Iconic radio station Rinse FM will be hosting their second Boxpark Wembley takeover, following their incredibly successful launch event at Boxpark in December. Headlining the event will be ex-Streets man Mike Skinner, playing a DJ set of classic garage and UK hip-hop, alongside born and bred Londoner Chip and pioneer of the garage scene Wookie.
The event will take place in the 2,000 capacity events space at the newly opened Boxpark Wembley, complete with state-of-the-art sound system and algorithmic light displays. Running from6-11pm on Friday 19th April, tickets are £10 and available to purchase here.
Each year the decision of what festivals to attend is a hard one. We’ve been lucky enough to visit most of the UKs best and biggest festivals and this year we’ve whittled them down to our favourite ten. Let us know which ones you plan on attending or shout us on Twitter if we’ve messed your favourite from our list!
Strawberries & Creem – Cambridge – 15th June
Since its origins only a few years ago Strawberries and Creem festival has consistently upped its game with increasingly mind-blowing line-ups. The epitome of ‘summer vibes’, Strawberries and Creem takes place in the idyllic surroundings of Cambridge. This year’s lineup promises to be their best with headline acts of Ms Dynamite, Stefflon Don and Sean Kingston and other highlights including Darkzy, Flava D and Young T & Bugsey. For us we’re most looking forward to Snoochie Shy’s set which will bound to have us skanking out and bussing 1-2 gun fingers.
When it comes to UK Dance festivals SW4 is up there with the best and this year its lienup brings an increasing level of musical diversity. With Big Zu, Chip and My Nu Leng already announced to be appearing over the weekend Grime fans should definitely have this festival on their radar. From Tinie Tempah to Wiley to Plan B the lineup is not devoid of MASSIVE talent either. Missing this festival would mean missing Wretch 32’s performance something we DEFINITELY do not recommend doing!
Name a festival with bigger yearly lineups than Parklife…we’re still waiting? This year’s lineup followed the trend of dropping our jaws upon launch and with worldwide stars like Dave being added since the initial release we haven’t quite picked our jaw off the floor. Cardi B, Migos, Khalid, Mark Ronson, Solange, Earl Sweatshirt all ridiculously big US stars and that doesn’t even brush the surface. In terms of UK talent its untouchable, Fredo, Annie Mac, Chase and Status, AJ Tracey, Octavian, Stefflon Don, David Rodigan, The streets – need we go on? The lineup for Parklife speaks for itself so we’re just going to leave this one here. Parklife we commend you!
Reading an Leeds is a festival that covers so SO many genres and does each of them credit with a vast lineup spanning across three days. It’s one of those festival were you will always have someone to watch from start to finish each day regardless of your personal music taste. With artists helpfully spread between cohesive sounding stages it is a festival whose structure and organisation is untouchable. Whether you’re interested in the headlining bands or acts or not there WILL be something for you. The BBC Radio 1xtra stage is a standout for us, with Dappy, Octavian and Not3s headlining and a lineup packed with UK Urban talent such as Headie One, Aitch and Kenny Allstar best believe both the Reading and Leeds sites will once again be turned into moshpit central for the August bank holiday weekend.
Nass Festival – Bristol – 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th July
If you’re a fan of higher BPM music, especially the sounds coming out of Bristol, then NASS festival is unmissable. In Bristol talent alone you have OH91, Jay0117, L U C Y, Sir Hiss, Dimpson, Joker, Basher and quite a few more. A unique festival which incorporates Skate, BMX and street art into it’s setup NASS has consistently proved itself to be one of the best festivals in the UK outside of London. With Giggs set to headline and Novelist, D Double E , President T, Sox and Devilman all on the lineup we will be sure to be treated to authentic grime sounds. Rude Kid has also curated an embedded lineup featuring some of his friends including Sir Spyro, Jaykae, Devlin and Stormzy’s official DJ, DJ Tiiny. Butterz has also done the same bringing P Money, Footsie and Swindle to Bristol for what’s set to be an unforgettable weekend of raving.
