Size Nine
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Size Nine

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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Aug
28
Size Nine @ The Black Sheep

Croydon, England, United Kingdom

Croydon, England, United Kingdom

Aug
19
Size Nine @ Chai Wallah Tent

None, None, United Kingdom

None, None, United Kingdom

Aug
13
Size Nine @ Fairfield Halls

Croyden, None, United Kingdom

Croyden, None, United Kingdom

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Seeing the line up for the Greenwich Beer and Jazz Festival my sense of anticipation was on high alert.

Over the five days the line up looked like this: Becki Higgins, Snowboy, James Taylor Quartet, Polly & The Billets Doux, Hayseed Dixie, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Size Nine, The Deep Mo, Brand New Heavies, Adrian Edmonson & the Bad Shepherds, James Pearson Trio, Tony Hadley & his swing band, Prince Samspon, Omar and Incognito. Hmm, not bad!

I decided to cover the Saturday and Monday. As I made my way to the entrance on the Saturday, I could immediately tell this festival was going to be special. They gave you a branded glass from which to drink your beer, none of your wobbly plastic containers here. Great start organisers. Then we got an itinerary of the performances along with a beer menu of around 120 different varieties. Ok, I may not get to taste all of them, but I’ll give it a go.

So, Saturday had The Brand New Heavies headlining, along with support from Deep Mo and Size Nine. Now I must give a very deserved mention to Size Nine. I’d never heard their material before, but was in awe at their super musicianship and original music. Size Nine are an eight piece band hailing from deepest, darkest Sarfff London. Front lady Breezy Lee Althelion entertained the crowd with her energy and powerful voice and these guys absolutely rocked the afternoon crowd, including me. With a brass section that the Salvation Army would have been proud of and them touting themselves as ‘London's number One Buttshaking Latin Funk Soul Ska Orchestra’, I for one will be listening to more of their material. Check out some of the music on their site, it really is that good.

Size Nine

After Size Nine, I wandered around various beer tents sampling delights such as chocolate beer and strawberry ale as this was also a beer festival lest we forget. But alas, I was yearning for something less exotic, so to the Budvar tent I trotted. I only intended staying there for a drink, but must admit I got talking to a group of ladies and kind of lost track of time. Suffice to say I missed Deep Mo’s performance which wasn’t the best thing to do.

I made my way back to the stage in readiness for the Brand New Heavies and was not disappointed. The music was as you would expect from the Heavies, but it was also the crowd that were making this event special. This had to be the friendliest crowd I’d seen in London for a long time, no wonder they weren't afraid to give you a real glass at the door. The Heavies' set included some of their well known ones such as Stay This Way, Midnight at the Oasis as well as newer material. They came back on stage to cries of ‘more’ and belted out You are the Universe which is one of my personal favourites of all time. This certainly got the crowd into a frenzy and I even found myself dancing, or wobbling in time with the music to be more accurate. What a day and I had it all to do again on Monday.

Monday saw Prince Sampson, Omar and Incognito performing, so I decided to get there mid-afternoon an hour or so before Omar was due to play. Again I must mention the friendly crowd. I go to Southport Weekender which is also known for being very friendly, but this festival was definitely as friendly as Southport, if not more so. That takes a lot for me to say but it’s true.

Omar came on to a very warm reception and stuck with a lot of newer material as well as engaging with the crowd in banter. He did play quite a few tracks from the album There’s Nothing Like This and sung the track too, which brought a little tear to my eye. Or was it down to the honey pale ale I was trying out? Incognito were on after Omar and whilst waiting, Bluey from Incognito came amongst the crowd and spoke to everyone around him. He wasn’t doing it for attention, you could tell the man felt a genuine humbleness which really touched me. I wouldn’t mind his money though, I must admit!

If Size Nine and the Heavies on Saturday were semi finalists, Incognito were winners of the World Cup. They were simply perfect. Tracks such as Still a Friend of Mine (who I defy anybody to listen to and not feel happy), Smiling Faces (see what I did there) and Brother Sister were belted out with gusto and passion. The night flew past and I was genuinely sad it had ended. What a weekend. - 'Gareth Morgan - MSN UK'.


Nine days of music, comedy, art, dance and literature begin this Saturday as the Streatham Festival gets underway with a big party on the common. Headlining that stage will be south London funk-soul-latin band Size Nine for the second year in a row.

"I'm really excited about it and its going to be brilliant," says lead singer Breezy Lee Althelion, who lives in South Norwood.

"We did it last year and this year it is supposed to be even bigger with more going on.

"All my family live just around the corner so they will all come and I am sure my mum will be doing a few dance moves down the front."

The eight-piece band, the majority of which hail from Croydon and studied at the Brit School, have been together for seven years and release their first album in September.

"It's quite nice to get a full album out and released after so long together," says Breezy.

"We are getting it distributed in America and Canada as well as we are signing with a Canadian label so it really is an exciting time for us.

"We have got a few summer festivals coming up then the album launch and we will see where it takes us over the winter.

"We are doing a publishing deal as well to try and get some of our tunes on television or on adverts.

" it's a lot of funk and soul with influences from ska and latin as we have members from Mexico and Colombia." - Guardian - Graham Moody


Extract: "The night could've dropped straight out of a film noir...Sizenine themselves, doing what they do very, very well, ramping the funk up to 11 and getting everyone dancing like loons' - Deep - London


Discography

'Something's Afoot' EP 2008
'Anything You Want' 2010 Album, on Amajorsound Records

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Size Nine is an eight piece band from South London. Critics acclaim "Size Nine" - London's #1 buttshaking Latin Funk Soul Ska Orchestra (DJ Healer Selecta, King-a-Ling Records); combining the tightest rhythm section with the rowdiest horns, behind the gritty, thought-provoking lyrics and soulful tones of one of England's finest songstresses, Breezy Lee Elthalion. In addition to the music, Size Nine is all about the live show; a high-energy, visual performance, taking the crowd on a journey through the songs which are guaranteed to have them on their feet with a universal appeal that spans and unites generations. The influences found within the overall sound are as diverse as the personalities within the band. Drawing on elements from Latin to Jazz, a touch of Soul with the occasional rock-groove or drum'n' bass break.

Size Nine has fused funky-soulful sounds from the past with a distinctly contemporary and urban feel to create their own organic and original music and they add an exciting spin to the cover songs they perform, which gives these carefully selected tunes an interesting and refreshing edge for their audiences.

The award-winning (Testing-1-2-3 competition) band Size Nine, thrive on live touring. They perform at clubs, festivals, theatres and private functions in the UK and European Union including The John Lennon Centre in France. Size Nine's original songs have graced the airwaves from the BBC radio (UK) to Radio Rai 2 (Italy). Size Nine define original, eclectic, positive and provocative music for all.