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BPM PRO – The ultimate exhibition for Grime Djs and Producers

Not sure what to do this weekend? Well this Sunday and Monday (22nd/23rd Oct) the biggest DJ and Music equipment exhibition in the UK comes to Birmingham at the NEC Arena.

All the major brands in DJing, Sound, music production and Lighting will have a presence. Along side this there will be live seminars, and a live arena where you can listen to the skills of some of the worlds DJs in a club environment.

A few of the DJs performing include the legend DJ Jazzy Jeff, and DMC competition winners, so even if you don’t want to browse all the stalls you can just stay in the arena and see Djs using the equipment to their maximum potential.

If you are already a DJ and want to showcase your skills then they also have a live stage any DJ who applies here can get a chance to rock the crowd.

On Sunday and Monday there is also a full programme of talks and Q&As , including industry professionals who have worked with the likes pf Stormzy and Ed Sheeran.

In short, if you are a DJ, producer or a performer of electronic music including Grime – then you definitiely wont be losing if you check BPM PRO out.

Tickets are still available online here

Check out this montage of what went down last year

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Why Floorsixx All Dayer should Be Your Only Motive This Friday

This Friday – Atfloorsixx is coming to the Roundhouse. Floor sixxx ALL DAYER is a unique event combining an exhibition showcasing leading young UK creatives, with an evening live music show featuring major artists in UK Rap and Grime.

FLOOR SIXX is the brain child of Sian Anderson, 1xtra DJ and new music champion. Born from her desire to help young musicians and aspiring industry workers achieve their full potential – FLOOR SIXX acts as a platform for new talent using live shows, academies, music relelases and exhibitions.

Together with Grime Veteran Jason Black (Formerly J2K) with help from corporate sponsorship FLOOR SIXX became reality with a massive Launch Party kicking things off.

Going back to the event, when ATFLOORSIXX say all dayer – they really mean all day. From 1pm in the afternoon until 2.30 on Saturday morning its straight up activity. The day will consist of an exhibition and live Q&A sessions with leading industry figures including Rashid from Linkup TV, photographers Ashley Verse and Vicky Grout.

After the exhibition there will be a concert with probably one of the biggest UK lineups this year including CHIP, Izzie Gibbs, Kojo Funds, Sir Spyro.

Finally – after the show, theres the afterparty. First thing, if your under 18 then you’ll be disappointed – strictly over 18s. The lineup for the afterparty is looking mad with a whose who of UK Rap and Grime – they keep announcing more names so were not even going to bother writing the full line up – check the FLOOR SIXX Twitter for the latest updates.

Buy Tickets for Floor Sixx here.

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Inside Out Fest Returns To Cardiff

End summer with a bang at Wales biggest outdoor party. The successful Inside Out Fest has returned for 2017 with another massive lineup.

Headling will be superstar Dj Annie Mac and Craig David with his collection of old skool bangers, new material and his world conquering TS5 set.

Grime will also be strongly represented with heavyweights Lethal Bizzle and P Money. Going by past performances expect plenty of gunfingers and special guests!

For the drum and bass heads theres fabio and groove rider combinjng decades of involvement in the scene into an epic dj set that will have the crowd going crazy.

The festival will be taking place in Bute Park just outside of the centre of Cardiff and the doors open at 12 noon. Oh and if a day of hard raving still isn’t enough theres an official afterparty hosted by Jaguar Skills at tiger tiger nearby.

So in a nutshell if you want to end your summer in a big way and want to see some of the biggest names in music you need to make sure your at Inside Out Fest 2017.

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A Look Foward To: Warehouse Project 2017

Ever since I started raving, The Warehouse Project has dominated club nights in the UK, with its incredible venues and crazy line-ups, showcasing talents from genres such as UK Grime, House and UK Hip hop like no other. This year is no different. Warehouse Project is back, and they did not come out to play.

