhouettes, it’s a mind-blowing feat of early cinema accompanied by a live music score to match.

Gideon Conn

Born and raised in Manchester, Gideon Conn spent the greater part of his formative years ensconced in a state of daydream. After four years of sculptural bliss at Fine Art College, he over-extended himself in an attempt to succeed in the construction industry as a labourer. The work was hard. He endured it for eight months then packed it in to be an artist and musician; and hasn't looked back.

Gideon Conn has been wowing our audiences for almost as long as we can remember. His unique songs and wonderful delivery have won over the hearts of many and we couldn't be more delighted that he will be gracing our stage yet again with his brilliance.

Link to Gideon Conn

Tanya Auclair

Tanya Auclair needs no introduction. She is OneTaste family and we love her for her original style, endearing way with words, gorgeous melodies and skilz on her Micro-Korg, loop pedal, guitar, ukulele, glockenspiel and whatever else she decides to just pick up and play on the day. Hailing from London, via Canada and Rwanda – Tanya Auclair's musical upbringing straddled very different worlds, making for an open instinctive approach to songwriting as well as sonics. She meshes organic and electronic, pop and experimental, using unusual rhythms, lush harmonies and touches of electronica, sublimely.

Link to Tanya Auclair

Blue Daisy

Blue Daisy got the party started on the OneTaste stage at last year's LoveBox with his 90’s and 00’s inspired Hip-Hop party set. He's ‘Got That Vibe’ and he sure will ‘Regulate’ your dance moves to ensure that you can eat those ‘Donuts’. Don’t let his set ‘Pass You By’. Ok, ok, we’ll stop now; we’ll not ‘Push It’.

John Berkavitch

Fresh from a two year hiatus in Cambodia where he delivered a TEDx Talk on ‘The Power of Being Embarrassed’, and having just spent the summer with us at Soundwave Festival in Croatia, John Berkavitch will be delighting us yet again with his obnoxious, hilarious and wonderfully thought provoking poetry. You will love this man.

Link to John Berkavitch

Z the People

Hailing from the land of America, Z the People grew up singing soul and shouting at men in suits in Washington D.C. As a kid he fell in love with the saxophone because he could squeak and wail at neighbours. At age 14, Z the People found his true weapon when he learned piano by listening to Ray Charles records. He joined the nearest funk band and began touring the east coast as an out of control front-man.

At 18, Z the People hit University to study political science and sharpen his lyrical understanding. After a year and a half, Z the People, ditched the political path to dive into the keys at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Following his nomadic heart, Z the People, left the US to study and share music with folks of different cultures. His travels took him deep inside music scenes in places like Cuba, Mali, Greece, and finally, back to his roots in Palestine.

Join Z the People who will be wailing his message of union and communion to UK audiences again this fall.

Brooke Sharkey

“The perfect balance between fiery female singer and delicate, angelic songstress.”

Brooke Sharkey’s songs grow ever more diverse, jumping from French ballads to English Folk and even gypsy frenzy with her fresh line-up of violin, double bass, and French horn. Regulars in East London’s music clubs, where streams of working musicians mix folk, jazz and Latin blues, Sharkey and her band exhibit an eclectic mix of styles with an exceptionally high level of musicianship.

Link to Brooke Sharkey

Dougie Hastings

Dougie Hastings is

one of those spoken word artists you are pretty sure you are gonna like and then actually end up loving. His poetry is powerful, pumped with wit and a human desperation. His delivery effortlessly slides from deadpan to passionate and he has the ability to hook you up onto each and every word…leaving you hanging until you pump your fists in agreement and ask him when his self-help book is going to come out!

Sonny Green

Sonny Green aka SGB is fast becoming one of the most influential voices in youth culture today. This 17-year-old poet and rapper possesses talent and a worldly perspective way beyond his years, which has already lead him to collaborations with the likes of Asian Dub Foundation, Secret Cinema and to have viral video hits with SBTV and OneTaste:

“I wish to be the change I want to see in the world. I want to address the fundamental issues in society and how we can solve them with positive solutions. I focus on the lack of communication between individuals in communities and how we can draw everyone on the planet in with the universal language of music and spread pure love and light to all sentient beings.”

