The incredibly talented and hilarious, self-proclaimed “musician trapped in the body of a comedian” Stephen Lynch is set to perform at the o2 Academy in Leeds as part of his UK tour. Stephen has already blessed crowds in Belfast, Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester. The rest of the tour see’s him visiting Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle and finishing in Birmingham on the 21st November. Stephen Lynch released his fifth album “LION” on November 13th which reached #1 on the iTunes and Amazon comedy album chart. Fans can buy tickets from the link listed above, along with the LION download link. However, you can watch my personal favourite Stephen Lynch video – Vanilla Ice Cream on the YouTube player below.
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U.K Hip-Hop lyricist Akala is set to perform at the Wardrobe in Leeds on Tuesday 19th November. Tickets are currently priced at £9.00 for the 14+ event, and doors open at 19:30. There is no confirmation on support acts or who will be DJing the night at the moment, however as soon as we receive an update we will amend the information. For those who aren’t aware of Akala please check his “Fire In The Booth” on the link below. However, you can view the Akala Live in Leeds @ The Wardrobe info here.
Written by Joe Langham.
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English Frank and Black The Ripper in Leeds - http://bit.ly/WRYQS1
Following the massive success of the opening night, Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead returned for a second night with another massive line up to match. With the opening night back in December setting the bar so high, matching it would not be easy, yet English Frank once again rounded up some of the UK’s biggest names in hip-hop for a memorable night.
Tickets for English Frank + Black The Ripper | http://bit.ly/10jX92g
Thanks to Hold Tight Events, English Frank and Black The Ripper will be performing in Leeds at the Cockpit on Sunday 31st March 2013. With support from Asher Don and his band Unbound, Dialect, Potter, Weezy Jefferson, Sandy Minto and SIth and KoSteez, fans will be entertained with a night of Hip-Hop and Grime. Tickets are available from the link listed above, however residents of Leeds can visit Crash Records and Jumbo Records. English Frank spoke with HHK last year ahead of the movie Offender, which you can watch on the youtube player below, however you can view the ticket link and flyer for the English Frank and Black The Ripper gig here.
Underground Hip-Hop artist REKS will be performing his first ever show in the U.K on Tuesday 18th December 2012 at Brixton Jamm in London. REKS has been heavily supported by Hip-Hop Kings over the last couple of years, and Biarritz and TeenCreeps are the promoters credited for arranging his first ever U.K performance. Tickets are currently £8.00 and can be purhcased from the links listed above, and fans can also check out the official Facebook Invite Page HERE. You can watch my personal favourite REKS song which is produced by DJ Premier titled “25th Hour” on the video below.
I’ll start by announcing that Ill Bill will be releasing a brand new album on 29th January 2013 titled “The Grimy Awards”, and to start promotion for the album we have the brand new video for the single “When I Die”. Ill Bill has also announced that the likes of El-P, Jedi Mind Tricks, Cormega, Lil Fame (M.O.P) and Shabazz The Disciple amongst others will feature on the album, with production from DJ Premier, DJ Muggs, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Psycho Les, El-P, Ayatollah, MoSS, C-Lance & Ill Bill himself. Furthermore, Ill Bill will be starting a European Tour in the forthcoming days with Vinnie Paz, and Hip-Hop Kings will be covering the Manchester, UK show so look out for some exclusive event footage coming soon. You can view the full list of tour dates for Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz below, and you can also watch Ill Bill – When I Die on the youtube player below.
