Holdin' Court brought their Monthly Hip-Hop night to Basingstoke for a one off demo show, as a warm-up / first day after party to Basingstoke Live. The show itself was jammed packed with a mixture of performers... as had been billed by the night’s organisers.
I have been to Sonar every year since 2004 & each year has given me an entirely different experience from the others. This year in particular was an experience that I shall not forget in a hurry. For the first time ever I was given press accreditation for all of Sonar day & night… and for the first time ever I only managed to make it on one night of the whole event. This was the Friday night.
With the legend that is Grandmaster Flash on the decks and the Alizé cocktails in full flow, the Alizé Remixed 2008 finale at Paper Nightclub proved that Alizé is a legendary Liqueur on the music scene.
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Tuesday night at Art Whino marked a significant moment in DMV history. I mean yea it was labelled and promoted as an "art show", but damn, who knew an "art show" in the D.M.V. could attract the likes of Lrg, Heineken and Greedy Genius?... not me!
Well, what can I say? Quality! I receive a huge amount of CD’s each month and I have to say that 80% of them are, to put it bluntly, shit. So when I do pick up a half decent album it stands out like a green jacket with an orange belt.
Hugo Urban Rules - the urban music initiative endorsed by HUGO Fragrances to uncover and invests in new talent- has found a new star. Following two days of intensive master classes and auditions at Sankeys on the 4th and 5th June, the luck finalist received expert tuition on: Vocal coaching, Stage-craft, Artist and industry Q&A sessions.
The top thing that Brutal Artistry does is stay true to the roots. So there was none of this, 'lets just sell out to students and pissheads'… It was a hip hop night. They wanted a hip hop crowd. And man did they get one. It seems nowadays the common acceptance is that real hip hop doesn't sell. Many DJs are forced to put on R&B or house nights in order to really make some money.
The Gramaphone Bar was nearly at full capacity when Stylah and fellow Poisonous Poets, Tony D and Reveal walked on stage with their collection of tracks to perform. They started with a group track 'Here I Am' which got the crowd ready for the rest of the heat that the Poets were about to unleash. Stylah performed 'Snips In The Mix' though without the ever poisonous DJ Snips and the energy was accelerated.
From The Talking Drums To Rap & Grime concert, which took place at Tavistock Hall in Harlesden, North-West London was perhaps the most on-point and edu-entertaining event to mark the 200th anniversary of the Abolition Of The Slave Trade Act.
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