If you have been under a rock for the past 12 years, let me give you the lowdown on the event that has been making waves in the underground scene for years. The Warehouse Project is a series of events held in large industrial spaces across 12 weeks, located the Greater Manchester area. Famous for its headliners, who are usually prominent artists dominating the UK scene, these events have accommodated nearly every DJ and producer of ‘Klout’ in the industry.

From 16th September – 1st January, WHP17 series includes a star line-up of some of the biggest acts on the scene right now. If you’re a grime head like me (as you should be if you’re reading this) here are a few nights that stand out the most. Lets start with October 6th.

Radio 1’s Annie Mac will be hosting ‘Annie Mac Presents’, and looking at the line-up for the night, looks like she bringing some friends along, including J Hus. Mr Ugly himself will be gracing the stage, most likely to perform some his hits including ‘Friendly’, ‘Did You See’ as well as performing some tracks off his latest album ‘Common Sense’.

Next up we got one of my faves right now, Stefflon Don. My gyal’s been active, gigging all over the gaff and I’m sure she won’t disappoint. With tracks like ‘Real Ting’, ‘16 shots’ and ‘Envy Us’, be prepared for pretty women in her section, a lot of twerking and a whole lot of booty.

Another notable artist coming on stage is Donae’o. This OG will be most likely singing his latest track, ‘Whole Life’ featuring Fredo, as well as performing the bangers off his latest mixtape ‘Sixteen’. Looking forward to see if any surprise guests join the stage with him.

The week after will be another litty night, with Giggs headlining the dance. With the amount of hits under his belt, be prepared to sweat. With hits like ‘Lock Doh’ and ‘Whippin’ Excursion’, I don’t know how anyone could just stand still.

Another OG to occupy the stage, will be East London rapper, Devlin. Expect to see him inspire with his philosophical bars over a dope beat. This guy has bars for days, this performance is not to be missed.

The line-up features Abra Cadabra, it’s safe to assume we’ll hear some of the tracks he’s featured in recently as well as his latest songs ‘Stay’ and ‘My Hood’. Heavy hitters such as Big Tobz, Nadia Rose, A2, and Lisa Mercedez will also be gracing the stage while Oneman, Chimpo + Chunky, Rude kid, Jonny Dub and DJ Target supply us with countless grime, garage and hip hop bangers in-between. What a night.

If that’s not enough excitement, November 5th ‘s headline act will be the legend, Craig David presents TS5, where he’ll be singing his greatest hits as well as spinning bangers on the decks in this multi faceted performance.

Other acts on the line-up include Big Narstie, David Rodigan, Mista Jam and special guests, Kurupt FM. It will be another hell of a night not to be missed.

Like house? Other headliners include Hannah Wants, The Martinez Brothers, MK and Gorgon City.

If any of the previous years’ are anything to go by, WHP17 will be an epic 12 weeks of pure vibes and great music. Tickets are reasonably priced as a standard ticket costs £35 + booking fee – be quick though, tickets will sell out fast.

For more information and to purchase tickets check out the website: https://www.thewarehouseproject.com/home
Written by Valerie Oladeinde

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Could a Stormzy / Jay Z collab be on the cards?

Recently Stormzy has been making a massive impact on the mainstream with his last album reaching number 1, and high profile collaborations with Linkin Park and Little Mix.

With the amount of heat he has been generating its impossible that he hasn’t already got the attention of US hip-hop heavy weights. Drake and Kanye have already been heavily involved in the Grime and UK Rap scene, and even P Diddy managed to do a grime freestyle with Skepta.

Jay-Z throughout his career has had an arms length relationship with the UK Grime and rap scene – K Koke was signed to his Roc Nation label, however there was never a collaboration and north London rappers S.A.S were also signed to Roc-A-Fella via Dipset in the labels final years.

The simple fact is that Stormzy hasn’t even reached the pinnacle of his career yet, but is in a great place and has no need to rush into any sort of collab to boost his name, and Jay-Z is like the Deathstar in the rap scene. He only makes moves when he wants to and when he moves people take notice.

