Friday, May 30, 2014

June Hip Hop Events Sydney

Wednesday 4th

Big Visions
This will be a feast for the eyes and ears put on by Big Village as part of the Vivid Sydney celebration. Suburban Dark will be showcasing their dark, bass heavy beats with help from guest AV technician Ali Infinate.  The night will also include a huge visual display based around the large catalogue of Big Village videos with performances by the artists. This is a one off performance and will certainly be something special to witness. As if that wasn't enough, also on the lineup:  Roleo, Ribongia, Future Love Hangover, Ears, and visual displays by Optic Soup.
The Basement, Circular Quay
Doors 8pm
Tickets $15

Thursday 5th

Mind Over Matter
Hip hop is alive and well in the west!  And this weekly night proves it.  Getting the best in local and international acts to stop through for a night of pure hip hop culture. And all at a price that all hip hop heads can afford.... free!  This week they've got Mind Over Matter busting back on the scene after a period of quiet.  They've got a brand new album to show off, "This Way to Elsewhere" and they won't be keeping quiet about it.  Plus, the hip hop man who's all over town, Izzy will be performing with his group Izzy and the Profit and also the biggest hip hop DJ out west, DJ Lopez.
Tattersall Hotel, Penrith

Friday 6th

Mr Clean
Considering he's been around the Sydney hip hop scene for decades, you might be surprised to hear that this is his debut album launch, but there ya go.  A long time in the making, "With a Vengence" is far from your normal "radio friendly" album.  Check out this [] interview and it will give you a good idea of what he's about.  Also on the lineup: Sleeping Monk & Sandro, Lee Monro & Ello C, Sinks and DJ Mike Who on the decks.
FBi Social, Kings Cross
Doors 8pm
Tickets $12

Renegades of Monk
This hip hop/ funk band is excited to debut their new single "Welcome Back." The front man of the group, Munk, is a well known figure in the hip hop scene for more than two decades since his time in South West Syndicate.  He's an all around hip hopper known for his production, mixing, breaking, and rapping.  The show is an energetic event which includes a 9 member band and who knows what special guests will appear. The album includes emcees L-FRESH the LION, Jimblah, Rival MC, Impossible Odds, and MANY more... who knows what the night will bring.  Supports by Classik Nawu, MC Dukebox, DJ NtaPrize, Impossible Odds, Brothablack, MC Trey, and Nookie
The Roller Den, Erskinville
Doors 8pm

Saturday 7th

45 Sessions
As the name suggests... DJs playing 45's all night long. Great venue and great vibes.  Record swap from 4pm then DJs all night from 6pm. All locals this time: Frenzie, Toon, Makoto, Kinetic, DJ Jon, and Benny Hinn.
Play Bar, Surry Hills

Trapped in Bass
Trap, Bass, Hip Hop, Drum and Bass, Dubstep, Crunk and all that.  Much respected hip hop DJs, DJ A.S.K., and DJ Skae will be kicking off the night before it gets into major craziness.
Hermans Bar, Sydney Uni Campus
7pm- 3am
Tickets $10 (Free before 9pm)

Sunday 8th

Loose Change
If you're keen for a dose of hip hop, with some other great music as well.  You can check out this new quartly music festival put on by the record label No Good.  For this winter version some of our Big Village favourites, Loose Change will be holding it down as the only hip hop act but you may discover a lot of other great music that you didn't even know you liked in this eclectic mix.
Petersham Bowling Club,
From 1230pm-late
Tickets $35

Monday 9th (Queen's Birthday)

A memorial for those dear friends who have sadly left us- Rangsta - D-Man.
Also celebrating the birthday of Spice.  This is a family friendly event.  Very chilled out, and as always with a Syd def jam event, all the elements of hip hop culture will be represented.
Mistery will be doing graff and there will be an open graff wall, 567 King will be bringing the paint, B-boys and B-girls will be doing their thing.
DJs listed so far- DJ A.$.K., Rus, Mik567, Scott Wolfe, DJ Maniak, MK1, DJ-Ad Vers, DJ Frenzie, DJ Lambam, DJ Tones
A party that everyone is invited to and any real hip hop heads will enjoy.
Sydney Park, St Peters