A forever evolving but always consistently sick festival, Made will this year make its return to Perry Park for another day of madness. Big names from the scene like Lethal Bizzle and Hardy Caprio stand proud on the Made stage lineup with the offering in general coming across like a massive celebration of UK Music. The claim of being “West Midlands’ most impressive electronic music festival” definitely stands true and after this years event they may have to update that claim to being the UK’s best.
What screams summer festival more than Boardmasters. Beachside views, the Cornwall coast and an absolutely insane music offering. With the Friday boasting two of our personal all time favourite acts, Giggs and DJ EZ, we cannot wait to see the energy the crowd brings to their performances. Other highlights include Dizzee Rascal, Lady Leshurr, Darkzy and Bugzy Malone so even if you’re travelling with friends more interested in the Florence + The Machines of the lineup there is definitely still something there for you. Soak in the sun and get yourself to Cornwall for this one!
Lovebox festival really does bring the best out of the artists performing on their lineup. The staging and equipment at the disposal of the artists is probably the reason behind this, with Skepta notably and undisputedly having his best UK festival performance at the site last year. This year’s iteration will be no different with the only man to win a Grammy from a mixtape, Chance the Rapper, headlining. Lovebox’s lineup always look drastically different to other festivals within the same years showing the effort they go through to curate something special year in and year out. Our fans will be happy to see acts like slowthai, Suspect and Tion Wayne already announced and partners like I-D, Noisey, Places + Faces and Highsnobeity really do cement Lovebox as the most artistically aware offering of every festival season.
Ignoring the vast array of US talent Wireless festival is still home to many UK artists. Treated as a pinnacle moment in any UK artists career, performing at Wireless has become an honour for many. This year Fredo, Bugzy Malone, Headie One, One Acen, IAMDDB, NSG, B Young, Stefflon Don and many MANY more will get their opportunity to show the Finsbury Park crowds what they’ve got. For us we cannot write this piece without mentioning the slot being reserved in the memory of Cadet. Wireless festival was a key part in the story of his musical career and for those unable to get tickets to the ‘Rated Legend’ memorial show earlier this year, this reserved slot will give a lot of people, including ourselves, a chance to pay their respects surrounded by others who were impacted by his life. RIP Cadet.
A festival we attend yearly and hold in high regard is LSTD festival. Each year it marks the start of our summer and does so with a bang! Returning to Eastville Park LSTD brings with them a lineup that tops anything they’ve done before. With headliners Lily Allen and Chase & Status leading each days lineups, you know each day will finish on a soaring high. We cant possibly comment on every single act that has us gassed but if we had to pick three we’d go for Special Guest Octavian, Ray BLK and Shy FX. All three mentioned have a distinctly unique sound and their artistry is something a lot of other artists can learn from. We’re expecting big things from LSTD this year so come down and catch us rapping along from the crowd with Little Simz and bussing gun fingers to Lady Leshurr.
Malone - Flex With The Squad [Music Video] | GRM Daily - YouTube
Off the back of a very consistent few months of track releases for Dockem & Malone, Malone stands alone in their latest offering, with the video for his bouncy track “Flex With The Squad”, shot by rising producer Kaylum Dennis.
Coming from their debut EP, ‘A Dreamer’s Cure’ which showcases the duo’s talents throughout ten tracks; the exciting rap prospects present their individual creative flairs. “Flex With The Squad” focusing on Malone’s vocal ability as he voices the importance of those around him.
“Flex with the Squad” combines Caribbean influences with the pair’s South London upbringing, resulting in a jumpy track which radiates good vibes.
Since the wavy summer track ‘Loving you Ft. Geko’ (which has hit over 4M streams on YouTube), Paigey Cakey has been busy making some serious moves behind the scenes. She returns with the feel good new single ‘Drip Ice’. Dripping with a Missy Elliott-esque noughties swagger, the east Londoner delivers some trademark witty and playful bars over a hip hop beat courtesy of Nutty P. With an official music video dropping on SBTV also on 9th November, the track marks a new beginning for Paigey as she aims to focus on a more upbeat and feel good output.
