On Thursday, September 15, the audiophile bar in Manchester NAME will present the next Lotus event in collaboration with size? – a series of events dedicated to uplifting and supporting the talented women of Manchester’s music scene and beyond.
Kick-off at 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., free entry for all and drinks offered by Suntory’s houseLotus is NAM’s latest listening concept, launched in June with the intention of showcasing the sounds of top female DJs.
Established as part of NAM’s ongoing commitment as a venue to bring diverse musical talent to its community, every Thursday is dedicated to the womxn music platform in the restaurant’s basement.
Maison Suntory, a pioneer in the art of Japanese Whisky, will be there to shake up the Toki High Ball cocktails for the guests. A concoction of the brand’s silky yet subtly sweet and spicy Toki Whisky, grapefruit, club soda and Suntory Essence Drops, it will also feature a bespoke menu for the evening featuring Haku Vodka, Roku Gin and Toki Whisky.
The evening will then offer a panel of Womxn in R&B – from 7.15pm – hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Future Soul presenter and singer-songwriter, Victoria Jane. She will interview four of Manchester’s top female R&B talent, serving as a portal into the music industry for budding musicians, while shedding light on the incredible journeys of each of the local artists.
Singer-Songwriter Superstar, Pip Millette will join the panel. Loved for its timeless sound coupled with its natural ability to harness the power of music, it offers listeners a multi-sensory experience. Pip will share an exclusive insight into her whirlwind career which has seen her rise to the top of the UK R&B game in just four years.
Hope and Millie Katana who form the soul duo The KTNA, have long championed the Nordic spirit and are true symbols of what can be achieved when skill meets determination. They will share their stories from their first tour and their experiences navigating the complex industry.
Also sharing his voice, Robin Knight. A great character with a unique pen game, Robin will discuss how she brought out her genre sound, her mission to break out of the Manchester scene and her rise to become a beacon for her city.
After the panel, in true NAM style, starting at 8 p.m., a legendary line-up of female selectors will find themselves behind the decks to support the audiophile elite audio system in the basement. The first standing Zeylawhich prides itself on its genre-crossing crate, will provide an enriched blending style and individual artistry spanning jazz, soul, hip-hop, electro, Latin, reggae and funk.
Then, producer, singer-songwriter and DJ in her own right, katbrownsugar has amassed a global following with his distinctive style, which encompasses neo-soul with lo-fi hip-hop and jazzy thrills for mind, body and soul. With two Mixcloud awards under her belt for Rising Star Best Online Hip-Hop, R&B, Afrobeats Show, we’re looking forward to her NAM debut.
Closing the evening, coach, producer, curator of the artistic collective RebeccaNeverBecky and half of the collective Queer Latifah, Mix-Stress, will bring a raunchy soul set. Always one to move everyone onto the dance floor, his main ambition behind the booth is to celebrate the music of his culture, exposing it to fresh, seasoned ears.
Lotus by NAM x size? will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday 15e September. Check out NAM’s full schedule below.
Lotus at NAM
When: Thursday, September 15
Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.