The first Cornex:discover show of the year is all set to showcase emerging Cambridge Hip Hop acts.

Cambridge Live have teamed up with Romsey Mill, the Cambridge-based charity which works with children and young people, to provide the support act for Criolo’s forthcoming show.

The Hip Hop upstarts will perform some of their own songs, and also get the chance to create other new material using Criolo’s instrumental, you can get a taster of their material in the video below. They’ll take to the stage at Cambridge Junction J2 on Thursday 21st April, tickets on sale here.

Eight of the boys involved at Romsey Mill, who range in age from 15 to 18, have been writing their own songs for the event as well creating new material using Criolo’s instrumental. On the day, they will have a chance to meet Criolo, before performing their set. The boys, many of whom were involved in Cambridge Junction’s Rapademic last July, which supported emerging talent, will be performing as Flava T, Tevz, General T, Skeemz, Quarmz, Don Tukz, Street Inc and Rhetoric.

Karl Lewis, Music Specialist Youth Worker at Romsey Mill, said, “This is a big thing for them because, in Cambridge, they don’t actually have many opportunities for what they’re doing. I think it is important that I’m a part of this process because I understand them, I have been through a lot of their situations in my life. They need somewhere to let off steam and have fun and some of the songs they make are mind-blowing. The more they work with each other, the more they understand each other’s abilities.”

Jon Sanders, Lead Youth Development Worker for South and East Cambridge, said, “It is great that Cambridge Live are giving us this opportunity to support Criolo. The lads are really looking forward to performing and showing off their talents. It gives a real focus to what they’re doing and something to aim for, as well as improving their confidence and aspirations which can they influence other areas of their life as well.”

Neil Jones, Cambridge Live Director of Operations, said, “We are very pleased to be working with Romsey Mill on this cornex:discover project. It is great to be able to help nurture the young talent emerging from Cambridge’s hip hop and grime scene. We’d also like to extend a huge thanks to ARM for their support of this project.”

The corner:discover team are also looking for local film makers to showcase their work at the forthcoming Tindersticks show, more information on that one here.