Level UP

"One of the best poetry nights in the UK" - Sabrina Mahfouz

Apples & Snakes, Beatfreeks & Birmingham Repertory Theatre presents an explosive night of spoken word in performance, featuring some of the country’s very best poets alongside local rising stars.


The History of Level UP

Level UP has done four seasons in the last 3 years...

Two venues, over eight partners, over 5,000 audience members, 235 open mic slots, 29 young featured artists, 28 national headline acts, 18 workshops, 4 young host & producers and 5 young workshop facilitators.

The Talent:

Dreadlock Alien, Amerah Saleh, Polar Bear, Dan Cullen, Hollie McNish, Demani Dennisur, Stephen Morrison-Burke, Dizraeli, Nafeesa Hamid, Deanna Rodger, Toby Thompson, Zena Edwards, Tommy Sissons, Anthony Anaxagorou & Karim Kamar, Unhindered Reign, Joshua Idehen, Truemendous, Adam Kammerling, Jasmine Gardosi,  Kat Francois, Antosh Wojcik, Casey Bailey,  Hannah Silva, Sophie Fenella, Jodi Ann Bickley, Caleb Femi, Talia Randall, Jay O Poet, Andy Craven-Griffiths, Jade Richards, Sabrina Mahfouz, Samuel King, Jemima Foxtrott, Leon Preistnall, Lemn Sissay, Rehema Njembi, Joelle Taylor, Manchester Young Identity, Soweto Kinch, Ty, Ben Norris, Raphael Blake, Roy Mcfarlane, Bethany Slinn, Solomon OB, Nyanda Foday, Rue The Kid.

The Support:

Apples and Snakes, Beatfreeks, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Summerfield Community Centre, Clifton Road Youth Centre, The Square Club, Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council, Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation, The Drum Arts Centre, Weoley Castle Library, St Barnabus Church, Poetry Cafè Stirchley, Tongue FU, Inua Ellam's RAP Party, Roundhouse London.

The Hosts, Producers & Facilitators:

Laura Dedicoat, Amerah Saleh, Joe Cook, Lauren Williams, Suriya Roberts-Grey, Aliyah Holder, Aliyah Denton, Callum Bate, Melissa Bate.

A Selection of Past Performances


Adam Kammerling: Season 3

Dizraeli: Season 2

Level UP is one of those rare nights that brings people from the whole country together to loudly enjoy poetry. There’s no half-hearted clapping here, this is full force ferocious energy off and on stage. One of the best poetry nights in the UK.
— Sabrina Mahfouz

Jasmine Gardosi: Season 3

Deanna Rodger: Season 2

It was a fantastic privileged to perform on the Level UP stage and to also witness the vital work they do in sparking and nurturing young people’s involvement with poetry. Level UP has a real community warmth, something that is impossible to build overnight.

— Caleb Femi
It was really inspiring to see so much energy and passion for spoken word and poetry amongst such a young crowd. I think it’s incredibly valuable to have an open, neutral and accepting space where young people feel supported to read their work. The quality of the open mic was some of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch and it was lovely seeing how kind and supportive the audience were.
— Jemima Foxtrott

There are currently no nights programmed for Level UP.