Skepta, Arlo Parks and Octavian headline Dummy Live, a three-day streaming series

Promising new material and special guests, the shows are taking place next month...

15.09.20 Words by: Felicity Martin

We’re excited to announce that three of our favourite artists of the minute – Skepta, Arlo Parks, and Octavian – are playing a unique weekend of live music: Dummy Live, presented via newly-launched streaming platform On Air and No Merci.

From October 9th-11th, there’ll be exclusive performances from the UK’s leading acts: the artists will be debuting exclusive material for fans as well as tracks from their back catalogues, plus there’s an array of special guests confirmed to appear too.

Each performance will be broadcast worldwide via On Air, a platform leading the future of live streaming. With the world still in varying stages of lockdown, music fans can be united in their support of their favourite artists, whether it’s with a group of friends and a sound system or from their armchair through headphones. Each of the three events promise state-of-the-art production, lighting and set design, with specially-constructed stages to complement each artist. Projection and lighting renegades Rebel Overlay are installing a hi-spec, boundary-pushing display for a truly immersive audio-visual experience.

An era-defining artist and cultural figurehead, Skepta needs little introduction. The MC and producer won The Mercury Prize with ‘Konnichiwa‘ and took his sound to the whole world on 2019’s chart-storming ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’. After a host of recent collaborations, including with Octavian on ‘Papi Chulo’, the BBK crew recently reunited on Frisco’s ‘Red Card’ single, proving that Skepta is never afraid to return to his roots. An artist who sells out arenas on the regular, this will be a one-off chance to catch the rapper from the front row.

Arlo Parks is an artist currently undergoing a phenomenal year. Her breakout single ‘Black Dog’ has amassed almost 10 million streams worldwide. Arlo performed the song live to a television audience of millions in front of the Pyramid Stage, as part of this year’s BBC Glastonbury coverage. The rising singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist has gone from writing songs in her bedroom to collaborating with Phoebe Bridgers, winning an AIM Award and setting the world on fire with her brand of lo-fi, storytelling music that broaches topics like mental health and gender identity. Thanks to the pandemic, the opportunity to see Arlo live has been scarce, but her famously intimate live gigs will for the first time be open to a global audience.

With two award-winning mixtapes under his belt, Octavian’s hugely-anticipated debut album is scheduled for this year, with Skepta on board as Executive Producer. Bringing melodic flair into cutting-edge lyricism, the South London rapper experienced homelessness before his wild success and Black Butter signing, single-handedly changing the rap game in the process. An artist known for bringing the energy through his live performances, Octavian’s set will be a must-see for anyone interested in the future of rap in 2020 and beyond.

Dummy Live’s shoots will be overseen by Matt Askem, a highly-acclaimed director who has worked with some of the world’s largest tours for artists such as Adele, Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Primal Scream and many more. Production will be overseen by Steve Nolan, whose 40-year career in event production and lighting design includes credits such the BRIT Awards, BAFTAS, and more. They’ll be joined by multi-award-winning Lighting Designer Tim Routledge, known for tours including Beyonce, the Spice Girls, Stormzy, among others. Routledge was also Lead Lighting Programmer at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing ceremonies.

Tickets are available for each day; October 9th, 10th and 11th 2020, but all three can be bought as part of a special package. Each performance starts at 8pm BST.

The events were pre-recorded and produced at the unique location of The Steel Yard in London.

Skepta, Friday, 9th October | 8pm BST | Tickets
Octavian, Saturday, 10th October| 8pm BST | Tickets
Arlo Parks, Sunday, 11th October | 8pm BST | Tickets

Buy tickets to the whole series here.