Friday, May 2, 2014

Sydney Hip Hop Gigs May



No one ever said that hip hop culture isn't alive and well in the west!  This is a great night for artists and fans of hip hop to come together and celebrate how far hip hop has come in this country.  This week (15th) will feature a stop on the Australian tour of South African electronic rap crew P.H. Fat along with performances by Tigerilla (ADL), Josiah Hotwire (NYC), DJ Victor Lopez, and more.
Tattersall Hotel, Penrith


Jazz Hip Hop Sessions
This is an incredibly diverse and interactive night which is different to anything else happening around Sydney at the moment.  It features a resident jazz band jamming on stage all through the night and a selection of guest emcees whom will be dropping frees all through the night as well as of course some of their rehearsed songs.  They are joined one stage by some beautiful singers to create on the spot masterpieces.  The night is mainly focused on freestyle and impromptu music, it's not exactly an open mic but if you're feeling the vibe and you want to participate feel free to make yourself known.  With a late start this night is becoming the go-to place to continue the party after a gig.
This week's special guest is Josiah Hotwire
Foundry 616, Ultimo

Saturday and Sunday 

Def Jam 
(weather permitting)
Def Jam has been a fixture in the Sydney hip hop scene for the past 30 years! Bringing you the old school classics that yodu love, but not forgetting to give those new tracks a solid spin as well.  Def Jam is about more than the music, it's about keeping the culture alive through  all the elements of hip hop.  At the moment they have got a favourite spot in Bondi but they move around quite a bit so I'll try to keep you posted on the whereabouts.
North Bondi Beach


Friday 2nd

Cross City Sessions: Vol. 1 Eastside
A new Big Village night showcasing some of the young local talent from all corners of the city.  Each night will take place in a different area and local artists will be picked to play alongside some of the more established BV artists.  Headlined by Daily Meds and featuring: Dutch, Beastside, Corner Store Superheros, Mr. Theory, Prospecta, Kid Fiction.  Hosted by Rapaport.
Jam Gallery, Bondi Junction

Tickets $15 on the door

Saturday 3rd

DJ Premier and Pete Rock
This will be the most epic night out in Sydney for a long time.  They need no introduction, these are two of the hip hop's all star producers: arguably the best in the game and certainly two of the most influential.  This will be the first night in a brand new concert series concept somewhat suspiciously called Collusion  (have a quick look at the meaning of the word...).  Collusion will focus on bringing the best in the game together with collaborative artist performances.  This means that Premier and Pete will hit the stage together for a massive cooperative DJ set.  This is a rare sight and certainly not one to be missed! Hi Fi Bar, Moore Park
Doors 730pm
Tickets $65.50

Illeqwip Launch Party
In case you haven't yet taken notice, Illeqwip is a hip hop inspired streetwear label which is based here in Sydney and sells art, clothing, and accessories which represent street culture.  To celebrate the launch of their new winter clothing range,  they will be putting on this rap party, and everyone is invited!  Also debuting on the night will be Beat Thieves first official release, "Grand Theft Audio," with an opportunity to score a very limited edition hard copy of the release if you're one of the first 20 to enter the venue.  Also preforming on the night will be electronic hip hop producer, Laxe , and Vanessa Casperz, a beatboxing and singing sensation, you can view some of her amazing videos here. Plus there will be an opportunity to win tons of cool prizes, and your entry ticket even includes entry into the raffle.  Art, new music, new clothes, and other great prizes, sounds like a great reason to go out!
Oxford Art Factory
$2 on the door (also gets you a raffle ticket)


Sunday 4th

45 Sessions
Presented by Funkdafied, this is a night which originated with DJ Platurn in Oakland, CA.  The afternoon begins with a record fair/ swap meet which will go on for the first hour.  Then will continue with a full lineup of DJs all spinning 45 records and is headlined by Seattle DJ/ Producer Zac Hendrix (DJ for Del the Funky Homosapian and Bukue One).   Local support Djs: Frenzie, Kinetic, Josie Styles, JC, and Benny Hinn.
Play Bar, Surry Hills
Tickets $10