However Stormzy has been booked to play at Jay-Z owned Made in America festival, and he is a co-headliner at V Fest so who knows? Jay-Z is keen at grasping on trends and working his style into them to keep things fresh and relevant so we’re going to keep our eyes peeled…

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Wireless Festival: Lineup and Location Released

The UK’s biggest urban festival Wireless returns to Finsbury Park from July 7-9th. The lineup is listed below:

FRIDAY HEADLINER

CHANCE THE RAPPER

SATURDAY HEADLINER

SKEPTA

SUNDAY HEADLINER

THE WEEKND

ALL HEADLINERS

BRYSON TILLER (UK FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE), NAS (UK FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE),
G-EAZY, RAE SREMMURD, TORY LANEZ,
YOUNG THUG, SEAN PAUL, WILEY, TY DOLLA $IGN,
LIL UZI VERT, TYGA,

Ticket Info

Wireless Single Day

Friday – £55 + B/F
Saturday – £62 + B/F
Sunday – £62 + B/F

Wireless Multi-Day

Friday & Saturday – £110 + B/F
Friday & Sunday – £110 + B/F
Saturday & Sunday – £117.50 + B/F

Wireless Full Weekend

Full Weekend (Fri / Sat / Sun) – £160 + B/F

Tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.com/wireless

All acts currently set to perform at Wireless

Abra Cadabra
AJ X DENO
Big Narstie
Big Tobz
Bryson Tiller (UK Festival Exclusive)
Cadet
Dave
Desiigner
DJ Charlsey
Flatbush Zombies
G-Eazy
Hilltop Hoods
Jez Dior
Lil Dicky
Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Yachty (UK Festival Exclusive)
Mike Skinner and Murkage Present TONGA
MoStack
Nas (UK Festival Exclusive)
Nef The Pharaoh
Noname
Post Malone
Rae Sremmurd (UK Festival Exclusive)
Sean Paul
Section Boyz
Stefflon Don
The Age of L.U.N.A
Topaz Jones
Tory Lanez
Ty Dolla $ign
Tyga
Wiley
WizKid
Young T and Bugsey
Young Thug (UK Festival Exclusive)
Yuna
Yungen
Zara Larsson

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J Hus and Nadia Rose SMASH Bristol performance

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Saturday’s In:Motion night was, as usual, an exhibition of the incredibly diverse range of music that Motion has to offer. From DnB and Grime in the Marble Factory to a combination of Garage and Hip-Hop in the other areas of the club, anyone and I mean ANYONE who didn’t attend really missed out on a crazy night!

Kicking off the night with the Marble Factory, I stepped into a crowd mid way through a a full UK Funky set with hit songs such as Egypt’s “In the Morning” and the ever-loved Kyla’s “Do you Mind” garnering big crowd reactions. The feel-good atmosphere in the room was undeniable, with even those unfamiliar with the legendary genre singing along to the occasional song- i mean who doesn’t know the lyrics to “Do You Mind” even if it is thanks to Drake’s “One Dance”?

Once the legend herself, and headline act, Katy B took to the stage the energy within the crowd only grew. With hit songs such as “Lights on” and “On a Mission” you could definitely feel the sense of intimacy in her set and nostalgia in the crowd. The positive vibes she infused in the building secured her, in my mind, as one of the UK’s most talented female artists.

The night however became a full blown madness when ‘Mr.Ugly’ himself Jhus touched mic. The crowd went insane. With his performance of songs such as the “Want from Me” remix and the universally adored “Friendly“ he had the crowd finishing his lyrics, skanking, whining, the lot! The highlight of his performance was undoubtedly seeing the ugliest up and coming UK Talent ditching the stage, and his top, to enter the crowd and dance with (but ultimately get crushed by) his fans! Being someone who did not hesitate to push through the crowd to have a dance-off with the guy, I can definitely tell you it was an interaction I cannot say i would have had the chance to have with any other artist. This is just one example of how the “Lean and Bop” artist does not hesitate to go all out for a stage show an attribute many artist need to adopt. In my mind J Hus was one the best artists not only of the night but of everyone I’ve seen live so thanks JHus for making it a night to remember!

