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51st State 2017 Trent Park

On Saturday the 5th of August  2017 the heavy weights in US house, Uk Garage, soul and disco came together  in Trent County Park. The sun was shining, people where moving and  the music was excellent. This could only be the must go to staple event of the summer…..  51ST STATE

For the 3rd year in a row, 51ST State opened its gates for a day packed with friendly faces, slamming tunes and good vibes that lasted late into the summer evening.

 

The festival has grown in size, with more people, bigger names, bigger Dj’s and alot more fun. There was some teething problems last year, with long cues for drinks, food and toilets. All these problems were irradiated this year and everything felt like a smooth ride that was tightly organised… 

The music was even more banging this year and the main GROOVE ODYSSEY stage had such an impressive line up of Dj’s and acts spinning classics and future beats… The likes of Louie Vega, Masters at Work, and the legendary Bobby and Steve smashed it. Listening to them play was well worth the wait.   

But the Back to 95 tent always delivers, and the who’s who of the uk garage scene, were in the building. Norris Da Boss Windross was on fire and I caught the tail end of Matt Jam Lamont’s set, and he sure did have the place moving. Elizabeth Troy and Shola Ama did a live performance and I was reminded of how many riddims they had entertained me with for all these years….

You can’t really go wrong with 51st State, and every year it goes from strength to strength and gets bigger and bigger. Next year they might need a longer day and a bigger tent – Lol…

 

Words by Julius Amedume and photo credit's to Colin Williams and Michael Segal

DJ Premier and Live Band at Seak Peak Summer Stage

DJ Premier aka Preemo, one half of the 90's conscious group Gang Starr, is definitely in the top 10 best producer DJ's. He has produced for all your favorite rappers (Nas, Jay Z) as well as collaborated with (Nice and Smooth, The Lox,  KC & Jojo) the best. Instead of just having the DJ set, he brought along his Sneak Peak (SP) complete with a horn section, drums, and guitar. If you could imagine having a jukebox of DJ Premier's produced and mastered songs, this would be it. He started off the show with some light work, playing some of his hits with Sneak Peak. The he dropped "Nas is like," by Nas and I could not contain myself any longer. Lenny "The Ox" broke about 3 drum sticks by this time in the show. I hoped his sticks would survive to the end of the show! He then put it down for all of East NY with selections from Jeru Da Damaja's "Come Clean", M.O.P.' S "Ante Up." Lil Fame, surviving member of M.O.P.' came out from behind stage chanting Ante Up!! By this point Preemo started to flex his "I produced for..." muscle. Nice and Smooth came out and performed DWYCK, Gang Starr's most recognized hit. Other guest appearances include Terminology, The GZA, and Group Home. Undoubtedly, DJ Premier's performance will rank in my top all-time live performances.

 

Article by Jebel Jones

Bushwick Collective Summer Block Party (NY)

Saturday June 3rd in Bushwick Brooklyn, NY Bushwick Collective put on their annual block party featuring street art, music, food trucks and local vendors. At the intersection of Troutman St. and St. Nicholas Ave  the walls come alive with some of the best graffiti I have seen. Couple that with dope Hip Hop acts such as Mayhem Lauren (F*ck That's Deleicious, Vice Network), CL Smooth (of Pete Rock and CL Smooth), and Dipset members Juelz Santana and Cam'ron. Then the DJ lineup of Statik Selekta, Evil D (of Black Moon), Jazzy Joyce and DJ Kidd. Mayhem Lauren opened the show with a few selections from his new project, Piata D'oro. CL Smooth hit the crowd with hit after hit. But when he dropped "T.R.O.Y.", the crowd went bananas. Everybody was singing along. There is nothing better than seeing Dipset in action again. Juelz rocked out to "Beamer, Benz, or Bently" and "Oh Yes" and had the crowd moving with him. Then out of nowhere you here the strings and angelic voices…"Dipset, Dipset, Dipset." Then Cam'ron hits that stage with his raspy flow then the beat drops. All you could hear was the crowd chant "Dipset, Dipset, Dipset!!" Cam followed up with Kanye produced, "Down and Out." Cam closed out the show with "Hey Ma." A Bushwick Collective organizer ended the show with a special dedication to "Diva" a neighborhood woman who always looked out for the residents of the community. Her children were presented with a handmade sign depicting the word "Diva."

Digable Planets Summer Stage (NY)

Wednesday June 21 one of my favorite groups of all time Digable Planets (DP's) hit the stage at Coffey Park in Brooklyn, NY. To warm up the stage, Natasha Diggs put together an eclectic set of soulful jazzy tunes with a good dose of classic hip hop to compliment the DP's sound. My heart was beating so fast when I heard Butterfly's voice on the mic. Then the beautiful LadyBug came out and Doodlebug followed right behind. DP's opened the show with two classics "It's good to be here" and "Where I'm from." As I soaked in the lyrics I remembered when I heard their first album "Reachin." DP's are well known for their smooth hip hop beats infused with Jazz instruments. It was only right to have a wonderful band The Coaliton to accompany them. Any fan, such as myself, would be overjoyed hearing them live. The audience was extremely diverse and I'm sure they gained some new listeners as well. But all good things must come to an end… they closed out the show with their biggest hits "9th Wonder" and "Rebirth of Slick." They sounded exactly as they did years ago when I ripped the plastic off their cd and popped it into my car CD player.

 

Words and photos by Jebel Jones 

The Roof Gardens Summer Events 2017

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Superstar Sundays 4 June 2017 in Queens NY

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5pm- 5am.

