Which generation did it best? The old timers? Or the millennials? The battlelines have been drawn – it’s time to pick a side.
As a new breed of UK urban stars emerge, we take a look at the events you can catch them this summer.
Bugzy Malone - We Are FSTVL
Bucking the trend by reppin’ Manchester as opposed further south, Bugzy is the classic disadvantaged-kid-come-good tale with a fresh twist! Having grown-up in some of North West’s poorest neighbours, jail time was a merely an inevitability for a young black kid from Crumpsall. Upon his release from prison, Bugzy Malone AKA Aaron Davis found an outlet with music – specifically grime. Today, he spearheads a regional explosion of MCs who have leapt to the forefront during the rebirth of the genre. Catch him in the unfamiliar surroundings of the fields of Essex at We Are FSTVL in May.
Stefflon Don - Outlook Festival
Hailing from the streets of Hackney, with Jamaican heritage and a brief stint in Rotterdam (of all places!), Stefflon Don is the latest MC to emerge from the east end. Growing-up on a diet of Vybz Kartel & So Solid Cru era 2-step, she fuses the dancehall of her ancestry with the grime of her contemporaries. Currently tearing-up the airwaves with her French Montana collab Hurtin’ Me, Steff’s jagged, raspy flow will tie you up in lyrical knots! Catch her all over the place, but we fancy Outlook Festival at Croatia’s Fort Punta Christo this September.
And for those who hanker for the glories days of past and feel that Old Skool Rules, here are a few options which could take your fancy:
N*E*R*D* - Parklife
In late 2017, billboards began popping-up in cities across the globe, all brandished with “No_one Ever Really Dies” sparking speculation that Pharrell, Chad & Shay were set to return after a lengthily hiatus. And, boy, did we mark out when it actually happened! The rock-rap super band announced new material was on the way, the first signs of a fifth album being the Rihanna-featuring Lemon. Bringing gusto to festival performances this summer, we’re beyond stoked to have N*E*R*D* back on stage. Catch them at Parklife, Manchester amongst elsewhere.
Blingo! - The Prince of Wales, Brixton
Bingo – but remixed! The traditional game with comedic sideshow and more than a sprinkling of retro R&B and hip-hop. Hosted by the foul-mouthed Grandma Flash, expect phat prizes, rival dance troupes, lip-sync battles and bling chunky enough to slip a vertebra! Believe the hype.
A Night of R&B - 100 Wardour St, London W1F 0TN
On Easter Sunday a full live band will perform a medley of classic R&B cuts from yesteryear. Featuring the music of Usher, R.Kelly, Donell Jones, TLC and more, shake a leg and dance-off all of those chocolate calories!
Tickets for all of the events listed above are available now.