Elliott’s baby is Book Slam. Run since 2005 with award-winning author Patrick Neate, it’s no exaggeration to say that Book Slam has revolutionised how Londoners look at books (and how publishers look at selling them). Book Slam has broken down the barriers between literature and popular culture, featuring hundreds of authors, from Andrea (Levy) to Zadie (Smith) alongside poetry from the likes of PJ Harvey, Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish and Riz Ahmed. Book Slam has also been a vital platform for new musical talent, showcasing early gigs from Adele, Sam Smith, George Ezra, Paloma Faith, Plan B and many more.
Fifteen years on, Book Slam remains a touchstone of London literary life and that’s down to Elliott’s imaginative programming and commitment to an ideal – inspiring, accessible creative culture for everyone. Always pushing boundaries and striving for innovation, Elliott fronted the Book Slam podcast (long before the medium was all the rage) which won a Gold Sony Award for Best Internet Programme in 2008, and he’s commissioned new writing for Book Slam events and anthologies from a wide range of writers including William Boyd, Mark Watson, Irvine Welsh, Helen Oyeyemi, Jeremy Dyson, Will Self, Tim Key, Bernardine Evaristo, and David Nicholls.
In November 2013, Elliott programmed 158 artists on the London Eye for Red Bull’s Revolutions in Sound. A celebration of UK club culture, the event featured 30 UK club nights, past and present, [one for each of the 30 pods to an audience of 28 in each], including Mark Ronson & Seb Chew’s YoYo ft. Lily Allen, The Young Turks ft. The XX, Danny Rampling’s seminal Acid House incubator, Shoom, Steve Strange’s The Blitz, Fabric, Bugged Out!, Goldie’s Metalheadz and many more. Broadcast live on Channel 4OD and YouTube, Revolutions in Sound broke the world record for contemporaneous live streams.
In September 2015, Elliott programmed Red Bull Studio’s Future Underground project to coincide with the launch of the Night Tube [which was subsequently delayed]. He delivered 3 nights of co-curated live music, working closely with the Grammy-nominated, Glaswegian Producer & DJ Hudson Mohawke. The event took place in a secret venue [disused Collins’ Concert Hall in Islington]. Elliott worked across multiple teams including agents, managers, labels and publishers as well as a host of Musicians, DJs, Conductors, Producers, Production Teams, Venue, Licensing, Marketing & PR and Legal.
Nike Unlimited You ft. Alexis Taylor & Joe Goddard [from Hot Chip] & Heritage Orchestra @ Truman Brewery, London (2016) (Event Programmer)
Red Bull’s celebration of Pirate Radio (High Frequencies)
Saturday 11 April 2016, 14:00
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
To celebrate pirate radio's crucial contribution to UK music, the London stop of the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy Tour will see RBMA Radio take over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's ArcelorMittal Orbit for one day, inviting some of London's most iconic institutions to transform it into a digital pirate station.
RBMA Radio High Frequencies: Live in London
Déjà Vu FM - DJ Dlux + Spooky Bizzle
Fantasy FM - DJ Hype
Flex FM - Deekline
Freek FM - Jazzy D & DJ Laren
Future FM - Terror Danjah
Kiss FM - Norman Jay MBE + Gordon Mac
Kool FM - Eastman, Brockie + MC Det Phase 1, Fabio & Grooverider
Station FM - DJ Keithley + Mr Bantan
hosted by Sam Supplier
Thames Festival, London - 2010, 2011, 2013
The RBMA UK Tour London leg sees Dizzee Rascal, Jay Prince and more
Red Bull Music Academy will be hitting the road again this autumn, rolling through Liverpool, Glasgow, London and Leeds for a month-long programme of club nights, shows, lectures, workshops, daytime parties, live radio broadcasts and special events from some of music’s most eminent emissaries. Returning to the nation’s capital from 19th – 22nd October, musical icons and rising stars of the city will be given the platform to throw down and celebrate their contribution to the UK’s scene. They’ll be joined by international names that connect the dots between the UK and a global exchange of musical ideas.
The most anticipated dates of the tour will see grime kingpin turned pop king Dizzee Rascal hits the RBMA couch to discuss his ascent from Bow to the big time and performs his genre-defining grime album Boy In Da Corner in full. Elsewhere chart-bothering DJ duo Gorgon City conduct a workshop at Red Bull HQ, and see SLG’s Clore Studio together with pioneering events programmers Thirty Three Thirty Three collaborative art and music series, with music from Rezzett. Rejjie Snow hosts an intimate one-off show, as well as Jay Prince, who will bring his brand-new mixtape to light with the help of collaborators and special guests, before This Is Awfultakes off at night with the likes of Father, ABRA, Ethereal, Kilo Kishand more, as well as Awesome Tapes From Africa celebrating a decade of digging. On Sunday Lady Leshurr will bring the London leg to a finish with her her lyrical wit bare at Studio Science.
ONE TRACK. FIVE CITIES. FIVE PRODUCERS. FIVE REMIXES... As part of Red Bull Studios ongoing collaborative relationship with Jessie Ware, a completely unique remix project has been launched – Jessie Ware: Remixed. The project saw Jessie invite five of her favourite producers to work on a special remix of her track, Keep on Lying, at five Red Bull Studios around the globe, over five days....
In 2010, Elliott started Culture Clash under the Red Bull banner. It has grown into a hugely successful global event and is now known as the world’s biggest multi-genre musical battle covering Grime, Hip Hop, Reggae, Drum N Bass, Dancehall, Afrobeat and has featured Metalheadz, Soul II Soul, Trojan Soundsystem, DMZ, Channel One, Major Lazer, Boy Better Know [Skepta], Annie Mac, Rebel Sound, A$AP Mob ft. A$AP Rocky, Stone Love, Mixpak ft. Popcaan, Taylor Gang ft. Wiz Khalifa, Eskimo Dance ft. Stormzy and UKG All-stars. Elliott created this event from scratch at The Roundhouse in Camden and has programmed and overseen all of the events in the UK. The last clash took take place at The O2 in 2016 with a live audience of 20,000. The event achieved a national awareness of 64% between 18-24 year-olds and clocked more than 100 million online views.
Here’s a few other projects I programmed.
Bacardi’s Sound of Rum Music Documentary Series, Online (2017, 2018)
Elliott co-curated and programmed 2 music stages for Africa Centre's Summer Street Festival [2017, 2018] on Great Suffolk Street, London. Elliott programmed artists from Grime to Garage, Samba to Soca, Reggae to Rock, Hiplife to Hip Hop and ensured the festival programme embraced the Motherland and diaspora to feature the best in folk roots as well as the exciting new urban music coming from and inspired by Africa's dazzling array of rhythm, melodies and instruments.