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Red Bull Music Academy has announced plans for its month-long 2016 #uk #tour, calling at four #uk cities for a series of back-to-back mini-festivals. Rolling into Liverpool, Glasgow, London and Leeds over consecutive weekends, the musical icons and rising stars of each city will be given the platform to throw down and celebrate their contribution to the UK’s scene. They’ll be joined by international names that connect the dots between the #uk and a global exchange of musical ideas.
The programme continues the Academy’s nearly 20-year mission to celebrate and educate within music, shining a light on vital artists and movements from music’s past, present and future. Across genres as diverse as hip hop, grime, soul, house, techno, garage and electro, the RBMA #uk #tour will present club nights, studio sessions, AV shows, art installations, radio broadcastsand, ever at the centre of the Academy experience, intimate live lectures with some of today’s most important artists. Running concurrently in October, the Red Bull Music Academy itself lands in Montreal, with an accompanying programme of events to be announced.
Featured headline events include lectures from Dizzee Rascal, Krept & Konan and Young Fathers; a coin operated laundrette takeover withJackmaster; DJ Harvey’s return to Leeds after a hiatus of 25 years; a headline slot for Detroit’s Moodymann with a light show to match; grime showcases marshalled by scene heavyweights Slimzee and D Double E; and workshops with studio experts such as Mumdance, Gorgon City and Shura.
Beginning in Liverpool from 6th – 9th October, things kick off at the city’s Victorian Palm House with a mesmerising showcase of future soul with RBMA alumni Jamie Woon. #uk rap duo Krept & Konan sit down for the Tour’s first lecture, chatting about how they maintained their credibility alongside a major label deal, before spotlighting the Future Sounds of Hip Hop in a line up bristling with promise. The weekend also offers a lesson in the scene’s past from one of the masters, Kenny Dope, along with a tantalising proposition asMoodymann takes over with laser modules and mirrored kinetic sculptures.D Double E also lays down the gauntlet to a raft of top MCs for a beatless recital within the city’s imposing St. George’s hall.
The #tour travels north to Glasgow for 13th – 16th October, with D Double Ecarrying the baton to the GLA x LDN event as the capital and Glasgow sit side by side and DEE and Rinse resident Sir Spiro headline a tale of two scenes.Kölsch takes his live show to Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom before hitting Sub Club for the afterparty, DJing in the city’s equally iconic basement, while Numbers put a never before used venue below the city streets to use in their label showcase. Meanwhile local hero Jackmaster turns local laundry emporium Majestic Laundrette into the city’s most unlikely hot ticket for the night at Discospin. Mingling with the enlightened crowds, the University of Glasgow plays host to A Modular Synth Workshop led by Mumdance, and hip hop provocateurs Young Fathers sit down at the Mitchell library to discuss the merging of the musical with the political.
Returning to the nation’s capital, London takes 19th – 22nd October, the #tour returns to the nation’s capital 19th – 22nd October, hosting one of the most anticipated dates of the #tour, as grime kingpin turned pop king Dizzee Rascalbrings his seminal, Mercury Prize winning debut, ‘Boy In Da Corner’, to London for the first time following mounting public demand. Dizzee will also hit the Red Bull Music Academy couch to discuss his ascent from Bow to the big time. Elsewhere the chameleon that is Blood Orange will be performing as part of an immersive “360 Degree” Awful Records showcase featuringFather, Abra and Ethereal among other members of the crew. DJ duoGorgon City conduct a workshop at Red Bull HQ, and a Red Bull Music Academy special sees SLG’s Clore Studio and pioneering events programmers Thirty Three Thirty Three continue their collaborative art and music series with 003, with music from Rezzett. Jay Prince will bring his brand-new mixtape, recently recorded at Red Bull Studios, to light with the help of collaborators and special guests, Awesome Tapes From Africacelebrates a decade of digging at Corsica Studios and Lady Leshurr drops into Red Bull Studios to lay her lyrical wit bare at Studio Science.
On its final stop, the #tour lands in Leeds from 27th – 30th October, where rap legend Giggs sits down with Hattie Collins, who’ll also be revealing a new photography exhibition ‘An Eye On Grime’. An all-Berlin techno takeover hits Wire, featuring Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann, before another top of the range DJ billing sees Canal Mills welcome DJ Harvey back to Leeds. There’s also a special Halloween treat, as indie-horror smash It Follows plays at the Hyde Park Picture House, with a live scoring led by the film’s composerDisasterpiece.
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