With Europe’s #1 hiphop event Fresh Island Festival celebrating another successful year, along with the recent launch of our Marsatac packages, Festicket thought we’d take some time out to recommend some unmissable rap, hip-hop, soul and urban influenced acts you need to experience this summer…
1 - JUNGLE
Debuting with a mid-tempo funk sound pleasantly arranged with soul influences and psychedelic touches, this London based collective are one of the hottest new acts on the urban scene.
Creating a sense of mystery around the faces behind the music, press photos are rare but their signature uplifting videos are plenty. From the adorable yet fierce 6 year old b-girl Terra in ‘Platoon’, to the infectious roller-skate dancing of ‘The Heat’, the energy and concepts of their videos are often felt in their live performance.
2 - KELELA
Having previously dabbled in singing jazz and progressive metal, Kelela has now formed her own distinctive sound which falls into a hybrid of R&B, grime, techno, house and ambient.
Earning praise from the likes of Björk and Beyoncé, her ‘Cut 4 Me' mixtape has provided an exciting glimpse into what we can expect from her highly anticipated debut album.
3 - ONRA
With a sound as multinational as his family background (Born in Germany to French parents, with his father having Vietnamese ancestry) Arnaud Bernard aka Onra is an experimental hip hop beat-maker all urban fans should experience.
King of samples and bringing together fans with an eager international ear, get ready to hear an unwinding sound both modern in its display, yet nostalgic in its call back to the heritage of countries he’s influenced by.
Appearing at: Marsatac
4 - YOUNG FATHERS
Utilising influences from band members family and living experiences in Liberia, Nigeria, USA and UK, this alternative hip hop group are a force to be reckoned with live.
Presenting a sound that has sprinklings of electronic, pop and rock, the band have regularly found themselves on “Best New Acts To Watch” lists, and have slowly been creeping higher up festival lineups.
Appearing at: On Blackheath
5 - DIE ANTWOORD
Fiercely dividing critics and fans of hip-hop, many wouldn’t include the South-African gang in this genre, whereas an equally large percentage would argue they have continuously earnt their stripes.
This group comprised of rappers Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek mix lashings of alternative hip-hop and rave, along with signature elements of the ‘Zef’ South-African counter-culture.
Appearing at: Leeds
6 - MYKKI BLANCO
Michael Quattlebaum Jr - mostly referred to by her feminine stage name of Mykki Blanco - is another game changer, forcing the status quo to expand their understanding of the possibilities of rap and hip-hop.
Defying gender roles, and drawing diverse influences from the roar of the riot grrrl voice to the fierce personas she presents in her outfits, You never quite know what to expect during a Mykki Blanco performance, and that’s what makes her an unmissable live act.
Appearing at: Berlin Festival
7 - KELIS
Having recently released her sixth album ‘Food’, 2014 has been a busy year for this American artist, sharing her own appreciation for festivals and live events by touring festivals with her own food truck, to releasing her own designer tent with Field Candy.