Venue 1, Bar So. BH2 5AG 
5pm- 10pm 
House & Garage

Venue 2, Old Fire Station. BH8 8AD 
10pm- 5am 
Room 1 House & Garage 
Room 2 Hip Hop & RnB

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Openair Frauenfeld

Frauenfeld, Switzerland, 6 - 8 July 2017

Lineup

6 July 2017

South Stage

Kontra K (13:30-14:25)

187 Strassenbande (15:50-16:55)

Mac Miller (18:05-19:10)

Travis Scott (20:35-21:50)

Usher & The Roots (23:10-00:40)

 

Soul City

Jas Crew (12:45-13:30)

Umse (14:00-14:45)

Nemo (15:15-16:00)

North Stage

Nimo (14:40-15:40)

Desiigner (17:05-17:55)

Flatbush Zombies (19:20-20:25)

Rae Sremmurd (22:00-23:00)

Marteria (00:50-02:00)

 

 

La Fabrik

Trettmann (16:25-17:15)

Krept & Konan (17:45-18:35)

Lil Yachty (19:05-19:55)

SXTN (20:25-21:15)

 

 

7 July 2017

South Stage

257ers (13:30-14:25)

MHD (15:45-16:45)

Maitre Gims (18:05-19:10)

Nas (20:40-21:55)

The Weeknd (23:25-00:40)

Soul City

XEN (12:45-13:30)

S.O.S (Dawill & Nativ) (14:00-14:45)

UFO361 (15:15-16:00)

North Stage

Olexesh (14:35-15:35)

Bonez MC & Raf Camora (16:55-17:55)

Pusha T (19:20-20:30)

Casper (22:05-23:15)

Fler (00:50-02:00)

La Fabrik

ACE TEE & Kwam.e (15:25-17:15)

Haiyti (17:45-18:35)

Hilltop Hoods (19:05-19:55)

Lady Leshurr (20:25-21:15)

8 July 2017


South Stage

KMN Gang (13:30-14:25)

Talib Kweli and the Soul Rebels (15:45-16:45)

Gucci Mane (18:05-19:10)

G-Eazy (20:40-21:55)

CRO (23:25-00:40)

 

North Stage

Mimiks (14:35-15:35)

Lil Uzi Vert (16:55-17:55)

Machine Gun Kelly (19:20-20:30)

Tyler, The Creator (22:05-23:15)

Bushido & Shindy (00:50-02:00)

 

 

La Fabrik

RIN (16:25-17:15)

Yung Hurn (17:45-18:35)

Aminé (19:05-19:55)

Lil Dicky (20:25-21:15)

 

 

RAE SREMMURD, SEAN PAUL AND KREPT & KONAN FOR FRESH ISLAND 2017

Joining previously announced French Montana, Lady Leshurr and more for the ultimate urban music paradise

 

11th - 13th July 2017

Zrce Beach, Croatia

www.fresh-island.org <http://fresh-island.org/>

 

Press pass applications now open here <http://wearefullfat.com/major-events-and-festivals/fresh-island/>

 

Rae Sremmurd will appear at Fresh Island 2017

Fresh Island announce another round of international superstars to perform on the beach in Croatia this summer including headliner and 'Black Beatles' duo Rae Sremmurd along with the mighty Sean Paul and UK MCs Krept & Konan. The new additions join previously announced French Montana, Lady Leshurr, Tim Westwood and Jazzy Jeff for the festival, which takes over the open air super clubs of Zrce beach for a sun-soaked week of hip-hop, grime and r&b. Tickets are incredible value at just €109 (around £92) and available with more information at fresh-island.org <http://fresh-island.org/>.

Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi, better known as the inimitable Rae Sremmurd, will be bringing their #Sremmlife brand to Fresh Island in 2017 much to the delight of the thousands of urban music fans that will be attending. Having shot to fame with Billboard number 1 'No Type' in 2015, the brothers are now an international phenomenon and lay claim to having one of the biggest tracks in 2016 in the shape of 'Black Beatles', which spawned it's very own viral phenomenon with the mannequin challenge, which saw millions of fans and celebrities across the world taking part.

 

Joining the Sremmlife brothers will be none other than dancehall legend and Grammy Award winning artist Sean Paul. Currently set to storm the UK charts this with his collaboration with Dua Lipa and 'No Lie', the Jamaican born international superstar will be bringing his wealth of hits to the beautiful shores of Zrce beach, ensuring that the festivities have a carnival atmosphere like no other.

 

Also announced are UK rap superstars Krept & Konan, who have achieved huge international success thanks to their own unique brand of hip hop and grime. The Croydon boys have seen a meteoric rise to the mainstream thanks to their genre-defying stand out hits such as 'Freak Of The Week' and will be sure to get the whole crowd jumping in time with the electric stage presence they're so well known for.

 

They'll all be joining already announced acts French Montana, Lady Leshurr, Jazzy Jeff and Tim Westwood and with many more still to be announced Fresh Island is set to be one of the most unmissable line-ups over the Summer for all the urban music heads.

 

The UK’s finest crews will keep the party going throughout the week including Shorebitch, Faded, Rilla, Cheese on Bread, Gold Teeth, Gin N Juice (Dublin), So Fresh So Clean and Rompa's Reggea Shack along with Columbian-born duo The Menendez Brothers and the newly added Pipe Dreamers.

Fresh Island will take over the open air clubs of Aquarius, Kalypso, Papaya and Noa on Zrce beach, July 11th - 13th 2017 with pre and after parties throughout the rest of the week. The festival has rapidly become one of the most anticipated international hip-hop events of the year and over the years has attracted visitors from all over the world to witness performances from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Nas, Rick Ross, Mobb Deep, Chris Brown, Redman & Method Man, Eve, Action Bronson, Stormzy, JME and many more. See the official 2016 after movie here <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3GLdgNRmTA&feature=youtu.be> to see what went down in 2016.

