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Bee Asha Singh on Spit It Out: 'It started off as something that could use all of our creative outlets to deal with our separate traumas'

17 Jun 2019

Scottish rapper discusses appearing in Léa Luiz de Oliveira's documentary and opening up a dialogue around sexual assault

We need to talk more about sex, according to The Honey Farm rapper Bee Asha Singh. Not just the basics and the how-tos, but the nitty gritty nuances of consent, desire, and learning how to communicate. Singh would know. Three years ago she was raped on…

Jason Aalon Butler (Fever 333): 'We do our best to encourage people to recognise their power and remind themselves of that power'

11 Jun 2019

Vocalist of the genre-hopping rock band discusses their key message and approach to music

Fever 333 specialise in a politically charged mix of hip hop, metal, industrial and even p-funk. A band who think about everything they do, even their name comes loaded with meaning. 'I like the idea of a fever spreading like a sickness or an epidemic,…

Travis Scott announces UK tour date, find out how to get tickets

10 Jun 2019

Hip-hop mega star brings Astroworld to London this July

Travis Scott has announced he will perform at London's O2 Arena this summer. The hip-hop super star brings his famous Astroworld show to the venue on Tue 16 Jul. Tickets are available at 10am on Fri 14 Jun.

Afro-pop, riotous punk and perfectly-synced dance routines: Highlights from The Great Escape 2019

30 May 2019

Some of the best acts we managed to catch across three days at the UK's biggest showcase festival

Brighton in May is any music lover's idea of paradise, with gigs taking place in every nook and cranny of the seaside town; interesting talks, panels and debates to devour; and every space buzzing with talented artists and music industry experts. As the…

EarthGang to tour the UK this autumn, here's how to get tickets

29 May 2019

Hip hop duo set to perform in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Bristol

EarthGang have announced they will head out on a five-date tour of the UK throughout September and October. Tickets for the tour go on sale at 10am on Fri 31 May. EarthGang, comprising of rappers Johnny Venus and WowGr8, formed in 2008 and released…

When do Tyler, The Creator London tickets go on sale and how much will they cost

22 May 2019

Multi-talented musician supports new album IGOR with September shows

Last week Tyler, The Creator caused an energetic storm as he surprised fans with a one-off London show that he detailed on social media. Due to large crowds of excited fans the show had to be called off but Tyler will return for two shows at London's O2…

Kamasi Washington: 'Right now it feels like people are really open to jazz, the freedoms, the abstract side of it'

17 May 2019

Saxophonist bringing abstract jazz and creative funk to the mainstream while working with Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Run the Jewels and St Vincent

'The album seems to be resonating with people,' says Kamasi Washington, affirming his happiness with the success of his second studio record Heaven and Earth. 'The message of it was, we each have a stake in this world, we each have the power to make it…

MoStack to embark on 9-date UK tour, tickets on sale

9 May 2019

Hip-hop artist supports debut album Stacko with autumn tour

MoStack is heading out across the UK this October for a 9-date tour. The Stacko Tour will call at Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham and more. Tickets for the shows are on sale now. MoStack will release his debut record Stacko on Fri 7 Jun ahead of…

The Great Escape 2019: Scottish acts to see at this year's festival

30 Apr 2019

Taste-making festival's Scottish showcases to feature everything from punk to hip-hop

The Great Escape, Brighton's annual three-day festival of new music, is undeniably the place to be when it comes to finding the next big thing, whether it be future festival headliners or simply your next favourite band. This year's festival returns…

Daddy Yankee announces massive O2 show

15 Apr 2019

King of Reggaetón returns to the capital this June

Daddy Yankee has announced he will perform at the O2 Arena in London this summer. The 'King of Reggaetón' comes to the capital on Sat 22 Jun as part of his global tour. Tickets are available from 9am on Thu 18 Apr. Since his 1995 debut album No…

Tallinn Music Week 2019: 8 highlights from across the festival

5 Apr 2019

Eclectic city festival in the Estonian capital offers plenty of surprises

'30 years ago we did not know what Estonia was going to be,' Kersti Kaljulaid, the President of Estonia, stated in her opening address at Tallinn Music Week. 'Now we know – it is the creative hub of Europe. We want Estonia to be the safe dock for people…

Jon Bellion announces UK dates as part of European tour, get tickets

3 Apr 2019

Famed music producer supports album 'Glory Sound Prep' with shows in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester

American rapper, singer-songwriter and record producer Jon Bellion has announced four UK shows for late 2019. Bellion will perform in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester as part of his global Glory Sound Prep Tour. Tickets are available from 9am…

Lowkey: 'You want your music to serve as a mobiliser but I also want it to serve as an accurate historical document'

