On the 25 and 26 of May, performers of all genres and ages were showcased at Spindle’s prestigious Future Talent Stage at Birmingham Pride. Bringing together rising artists from across the globe, audiences were treated to pop, rap, rock, electronica and more genre-blending performances from the Spindle stage inside the Nightingale Club.
On Saturday, Birmingham-based rock band Killglass helped set the tone for the day with their cover of the Electric Six’s classic “Gay Bar,” getting the crowd jumping and hyped for future performances. After a round of encores, the four-piece group gave the stage over to pop singer-songwriter Emily Burns.
With a dressed-down set, Burns offered the crowd a moment to both groove and decompress with acoustic versions of her hits, including the viral hit “Girlfriend at the Time.” However, that chilled-out mood didn’t last long, with the lineup keeping the audience on their toes—and on their dancing feet.
Later, the mid-afternoon performance by Australian neo-soul singer Kaiit brought an introspective mood to the venue, with the crowd hanging on every lyric she crooned. With a live band behind her, the soulful 20-year-old Melbourne artist helped set the tone for the rest of the night’s performances.
As the sun began to set, female rapper and musical powerhouse Leikeli47 stormed the stage on Saturday night and asked the crowd, “Birmingham Pride, how y’all doing today?” Bringing the crowd to their feet and creating an atmosphere of LGBTQ+ inclusion and encouragement, the rapper brought fans onto the stage to perform alongside her to both original tracks and song covers to much applause.
Four-piece indie band The Clause took the stage on Sunday to get the audience ready for another day chock-full of incredible talent and danceable hits. Giving the stage over to Sophielou, the crowd took in the female rapper’s cool R&B vibes, swaying to the beat and taking in the mellow atmosphere.
Once the crowd finished their moment, alt R&B singer-songwriter Abisha took the stage, finishing off an afternoon filled with incredible talent. Later, pop performer Lucy Whittaker took the stage and gave a heartfelt performance to the raucous crowd–both ready to shake the dance floor and finish out Pride strong.
Handing the stage over to Rico Nasty, the female nu metal rapper who has taken the rap scene by storm, the venue-rocking performance ended Sunday night with a bang. Performing hits like “Cold” and “Poppin” alongside a brand-new track, Nasty ended her set with the crowd clamouring for more.
From Birmingham natives to world-traveling bands, audiences were treated to the best rising talent across the music scene. With a total of 23 performers, the Future Stage was able to showcase artists of all types and create a weekend to remember.