 

As well as delivering an line-up of world-class talent each year, Fresh Island also offers incredible value. On sale now early bird 3-day tickets for 2017 start at just €109 (around £92), early bird VIP tickets are sold out but a new round of VIP tickets have been released starting at €299 (around £256). Flights to Zagreb from London are currently at £147 (prices correct as of 25th Jan 2017 for 10th - 14th July 2017). Festival tickets can be found on the Fresh Island website <http://fresh-island.org/tickets-packages/>.

 

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TICKETS

 

Early bird 3 day ticket: €109

VIP 3 day ticket: €299

 

Available from the Fresh Island Website <http://fresh-island.org/tickets-packages

DJ Enuff Birthday Bash

Hot 97's own DJ Enuff celebrated his birthday at Lust Gentleman's Club last night. The scene was bananas, with DJ Drewski and Enuff keeping the party hype all night. Brooklyn rapper Papoose showed love with his team, makin it rain in VIP. Remyboy Monty and Feti Wap held it down as well. Fetti Wap's "1738" diamond encrusted chain shows all the good work he put in 2016. PNB Rock kept it all the way live showin love to DJ Enuff. One of DJ Enuff's gifts was a Fathead of his face with gold teeth in his mouth. The event was star studded and let out just after 4am. I hope I have a birthday like this someday!

 

Words and photo's by:

Jebel Jones

Jenius Photography

Jim Jones and Juelz Santana  tear down the stage!

I had the pleasure of going to see Jim Jones and Juelz Santana at the Roxy Lupos this past Sunday January 15. Although the two have had success in reality TV, they still know how to tear down the stage and bring Harlem wherever they perform. They did massive crew records like "Dipset" and their individual hits as well. These two hip hop heavyweights have a chemistry like peanut butter and jelly that will always be relevant in music. Skullgang also represented with some new music as well. Shout to The Glenn Report for inviting me out. Big mention to the homie Tru L who setup the event for us, and a fellow member of Skullgang.

 

Words and photo's by:

Jebel Jones

Jenius Photography

Lil Durk's 2X Tour kicked off in NYC

Opening acts lit up the stage at Irving Plaza as Lil Durk’s 2X tour kicked off in NY. Veteran acts such as Grafh and his Team Bang Dope Gang warmed the stage with hit song "Trap Phone". Lil Durk and his crew filled the stage with lots of smoke and good vibes. Performing hits such as "If I Could" with the stage lights off and cell phone lights illuminating the entire venue. A few more songs in, a little scuffle broke out in the crowd. Lil Durk immediately stopped the show, so security could remove combative patrons. The show continued with hits like "So What" and "Money Walk." Durk interacted with the crowd giving daps and yelling "Squuaaaaad" as his fans yelled back, "Squuaaaaad." I'm sure fans got their money's worth when he brought out label mate, Harlem's own, Dave East performing "Different Type of Time.”

 

Words and photos by: 

Jebel Jones

Jenius Photography

Soulgigs and Biggs presents Kindred the Family Soul UK 

Kindred the Family Soul was formed in the late 90s by Dantzler, a noted soul music writer, and 

Graydon, a fine singer. They began writing together, covering themes not generally covered in modern R&B. Their lyrical thesis? “There is more to a relationship than just the hook-up and the break-up. Most R&B songs are either about I just met you and I’m falling in love or I’m done with you and what the hell happened to us? But there’s nothing in between. No room to talk about things outside of lustful love, the temptations and the profundity of love. There’s also the beauty of relationships and what they can bring about and what emerges from them.” Kindred the Family Soul. 

The duo married in the late 90s and began performing around Philadelphia. They became friends with Jill Scott and she helped them land a contract with Hidden Beach Records in 2003. 

Following the great critical success of ‘Surrender to Love’ and the smash hit ‘Far Away’, equally great anticipation arose for their follow-up album, ‘In This Life Together’, inspired by and named after the autobiography of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. The disc was released in October 2005. They followed with the excellent ‘The Arrival’, 2011’s ‘Love Has No Recession’ and 2014’s ‘A Couple Friends’, solidifying their position as the voice of a generation of music fans working to keep relationships, family and romantic love alive.
The group’s sixth studio album ‘Legacy of Love’ was released Aug 2016. 

This month the duo returns to UK shores, joining Kindred the Family Soul will be the very underrated Trina Broussard, her latest single ‘Adieu’ is out now. 

 

Kindred the Family Soul & Trina Broussard UK dates: 

17th November @ 02 institute Birmingham 20th November @ The Jazz Cafe Camden 21st November @ Hideaway Streatham High Road 22nd November @ Band on the Wall Manchester 

Ticket Links: 

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Kindred-the-Family-Soul-tickets/artist/885684 

http://www.hideawaylive.co.uk/kindred-the-family-soul-monday-21st-november-2016 

51st State Festival 2016, Trent Park, Cockfosters

 I set off on this beautiful summers day, and I mean beautiful, 24 degrees and pure sunshine, with excitement and great expectations to the second, BUT my first, 51st State Festival. With the line up of artists and DJ’s due to appear, I couldn’t wait to make the journey from South to North London, which I’m used to doing when I go to watch my beloved Tottenham Hotspur! But this was different.

 

 I hot-footed it to Cockfosters, my first time ever, and arrived around 2pm. The station was full of revelers, happy in the knowledge, that the weather was great, and there would be none of those scenes that you see at Glastonbury, with people in wellies. Anyway, after negotiating the short-ish walk from the station to the massive picturesque Trent Park, I encountered the famous queues that so many people mentioned on social media from the festival last year. Fortunately, I knew that I wouldn’t have to join this queue, as I had the privilege of a Press Pass and would be entering via the artist entrance, God is good!