27-11-2012 Amsterdam, Holland, Melkweg
28-11-2012 Duisburg, Germany, High5Club
29-11-2012 Paris, France, Le Trabendo
30-11-2012 London, UK, Forum
01-12-2012 Manchester, UK, Moho Live *
02-12-2012 Bristol, UK, Lakota *
05-12-2012 Giessen, Germany, Hessenhallen
06-12-2012 Stuttgart, Germany, Rocker 33
07-12-2012 Zurich, Switzerland, Rote Fabrik
08-12-2012 Bologna, Italy, TPO
10-12-2012 Vienna, Austria, Flex
11-12-2012 Prague, Czech Republic, Vltavská
12-12-2012 Brussels, Belgium, VK Concerts
13-12-2012 Gothenburg, Sweden, Pustervik
14-12-2012 Stockholm, Sweden, Strand
15-12-2012 Luzern, Switzerland, Schüür
Written by Joe Langham
Photo by Ayo | http://iamayo.tumblr.com
There aren’t a lot of rappers that can claim to have sold out two venues in a matter of days, a feat usually reserved for heavyweights of the hip hop world, but Joey Badass and his Pro Era collective have been making massive waves in the hip hop world in previous months.
Despite being only 17, Joey Badass took to the stage like he had been doing it for years. Joey’s chilled flow was given some verbal energy from CJ Fly and Kirk Knight with lesser known members of the group keeping the crowd hyped. He and Pro Era kept the party like atmosphere going for over 90 minutes and brought the gig to an end with an impromptu freestyle and a second helping of ‘Survival Tactics. Their stage presence was one I can only compare to that of the Wu Tang Clan which is hardly surprising considering their ‘golden era’ sound and size of the collective.
Recently being co-signed by RZA of the Wu Tang Clan only affirms the talent that this group have. The Pro Era mix tape, announced for December 21st, is definitely one to look out for and will hopefully see some production from RZA. With the massive success of their, albeit small, UK live debut, I wouldn’t bet against seeing Pro Era in the UK again very soon.
Ticket Link | http://bit.ly/QSdl6h
As we approach 2012 (and possibly the end of the world) every Hip-Hop fan should be either preparing or commiserating by attending potentially the event of the year, This Is Hip Hop present Underground Kings (Vinnie Paz and Ill Bill) live in Manchester on Saturday 1st December. If that didn’t excite you enough, the Underground Kings are joined by Swifty (D12), Sean Strange, Snowgoons and more. The cheapest tickets are currently available using the link above, and of course this is expected to be a sold out event so I would highly encourage everybody to get their tickets as quickly as possible. You can view the official flyer for Underground Kings (Vinnie Paz / Ill Bill) Live In Manchester with Guests along with the ticket link above.
Ticket Link | http://bit.ly/Oi9h2G
Hip-Hop legend Lord Finesse will be performing a one-off show at Musiquarium in Leeds, thanks to Sedgwick Avenue. The D.I.T.C member will have support on the evening from local artists Shedmen (Sinoptic), Spida Lee (DTTS), The Office (J Bravo/Dialect/Teknico) and DJ Boogie Blind (X-Ecutioners/ Pharaohe Monch) on the 1s and 2s. Doors open at 7pm until late, and fans are encouraged to get their tickets immediately from the link listed above. Lord Finesse was also attacked by the media this year after a lawsuit was put against Mac Miller for use of a sample, you can read the full story HERE. You can view the official flyer for Lord Finesse Live @ Musiquarium in Leeds along with the ticket link above.
Former Living Legends member “The Grouch” has announced he will be embarking on his sixth annual “How The Grouch Stole Christmas Tour” for 2012, starting on November 27th in Santa Ana, and finishing on December 18th in Los Angeles. The Grouch will be headlining alongside Eligh, and will also be joined by Mistah FAB, Prof and DJ Fresh. Special guests will also be introduced on the respective nights, and I have the full list of shows which have been listed below. Tickets go on sale on 26th October 2012, however you can view the official tour flyer, along with the full list of dates here.
November 27 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
November 28 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
November 29 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
November 30 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece
December 1 – Ft. Collins, CO @ The Aggie
December 2 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
December 4 – Salt Lake City @ In The Venue
December 5 – Boise, ID @ The Reef
December 6 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
December 7 – Spokane, WA @ Aclub
December 8 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
December 9 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
December 11 – Reno, NV @ Comm Row
December 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
December 15 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
December 16 – San Luis Obispo @ SLO Brewing Co
December 17 – La Jolla, CA @ Porter’s Pub
December 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre