Young Identity’s One Mic Stand has been a regular feature of Contact’s programming for years – last week, we posted Keisha Thompson’s reflections on it’s history and it’s place in the world of live poetry.
During our building’s closure, One Mic Stand has featured at Band on the Wall, as well as Gorilla. Both of these famous Manchester venue have the perfect atmosphere for a riotous night of slam poetry and music. But with nowhere open to host it, where else could this month’s planned One Mic Stand event go, but online?
A Whole New World (on the internet)
On Friday 24 April, we hosted the first ever Young Identity: One Mic Stand as a live-streamed event on our website. The night kicked off a little after 7.30pm. Glitches were smoothed out since everyone involved – not least host Reece Williams, proved to be a master of improvisation, and we could not be prouder for the team at Young Identity for pulling it off.
The event was free to watch online, but we are so, so grateful to audience member who chose to donate before, during and after. This money will go towards our continued support of young artists and their work, and at a time when so many artists and creatives have lost their livelihoods, that support will be vital. Thank you to all of you.
These highlights are a little different to our usual output – instead of photos, we have screenshots. But hopefully these will give you a flavour of the night, whether you were one of our audience members, or just catching up now.
You can watch the whole of One Mic Stand on YouTube here.