Home Photos The Story Of NME’s Boxpark Croydon Takeover By Rhian Daly Oct 31, 2016 3:56 pm If you headed down to the brand new complex yesterday (October 30), you would have heard the Future Sounds Of London Boxpark Croydon opened this weekend and NME brought the Future Sounds Of London to help launch the new venue. Hip-hop duo TAILR.MDE.LVN describe their sound as street poetry and they got the day off to a great start with their lyrical observations and bass-y beats. Jamell, one half of the group, warmed up the crowd by spending most of their set performing from the audience. Alfa Mist got into jazz while sampling for hip-hop tunes. He showed off his love for the genre with a noodly and refreshing set on Sunday, with the help of his bandmates Fabio and Kaya. East London’s Barney Artist played one of the most energetic sets of the day, flying around the stage from the get-go. His groove-laden raps fired up the crowd, who he thanked for skanking “out with me” on Twitter afterwards. Producer, rapper and singer A2 is often referred to as elusive and enigmatic, but he was very present at Boxpark Croydon, bringing his dubby tunes to the stage. Nova Twins turned things up a notch with their electric urban punk mix, singer Amy Love bellowing into the microphone with urgency and fury. The audience was left chanting for me as the duo left the stage, shouts of “one more song!” ringing around the room. Jay Prince headlined the day, bringing some warmth to the chilly Croydon night. His set was packed with slick R&B and experimental grooves, including tracks from his new mixtape ‘Smile Good’, and closed the day off on a glorious high.