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Birthday guest blog by Parisa Eliyon: Acoustickle

Wow, four years feel like four months, not least of all cos the skin around my eyes has gotten significantly saggier in this time and I’m only 26. We could probably dedicate these laughter lines to some unforgettable Acoustickle experiences, late night jam sessions, high octane festival programming and far too much cake eating (thank you Bake O’Clock, Lee Rosy’s, JamCafe, Alley Cafe).

Since blogging for Creative Nottingham my events organising career has seen no end of upturns: in 2013 alone myself and business partner ‘Joe Buhdha’ brought Grammy Award winner Big Daddy Kane, DJ Premier, Statik Selektah, Rodney P, Mr Thing, Renegade Brass Band, Rob Luis and Klashnekoff to town, let alone all the hometown representing by showcasing Harleighblu, Nads Buhdha and Juga-Naut at every opportunity. Aside from this, I was Assistant Music Producer working under the formidable Ste Allan for the World Event Young Artists, which was sublime as an arts festival bringing 1000 artists from 100 nations to Nottingham, but even better as a work opportunity to be amongst some of the finest Creative Nottingham folk you could ever hope to meet including but no-way limited to Paul Harvey, Jennie Syson (NVA/Syson Gallery), Laura Mae-Browne (Dance4), Leigh Cunningham, Joff & Ollie, Justin Turford (Ex-Friendly) and Director of WEYA Silke Pillinger.

In one damn weekend Acoustickle turned four, my music group Origin One played alongside legends of the electronic reggae world Mungo’s HiFi, and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop’s Big Daddy Kane gig happened. Believe me I nearly had a meltdown on that Sunday… 
I’ve been singing a lot more and have planned collaborations with artists I believe to be the cream of the UK underground, many of these people living in Nottingham. As an artist manager I met Georgie Rose, Frazer Lowrie and Louis Scott, all three being dexterous vocalists and writers… And to round off, Acoustickle Copywriting has been growing in many directions, with commissions from Amplitude Creative, Joff & Ollie, Nottingham City Council, Kofi Management, WEYA, and now Todo Latino Dance.
On October 18th Can’t Stop Won’t Stop has Harleighblu’s album launch with Klashnekoff, MC Supernatural from USA and an afterparty with legends P Brothers, Soul Buggin’ and Rubberdub…
Get to Nottingham Contemporary and I’ll buy you a drink if you quote Creative Nottingham! (free download of debut EP)