2 Apr 2019

British-Iraqi hip hop artist returns with the follow-up to his highly acclaimed Soundtrack To The Struggle

There has always been a natural symbiosis between hip hop and activism, with rappers throughout the history of the genre rising up to speak about key issues of race, poverty and injustice. As a heavyweight of the British hip hop scene, Lowkey has long…

Ray BLK: 'As a female in the industry, what is important for me is to support other women'

1 Apr 2019

Ahead of her appearance at Hidden Door, rising R&B star chats to us about hitting the road with Nicki Minaj, her role in the music industry and standing up for your rights

There's something wonderfully relaxed about chatting to Ray BLK while she gets her hair cane-rowed. The R&B singer and rapper is currently in the middle of a run of support slots for Nicki Minaj on the UK leg of The Nicki Wrld Tour – understandably, an…

Live review: Anderson Paak & the Free Nationals, Glasgow O2 Academy, Mon 18 Mar

19 Mar 20194 stars

Californian hip hop artist brings an irresistable swagger to the stage

It's not been the longest wait, but it feels like it. This is Anderson.Paak's first headline show in Glasgow for nearly 3 years, a time in which the cross-genre star's second album Malibu became an unusual kind of sleeper hit; one that started out as a…

How Estonian capital Tallinn became a burgeoning city of music and culture

18 Mar 2019

Ahead of Tallinn Music Week, we speak to some acts playing this year's festival to find out more about the city's unique music scene

Known for being one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, Tallinn is also one of Europe's newest capital cities. Combining a fascinating history with a forward-thinking attitude towards modern living, the small city on the Baltic sea has…

Little Simz announces four show tour for October

7 Mar 2019

Rising rapper confirms appearances in Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and London

Little Simz has announced four shows for late 2019. The rising rapper will perform in Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and London this October. Tickets are available at 10am on Fri 8 Mar. The rapper released her debut album A Curious Tale of Trials…

Rapper Dave announces UK tour, find out how to get tickets

26 Feb 2019

'Funky Friday' hitmaker to perform in Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield and more

Rising rapper Dave has announced he will embark on a 12-date UK tour throughout April and May. Tickets for the shows go on sale at 9am on Thu 28 Feb. The MOBO winning South London rapper recently found mainstream success with his hit single 'Funky…

Angel-Ho – Death Becomes Her

20 Feb 20194 stars

Infectious second-time round debut from South African artist

Emerging from the murky, fractured, underworldly electronic music of her last release Red Devil, South African producer and DJ Angel-Ho presents her 'debut album proper' as 'a line in the sand'…

Little Simz supports new album with London show, find out how to get tickets

13 Feb 2019

Forthcoming record GREY Area is out Friday 1 March

Little Simz has announced she will support her forthcoming album with a London show this March. Little Simz has been on the rise since releasing her mix tapes in the early days of her career. Her R&B, rap and hip-hop sound has secured her performing…

Ms Lauryn Hill to perform headline show as part of Nocturne Live 2019

22 Jan 2019

Hip hop, R&B and neo-soul legend to play a special concert at Blenheim Palace this June with special guests Laura Mvula and Mahalia

Ms Lauryn Hill is the latest artist to be announced for Nocturne Live 2019. The singer will perform as part of concert series, which takes place at Blenheim Palace, on Fri 21 Jun. Tickets for the show go on sale at 9am on Fri 25 Jan.

Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and De La Soul join forces for Gods of Rap tour, get tickets

18 Jan 2019

Hip Hop heavy weights to perform in London, Glasgow

It has been announced that the biggest and most influential rap groups in the world are coming together for three very special UK arena shows in May 2019. None other than Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and De La Soul join forces for a series of shows in…

Albums of the year as chosen by our favourite acts of the year

13 Dec 2018

Featuring selections by Carla J. Easton, Kathryn Joseph, Stuart Braithwaite, Solid Blake and more

It's December, which means the flurry of end of year album lists has begun, revealing what everyone's been locked into over the past 12 months. To switch things up a little, our music team have gone out and spoken to the musicians and bands they've been…

Craig David announces UK tour for 2019, find out how to get tickets

26 Nov 2018

British R&B singer to visit perform in Cheltenham, Kenton, Colchester, Peterborough and Dundee

Craig David has announced a string of UK shows for 2019. General sale tickets are available from 9am on Fri 30 Nov. The UK garage icon recently made a comeback following a hiatus. His most recent album, The Time Is Now came out in early 2018…

Extra tickets released for Childish Gambino's huge London show

23 Oct 2018

Catch the 'This Is America' hitmaker at the venue this November

Today, a further 600 tickets have been released for Childish Gambino's headline show which takes place on on Sun 4 Nov at London's O2 Arena. Tickets are on sale now. The multi-talented musician, writer, actor, Donald Glover, has truly made his mark…