The FinTECHTalents 2018 Acoustic Stage featured performances from some of London's best independent acts.

Esther Turner

Esther Turner is a UK singer/songwriter based in Birmingham. Esther's musical influences come from a wide range of music she was surrounded by when she was growing up. She listened to everyone from Michael Jackson, Avril Lavigne, Joni Mitchell, Basement Jaxx, Tori Kelly to Jp Cooper -just to name a few.

To further grow as an artist, Esther Turner invested a huge amount of time into developing and refining her act. She taught herself to play the guitar, piano and the drums. She started writing her own songs and subsequently went on the road and started gigging as the artist she is today. The BBC have supported Esther Turner through her career so far. She was interviewed by Sunny and Shay on their show. Her music was also selected and played by BBC introducing.

In recent times, Esther supported Ed Sheeran. She also supported the Jacksons at the Isle of Man and would go on to open for Justin Bieber and Katy Perry on the Firestone stage. Esther Turner is currently working on an EP due for release this year.

Billy Boguard

Billy is a Folk singer-songwriter, who writes, plays and sings from the heart adding to it a blend of imagination and psyche that culminate to betray his own feelings to find the simple truth of storytelling. His enchanting sound is inspired by artists such as Neil Young, Bon Iver and Damien Rice.

Billy pursued his dream of becoming a working musician. Where artists: Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Nick Drake well and truly opened his eyes to the beguiling fables of Folk music. Inspiring him to hit the open mic circuit solo, armed with a harmonica and guitar. Leading to more and more booked gigs and, in 2014, the recording of hid first EP ‘Tallulah’ produced by Nacho Silvestre.

In late 2015, Billy had a chance meeting with producer and sound engineer Ed Hartwell (Ed Sheeran, The Prodigy), and together they began work on his second EP. One year of hard graft and a successful kickstarter campaign later, ‘Across the Narrow Sea’ was released.

Ilana Lorraine

The youngest child of a traditional Jewish home, music has played a major part in Ilana’s home life and she has been songwriting and singing since early childhood with her first TV appearance for an original composition at age 11.

She spent two decades working with established international recording artist & bands at Sony Music, but inspired by her own journey and challenges as an artist, she turned her focus to coaching and showcasing emerging talent by creating an artist hub and community that has now become one of the leading underground communities for New Talent in London.

Her vision to re-focus on her own musical endeavours led Ilana to release her debut album ‘My Little Tree’ in February 2009 and she is now working on her second album, which maintains the theme of innocent wonder, empowerment & nostalgia times gone by.


Modupé is vocalist with a powerful and distinctive voice. Influenced by the likes of Amy Whinehuse, Brandy, and Bruno Mars, she’s also a talented songwriter and musician. She’s performed at many prestigious venues across London – including The Hard Rock Cafe, Proud Camden, Mahiki, The London Palladium, The Bedford Balham and BoxPark Shoreditch, providing incontrovertible proof that venues such as these recognise a rising talent in the music industry. Modupé has recently become the face of a huge Gibson Guitar campaign, in partnership with TFL and The Mayor of London. Her photo is featured on the side of the two london bus routes! She’s also a Resident Artist at the renowned Roundhouse Camden!

Dolly Mavies

Dolly Mavies is an Indie Alternative Folk Soul Singer Songwriter from Oxford. Dolly mixes soft dulcet tones, haunting vocals, poetic lyrics, alongside acoustic guitar, to create poignant, honest, soulful music. BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson describes her music as "Breathtakingly atmospheric."

Back in December 2015 Mavies arrived on the scene with her debut EP Behind Closed Eyes which received iTunes chart success and The Rain placing in the folk category of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition. Since the release of her first EP Mavies has toured across the UK, collaborated with Alternative Rock band ZURICH, and supported Rae Morris.

Maddison Douch

Currently studying music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Maddison Douch has already released 2 singles in the past year 'Two Worlds' and 'Brave' and over the past few months she has been working on her EP, due to be released later on this year.

Influenced by the sounds of Florence and the Machines, Fleetwood Mac, Ed Sheeran and George Ezra, her sound is upbeat and bright but her original songs use darker lyrical content which is drawn from her life experiences to create her own sound that demand people’s attention.

When playing live she usually plays acoustic guitar singing both originals and covers but her voice always stands out whether it's at Parties, Gigs, Festivals or busking in London.


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