Widely known for her ferocious freestyles, she has experimented with several styles over the years and has built a solid fan base from her Mixtape/EP releases, sold out events and several acting credits in award winning films and TV shows such as ‘Attack the Block’ and ‘Waterloo Road’. Musically, she has worked with the likes of Stormzy, Chip, Lady Leshurr, Yungen, Geko and has also opened up for the likes of Lil Kim, Eve, Ciara, Migos, The Game, Jeremih and Azealia Banks. Despite being independent and unsigned she has an impressive following of 210K+ on Instagram, 100K+ subscribers on her YouTube channel.
Nutty P has been on the music scene for over 15 years now and his distinctive sound is influenced by his love of hip-hop, rap, R&B and electronic music. He started off by winning the Jump-Off competition and since then he has produced for many artists in the scene including Wretch 32, Krept & Konan, Professor Green, Ghetts and many more.
Drillminister - Political Drillin [Music Video] | Link Up TV - YouTube
Drillminister - Political Drillin [Music Video] | Link Up TV - YouTube
Channel 4 have commissioned a rapper operating under the name Drillminister to incorporate violent language used by current and former MPs into a drill track to highlight the hypocrisy shown against the genre’s artists.
In this he has cleverly scripted a viral freestyle and video using quotes from both past and present politicians – demonstrating that they (politicians) use violence, threats and bullying as much as Drill rappers and young talents but with the aim to ban and blame Drill for the actions of the nation’s youth.
As the UK Government bans and removes Drill music videos online, the Drillminister has taken some recent statements made by MPs to make his first single ‘Political Drillin’. Taken from his forthcoming EP ‘House Of Skengs’ which will be released by popular independent label Defenders Ent, ‘Political Drillin’ is exactly what it says on the tin.
MPs speaking ‘Crud’, bullying and gang violence or is it just metaphors…..?
Levelle London - White Lies (Prod. by Levelle London) [Music Video] @levellelondon - YouTube
Following his critically-acclaimed recent release ‘Polski”, 26 year-old singer, rapper and producer Levelle London comes through with his new offering “White Lies”.
Following his debut EP ‘Traits of an Empath Vol. 1’, a viral remix of Desiigner’s Timmy Turner and a YouTube output that has quickly racked up over 500,000 views, Levelle follows on from two sold-out headline shows with a critically-anticipated new mixtape “Cold Summer Nights” – of which “White Lies” appears as the second release.
A darker, synth intro that moves into a sultry Afrobeat-influences slow-jam, Levelle’s broody, slow-burning vocal continues the emerging hype around an artist picking up acclaim from across the spectrum from THE INDEPENDENT to GRM DAILY.
With his new mixtape on the horizon coming through A4Ward, Levelle offers a new statement of intent on this melodic, dark heater. Sleep on this London artist at your peril.
One of the most consistent grime artists throughout 2018, Reece West has continued to prove his artistic abilities all year around; and now, to end the year with a bang he drops the ‘Departure Lounge’ EP.
Consisting of eight captivating tracks, Reece demonstrates his versatility of flows, topics, genres and beats whilst also staying true to his roots with the deep jumpy flows which can be found on any freestyle from his early career.
Deservedly landing himself a place on SPOTIFY’S ‘Rap UK’ playlist with the latest single to come from the EP, ‘Flavours’, he builds up an exciting name for himself as one of the UK’s most exciting prospects.
A key player in the underground scene for a number of years, the young MC now stands at the forefront of the UK’s rising grime talent, with critical acclaim across the serious tastemakers COMPLEX, HIGHSNOBIETY, RWD and RED BULL amongst others, as well as continuous support from BBC Radio 1xtra, Kiss FM, Rinse and Radar cementing the heat around the young artist.
