WELCOME TO THE FUTURE, KINGS & QUEENS
Founded in 2011 by two young music video directors who at the age of 23 had independently produced music videos to millions of viewers without a penny spent on marketing, Urban Kingdom was built as the first uncensored and site exclusive video platform within the British music industry, giving artists the freedom to speak on serious subjects that the dying mainstream music industry was losing touch of.
Urban Kingdom founders Oliver Whitehouse (middle) and Nick Donnelly (right) backstage at a British Hip-Hop festival in 2015. An Urban Kingdom film screening in Manchester, England in 2017. The beginnings of Urban Kingdom in Newcastle in 2011. Urban Kingdom’s Hattie Hughes in Shoreditch, London in 2018. (From left) Chris Lindon, Nick Donnelly, Laura Green, Oliver Whitehouse and Jessica Daly backstage at a British Hip-Hop festival in 2015. DJ Yella from NWA with Urban Kingdom’s Pauline Blanchet at age 18 after photographing him for an Urban Kingdom feature in 2016. The street team of Hustle Factory, Urban Kingdom’s record label in Newcastle, England in 2012. House of Hippies before performing at Urban Kingdom’s re-launch party at The Curtain in Shoreditch, London in 2018. Hannah Williams on set of Late Nights & Heartbreak in Bristol, England in 2017 London fashion designer and musician Jaye Parson photographed by Nick Donnelly in Newcastle, England 2013 BVA from The Four Owls cyphering at an Urban Kingdom preview party in Bristol, England in 2017. Urban Kingdom’s first trailer, in Brussels, Belgium in 2015. Urban Kingdom’s Rosie (left) and Jess Daly (right) at a School of Shaolin preview party in Bristol, England in 2017. Ghostface Killah and Jason Newell after shooting for School of Shaolin in 2013. Oliver Whitehouse and Chris Lindon photographed by Nick Donnelly in Berlin in 2016. Mari interviewing students in Manchester, England in 2018 about what they want in a video streaming platform. 22 year old Nick Donnelly on set of Oliver Whitehouse’s Cashblocker in 2010. Odette Peters after performing at Nick Donnelly’s 30th Birthday party at The Curtain in Shoreditch, London in 2018 Urban Kingdom’s interns Zachary Cercone (from Boston, USA) and Charlotte Budge(from Boston, UK) meeting for the first time in Soho Square, London in 2017. Urban Kingdom’s Pittsburgh, USA intern Hannah (left) with Emma Caraman (right) behind the scenes of Kylo ‘Fatal’ music video. Urban Kingdom’s Adrianne Lundy, an intern from Colorado, USA, on set with Jamilah Hassan in Newcastle, England in 2015. Ed gambling on the streets of Brussels whilst out there shooting for Urban Kingdom in 2015 Urban Kingdom producer Serge Kabanda (far right) in 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. Jessica Daly backstage at a British Hip-Hop festival in 2014. Gunna Dee on set of Cashblocker in 2010. Urban Kingdom’s Jonny Ellis during soundcheck at Nick Donnelly’s 30th Birthday party at The Curtain in Shoreditch, London in 2018. God Save The Queen’s Wreh-asha at Nick Donnelly’s 30th Birthday Party at The Curtain in Shoreditch, London in 2018 18 year old Mari before her first day interviewing for Urban Kingdom in Manchester, England in 2018 Mia from Manchester rock band Mohawk Radio shooting with Urban KIngdom’s Tilda-Rose Power for GSTQ’s $ex $ells. Ask for Your Change campaign in 2016 Quin Crofton, Urban Kingdom’s photographer from Philadelphia, USA, hanging out in London in 2016 Urban Kingdom’s Rosie and Tom Evans in Brixton, London 2017 after Urban Kingdom’s School of Shaolin preview show Emma Caraman and Nick Donnelly on set of Kylo ‘Fatal’ in London, England in 2016. Nick Donnelly filming Eddie Otchere for School of Shaolin in Soho, London in 2016. Giggs and Nick Donnelly on stage working in Ayia Napa, 2013 Krept & Konan & Ras Kwame photographed by Nick Donnelly a week before Krept & Konan signed their first record deal in 2013 Jodie Rainford in London for the first time ever in 2015 on the way to Brussels with Urban Kingdom. Kyra Vidal in 2018 testing