For the first time ever in Australia, you can experience a taste of what was the legendary 90's R&B group. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez will be a part of the whole performance via a video montage on the big screens. So if you wanna get funky and get your dance on, this will be a fantastic night to move to and probably a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Enmore Theatre, Newtown
Doors 8pm
Tickets from $79

Wednesday 11th- Friday 13th

Luka Lesson
This emcee turned spoken word poet will be doing a run of three public shows as part of "THe People's Tour."  He had the incredible idea to tour the country performing in a string of private parties hosted at the homes of fans from each corner of Australia.  These shows of course will be privately arranged and you will need a personal invite to attend.  However of course in Sydney was well as in other cities some shows will be open to the general public. I haven't seen him perform yet but he's a multi award winner, his youtube videos are thought provoking as well as inspiring, and from everything I hear his shows are heartfelt and incredible to witness.
Sydney dates:

11th- TTOM Poetry Slam
32/10 Straits Ave, South Granville
Gold Coin Donation

12th- HUB Sydney
101 William St, Darlinghurst

13th- Blak Spot Gallery
Cnr Redfern and Randwick Streets

Thursday 12th

Vent Cypher
From those who have never tried it before right up to seasoned veterans, this is a night for anyone and everyone to feel comfortable having a go on the mic.  If you want to practice or just network come and chill with some of your favourite people.  Hosted by Izzy of Izzy and the Profit.
Agincourt Hotel (basement), Central

Friday 13th

You know it's going get hella crazy when Friday the 13th falls on the night of a full moon.  And DOUBLY with our favourite brother sister team, Bustacap... no reservations, no rules! "This is a night of Death-Trap, Good-Bap,Trip-Hop, Gunshots, and Chicken Bones!" THEIR WORDS. Also featuring your favourite stoner duo, Deadbeat and Hazy. Come on down and get WILD!  Also come and celebrate with me cause it's my special day.  I was born on Friday the 13th, like is written on my tattoo, BAM!
Club 77, William St, Kings Cross

Saturday 14th

Rokelite Party
This is going to be a great night, I am really looking forward to it.  Got some different acts on here that you probably haven't seen before because Rokelite specialises in showcasing up and coming artists in a way that really allows them to shine.  In particular I'm loving Carnage Kings at the moment! Definitely keen to catch them live for the first time.  Mainly acts from the west on here, come check them! Line up: Song Bird & Ms Bloom, Carnage Kings, Imposter, Double & Myth 4, Sleazy Greazy, and Revella. Special guests popping in throughout the night so stay tuned.  
Hustle and Flow Bar, Redfern
From 8pm

Wednesday 18th- Saturday 21st

The Rap Guide to Evolution with Baba Brinkman
He doesn't have the best flow ever.  And yes he crosses the line into corny. But this is a different kind of hip hop.  This isn't a typical show, this is something you take your 15 year old cousin to as well as your grandma.  He's not good enough to be a typical hip hop artist, but he's a performer in another way. He's using hip hop to impart knowledge, and isn't that what it's all about?  He's knowledgeable about hip hop and he pays homage to some hip hop greats within his performance Dead Prez, Pharcyde, Tupac and Biggie.  And uses rapping to explain the science concepts but he also uses the science concepts to explain hip hop as well, I guarantee it will entertain you and give you some ideas you may have never thought before.  It would be a great learning experience for high school age students but it suitable for anyone over 15.  You can listen to the whole album here to see if it's something you'd be interested in. 
Sydney Opera House, Sydney
7pm (runs for 90 minutes)
Tickets $25

Thursday 19th

Electric Elements Crew
Monthly hip hop night for the north west of Sydney now on it's 6th run.  Also performances by Webben, Gabreal, Preston, and Imposter
Bull and Bush, Baulkham Hills
From 8pm

Friday 20th

Kween G
This feisty gorgeous female is a beautiful living representation of hip hop.  With African roots and reggae influence, she brings a much needed multicultural aspect to the Australian hip hop scene.  As one half of the group, KillerQueenz, she will be releasing her first solo single, "Speak Up." Free CD available exclusively at the show.
Beach Road Hotel, Bondi
Doors 9pm

