Friday, December 19, 2014

Jen Loves Hip Hop Holiday Gig Guide


Saturday 20th 

Big Village Xmas Party 
It's the party of the season. It's one of the days that I look forward to all year. You already know the music will be incredible, that's a given.  You'll be surrounded by your favourite people, and you can really let loose cause Tis the Season! The Big Village fam are a really open and loving bunch, since I came to Sydney they were one of the first crews that I really connected with. Both as fabulous people, and musically. 
Daily Meds, True Vibenation, Loose Change, Suburban Dark and NEW signees- Soul Benefits!
It's going to be one wild and crazy night that will surely kick on into the next day. 
Newtown Social Club, Newtown
Tickets $20 ($25 on the door)

The Chop 
It's been one year that this innovative night has been going.  It's a celebration of the person that we seldom celebrate, and yet if they didn't do their thing then the music we enjoy would not have the same character and influence: it's the beatmaker.  On these nights we celebrate Sydney beat makers with a live performance. No hiding here, the beats are live and direct.  This sessions beats will be brought to you by Mumbles and Ink Stain. And as a special treat on this fabulous celebratory night, the one and only Boogie Blind will be there showing off his mad skills.  That's Pharoahe Monche's DJ also from the X-Ecutioners/ X-men. 
Play Bar, Surry Hills

Western Sydney Hip Hop Launch
Hip Hop has got a new home on the west side in Western Sydney hip hop radio, this is the official launch of the new station and the line up will be MASSIVE.  It's a time to connect, exchange ideas, and share your love for the culture.  Western Sydney is home to many of Australia's greatest artists and it is time to celebrate! There will be raffles, give aways, live music and so much happening, it's all here. Here is just a taste of the line up for the night which is hosted by SpinZ and Brothablack:  Xplosive Flowrical, Riff MC, Kosmic Culture, Hyjack, DJ Victor Lopez, DJ Skae, That Guy Dave, Nihilist, Harjot Singh, and more!
Hustle n Flow Bar, Redfern 

Sunday 21st

Xmas Scratch Jam
This is just a chilled out session for those who would like to have a scratch among friends and a supportive community. Any skill levels invited, bring toys if you have them, or just come and chill with a beer!
The Record Store, Darlinghurst
1pm- whenever

Saturday 27th 

Every few months or so now Sydney Def Jam breaks out and does a club night, so that their breaker friends can really get down and dirty. If you love the park and the beach parties that they throw, you will love this version as well.  The drinks may be more expensive than the park, but what can you do, you're paying for the lovely atmosphere. This one goes OFF, so be ready!
Play Bar, Surry Hills
6pm- midnight

Have you been naughty? Or have you been nice? This night breaks out of it's traditional Friday spot to give you one day of hangover relief after Xmas before you get right back into it.  It's a night that we love which gives the opportunity to up and coming artists to preform in a secure and supportive environment.  They love hearing new sounds and supporting dope flows. This time around we see Versatile Excel, Corner Store Super Heros, Juxta, Mickey Deville, and Kovacs take the mic. As always the night will finish with an open mic cypher where you can really bring the skills if you've got them! (yes that's a challenge.)
Valve Bar (upstairs Agincourt Hotel), Ultimo

Sunday 28th 

One Day Sundays
It's the Hip Hop block party that we look forward to every month for more than a year now.  Keep the party going from early in the afternoon until late in the evening. Graff artists will be there doing their thing to beautify the space early in the day and we will all get our dance on and kick on into the night time with the sounds of the DJ duo Lazer Gunne Funke and also Finehouse from Brisbane. The boys have got this kicking on all over the country now, let's not let them forget that Sydney is where the real party is at! 
Vic on the Park, Marrickville


Thursday 1st

Field Day
This isn't a strickly Hip Hop night as you know but it's a yearly festival that brings together hip hop, house, electro, and indie artists from around the world. This year's hip hop artists might intrigue and entice you though, if festivals is your thing. They've got Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, Salt-n-Pepa (wha?!), and also locals Thundamentals and One Day crew. It's certainly worth getting out of the house for if you're not too hungover. 
The Domain, Sydney
noon- midnight
Tickets $138

Friday 2nd 

Freshly Squeezed
Who knows what you'll be doing on the 2nd, ammiright? It could be a two day bender YOU NEVER KNOW! Or you could sleep off your hangover on the 1st and be ready for action again by the next day. Either way this is the go to place if you're down for some sweet sweet hip hop first thing in the new year.  P-Smurf always brings us the freshest hip hop as well as the old school dopeness. This start of the year edition will include: Two Toes (Joe New and Caustic Yoda), Lee Monroe x Ello C, Stayfly Sydney Showcase, Skepaz- Dseeva, NJE, Undertow, Simple Steve, and more...
Lansdowne Hotel, Broadway
Tickets $5 (on the door)

Sweet rocking on the beach aaaaaaall day long. Couldn't think of a better way to kick off the new year.  You can show up toasty or fresh as a daisy, we're all family here so no one will judge you. It's all love. DJ- Graff- Bboy- Emcee
Beach Jam (Location to be announced)

Have fun, stay safe and much love Sydney! xoxoxo