So! The wait for the UK’s seminal hip-hop festival is nearly over….Boom Bap! Almost 365 days have passed since 2014’s event surpassed the wildest expectations of all involved. It’s back for another year in the Suffolk countryside to give us all the chance to catch up on the year in hip-hop so far, as well as discover some truly amazing acts that we perhaps haven’t had the good fortune of reading about on Wordplay. Just incase you were sleeping in a cave last year, check out the highlights for 2014 –
The festival is packed full of some of the gnarliest MC’s and DJ’s around and also celebrates everything surrounding hip-hop culture. Large sections of the arena will showcase the graffiti culture of the UK as well as some special guests from around the World. The three stages will also play host to an array of breaking from some of the very best.
Not only does Boom Bap (in my opinion) boast one of the best contemporary line-ups of all time (big statement I know) with artists such as Earl Sweatshirt, Ratking, Homeboy Sandman, Jeru The Damaja and The Four Owls but it’s also got Wordplay covering all your basic requirements. We’ll have a tent out there and will be covering the events as they happen, so if you’re not lucky enough to get one of the 2000 tickets available you can follow all the action via the Wordplay website and social media outputs. We’ll also be taking our brightly coloured microphones to get a flavour of the festival, so look out for the orange XLR cables!
This year Boom Bap is upping it’s game in holistic hip-hopification! On top of the usual Beat and Rap battles, rap themed food choices and independent clothing and streetwear markets, they’ll be rolling out a cinema, featuring a selection of great films, including this gem –
Amongst the stellar lineups are some real gems and if you don’t mind I’ll give you a few suggestions as to whom I’ll be looking out for.
Firstly, Onoe Caponoe. One of the freshest and most inventive MC’s out there at the moment, and recently signed to High Focus…Check this out-
Secondly, I highly recommend is Fatima And The Eglo Band
An amazing soul band from London made up of artists from Eglo Records, supporting the superbly soulful Swedish based Fatima.
Look out for Wordplay’s one to watch from Issue 14, Age Of Luna. The super-fresh London crew, boasting a Hawk-House / Fugees-esque line up:
Lastly, Lewis Parker – One of the UK’s legendary pruducers
Originating from Barbados, raised in Kent and now based in New York, Parker on his own is superb, but what I am hoping for is a collaboration on stage with some of the many superb artists he has worked with- most notably Jehst And The Sundragon, John Robinson, Shabaam Sahdeeq and so many more.
This year’s festival is going to be AMAZING! So if you fancy getting involved, get over to their site and grab one of the last few tickets (at this point there are only weekend tickets left at £90) – http://boombapfestival.co.uk/tickets/
See you there!
Rudi Di Minto Wijs