Friday 9th

AG and DJ Total EclipseFor the first time in Australia and New Zealand the front man from Showbiz and AG and founder of the hip hop super group D.I.T.C., the Bronx native AG will be teaming up with DJ Total Eclipse from the X-ECUTIONERS to bring you a world class night of straight up hip hop enjoyment.  Supported nationally by Dialect and Despair and locally by Sydney's most special and highly regarded group, and pioneers of hip hop in Australia, Def Wish Cast. Set out to be night of straight up hip hop that the heads will not want to miss.  Hosted by Randy Glazier and Thomas Rock from 2ser hip hop show, Hardcore Classic.  If you're keen to have a chat with anyone from the show, be sure to head over to 567 King at 4pm for an instore apperance.  I'm not sure how they're going to fit all those people into that small of a room, so if anything it will be a great challenge to witness. 
Civic Underground, CBD
Doors 930pm
Tickets $45.90

Back in Australia after nearly 10 years Chester P featuring Remus and DJ JCA
Just added Rates featuring Discourse, also Mata &Must feat Koots, and P Smurf
The Roller Den (Basement of The Imperial Hotel), Eskinville
Doors 8pm

Tuesday 13th 

Open Cypher
Fun and informal gathering for aspiring as well as established emcees to share and build their skills.  This is hosted by Izzy of Izzy n the Profit
Street Uni Liverpool

Thursday 15th

Open Mic Jam
Come around for a chill out session Vent style.  Open mic/ cypher, build your skills and hang with friends, or make new ones. Everyone invited.
Valve Bar, Central
7pm- ??

Friday 16th

Jackie Onassis
Hip Hop Thursdays being extended by another day this week! The massive lineup also includes the legends P.H. Fat from South Africa back for a second night, DJ Victor Lopez, Tigerilla, Backyard Lab, A Blank Canvas, and MC Kaution
Tattersall Hotel, Penrith

Saturday 17th

Very rarely do you come across someone with such strength of character that a deep inner peace radiates from them, projecting an aura like a  modern day mystic.   L-FRESH the LION is one such rare and genuine person.  He is touring to present to us his new album "The One," and you get a very good sense that maybe this is the one from what he has released so far.  Whether he's talking about his album or himself, this one's got me thinking if we follow his words and his example we could really change the world.  Seeing him preform with the whole band is a special treat, this is one not to miss!  Supports-
Mosé  + The FMLY  
Goodgod Smallclub, City
Doors 8pm
Tickets $10 presale, $15 on the door

DJ Katch and Frenzie
One of Brisbane's most hardworking and hip hop dedicated DJs, DJ for the Resin Dogs and owner of record label Hydrofunk, with support from Sydney DJ Frenzie and Play Bar's Benny Hinn
Play Bar, Surry Hills
From 6pm
Sunday 18th
March in May
Definitely the most important thing on your calendar this month! We did it before and we'll do it again! You know the deal, hip hop culture was built on a want and a need to change unfavorable circumstances in the community. We have a leader in power now who is not looking after the basic needs of our people.  He is easily bought and makes decisions based on business partnerships rather than human need.  Also he is making a laughing stock of this country internationally (think George Dubya, but worse).  If you are a true advocate of hip hop culture, then come and join and stand up for what is right.  It will start with 2 hours of speeches/ music in the park followed by a march.
Belmore Park, Central

Rap Against Abbott
Immediately following the march in May protests come and hang with your favourite Abbott haters! Sets by Mikoen, P.Smurf, and Swarmy plus spoken word by Omar Musa and Sarah Connor
Lansdowne Hotel, Broadway
after the protest- late