 After getting through security checks I was finally in having a chat with Josh and Freya, from The Rest Is Noise PR, who had sorted out my pass. One complimentary can of cider and a bottle of water later, I was ready for the next 8-9 hours in the sweltering heat. Have to say, some others were not quite as sensible with their hydration choice! I turned around to head to the Main Stage and I see a woman in an Afro wig and a pair of platforms. That could only be the lady that is Barbara Tucker. I say hi, and of course have my photo taken with her. She tells me she’s a host for the day, more about Barbara later.

Passing through the VIP section, I heard the familiar sounds of DJ Opolopo, good set it was, but I wanted to explore my first taste of this Festival.

 At the "We Love Soul Tent" I was met by an enthusiastic crowd getting down to the sounds of JIGS playing 70’s soul and mixing it up with some 80’s and 90’s classics.

 I checked the set times for all the stages and headed back to the Main Stage for the house legend Marshall Jefferson, playing his classic “House Music Anthem” while the crowd were going crazy. Marshall was killing it, but I needed to explore this massive venue, in this wonderful park.

 I thought it was time to increase the average age of the "Back To 95" tent, and man was this tent popular! A much younger audience than any of the other tents, full of energy, not even sure who was DJ-ing, but the sounds of Miss Dynamite feat. Sticky Boo was booming out the speakers, with everyone going crazy. I must admit this tent was too hot for me, and to be truthful, I was probably too old!.

 

 I noticed the long queues and thought it was for the bar. But no, it was for tokens in order to get refreshments, but then you would have to join another queue to get your drinks! It was still early, I thought this would only get worse.

 Next stop was the "Groove Odyssey" tent. This was definitely one of the highlights of my day, the legendary Basement Boys - Teddy Douglas, DJ Spen and Karizma all on CDJ’s doing their thing simultaneously. 

 Mass Order’s “Lift Every Voice” belted out , then Crystal Waters “Gypsy Woman” and the the crowd was in frenzy. It was time to flash my Press Pass. Within seconds I was on stage, watching these DJ’s doing their thing at such close quarters, an experience I will never forget. So many photos, so many good memories, well so I thought! I later found out that my camera had some how deleted my entire gallery. Nightmare - but I didn't let that dampen my experience.

 I was having so much fun that I’d forgotten my timings and missed Soul ll Soul. Oh no! Like all these type of events, timing is not of military precision. But, I managed to catch that familiar voice of Jazzy B booming, “What’s The Meaning, What's The Meaning of Life" and the crowd reciprocating. Then the voice of Soul ll Soul, Caron Wheeler, took over. She sounded just as good as she did in those halcyon days, back to 1990.

 

I’d bumped into DJ Femi Fem earlier, and I always like to hear him spinning, but not only was that a reason to return to the "We Love Soul" tent, but the legend that is Roy Ayers would be performing in there as well. Femi Fem, kept the expectant crowd happy and entertained while back stage I caught up with Jazzie Que and Aitch B. 

 The anticipation level was high and finally, after a long wait, Roy Ayres took to the stage. But sadly his vibraphone wasn’t working, and despite their best efforts, the sound engineers couldn’t get it to work, even after taking 10 minutes + to realise it wasn’t plugged in!!! Even that discovery didn’t rescue the situation. Mr. Ayers was visibly pissed, but played the vibes regardless, and kept the crowd happy, by singing that fav, “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”. 

 No disrespect to Roy, but I’d had enough of this it was time to head back to the Main stage, where Chicago DJ, Mike Dunn was performing another excellent set, to part of the 12,500 sell out crowd. 

 With his Chicago White Sox’s hat on, he cut a great figure, doing his thing, with his seamless mixing of House tracks. By now the crowd needed the free bottles of water being handed out, and like I said, I was glad that I was drinking water, with the cans of cider (kindly provided by Josh and Freya), to keep me hydrated. I just wished others were as sensible.

 Before the highlight of my evening I popped back to "Groove Odyssey" tod watch the wonderful, lovely lady that is Monique Bingham. She was doing her recent Louie Vega production, “Elevator (Going Up)," and the hits just kept coming. Some kind person handed Monique a much-needed fan, and despite the heat, her professionalism shone through, a great performance.

 Back to the Main Stage and I thought, isn't that David Morales behind the controls? Of course it was, and man did I know it! He played like only Morales can, he had the crowd at his mercy, with some of his old and new classics.

 

Suddenly a man appeared with that familiar Fedora hat, Black T Shirt, Master at Work pendant chain moving into his set like he’s producing a track in the studio. It was, of course, the king Louis Vega, and oh what a set. He went back in time to one of his classics. “Take a look around at all these people” boomed that line from “Beautiful People,”but there was only one thing missing...stage right appeared House music DIVA, Ms. Barbara Tucker, and lawd can she SANG, yes not sing, SANG! Killing it with her exceptional vocals. 

 Dave Morales decided it was so good he needed to dance with her, and the two of them cut a fine partnership “busting some moves”, as they say on the street. Next, I recognised that man in the overalls, with the bald head...it was NYC House Legend, Tony Humphries.

 

 My middle-aged heart couldn't take anymore, it was 9pm and time to leave to avoid the crowds on the tube. A few others had the same idea but thankfully there was a seat waiting for me at Cockfosters, thank God.

 My only regrets were, firstly, I didn’t get to see Adeva or Kenny “Dope” Gonzales, and secondly, I never made it to the Hot UK tent, which was way down the other end of the venue. Hey I’m no spring chicken!

 I’ve read a lot of adverse reviews on social media about - long queues, people unable to bring in water or sun cream, bad security practices, etc, etc. Personally, I hope the promoters get these things sorted, as I would like to see this Festival continue for many many years to come. 