Astronomy Class
Heavily inspired by Cambodian pop music, Ass Class (harhar- comprised of Ozi Batla, Sir Robbo, and Chasm) is celebrating their third release, Mekong Delta Sunrise.  This will be their first headline show in several years although they recently traveled with Thundamentals on their sold out national tour, so best believe their set is tight!  They will be supported by the funky chiller of Big Village, True Vibenation.  I can see how that will be a terrific match! There will also be sets by Elefant Trak's own aspiring DJ, The Tongue, and Prince V.
Newtown Social Club, Newtown
From 8pm
Tickets $15 or $20 on the door

I think the name makes it pretty obvious but this night does include a huge cypher with some of Sydney's finest underground emcees.  Performances by Ltl Gezus and Decypher Us.  Also State Advanced, Nonne MC, DJ Raine Supreme, Prolifik the Gifted, and Tubz
BRKLYN Bar, Manly

Saturday 21st

The Chop
This is a monthly to bi-monthly night celebrating what is the little known Sydney beatmaking scene.  This isn't a beat battle, but rather a showcase of local talent featuring live performances by Waza and Kid Fiction.  Holding it down on the ones and two will be DJs Raine Supreme and Benny Hinn
They've got the perfect venue for a night like this.  It's intimate but with plenty of room to dance, a great sound set up, and a creative, inspiring atmosphere. If you haven't been before, I promise this will be your new local bar.
Play Bar, Surry Hills

Thursday 26th

David Dallas

What's to say? Would be so keen to see this New Zealander with his live band The Daylight Robbery.  He does it big and you know his show would be incredible.  "The Wire" is actually my working song.... got it on repeat when I'm posting up this blog right now.   
Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst
Doors 8pm
Tickets $15-25

Speech Therapy
Hosted by The Tongue, these events have become a great avenue for showcasing poetry/ spoken word, and allowing the audience to connect with the artist in a much more intimate venue and setting than is usual. This month come and get to know these three hip hop legends, SO excited about this one and it will probably be my first time attending: L-FRESH the LION, Tom Scott (Homebrew/ @peace), Joyride.  I reckon this one will be mad entertaining, what a mix of characters they are. 
Work-Shop, Redfern
Tickets $20

Battle Night
Your weekly night of hip hop is here and it won't disappoint. The main event is an emcee battle judged by the legendary Hardcore Classic team from Friday nights on 2ser. The lucky winner will receive $100 along with other great prizes.  But that's not all. Also performing on the night is Big Village emcee P. Smurf, Carnage Kings, and Preston.  DJ Skae will be on the decks all night.
Tattersall Hotel, Penrith

Friday 27th

If you've never checked out Vent before, now is the time!  It's just the type of night that Sydney needed to
get the underground to stand up!  Not only does this event nurture underground and rising talent, but it's a place to meet and socialise with like minded, chilled out hip hop heads.  It's a place to relax and party, but also to integrate and organise! It always includes an open mic cypher at the end of the night for those who feel inspired, want to sharpen their skills, show off, or just begin! I can't really vouch for the whole line up but I know Skase's set is going to blow you away, cause it's something it's something you have never witnessed. So get out and support your local artists and we will build this culture. This month: Undertown, Skase A.K., Lomas & Madman, Simple Steve, and MC Bunz
Valve Bar (Agincourt Hotel), Central

Saturday 28th

At just 22 years old this rhyming prodigy is already celebrating the release of his SECOND album "Raw x Infinity." Although he's taking L-FRESH the LION on most of his shows with him, Sydney will not be one of them.  However we are blessed to have N'FA back in the SYD along with Silent J and Hau jumping on for support.
Oxford Arts Factory, Darlinghurst
Doors 8pm
Tickets $21

Sunday 29th

One Day Sundays
Monthly party put on by the One Day crew- Horrorshow, Spit Sydnicate, Jackie Onassis, & Joyride.  DJ's all afternoon, live graff, basketball, and a pig on a spit.  It's great vibes and it's only growing bigger and stronger. They recently brought the event to Brisbane, but let's remind them that Sydney is the only place that really knows how to party. Special guest DJ Flagrant
Vic On the Park, Marrickville

Well that's all for now... but don't forget to check back for regular updates. If you need tickets, check the ticket links, I got you!
Stay classy, Sydney.... 

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