Andover Events

Andover’s Spoken Showcase at The Rockhouse

Marcus Harrowell AKA Ginge an Andover MC who mixes various styles of Rap, Grime, Drill, Garage and Metal into the sets he performs has a monthly open mic at the Rockhouse giving the town a different exciting evening of music.

The Spoken Showcase open mic for Rappers, Poets and Grime artists here in Andover and provides a community hub for these artists to express their talent.

On Tuesdays evenings at the Rockhouse monthly from 8pm onwards. Marcus believes these nights have the potential to lift performers confidence and take them to the next level.

Marcus has seen it with Josh AKA “Jus-J” who since performing at the open mics has been able to support famous rap artists such as Dirty Dyke , Fliptrix and Kneecap. Jus-J headline gigs at Winchester gate in Salisbury

Marcus says ”There is a lot of talent in Andover waiting to be unearthed or given a direction into Hip Hops performance side.”

Marcus is hoping to show the creativity of this towns talent and the fight stigma of rap being seen a criminal or negative art form rather than a positive creative outlet.”

Callum Lee AKA “The Dark Poet” who lives locally has started performing his spoken word also said “ I have written poetry for many years for my mental health. performing at the Rockhouse has improved my anxiety and confidence and made me feel a part of something. I am eternally grateful to Marcus and the Alienpoet for giving me this opportunity”

You can find further information on the spoken showcase on Facebook by typing in spoken showcase into the search bar on Facebook

Or contacting Marcus Harrowell AKA “Ginge” on his Facebook page.

The next Spoken Showcase is on the 9th of August at the Rockhouse on 41 London Street Andover SP10 2NU.

About the author

Dan Hooks

Hi there my name is Dan Hooks and I am a poet.

My poetry has many diverse themes from madness to the mundane, from fantasy and fable to philosophical and the darkness of reality (whatever that is).

I have been writing since I was 18 and have inspired other artists such as Benjamin Heine who created an piece of art work called”filled with fire” from my poem called “Freedom”. That poem was inspired from a quote from Nelson Mandela saying “we are free to be free”. Writing I find is a collaborative process.

I have also written other poems which have been used in language courses in America, Canada and Australia. One of which is called “poem on identity” and the other one is “Antithesis”.

I have a soundcloud account in which I post poems to music and my spoken word pieces. I find spreading my work on various social media platforms really useful for presenting my work.

I am also fond of travelling and have climbed Mount Fuji in Japan visited Finland skied in both USA in keystone Colorado and Whistler in Canada. I find perspective can be found in travelling to other countries and it also helps you appreciate other cultures as well your own.