Blood Orange and Lady Leshurr to play Swizz Beatz and Bacardi’s ‘No Commission’ London event

It takes place at The Arches in Southwark from December 8-10

Hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz has teamed up with Bacardi for a London leg of the ‘No Commission’ event.

Described as an “immersive art and music event”, the project has previously hosted events in Miami and the Bronx. The event brings together “work from some of the world’s most celebrated street and fine artists, live music acts and DJs”. 100% of profits from sales at the event go directly to the artists.

The London leg takes place at The Arches in Southwark from December 8-10. Entry is free and fans can apply for tickets here.

Featured artists include Ricardo Cavolo, D Face and Faile, while Blood Orange and Lady Leshurr are the first musical guests to be confirmed. More will be announced shortly.

Field Day, Victoria Park, London 7th June 2014Charlotte Patmore/NME

NME spoke to Swizz Beatz about what to expect from the event.

NME: Could you tell us a little more about the project?

Swizz: “I wanted to celebrate the artist one hundred percent. You know, being an art collector for many years, you know being an artist for many years music and visual, I didn’t feel there was a platform that was one hundred percent for the artist. They want to take fifty percent from the artist, charge the artist for a booth. I’m going to change the way people treat the artist.

What do you think is special about London in terms of music scene and visual art?

“Well I think music scene and visual art go hand in hand, you have so many unique artists out here, so many unique writers and unique producers. To be honest, the people from here are writing some of the biggest songs of in the world and the artists from here are influencing the biggest artists from around the world. This is a mecca for creativity, and I’m honoured to be able to celebrate it and its an honour to be able to be embraced on celebrating it.”

Kanye West collaborator Swizz Beatz recently expressed his concern for the rapper following news of the star’s hospitalisation.