Red Bull has long been more than just a source of liquid invigoration, using its global presence to shine a spotlight on innovation and those that push boundaries in the worlds of music, sport and much more. Its own Red Bull Music Academy has been bringing the works of some of the world’s finest and most groundbreaking talents to the forefront since 1998 and today it rolls into London as part of its 2015 UK Tour. A vast range of unique opportunities to witness revolutionary artists both perform and hold court are on offer as A$AP Rocky, Pusha T, Rebel Sound, Julio Bashmore, Wolf + Lamb, Thris Tian and many others delve into and display their creative passions. Kicking off proceedings in the capital, Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky lifts the lid on his much anticipated second album in an intimate Q&A session at the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel. Unfortunately (but understandably) this event sold out in no time, however you can catch the whole thing streaming from 6pm here. Only a stone’s throw away in Islington, at famed haunt The Garage, ‘The Future Sounds Of Hip Hop’ show will be showcasing the lyrical genius of Pusha T along with UK up-and-comers Jay Prince and Little Simz.
Thursday’s events contain what must surely be an absolute first anywhere in the world – a roller disco soundtracked by grime and garage DJs! Bethnal Green’s York Hall hosts this one-of-a-kind experience, while over at Koko in Camden Thris Tian and takes his acclaimed NTS Radio Show to the live arena for the evening along with a number of exclusive special guests. Expect a truly mind-blowing array of song selections and soundscapes you won’t ever have thought existed. The following day Julio Bashmore, pioneer of the Bristol House sound, will tutor a lucky group of ballot winners at Red Bull Studios all about the science and method of his craft, before Rebel Sound take over The Steel Yard and Wolf + Lamb arrive for their first set of the weekend at The Nest in Dalston.
On Saturday a nostalgic theme of ‘the not-so-legal’ runs through both spectacles in the schedule. Firstly, a select few of London’s most iconic radio broadcasters will be commemorating the gifts that pirate radio bestowed upon the UK’s music scene by transmitting as a pirate station on 87.9 FM from the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower at the Olympic Park. Then later ‘0800 = RING 2 R4V3’ will hark back to the illegal rave scene, keeping all details of who’s playing and where to go quiet until the day. Two all-dayers round off the festivities of this leg of the tour, with cult gay dance party Chapter 10’s ‘T Dance’ serving a bevy of DJs playing vinyl only in Shoreditch Town Hall as Brooklyn’s Wolf + Lamb take to the decks once again, throwing down six hours of luscious grooves.
So far the RBMA UK Tour has seen the likes of Romare, Mo Kolours, Dimitri from Paris, Danny Brown, Derrick May and more light up Glasgow on its first stop and a week after Bristol received another awe-inspiring group of musical maestros including Gilles Peterson, Seth Troxler and Swedish experimental outfit Goat. With another incredible line-up in London before its final leg in Manchester, this tour really delivers a multitude of the most interesting musical experiences around and connects them to audiences in the most exciting ways.
For all Red Bull Music Academy UK Tour information, including tickets and schedules, go to uktour.redbullmusicacademy.com/
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