Goodmayes rapper to perform first headline gig

Goodmayes boy Cynikal to light up Leyton in debut show

Goodmayes boy Cynikal to light up Leyton in debut show - Credit: Archant

Goodmayes MC Cynikal will headline his first show this Thursday at Leyton Sixth Form College.

The up and coming performer from Ilford released his debut mixtape ‘Breakfast’ in 2012 to critical acclaim from the likes of SBTV and DJ Semtex.

The show takes place at the college in Essex Road, Leyton, this Thursday, April 24, and the young man sees it as the ideal venue for his first headline gig.

He said: “it is the place that I learned my craft and developed my artistry as a performer, arranger and producer when I was a music student, I owe a lot to the college and the teachers.

“Not long after I left the college they built a brand new arts complex of a really high standard and when I took a look at the set up I thought it would be the ideal place for my first headline show.

“The facilities are top notch and will very much feel like a concert even though it isn’t taking place in a typical venue for my kind of music.”

The lyricist went on to perform at the London Olympics and the world renowned Jazz Cafe in Camden.

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Following the release of his latest single ‘Lost’ and debut EP ‘Toby’ Cynikal is looking forward to showcasing his development as an artist.

He said: “I’d been searching for a flavour which describes me better. Art is an extension of the creator’s personality and over the past year I’ve evolved a lot, this EP shows that. It’s somewhere between hip hop and indie with a lot of live influence.”

Cynikal attended South Park primary in his younger days before attending secondary and higher education in Leyton and feels strongly that it is his responsibility to give something back to the communities he came from.

He said: “A big part of what I do is to inspire the younger generation now that I am a professional musician and hopefully this show can provide them with some sort of insight in to what it takes to reach this level.”

Doors for the event open at 7pm with a limited number of tickets available on the door for £6. To book in advance visit