Soul of Sydney
Old School joint birthday block party.  Monthly party for lovers of funk, soul, and golden era hip hop music meant to bring people together outside of a club environment.  There's an open mic, open decks, and open dance floor so everyone is encouraged to do their thing.  If this sounds like your kind of Sunday afternoon get in on tickets ASAP as it's strictly limited capacity.
Secret Location, advised upon purchase of tickets
Tickets $10
Wednesday 21st

Speech Therapy 6
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 local hip hop legends:  Mikoen, Joelistics, and N'fa.  If anything just come along to hear whatever stories Mik tells, he's one crazy cat.
Check The Tongue and P Smurf chatting about it in this promo video.
Work-Shop, Redfern
Tickets $20

Thursday 22nd

Hip Hop @ The Bush
North West Sydney bringing out the A team- MC Thorn, Benji (PK Crew), Carnage Kings (personal favourites of mine), and Lobo Lowx
Bull and Bush Hotel, Baulkham Hills
From 8pm

Friday 23rd 

Joelistics and Dialectrix
Celebrating his new single "In the Morning" Melbourne based poet/ rapper Joelistics is teaming up with Sydney's favourite hometown emcee Dialectrix in what is sure to be a thought provoking show as they are both very lyrically driven.  Their special guest is N'FA, of 1200 techniques fame, who has a new album currently in the bag.
The Roller Den, Erskinville (Imperial Hotel)
Doors 8pm

Tickets $24

Brand new monthly hip hop night for the northern beaches showcasing some of the best underground talent in Sydney. This month Nonne MC will be launching his new EP 'Crop Circles.'  Supported by 2Face (Decypher Us), 316, and Baskiat.  With DJs Prolifik the Gifted, Mr Akunu and Dollar Bear
BRKLYN Bar, Manly

Saturday 24th

Celebrating the release of their 3rd studio album, 'So We Can Remember,' these local legends are on a nationwide tour to present to Australia their new sound.  They are still riding high off the success of their hugely popular and highly emotional 'Like A Version', remake of the Matt Corby song, "Brother" which rocketed them into fame to the tune of one million plus youtube hits.  They now have a unique opportunity to teach a new generation of kids many of which are potentially being exposed to hip hop culture for the first time.  But with Jeswon, Tuka, and Morgz as their guides, I would say they are in capable hands.
Metro Theatre, CBD
Doors 8pm
Tickets $28.70

Sunday 25th

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. Guest DJs: Dexter, and DJ Morgz alongside resident DJs Adit and Joyride
Vic on the Park, Marrickville

Tuesday 27th

Ms Lauryn Hill
And Wednesday 28th
As a special part of Vivid Sydney this year, Ms Lauryn Hill will light up the stage of the Opera House in much the same way that the Opera House itself will be alight from the outside. 
One of the strongest, most soulful, and powerful voices of hip hop will preform alongside a full band but has also been known to do spine chilling A Capella renditions of her classics.  This will certainly be an amazing performance not to miss.
Sydney Opera House

Friday 30th

This is a fun and laid back monthly night focused on real hip hop.  The end of the night always includes an open mic cypher for anyone who gets inspired during the night and wants to hop up and show off some of their skills.  Hosted by Izzy n Profit with DJ Maniak.  This month's lineup- Electric Elements, Sarah Connor, OneMike, Talakai, and Osh Mosh
Valve Bar, Central (upstairs Agincourt Hotel)
Doors 930
$10 on the door

One Mic
P.H. Fat (South Africa) will be headlining the night along with a performance by Decypher Us
Plus the legendary One Mic cypher will go down including emcees- P. Smurf and Mikoen (Daily Meds, Reverse Polarities), N3 & Chico Cas (Smacktown), AntiMatter (Devastator), and Chrispy (Sleepwalkers)
Resident DJ Bamboo will set the scene and the night will close with a DJ set from the 26th Letter.
The Roller Den, Eskinville

Tickets $15 ($20 on the door)

That's not all folks, there's plenty more to come so stay tuned and check back often......

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