Live Playlist Unsigned Sessions

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

Every week in selected PizzaExpress restaurants, for the past two years, our Live Playlist musicians have been entertaining guests up and down the country. Unsigned Sessions takes this to the next level, giving four different acts a chance to showcase their own material in front of industry and audiences in London. Come to see tomorrow’s biggest stars as they begin their journey to fame! 

May Show includes - Alice Auer - Francesca Louise - Ruta Di - Stone Jets



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 27th May 2019 Line-Up

Alice Auer 

Though descriptive and emotive melodies, Alice Auer uses her music to take audiences on a journey. Being influenced by artists such as Jordan Rakei and Norah Jones, Alice combines light melodies with groove driven accompaniments. She has recently released her debut EP 'Close To You' and is excited to be performing some of the songs for it tonight.

Francesca Louise 

Francesca Louise is a London based 24 year old singer-songwriter originally from the North West of England, who recently played support for Juanita Stein at The Slaughtered Lamb London, with Live Nation. With radio plays on BBC Introducing and a recent television interview with London Live, Francesca Louise is making her way up the musical ladder and is showcasing her capabilities across the capital city.

Francesca Louise plays within London and the UK, developing her identity in the music industry. She collaborates with other musicians, both nationally and internationally, in writing and arranging original songs. With her first solo project set to be released on March 1st, Francesca Louise is one to watch. Folk/pop songwriting meets an intimate vocal that tells a thousand secrets.

“With little more than a piano, guitar and one hell of a voice, Francesca Louise’s brand of intimate songwriting is designed to connect with listeners.” — CULTURE JOURNAL (2017).

Ruta Di 

One of the best kept secrets in London, Ruta will be introducing her debut album ‘Hooligan’ that she has recorded with bassist Michele Tacchi (Maciek Pysz, Bruno Heinen, Gene Calderazzo, Stefano Bagnoli,) and drummer Riccardo Chiaberta (Kettles of Kites, Dugong, RCT).

A rich and inventive blend of neo-soul/urban and jazz music influences with heartfelt lyrics creates a very special sound that touches and moves. Ruta is gifted with an exceptional combination of qualities as a singer and guitar player, who also writes
her own songs.

Stone Jets

Take a pop sensibility; add a dash of classic rock influence, a bucket load of soul and a sprinkling of African rhythms and you’ll get Stone Jets — a two-piece whose music simply cannot be pigeonholed.

With their multi-cultural background, Given Nkanyane and Manfred Klose’s sound transcends boundaries. Their toe-tapping tunes cater to any taste while still staying true to their ethos. 

James Morrison called them “amazingly talented” while others have raved about their live performances. After conquering their home country, the duo is ready to share their magic with Europe. 


24th June 2019 Line-Up

Matthew Shepherd 

Matthew Shepherd is a 24 year-old singer-songwriter who has been delighting audiences in the UK and beyond with his collection of self penned songs. With concert and festival performances plus 2 European tours under his belt, Matthew released his second studio album 'Waiting Up At Night' in July 2018 - warm, gentle and affecting folk music from the heart.

“A rising Star…and a really lovely guy too! The crowd were mesmerised”  – Janice Long, BBC Radio Wales

Frances Salter 'Good Canary' 

Good Canary sings gallows-humour lyrics over electro-pop riffs: she believes that, like a canary in a coalmine, a song can be an excellent warning. She's been featured by BBC Radio 6 and regularly plays and hosts DIY shows in London and Oxford.

Her first EP, 'Afraid to Dance', is out in July on Gare du Nord (Deerful, Ralegh Long) and is produced by Grace Banks (Austra, Let's Eat Grandma, Max Richter).

She's been compared to St Vincent, Victoria Wood, and "a woman about to go postal with the contents of the cutlery drawer" (Nightshift Magazine), and will happily be described as anything other than 'quirky.' She's a pianist at heart but she uses Ableton and various tiny synths to create a weird sonic world.

You'll laugh, but you'll also be unsettled.

Tom King

Indiana Riso

Indiana Riso is a singer/songwriter from south west London. Coming from a drumming background for rock, punk and RnB bands, he is now starting his solo project, writing and producing indie/pop music with Influences from Latin, Rock and Jazz styles.  

29th July 2019 Line-Up

Anna Aarons

Anna Aarons is delighted to be launching her debut EP at her favourite venue in London this summer. 

Having written her first song with a friend at school aged 17, Anna has come on leaps and bounds releasing her debut single 'Life' in January 2018, which impressed audiences from the launch. Read her interview with The House that Soul Built here:   

As well as being a songwriter, Anna has gigged throughout London, starting her professional career as a TfL lisenced busker after reaching the finals of The Mayor of London's 'Gigs: Big Busk' competition in 2015. Anna also enjoys performing regularly with her band who have seen many sold out shows across London for their tribute to the late, great Amy Winehouse 'In Memory of Amy'. Most recently, the last show performed at Pizza Express in March 2019 saw a seven piece band and special guest guitarist Robin Banerjee, formerly of the Amy Winehouse band.

Anna and the band are excited to reveal the EP which they have written together and feature some very personal songs with a very special guest vocalist on one track (to be revealed on the night!) With a hip hop groove and interesting instrumental compilations, the upcoming EP is a new direction for Anna and she can't wait to share it. 

