The lights were on, the turntables were waiting and the stage was set. We just weren’t quite sure what for. The venue was sparsely populated as DJ Strike began warming up the audience, to little response.
When word hit the street that Hip Hop production royalty Just Blaze and The Alchemist were not only coming to the UK, but also were actually preparing to go head to head, the scramble for tickets and interviews was on.
Suspect Packages Live has, once again provided us with an impressive line up and some top tunes. This time on the third Friday of the month, the 16th of April 2010, and it was a FREE event. What more could you ask for really?
Plymouth has a growing and unified hip-hop scene which was in minor effect at the Souls of Mischief show at the White Rabbit in the bus station last week. Local legend DJ XL and DJ Kitastrophe got the crowd warmed up with some furious turntablism as the small venue started to fill.
Holdin' Court... one of few independent Hip-Hop, Funk and Soul nights outside of London and based in the South East, celebrated its 1st Birthday last Saturday 30th Jan at The White Hart, Basingstoke in Hampshire.
An invitation to a ‘thought provoking’ Friday night and how could I resist? I’m always up for new thoughts. This coupled with the fact that the Rhymes Won’t Wait collective had a heavy weighting of Slam Champions… instilled me with confidence that this would be an entertaining evening if nothing else.
Playing to a fairly diverse audience, including those who I suspect don't frequent the theatre, Jonzi D's cast of eight wowed the audience at the West Yorkshire Playhouse last night with their performance of his rap opera Markus The Sadist.
Billed as a ‘rap opera’, Markus the Sadist tells the story of a talented young battle MC from South London who is picked up by a scheming A&R with the promise of fame and wealth. The dialogue is delivered to a large extent through rhyme, with quite a bit of rapping throughout. The composer and musical director of the show is talented musician Soweto Kinch, and with Jonzi D as artistic director, the play has a strong team behind it.
Read more: Markus the Sadist, The Bloomsbury Theatre, London
Dressed to impress in his brightest yellow suit, Raphael Saadiq enters the stage in character, a Black Dick Tracey or Jim Carey in The Mask, but with a seductive voice as well as all the right moves. From start to finish, everything about this show was smooth and slick and for the most part very 60s.
An adaptation of the hugely successful film / novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Insane in the Brain is a modern version of the renowned drama, performed almost entirely through dance. Swedish street-dance crew Bounce light up the stage, keeping the audience captivated throughout the hour and a half duration of this colourful, lively and entertaining spectacle.
July 16th 2009… We got off the plane at around 8am and there was not a word between the two of us, other than a sleepy grumble as we crossed the runway to the terminal. The air was muggy and hot and the sky hidden by grey clouds, as if we had somehow meandered into a steam room. For the second part of the journey it was our task to drive our rental car from Barcelona airport to Castellón, the next town down from Benicassim.
Read more: Benicassim
As you may well know, Tiësto took over Victoria Park on July 31st. What I didn’t know was that the organizers used the set up for the Field Day festival, which pretty much meant that there was a whole festival to be had. There were 3 tents and a main stage. The tents played allsorts of old school music that I’m sure we all partied to back in the day. Which, I suppose, is exactly what you would expect when you have paid £36 to see the most famous trance DJ in the world.
To celebrate the release of 'Details' the 16 track long awaited debut from the ConcentricksHoldin’ Court hosted a launch party last Saturday the 18th July at their resident venue The Old Ford, North Camp in Farnborough.
Read more: Holdin' Court Sat 18th July 2009