A teenage rapper from Cardiff will play his biggest ever gig this Sunday at the O2 Academy in Birmingham thanks to voluntary work in the community.
Eighteen year-old Jamie Feeney, from Splott, known as Too Young, will be joining headliners the Nosiettes and Rudimental as part of O2’s Think Big Tour. The tour is to celebrate young people who have been involved in community projects across the country which O2 Think Big has supported.
Jamie and youth group Ministry of Life secured a £300 grant to put on a rap event in Adamsdown’s Cemetery Park which was attended by around 200 young people in the summer. Jamie then sent O2 a demo of his music and secured a spot on the Think Big tour.
Jamie said: “I have been thinking about it every day for the last month. I have three songs to do and 10 minutes. I really want to prove myself and it will be great for publicity and experience. There’s going to be over 3,000 people there. The most I have ever played to before this is 200.
“I think it is great for the area because I am someone who is in the same position as the youth here. I want people to look at me and think that they can make it from this community as well. It can show them that you can take opportunities if you have the same enthusiasm and dedication.”
Jamie began his music career eighteen months ago when he went to a local youth group, The Ministry of Life, who offer classes and recording sessions to would be rappers in Adamsdown and Splott. He became a regular and soon started volunteering to help out with classes and events in the area.
The Ministry of Life will be sending a minibus to make sure that 15 members of the group get a chance to watch Jamie on the big stage.
Jamie is continuing to volunteer in the area and has recently received another O2 grant, this time from O2 Thinking Bigger to put on a larger gig in Sophia Gardens next summer. The gig will give young artists a chance to showcase their work in front of a bigger audience.