light for Nick Donnelly’s documentary with Carla-Marie Williams. Turkish filmmaker Ceren Yilmaz on the ferry to Isle of Wight in 2013 to shoot second camera on School of Shaolin. Bonfire Night in Colne 2013 whilst shooting for God Save The Queen. London rock/rap duo Nova Twins visiting an Urban Kingdom event in Shoreditch, London 2018. Tiny from Urban Kingdom’s God Save The Queen in Newcastle, England in 2013. Students in London, England being interviewed for GSTQ in 2017. Urban Kingdom resident DJ’s and clothing designers Rare Hue (right) talking to Lole (left) ahead of her show with Urban Kingdom in Shoreditch, London in 2018. Legendary Hip-Hop photographer and School of Shaolin’s Eddie Otchere turning up to a School of Shaolin preview showing in his hometown of Brixton, London in 2017. P from Lee from Ammi Boyz (far right) and members of the public watching scenes from School of Shaolin in Brixton, London in 2017. Hip-Hop artists watching preview scenes of School of Shaolin in Bristol, England in 2017. Lole before perfoming at Nick Donnelly’s 30th Birthday party at The Curtain, London Behind the scenes of Jo Harman’s The Reformation in 2015. Behind the scenes of Jo Harman’s The Reformation in London, England in 2015. Venezuelan poet Priscilla Lapoerta captured in London, England in 2018. Nick Donnelly shooting with Gilbere Forte in Philadelphia, USA in 2011. Billi-Mai after interviewing Colombian artist Lao-Ra for GSTQ in London, England in 2017. The first industry screening of God Save The Queen at Lights of Soho in Soho, London in 2016. hannah williams lrgacy slider Fashion designer Honour captured by Nick Donnelly in London, England in 2018 Jazzmin Warren in Newcastle, England 2013 wearing an Urban Kingdom tee-shirt. God Save The Queen’s Jenna Charlton wearing an Urban Kingdom on set in Newcastle, England in 2013 Habitus Dj’ing at Urban Kingdom’s School of Shaolin preview party in Bristol, England in 2017. Manchester’s Blak Ice performing in a cypher in Manchester, England in 2017 at a preview party for Urban Kingdom’s School oof Shaolin. Billi-Mai a ‘Hannah Williams & The Affirmations’ Adam in Bristol, England in 2017 on set of Late Nights & Heartbreak after sawing down a tree to let light into the shot. Urban Kingdom director Cara Dattani and Lole at Urban Kingdom’s event at Ninety One Brick Lane, Summer 2018. Qica on set of Wagner in Helsingborg, Sweden in 2018. Oddisee captured by Urban Kingdom in 2015 in Brussels on the stage we officially produced the visuals for. Urban Kingdom’s Natasha Sagnier on set in London in 2017. Hannah Williams & The Affirmation’s manager and drumer, Jai-Widdowson Jones meeting School of Shaolin’s Jamie Groovement backstage in London. Women’s March in London in 2017 captured by Urban Kingdom’s Benedetta Atti. An article about Urban Kingdom written and illustrated by Jess Leo in 2018. Grime artist Dream Mclean talking to Pareeta Naye in Lodnon for a written feature for Urban Kingdom in 2014. Qica on set of Wagner in Helsingborg, Sweden in 2018. La Bella in Birmingham, England on set of God Save The Queen in 2014. School of Shaolin, Pop Brixton School of Shaolin preview show, Pop Brixton, December 2018
As the first movement to recognise visual artists on the same platform as musical artists, Urban Kingdom has empowered a new generation of artists to take the camera places it has never been seen before revealing a new youthful democracy where picking up a camera is as obvious a route of expression as picking up a guitar is.
From our beginnings in the kitchen of a former crack house in the most northern city of England, rebelling against the typical Southern led media, to creating global collaborations with artists from over 20 countries and producing with musicians who have sold over 100 million records, Urban Kingdom is the first video platform in the world to show that no matter where you come from in life, you can voice your truth and change the world in the process.
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