Jenny Lindfors

“I saw Jenny perform with her guitar one candle-lit evening at the Gladstone and was mesmerised by her performance,” says Rumer, who invited Lindfors along to open for her on her UK tour.

It was during this tour that Lindfors got a life-changing phone call, with news of a sudden tragedy involving someone very close to her. The result was a collection of songs that have since moved audiences all across the UK to tears, still with that 1970's vibe very much present and unmistakable hints to influences like Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell.

Link to Jenny Lindfors

Brilliant Corners

Brilliant Corners are a tight three piece unit, mixing memorable melodies whilst moving through musical continents on a drum-man-machine. Songwriting from the heart and head, with grooves from the gut.

Link to Brilliant Corners

Swing Back to the 40's

OneTaste are opening the festival with a swing. The Ballroom will play host to a 1940’s Jazz Tea Room where you can spruce yourself up 40’s style for the rest of the festival. Don a trilby, have your 40’s make-up and hair done by Toni Cassidy’s ‘Simply Beauty’ and scoff a scone whilst listening to live music from The Sugar Sisters, Franky and The Jacks and The Magic Number!

The Sugar Sisters

The Sugar Sisters are three solo performers, Ruby Wood (Submotion Orchestra), Stac (Wah Wah 45s) and Heather McClell, who have been brought together by a love of three part harmonies, ukulele and red lipstick. There’s nothing they like to do more than deliver sophisticated harmonies and arrangements of 1940’s swing, 90’s R’n’B and Calypso with a playful sassiness and infectious charm.

Link to The Sugar Sisters

Franky & The Jacks

Set within the walls of the wailing harmonica and the screeching fiddle the sometimes dark and often caustic lyrics belie the foot stomping swing of the double bass and guitar. Here is where comedy and tragedy meet head on to deliver a full spirited testament to Franky & The Jacks’ one and only mantra: “Make 'em dance”

Link to Franky & The Jacks

LeaLea Jones

LeaLea Jones is a powerful vocalist with a fierce and challenging style. Already getting rave reviews for her explosive live show, LeaLea Jones has been selected as the “Artist to Watch” by BBC Introducing and has already written songs for artists at RCA, DefJam, BBE records and Tru-Thoughts. She has already performed on line-ups that have included Jay-Z, Beyonce, Roots Manuva and Little Dragon and been compared to the likes of Missy Elliot, MIA and Kelis.

LeaLea has created her own eye catching edgy, Rock ‘n’ Roll style that is both alluring and commanding. Writing songs that encourage dialogue, challenge female stereotypes whilst being thoroughly entertaining; LeaLea thrives on the darker side of music yet delivers her songs with an infectious warmth.

Her upcoming album is the result of her collaboration with producer/drummer Jack Baker (Bonobo/Alice Russell/TM Juke & The Jack Baker Trio). LeaLea met producer Jack Baker through singer Andreya Triana. They started off making American inspired soul, which progressively warped into a darker, cinematic sound, besieged with powerful vocals and complex, sparse production.

Modern in style, dramatic in production, LeaLea Jones owns her own future.

Link to LeaLea Jones

Jally Kebba Susso & The Manding Sabu

Gambian Kora Master & Griot Musician Jally Kebba Susso expands on West African Griot musical tradition with his band Manding Sabu – exploring AfroFunk, Jazz, Rock & Blues styles.

In West Africa, a griot combines the roles of musician, storyteller, historian, archivist, diplomat and flatterer. You can only be born a griot, never became one. Jally Kebba Susso comes from a very long line of Manding griots from The Gambia. He started playing the kora, the emblematic instrument of the griots at the age of seven, learning it's delicate flowing intricacies from his father and older brothers.