 I had a BRILLIANT day and I even managed to get a photo with The Master At Work. FANTASTIC. 

 

Words by Adrian Burrowes aka DJ ADB

51ST STATE FESTIVAL 2016

TRENT PARK | SATURDAY 6TH AUGUST | 11AM – 10PM

 After a sold out debut last summer 51st State Festival returns to London’s stunning Trent Park exploring the roots of house music with a truly transatlantic programme, joining the dots between the US, the UK and the Caribbean.

Presented by Found Series, the lineup features tastemakers, trail-blazers and seminal figures from house, garage, soul, funk, dub, dancehall and disco set within one of North London’s most stunning parks.

With six different stages providing for all musical taste, the 51st State festival, is definitely one of the highlights of the UK Festival period.

 

 Performing on the MAIN STAGE, for instance,  you have top US DJ/Producers Louie Vega, Tony Humphries, Roger Sanchez to name but three, plus Soul 2 Soul Performing a Live Set.

Top House Record Label GROOVE ODYSSEY, have DJ sets from The Legendary Basement Boys,  Danny Krivit and Francois K, plus others, and Live Performances from House Divas, Adeva and Monique Bingham.

 BACK to 95, have Crystal Waters and Robbie Craig performing live. Plus DJ sets from the likes of The Dreem Team,  Matt Jam Lamont and Artful Dodger. Plus legendary MC’s Creed and DT.

WE LOVE SOUL, will have the legend that is Roy Ayers, plus Mic Murphy from The System. Plus DJ sets from Jazzie B, Paul Trouble Anderson, Jigs and Bigger.

 

HOT  WUK, will have live performances from Mr Vegas, Tippa Irie, Dawn Penn and General Levy.

Last but by no means least bringing the sounds of STUDIO 51 (VIP) will be Joey Negro, John Morales and Opolopo.

 

There are so many acts, DJ’s and Artists performing over the course of the day, so check out      
http://www.51ststatefestival.com/#!/lineup   for the full line up.

 

For tickets please go to http://www.51ststatefestival.com/#!/tickets

 

There is also a 51st After Party, of which details will be announced imminently , check out http://www.51ststatefestival.com/#!/after-party 

 

 

Kix Magazine recommend this as the must go to festival of 2016, and tickets are now very limited indeed, so don’t sleep on this, as they will sell out. 

You want to be the one telling people about this, not hearing others telling you about it. Music lovers will be so spoilt for choice, and to be honest, I’m looking forward to this, so much more than the start of the new Premiership season (Honest).

 

Written by Adrian Burrowes  AKA  DJ ADB

Fresh Island 2016

Breezy is ready to run it at Fresh Island festival!

Fresh Island Line separator

Thought it couldn’t get any bigger?

Fresh Islanders prepare yourselves, because this year we’re transforming Zrce beach into ONE BIG STAGE for the final night of #FreshIsland2016! Unfortunately The Game will not be performing at Fresh Island Festival due to unforeseen circumstances. We will do our best to bring him back next year. Nevertheless, we've turned it up a notch and added the bad boy of R&B to our line up.

 

CHRIS BROWN IS COMING TO FRESH ISLAND!

3rd Line Up also includes: Big Narstie, Latin Prince, DJ Cut Supreme, Fame Luck & CLIQME, Julie Adenuga, Sian Anderson, Masterstepz, Two Crooks, Yard. Get ready for the hottest festival to ever hit Croatian beaches and three days of the greatest Hip-Hop, Grime and R&B beats.

Single day tickets for July 14th and 3 day festival tickets are on sale! Reserve your spot at #FreshIsland2016 NOW!

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Chris Brown @ NapaRocks - Ayia Napa Cyprus and more dates added

KANDI BEACH PARTY LTD Tuesday, 28 July 2015 at 19:00 (EEST) Ayia Napa, Famagusta

This year we are returning to Ayia Napa Cyprus for another week of Partying, Mayhem and excitement to get our Kix. Come and join us for a week of madness. We have Beach parties, boat parties, a Water Park and quad biking, snorkling and diving to look forward too.

 

As part of the travel package we have V.I.P passes to Chris Brown, SNiPER and Tim Westwood live performance at Makronissos Beach on Tuesday 28th July 2015.

 

Details:

Flights, Transfers and Accommadation at Macronissos Village = £580 

Chris Brown Early Bird tickets = £53.65

Departing from Gatwick airport 22nd July 2015

Self Catering (All inclusive available on request).

ATOL Protected.

 

For more info contact 07889 561744 or 07762902712 or email info@kixmagazine.org.uk

 

 

 

"AAAAYO!!!"... 

 

IT'S REALLY HAPPENING!!! 

Chris Brown IN AYIA NAPA!!!

 

This year "Napa Rocks" has the honor to present the international superstar "CHRIS BROWN"!

 

★ THIS IS BY FAR THE BIGGEST SUPERSTAR CYPRUS HAS EVER SEEN AND THIS EVENT WILL SHUTDOWN THE WHOLE MEDITERRANEAN! ★

 

VIP PLATINUM HOTLINES 

☎ Cyprus: 8000 3060

☎ International: +447528855714

***SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY***

 

TICKET SELLING POINTS IN CYPRUS:

 

AYIA NAPA / PROTARAS:

✔ WaterWorld WaterPark 

✔ Club Black N' White - Ayia Napa 

✔ Club Ice - Ayia Napa 

✔ Shuffle Club Ayia Napa 

✔ Ayia Napa Square

✔ Acappela Music Stores

 

LARNACA:

✔ ACAPPELA MUSIC STORE

 

NICOSIA:

✔ Megaland

 

LIMASSOL:

✔ Musical Paradise

 

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★ CHRIS BROWN : has to date astronomical success. 