MOBO award winning artist Nadia Rose was the next to dominate the stage owning performances of her old classic, “Station” as well as her feature on the “Big & Serious” remix. She took time to appreciate her fans by constantly taking snapchats on phones outreached to her during her performance and also reloading crowd favourites such as the ever-famous “Skwod”. Nadia was not the only one to impress, her DJ set the crowd ablaze with her beatboxing creating new unheard takes on beats as well as reminding fans of old classics such as the big banger “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus. From one Bashment classic to another I have to applaud Nadia on her “Tight Up Skirt” remix which was another highlight of the night.

Overall it was another flawless In:Motion event. As always, check the website, buy you tickets and head to an event: http://www.bristolinmotion.com

 

Written by Ndubisi Offonry

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UK GRIME @ the 2016 MOBO Awards

As we endured the freezing Glasgow night walking up to the Media hut to get our passes, we were serenaded by the sweet sound of bagpipes. Random we know – however the player had a purpose, we had just gatecrashed the filming of the intro sequence for the MOBO awards.

After finally getting our passes we were shown to what was supposed to be a red carpet…hmm. It looked a bit small and empty, so after some frantic running around and asking questions we managed to find the real red carpet where the UK Urban music scenes finest artists were running the gauntlet of various media channels – including us of course.

Now there is a spoiler of sorts.. due to a technical glitch our audio went down in flames, which means we cant bring you some of the most interesting conversations we had with the artists. However the show went on and we can share our review, photos and a short trailer of what went down at the MOBOS.

After the red carpet closed the show kicked off with the soaring vocals of the lovely Laura Mvula, who gave a high energy performance of her lead single “Phenomenal Woman” breaking down into an interesting rendition of “Ready Or Not”.

Without much ado the award show had officially begun. First up was the Best Male nomination, which was won by the comeback king of the year Craig David.

Craig David – Best Male Acceptance Speech

Next up for grime was a live performance by Lady Leshurr who took to the stage to give a flawless live performance of Queens Speech, and Where are you now, with lots of high energy dance routines.

Lady Leshurr Live Performance

Nadia Rose won the award for “Best Video” seeing off a lot of very strong contenders, including Bugzy Malone.

Nadia Rose – Skwod Best Video Acceptance Speech

Next up was a performance by the man of the moment Craig David, who did a medley of his hits from his breakout Rewind to his latest singles. Frisco came on and did his thing for grime, repping Boy Better Know to the fullest during Chase and Status performance.

Craig David – Live performance

Section Boyz won Best Hip-Hop, which was well deserved considering how much they’ve done to push the UK Rap sound world wide. One thing that was interesting was they were all decked in clothing emblazoned MORE LIFE, which curiously is the name of Drakes up coming project.

Section Boyz – Best Hip-Hop Acceptance Speech

Kurupt FM provided the jokes when handing out the award for Best Grime, which was won by Chip – a big achievement despite being blackballed to some extent by the industry over the past year. There were also some big contenders in that category including Skepta.

Chip – Best Grime Acceptance award speech

Next up was a live PA by the young RnB kings WSTRN. After this was the award for best song – and arguably the main controversy of the awards. Originally it was awarded to WSTRN, however something was immediately off when Abracadabra Robbery was played as they walked up to the stage. Later it turned out that the wrong award was awarded – it was meant to be Abracadbara – a mistake, but hey its showbiz these things happen! WSTRN did recieve a public apology from the MOBO Awards and they were very gracious about it.

Abracadabra – Acceptance speech

However it wasnt all bad – WSTRN won the best newcomer, and it seemed like they had just begun to drown their sorrows, until they found out that they had won!

