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Our Autumn/Winter 2020 season of online events draws to a close with Young Identity's One Mic Stand.

In Young Identity’s latest digital event, 12 poets will go head-to-head in a virtual poetry slam. Three minutes is all each contestant gets to wow the audience with their lyrical mastery and delivery. Who will win the top spot and grand £50 prize?

Plus, we’ve got two very special headlining guests!

We hear from One Mic Stand veteran and recent International Slam-O-Vision 2020 champion Jardel Rodrigues, sharing his poems on growing up, crime, love and loss. We welcome hip hop/jazz artist Layfullstop for some soulful musical stylings.

The Poets

Jonny Wilson, Ali Al-Jamri, Niamh Ayrton (virtual), Ciaran O’Brien, Louise Avey, Fazeel Babur (virtual), Giovanni Bagioli Reyes, Tallulah Howarth, Ari Adegbite, Grace Tompkins, Chrispy, Rory Aaron

The Judges

Isaiah Hull, Roma Havers (back at Contact after her recent performance at LINK UP), Sharon Raymond (virtual)

Plus, your host for the evening, Reece Williams.


Liv Barnes and Kat Kennedy

About Young Identity

Young Identity are Manchester’s finest young spoken word performers, working in partnership with Contact for the last 10 years. Young Identity host online sessions via Zoom every week. In-person sessions at Contact will resume once Covid restrictions allow.

About Jardel Rodrigues

Jardel is a fast-paced urban wonder who reels of poems like rap and is a self-confessed Grimeaholic. Tune in if you want a taste of poetic flair mixed with musical daring – drawing on themes of growing up, crime, love and loss. His pieces include Sonnet 1 and Sewer Side Love. Jardel was recently crowned International Slam-O-Vision 2020 champion.

Black and White image of Jardel Rodrigues, poetry performer

About Layfullstop

Layfullstop has been tearing up shapes in the UK scene. Birmingham born, Manchester bred, and soul personified. Layfullstop is a female vocalist who wears her heart on the sleeve of her music, bringing soul to both the mandem and gyaldem via her view of Hip Hop and Jazz.

artists Layfullstop

We’ve held several previous online One Mic Stand events in 2020. It’s been quite a change from boisterous poetry and music events of previous years! You can read all about how we set up the first One Mic Stand – online with this blog post, written by OMS judge and our former Young People’s Producer Keisha Thompson.

Plus, you can get a flavour of how a Zoom-based poetry slam goes down with this highlights post from back in April 2020.

Content Warning

Some performances will use strong language.

Content warnings for individual performances (these will be listed again on the zoom at the start of the event.)

Grace Tompkins: Sexual language
Ari Adegbite: Racism, death, alcohol/drug use, sexual assault
Niamh Ayrton: Narcissism abuse
Ciaran O’Brien: Ableism and violence
Chrispy: Sexual language
Rory Aaron: Sexual language

  • Price
    £10 Full Price/£8 U-35s/£5 Concessions
  • Venue

    Online via Zoom

  • Ages
  • Booking info

    You will receive a link to take part in the event via email. Please check your inboxes, including junk/spam email, for this.

  • Genre
Date Time & Place
Friday 11 December 7:30pm
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