With over 39m fans on Facebook, over 14m followers on Twitter and close to 3billion views on YouTube, Chris Brown is no doubt the most successful artist to touchdown in Cyprus. Christopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American recording artist, dancer, and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he taught himself to sing and dance at a young age and was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows. Having signed with Jive Records in 2004, Brown released his self-titled debut studio album the following year. It peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 and was later certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With his first single "Run It!" peaking atop the US Billboard Hot 100, Brown became the first male artist as a lead since Diddy in 1997 to have his debut single top the chart. His second album Exclusive (2007) spawned his second Hot 100 number one "Kiss Kiss", in addition to "With You" and "Forever". The album was also certified double platinum by the RIAA.

 

★ A.M. SNiPER : Supporting act on the night the Mediterranean's A.M. SNiPER (Anthony Melas) , the only European hip hop artist outside the UK to be ever present on playlists and charts within the UK. After an illustrious career with the chart topping So Solid Crew, his breakthrough singles in 2014 (BusPass ft. Wiley and Nowhere) saw the artist rise up from the underground culture and 2015 is looking like a very promising year for the artist with over 5m sales/streams of singles, Ep’s, and Lp’s, to date. 

 

★ KSI : Olajide "JJ" Olatunji, better known by his YouTube username Ksiolajidebt (stylised as KSIOlajideBT), is an English video game commentator, comedian and rapper. He is also referred to as simply KSI. He is best known for his YouTube channel, which has, as of May 2015, over 9.5 million subscribers and an overall of 1.6 billion views up to date.Olajide branched out into music, mainly as a rapper. KSI released his first single as a solo artist on 23 March 2015 titled "Lamborghini", which features rapper P Money. 

 

The party will not stop there as more names will be announced as we are gearing up to show the world that Cyprus is the number one party island!!!

 

~Ayia Napa Rocks.... we are "loyal"~

 

Twitter: @NapaRocks @NapaSound

Instagram: @NapaSound

 

www.napasound.com

PLATFORM21UK Live Show 16th July at The Macbeth Hoxton

Yung Quincy performing @ Jazz cafe this weds

Yung Quincy will be performing @ Jazz Cafe today with Tammy J - Ep Launch, also @ Acton Carnival This Sat alongside General Levy and much more. Follow DJ Quincy for more updates.

Hoops Aid 2015 Live event at the 02

Hoops Aid 2015 Launch Party Kensington Rooftop Gardens

Friday night saw the media launch party for Hoops Aid 2015 at the Kensington Rooftop Gardens in London. And as proud sponsors it was only right to keep you Kix heads informed on the latest for Hoops Aid 2015. This star studded night was a hugh success with celebrity guests in attendance including winner of the Voice 2014 Jermaine Jackson, D Jukes, Sophia May, Mr Play (Ciroc Boy UK), Jasmin Walia plus much more. Also a big congratulations to Lance Haggith director of Hoops Aid 2015 for a successfull night and great start to what's to come. Check out the pictures taken on the night.

 

Photos by: Please credit Graham Hodges and follow him @grahamhodges3
https://www.flickr.com/photos/103675253@N04/sets/

 

Written by: Trevor Small

Sunday 10th May 2015 at the London O2 Arena

'Schedule may change, please check for Update'

13:00    Doors Open

14:00    Hoops Aid teams enter the arena, led by the Cold Stream  Guards

14:05    Battle Back Heroes and Paralympians teams introduced to the crowd

14:10    HOOPS AID GAME 1 - Battle Back Heroes vs Paralympians

14:25    Half time performance by Cherios

14:42    Hoops Aid game 1 ends with loud cheering and celebration!

14:45    Pro-Celebrity teams introduced to the crowd

14:50    HOOPS AID GAME 2 - Pro-Celebrity All Stars

15:05    Half time performance by Cherios

15:22    Hoops Aid game 2 ends with loud cheering and celebration!

15:25    BBL Play-off Final teams enter the arena, led by the BBL Dancers

15:35    Teams warm up on court and the BBL Dancers entertain

15:50    Teams introduced to the crowd

15:55    National Anthem, sung by Jon Moses

16:00    BBL PLAY-OFF FINAL

16:40    Half time entertainment from Hoops Aid celebrities (15 minutes)

17:40    BBL game ends with roof-raising celebration!

17:45    Presentations on court - Losing Finalists, Winner, MVP

18:00    Event finishes

18:00    Hoops Aid VIP After Party and Fundraising Night

 

Purchase Tickets now http://www.theo2.co.uk/events/detail/bbl-play-off-finals-2015

May 10th  2015 sees the 2nd ever Hoops Aid celebrity charity basketball event taking place as part of the British Basketball League Play-off Final at the 02 Arena.

 

Following on from the successes of Hoops Aid 2013 at the Copper Box Olympic Arena, this year’s event promises to be an even more spectacular extravaganza with something for everyone. Featuring some of celebrities from Hoops Aid 2013 such as David Haye, Mick McCarthy, Shane Lynch, Dane Bowers, John Regis MBE, Martin Offiah and Perri Shakes Drayton … this year will also include  the likes of Steve O (Jackass), D-Juke & Sophia, Jasmin Walia, Calum BestColin Salmon, Andy Turner, Derek ChisoraAdebayo'The Beast' AkinfenwaJoe Calzaghe, John Regis MBE, Chico, Jody Latham and Jamie Baulch. Also taking part will be some of the country’s war heroes who featured in the Invictus Games, our current and ex-servicemen playing alongside professional basketball players (BBL, GB, European and NBA).*

 

Teams will be cheered on by a host of TV and music celebrities including winner of The Voice 2014 Jermaine Jackson as well as members of TOWIE, Emmerdale, Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity plus lots of premiership footballers, stars of both codes of rugby, cricket and other sports.