By the age of 13, Susso was touring Europe. Over recent years Susso has been experimenting with blends of traditional griot music mixing hip hop, jazz, blues and now funk.

Link to Jally Kebba Susso & The Manding Sabu

MC Angel

MC Angel presents a unique vision of what it means to be angelic – less lingerie-clad honied eroticism, more passionate riotous energy. MC Angel grew up in North London as a tough Irish-London girl, battling against the grit of working class inner-city living. Now an MC, performance poet, promoter, and writer, Angel's conscious rhymes and unique rhythmic flow have left a permanent stamp on London's hip-hop scene.

Forro Family

Forro (pronounced faw-haw) is a simple yet sensual and seductive music and dance from the north east of Brazil. With a strong European influence, the music became popular in the early part of last century and is traditionally played with an accordion, a triangle and a tambourine. Today, the dance has been influenced by many other styles, but the intimacy between the partners remains at its heart. Join Andy and Julia at the Forro Family workshop to get you started and then practice your moves with a live forro band…. Live once, dance forever!

Link to Forro Family

Cole DeGenova

Pianist, vocalist, and songwriter Cole DeGenova has spent most of his life crafting his eclectic artistic voice. Born in Chicago and growing up in a family of musicians and artists, DeGenova began playing piano at age four and spent his childhood studying classical piano, the jazz and blues of his hometown, and the pop music of The Beatles and Stevie Wonder. By age 15 he was playing professionally in jazz and blues clubs on Chicago’s South Side. His prodigious talents led him to study at Berklee College of Music in 2005 where he trained further with jazz piano great Danilo Perez.

After forming his funky alternative soul group Cole DeGenova & The Peoples Republic with fellow Berklee students, they released their first album JUST PEOPLE AGAIN in 2009. Three years later, and after thousands of miles of road covered, he is set to release his second album, ANOTHER COUNTRY, summer of 2012; an inspired culmination of lessons learned

on the road, soulful melodies, and the infectious grooves of his band. A troubadour in the truest sense, Cole DeGenova has performed alongside or opened for the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Saul Williams, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Meshell N’degeocello, Paula Cole, J Davey, Snarky Puppy, and rapper the GZA.

Inua Ellams

After selling out the National Theatre with his superb one man show ‘The 14th Tale’ and then finishing off his nationwide tour of ‘Untitled’, and releasing his 4th book entitled 'Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars', it has been a long time coming for Inua Ellams to return to the OneTaste family fold. We are so looking forward to having him back on our stage and experiencing his new material!

Link to Inua Ellams

Chill Pill

Renowned poetry night Chill Pill, hosted by Mr Gee and Raymond Antrobus will be taking the Tavistock by storm with an hour of cutting edge underground poetry from the best wordsmiths our London scene has to offer.

Link to Chill Pill

The James Riley Hoedown!

James Riley will be transforming the Tavistock into a foot stomping, dosey doe-ing barn yard hoedown!

A “fiendishly proficient” guitarist, singer, Riley, chronicles the story of his experiences through clamorous, jubilant bluegrass ‘n’ soul and exquisitely spun yarns.

Riley has turned heads the world over, earning him spots on the same bill as blues legend Buddy Guy in Chicago, and folk giant Martin Simpson in the UK. After recently returning from busking and hitchhiking his way from Amsterdam to Istanbul, Riley has been pedalling his unique class of pulsing, brazenly catchy acoustica throughout London and the South East, steadily gathering a word-of-mouth buzz in his wake.

Link to James Riley

Giles Abbott

Is it that we dream in sleep, and then awake to life? Or is our life the dream, from which we will awaken?

In Irish myth, the world ripples and, quite by accident, we step into another world. A story starts & the world ripples. Join storyteller Giles Abbott on a wild journey through myth, through story & through dreaming. Because a story can enter your dreams, & through your dreams, you can enter story.”