WSTRN – Best Newcomer

Kano won best album, however he wasn’t able to make it for the AWARDS so the crowd were treated to an acceptance speech over Facetime. The joys of technology ay ;).

Kano – Best Album Acceptance Speech

Lady leshurr took the best Female Award, well deserved after having some of the most watched UK Grime and Rap videos on YouTube and her single WAYN was one of the summer anthems.

Lady Leshurr – Acceptance Speech

Fekky (Big Fekky) joined by Section Boyz closed out the show with a killer performance of his latest track “Mad Ting/Sad Ting” – which had the Scottish crowd doing their maddest skanks and gun fingers, it was almost like being at high point of Eskimo Dance.

Fekky – Mad Ting Sad Ting

To wrap things up – this years Mobos was a big year for UK Grime and Rap music and hopefully it will help push the scene to bigger things in 2017.

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CHIP poses with his new MOBO [Credit: TRYANGLE MEDIA]
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Nadia Rose – Winner of best Video [Credit: TRYANGLE MEDIA]

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Music streaming service Deezer launches Grime channel and Grassroots Programme

The streaming service Deezer has launched a dedicated channel for Grime music. This is definitely a good thing as it will make it much easier for Deezers users to find and stream the latest in Grime music anywhere anytime. This is also being backed up by a grassroots programme designed to support up and coming Grime talent and them get discovered through Deezer. You can view the channel and sign up to a 30 day free trial here here.

The full press release is below

London, 21st October 2016: Deezer has today announced the launch of a dedicated Grime channel and grassroots programme to further nurture and support the scene, and provide a digital platform for one of the UK’s fastest growing most exciting cultural forces.

The new programme will see Deezer support up-and-coming artists, promoters and content creators where they need it the most, by providing bursaries, mentorship, guidance and a central platform that will help take them to the next level in the entertainment world and assist in exposing the genre to a wider audience.

The channel will be available globally from today, and will see Deezer collaborate with 36 talents over the next 6 months to produce playlists, podcasts and videos, in addition to promoting new albums, artists and live radio stations.

2016 has already been a landmark year for Grime, with Skepta performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and taking the Mercury Prize for Konnichiwa, propelling a rapidly growing movement even further into the limelight. But, with nearly 80% of artists not signed to a traditional label and zero nominations for Grime acts at this year’s Brits, it’s clear that the UK’s major music players could do much more to provide the next generation of homegrown talent with the support it deserves.

“It’s time for the British music industry to step up and recognise that it needs to identify new ways to help support this unique genre which, by its very nature, is typically anti-establishment. By launching a channel dedicated to championing Grime, combined with our grassroots programme, we will help identify the best new talent and give them the ability to showcase their work on a global scale,” said Roman Tagoe, Head of Content and Editorial, Deezer UK & Ireland.

“It’s a great time for the Grime community to start moving forward, but important it maintains its DIY ethos and heritage. For a long time, brands and the industry have ignored us, or simply exploited the Grime scene for their own gain. However, Deezer have chosen the right approach and are celebrating the entire culture, and looking at how it can play a genuinely positive role within their own sector to push a genre that rarely gets the credit it deserves. If you want to align yourself with this authentic British sound then it’s compulsory to invest in the music in the long-term and support these extremely talented creatives in the right way,” said Laura Brosnan (Hyperfrank), music journalist and Grime expert.

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WILEY, GHETTS, LADY LESHURR set to to perform at the 2016 MOBO Awards

After keeping us in suspense yesterday, the MOBO Awards have made a second announcement about who will be performing on the night. Its a strong line up for Grime music, with heavyweights Wiley and Ghetts and arguably the first lady of Grime – Lady Leshurr.

The international dancehall/reggae artist Popcaan will also make his first appearance at the MOBOs.

Lady Leshurr is currently nominated for Best Female Act while Wiley and Ghetts are on nominations for Best Song. 

To see the full list of performances you can go here, and to view all nominations you can go here.

Want to see these artists perform live? Tickets are still currently available so hurry before they sell out!

 

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