The doors open at 13.00 with the wheelchair match starting at 14.00 followed by the Pro-Celeb All Stars Match before the BBL Play-Off Final tip-off at 16.00. All teams will be led out  by the Coldstream Guards and the National Anthem will be performed by Jon Moses, finalist of the Andrew Lloyd Webber search for Jesus Christ Superstar. 

 

Half time entertainment will be provided by BGT finalists, dance troupe 'Flawless'. 

 

Hoops Aid is the brainchild of  Lance Haggith, BBC Sports Personality of the Year Winner (Unsung Hero) 2010. The event Raising Money for Sports Traider –the charity that Lance set up to help provide sporting opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged children, regardless of background, ability or disability.

Hoops Aid differs to Soccer Aid in that it also features disability sport by means of an exhibition wheelchair game involving Battle Back soldiers, Participants from the Invictus Games & Paralympians – a truly inspirational day for all the family.

 

*All confirmed subject to availability

 

Join us for what will truly be a British basketball extravaganza never to forget!

MOBB DEEP 2ND MAY 2015 AT O2 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE, LONDON

WU-TANG CLAN ANNOUNCE TWO EXCLUSIVE UK HEADLINE DATES JUNE 2015

“We had a good past, as well as a lot of turmoil in it as well, it’s been both sides of the pendulum,” says RZA candidly. “So let’s make a better tomorrow.”

 

Following the huge sell out success of Wu-Tang Clan’s 20th Anniversary tour last year, the biggest and most influential hip hop groups in the world return to the UK next year for two very special live shows in London and Glasgow.

 

It’s been over 20 years since the Wu-Tang Clan (WTC) dropped their debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), yet the Staten Island group’s influence on Hip-Hop and Pop culture still resonates, worldwide. The mega-talented team of RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Master Killa, Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna (and the ever present in spirit Ol' Dirty Bastard) are returning with a new album titled A Better Tomorrow, available December 2nd, that will only certify their continued relevance in the music industry.

 

Since their 1993 debut, the WTC has released five group and 19 compilation albums totalling 8 platinum records, over a dozen gold albums, and 40+ million sold. Wu-Tang Forever, a double album opus, was released in 1997, followed by The W in 2000. Iron Flag was released a year later and after a brief hiatus, 8 Diagrams was released in 2007.  Also released during these years were a myriad of solo albums now considered classic Hip-Hop material including Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, GZA’s Liquid Swords and Ghostface’s Supreme Clientele.

 

RZA aka The Abbott formed the Wu-Tang Clan with a talented consortium of local friends and associates, pressing up “Protect Ya Neck” independently. The single was a flash of raw Hip-Hop energy that spread like wildfire. The song’s success—bar after bar of incendiary rhymes, no chorus necessary—would help RZA and company land a unique record deal that granted members the ability to pursue solo deals at other labels.

 

Twenty years in, these lyrical executioners from Staten Island maintain a chemistry that has manifested into yet another classic album. No matter how gloriously grimy the grooves, A Better Tomorrow proves the Wu-Tang Clan’s future, and their music, remains an indisputable force to be reckoned. Overall, the album sonically, and purposely, has an epic feel. Says RZA, “We gotta be conscious that songs in our catalogue will grow through live performances. This record was written to tour. This is a record that will rock a stadium.” While Wu-Tang Clan’s DNA is heard in the work of contemporary rap stars like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and even Drake, it’s again time for the OGs to make their mark, and influence the future.

 

The two UK dates will see the influential group play exclusive shows at London O2 Academy Brixton on 4th June and Glasgow O2 Academy on 5th June. Performing tracks from their incredible back catalogue as well as songs from their new album A Better Tomorrow, this is set to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2015.

 

WU-TANG CLAN - LIVE DATES JUNE 2015

THURSDAY      04        JUNE                LONDON O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON

FRIDAY            05        JUNE                GLASGOW O2 ACADEMY

 

Tickets go on general sale Wednesday 17th December @ 9.00am

Available at www.gigsandtours.com 24 hr cc hotline 0844 811 0051

 

Download Wu-Tang Clan's Highly Anticipated New Album A Better TomorrowHERE

 

Preview their new track ‘Ruckus in B Minor’ at SOUNDCLOUD

 

www.wutangclan.com

www.facebook.com/wutangclan

www.twitter.com/wutangclan

 

Who's Got The Hitz at the Jazz Cafe Hosted by Mr Play

Floacist Presents Flo at Juno Bar

Ten Letter Takeover @ Acoustic Afternoon Boxpark

Ten Letter are soooo excited to be taking over BOXPARK in
Shoreditch on August 3rd where they will be presenting TEN of their wonderful artists: Dotstar || Yellows || Paigey Cakey || Ironik || Kyle Lettman || Maxsta ft Big Shizz (Rascals) || Shystie || Franko Fraize || Lady Lykez || Scorcher || 

And they'll all be doing something a little special between 1pm - 4pm on the day. The event is open to the public but they will all be there with the beers, chilled tunage and good vibes and they would love for you to swing by and take it all in with them!

What more could you ask for? Drinks, chilled tunage and good vibes on a Sunday afternoon. 

NBA

After staging four extremely successful regular season games, The O2 Arena London is set to welcome it's fifth NBA Regular Season Game on January 15 2015. The game will see New York Knicks take on the Milwaukee Bucks. New York Knicks played in the 2013 regular season game against Detroit Pistons so New York Knicks are no strangers to the UK fans.  Tickets for the game don't go on sale until October of this year, however by signing up to NBA All Access you can receive exclusive pre sale ticket access so you can avoid the queue. 
 