Giles Abbott has been performing all over England and in Europe for over a decade. His style is lyrical and poetic, with “dazzling use of language”. His telling has been further described as “wit, wisdom and a voice like melted chocolate!”. For the Secret Garden Party 2012 Giles will weave a web of stories, suitable for a family audience, drawn from his wide repertoire and woven into a mesmeric, magical whole. These stories are waking dreams and will carry you, awake, to the land of your dreams.

Link to Giles Abbott

Chris Paradox – 'The Mayan Calendar and 2012'

Paradox, one of our favourite poets, host and spiritual guide is giving a talk on what is all the fuss about with the 21st December 2012. The end of the world? The Mayan calendar, the history of our Gregorian calendar; where this all come from and what's really going on?? Paradox shares his knowledge and interpretations about this important time in history that we find ourselves right in the middle of.
Link to Paradox

Katy Noura Butler – 'The Egyptian Mysteries'

Katy Noura Butler is a mystic and storyteller that lives at the Giza Pyramids and has been teaching the ancient wisdom of Egypt for 30 years. In this 45 minute workshop, she will be enchanting us with the tales of the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. Katy explores the archetypes, the magical messages in these characters and their application in our modern lives. Dannii asked her to be part of OneTaste Festival as Katy is one of the most captivating and knowledgeable storytellers she has have ever met.

Follow the Faun

This one the highlight of Secret Garden Party for many gardeners. Join The Faun as he takes you on a magical dance journey to discover your power animal and liberate your inner fool! All those gestures and silly moves that you would feel wrong about doing in public, The Faun creates a space for you to let it all out and flaunt your unbridled wild side. This is done all to the back drop of banging disco and funkadelics. Not to be missed.

OneTaste Cabaret

It’s intimate. A dark red cellar coloured by people that embody the meaning of cheekiness, expressive faces, costumes and bodies that move together and sing with strength, warm intelligence and sensitivity to nuance, which virtually transfixes you! Hosted by: Lotan Sapir


Flavia Bertam – Dancer, Mime, co producer and costume maker of magic for the OneTaste Cabaret

Andrea Dorelli and Tom Peacock – New to the OneTaste Cabaret collective – Dance Duo

Malik Ibheis – Physical theatre and Mime; Link to Malik Ibheis

Alice Cade – Dancer, foot slapper and runs The Abalino Theatre company; Link to Alice Cade

Leo Kay – Leo Kay is a theatre maker who’s work has moved through physical theatre, dance theatre and spoken word, to explorations of site-specific performance and intimate interaction with audiences; Link to Leo Kay

Adam Oliver – Presenting his work with the OneTaste Cabaret for the 2 years. Clown and genius performer constantly engaging the audience and finding their limits.

Lucy Hopkins – New to the OneTaste Cabaret collective. Lucy Hopkins graduated from university with a degree in Fine Art, lived and worked inLondonfor two years, then moved to Paris. She spent a year at the Jacques Lecoq school, then two years studying under Philippe Gaulier and Dr Brown; Link to Lucy Hopkins

The People Pile – THE PEOPLE PILE are a community of creative movement enthusiasts; Link to The People Pile

Christo Squier – Crystal Ball

Perhaps Contraption – The genius harmonies of Perhaps Contraption shall be conducting but yet improvising their way through the OneTaste Cabaret.

Anywhere and everywhere they have bellowed their massive choral harmonies, their jubilant, soaring horns. The music touches upon the joyous and irreverent, the dark and piquant, the oom-pah and the sublime. With a relentlessly pulsing, mutant-pram-kit at the core, a surreal and subversive knees-up will undoubtedly ensue…

Link to Perhaps Contraption

This is set to be the best OneTaste Festival yet!

Bring yourselves, families and friends to this one off event that will transform your cold bodies into hot furnaces of inspiration and joy.

11th November 2012.

The Bedford, Balham.

See you there!


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