Compared to grime legend D Double E (DUMMY) for his effortless flow complexity and technical ability, Reece’s style harks back to the old school Choice FM days with the kind of lyrical content and poise that pulls straight to 2018.
Find some exclusive behind the scene shots of Reece’s video shoot below.
OB The Author - Powers [Music Video] @obtheauthor - YouTube
24 year old exciting UK rap prospect, OB The Author has released his latest video for “Powers”.
The video which was released via Link Up TV sees the topless North London artist expressing himself in the stripped back but highly effective visuals.
Taking US influences from the likes of Tory Lanez, Drake and Travis Scott, OB The Author shows distinctive comparisons. Whilst he also merges characteristics of artists from across the pond including Fredo and Wretch 32.
Following the success of their first two seasons, This Is Boxing returns for their third combined Boxing & Music promotion at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Sunday 25th November. Sky Sports Boxing pundit Spencer Fearon will be returning to host the main stage once again, and joining him via live commentary will be JD Undisputed podcast Pep Talk UK.
Building on their existing base of supporters and partners such as Link Up TV who are confirmed to live stream to thousands yet again, A-Jewellers have been announced as leading sponsors for the platform, who offer a ‘buy, sell or trade’ service for luxury jewellery, along with Happy Down and Chosen Few Athletics.
This season there will be a total of 12 fights, including the much anticipated headline fight where Lee Devine and Ryan Lee will fight for the newly vacant This Is Boxing Championship title belt. A series of musical performances in between fights are also not to be missed, with NSG & D-Block Europe headlining this season of This Is Boxing.
With 1000 attendees at each event, followed by over 50,000+ live streams across YouTube and Facebook via Link Up TV, This Is Boxing have solidified their position as one of the leading white-collar boxing promotions in the UK, whilst still maintaining their accessible approach towards sports lovers in search of affordable boxing matches.
“Over the years UK boxing has seen a growth in interest from a wider audience and has become an increasingly popular sporting entertainment with the likes of Anthony Joshua, David Haye, Tony Bellew and Conor McGregor spearheading the movement. ‘White-collar’ boxing provides a good opportunity to see fresh, relatable boxing talent from home-grown UK boxers, giving them a platform to showcase their fighting skills.” Ant Opara, Director
This month will be bigger and better, with the focus for the future being to connect more aspiring boxers with industry professionals. The night will be rounded off with an exclusive VIP after party at The Curtain Hotel & Members Club.
Cactus On The Roof is a tropical rooftop party originally birthed in London, UK by international DJ and musician, Cuppy. Inspired by the party spirit of Ibiza and the tropical sounds from Africa, Cactus creates an oasis for its attendees to dress up and let their hair down.
‘Tropical Horror’ Halloween edition was definitely the motive to be attending this halloween, as guests in attendance such as Krept & Konan and many other notable names approved of the festivities. The party saw a lineup full of the finest talents including Cuppy, Mercedes Benson and JULS amongst others who all came through with the highest of energy. Partnering with Martell Blue Swift Cognac for the first time this year, the tropical fuses with the legendary French house of Martell to deliver a seriously decadent experience.
Martell is and has been supporting Afrobeats in Lagos for a number of years, with previous and current ambassadors including Burna Boy and Mr Impossible. Martell also works closely with musicians in the US, including Quavo from Migos. In the UK, Martell is one of the main supporters of a growing Afrobeats wave. The blending of styles and energy of the scene, paying dues to its past and innovative in its future, match perfectly with the ethos of the House of Martell.
Throughout the party were many photoshoot ready spots, from the entrance to the cloak room and even the main venue; lighting, props and even the saxophonist on stage made this a night to remember.
With the help of Martell Blue Swift, a unique spirit made of the world’s first Martell Cognac VSOP, finished in Kentucky Bourbon casks this was all made possible. A unique taste to celebrating the House’s historic ties with the United States.
Check out some of the photo’s below and make sure to keep up with Cuppy’s ongoing’s through Instagram.