Lester Clayton

Lester Clayton and his band are award winning songwriters who have been winning over audiences across the UK with songwriting wit which combines Political and Social commentary, Love Poetry and support for the Everyman and the Underdog.

Lester Clayton have forged their own style they call ‘Street Folk’ combining Reggae, Soul, Folk and Hip Hop to create a unique sound. The band have performed at many venues including Brixton Academy, Manchester Academy, Scala, Ronnie Scotts, HMV Picture House and many more, and are looking forward to adding Pizza Express to the ever-growing list.

As well as playing these iconic venues, Lester Clayton have supported some iconic artists such as Ed Sheeran, Lemar, Just Jack, Peter Doherty and many more!

Alex Parvenu

Known as the ‘Black Bohemian’, Alex Parvenu is an exciting contemporary soul artist from London. Born into a musical household, Parvenu’s influences include The Temptations, Donny Hathaway, Toots and the Maytals, Lauryn Hill, and Raphael Saadiq. Last year he supported British soul pioneer Hil St Soul in concert. He recorded his upcoming EP Blue Summer in New York and has been championed by industry leading producers such as Tom Elmhirst, Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis, and Commissioner Gordon Williams. Parvenu's debut single 'It Wasn't Me' – a retro, Motown-flecked jam with a contemporary sheen – has seen rave reviews in the industry press. It was played in Jamaica by DJ Kurt Riley of the iconic Riley family of reggae producers. Expect timeless soul hooks, energetic stage presence, and slick vocals.

 “The track finds Parvenu lending his sweet tenor to a Motown-infused brassy and up-tempo cut” – SoulTracks

Jack Walton

Since appearing in the finals of X Factor in 2014, Jack Walton has developed into a mature performer with very much his own style of finely crafted original pop music. His debut album will be released in 2019 from which he has released a number of acclaimed singles in the last year. He draws heavily on his own musical influences which stretch from the present day artists back to musical legends he grew up with such as Zeppelin, Hendrix and the Beatles. His mastery of the acoustic guitar and quite extraordinary voice adds up to a very special musical experience.    

26th August 2019 Line-Up:

Lara Eidi -: In Transition EP- Showcase

Originally Lebanese- Canadian Lara Eidi is a jazz/folk cross over artist.  Based in London, Lara has started to create a name for herself as a collaborative singer and songwriter for celebrated artists in the jazz and folk worlds. Recently featured as an up and coming artist for BBC Radio London, she has been praised for having a voice that “was reminiscent of” Streisand’s clear vocal empathy, yet Joni Mitchell in person, something entirely of her own accord” ( Edinburgh) Festival. In this special evening for “Unsigned”, Lara  performs songs from her upcoming album “ In Transition”,  inspired by stories of hope and renewal. 

"Lara Eidi is one of those singers who connects with the audience as soon as she starts to sing.” Sandy Brown Jazz, June 2017
“A singer that knows no niche, because she has created one of her own” Maria Markouli – Athens News
“Sincere, heartfelt. It was then that I realised that music runs through Lara’s veins. It is not just something she does, but it is a part of her very being, far more than just an intense passion.” Andrea Vermark, Culture Box, South Africa

Elliot Porter 

'Fresh from finishing his album after a successful pledge music campaign, Elliot is touring the UK this summer previewing tracks from the upcoming release 'Lanes'. A prolific and captivating live performer, Elliot plays folk pop from the heart and lets the songs tell his story. 

“Elliot Porter’s music is beautiful with lovely Lennon and Damien Rice-esque melodies that stay with you and touch the soul”.

-  Lonely Oak Radio

30th September 2019 Line-Up:

Holly Musgrave

Holly Musgrave is a singer-songwriter and performance artist in London, UK, presenting a jazz setting of her 2018 album Jouster available on Spotify and iTunes. Holly grew up in Staffordshire, where she wrote her first album Mercury Sunrise (2015), receiving critical acclaim for her unique vocals and spell-binding storytelling. As she records her third album, Holly is stripping back to production on Jouster to allow audiences to experience the stories that the album tells in their most unfiltered form yet.


Having played on stages such as the legendary Cornbury Festival this artist is quickly becoming renowned for his unique ability to illustrate compelling, heart wrenching and thought provoking songs. Ishods piano led composition are known for taking the audience on gripping and captivating journeys. His deep rooted truth as a singer- songwriter Is very well blended with a mature essence of poetic lyricism, soulful, backing vocals and contemporary and classical musical arrangements. Having a wide range of influences Ishod has merged many genres such as soul, authentic pop, indie and hip-hop with orchestral elements to create a signature sound.

Unit 48

Unit 48 are a Medway based funky pop band playing mainly original music that crosses a number of styles.They have recently had a line up change and re-branding.They are joined by a new saxophone player, and are producing new and exciting material. 

It all started in March 2017, ‘UNIT 48′ are an extremely groovy Kent based funk/pop band! The group have already embarked on a headline UK tour last year, gigging in Cities such as Norwich, Newcastle, Sheffield, Leicester, Glasgow and London! They are currently producing new material as well as performing in and around Kent. UNIT 48 have performed at well known London venues such as The Spice Of Life Soho, Newcross Inn, The Islington, Luna Lounge, Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton as well as the Alleycat, Nambucca and The Dublin Castle in Camden. Keep an eye out, these guys are bringing something fresh to the music scene!