As well as the NBA Regular Season Game in January you can also catch the San Antonio Spurs playing two pre season games in Europe as part of the NBA Global Games 2014

San Antonio Spurs vs. Alba Berlin       Oct. 8  Berlin, Germany O2 World Berlin

San Antonio Spurs vs. Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul     Oct. 11 Istanbul, Turkey        Ülker Sports Arena

Along with the oncourt action, NBA Global Games 2014-15 will feature a variety of off-the-court activities, including NBA Cares community programs and interactive fan events. The games will also be supported by a variety of marketing and merchandising partners, while fans will be able to get real time updates through the NBA Game Time App, on NBA.com, and NBA social media channels, and watch globally on television and digital media, including NBA LEAGUE PASS International.

Words by Mark Johnstone

Future Sounds

Doing Good Promotions proudly presented Future Sounds official launch party for London’s newest grime night at Juno Shoreditch. On the night they had some celebs pass through to grace the mic such as Donae’o, Preditah, Bushkin and Flirta D. Donae’o performed his latest release “I Don’t Play”  featuring Lethal B, which went down well with the crowd and Preditah (Skepta’s official Tour DJ) played some exclusive dubplates for the intimate crowd who was in attendance. Flirta D done his legendry set which went down well also and had the crowds full attention. Other names that was there on the night was DJ Boyson (Pack London / Vagabondz), Cartoon Physics (Blatantly Blunt),  DJ Honey G (The Honey G Records) and MCs Ten Dixon & Jon E Clayface (W.A.V.E). Look out for the next event of doing Good Promotion on the website http://www.doinggoodpromotions.co.uk and any competitions and givaways. Also follow them on twitter @doinggood_uk. If you’d like to join the mailing list please email doinggoodpromotions@gmail.com

 

This event is being supported by Pack London, Blatantly Blunt, Bushbash and Kix Mag.

Words by Trevor Small

Colosseum Closing Party with TwiceasNice Sun 27th April 2014

Sunday 27th April 2014 a date that certainly will not be forgotten by many, for those who attended “Twice As Nice” Colosseum's closing party, there was very high expectations for this event and nobody was left disappointed at all.

 

This truly was the end of an era for the old skool raver, 10-15 years ago  in the same venue when most of us where in our late teens  raving in colly (as we call it), 27/04/14 brought us back in the venue feeling like we never left, With House and Garage, Grime, Hip Hop, Reggae and Dancehall on the menu “Twice As Nice” catered for every person’s musical taste. Nights like this don't come along very often!

 

The evening was packed with some of the good old movers and shakers and artists and Dj's like, Kele le Roc, Bushkin, CKP, PSG, Corey Johnson from Defenders Ent, Mc Creed, DJ Spoony, DJ Woody, Artful Dogger, Charlie sloth, Dan Bowers, Luck and Neat, MC DT, Matt Curiosity, Chewy RWD, plus more.

 

There was a beautiful vibe a mature crowd and not a bit of trouble. Everyone come together to reminisce and say goodbye to a piece of raving history,

 

Anybody who attended will agree there was nobody who could have given a better send off than “Twice As Nice” because it was simply that twice as nice as the vibes we remember.

 

Sad to see Colosseum go but proud to have been there to be part of history.

 

Words by Trevor Small

Caught up with DJ Michael Jay, to see what he had to say:
What were your thoughts on Colly Sunday night?

Sunday 27th April’s Event at Club Colosseum will go down in history as one of the best nights to grace the club... Who better to see the club off in style than TwiceasNice. The venue was packed with new to the scene ravers and old skool mature ravers a like...

The atmosphere was electric, the crowd was bumping and the VIP area full of celebs.....

 

How do you feel about the end of this Colly era?

lt's a shame that the venue has to close to make way for the Embassy, regardless, the venue has seen some MONUMENTAL events and brands over the years.

 It has been a while since TwiceasNice were at Club Colosseum, but we are very proud to be the last and final event.

The event on Sunday will be talked about for years to come.....

 

Where is Twice As Nice going from here?

TwiceasNice are the UKs biggest Urban Event Operator worldwide, with international events every year in countries including Ibiza, Aiya Napa (Cyprus), Bulgaria, Dubai, Tenerife, Malia, Kos, Zante, Fuengirola and many more each and  every year....

As for UK events, as usual we have events planned up and down the country, although we will be concentrating a lot more on London based TwiceasNice events.... With a Monthly event coming soon, and a London Tour inevitable...

 

What did you think of the turn out?

The turn out was tremendous, we had a very strong crowd across the genres and the club was very busy. The love shown for the brand and artists was immense... We could not have been more proud of the supporters as it was simply a great, safe, loving and exciting atmosphere, we will always en-devour to ensure each and every TwiceasNice goer has a night to remember, always leaving with a smile on the face and want for more, as well as sore feet  :)

 

When's the next big oldskool garage event?

We have some huge plans for Summer 2014 and I simply advise to WATCH THIS SPACE with what's to come.... As mentioned there will be a London based, regular event coming very soon, there will also be a 2015 tour that will also be confirmed soon. Either way, TwiceasNice is and continues to be the best and biggest UK Urban Music Events. Operator... Something that ALL involved are hugely proud of.

 

Are there any last words?

If you didn't manage to make it down to the Colosseum Closing party and would like to experience the sexy and stylish TwiceasNice, log on to www.twiceasnice.co.uk to check for up coming events and tours.. TwiceasNice website is also a central hub for Music news, Music reviews, Playlists and Events information. Also if you have interest in holding a TwiceasNice Event at your venue or club, then contact Kix Magazine and they will put you in contact with the correct person to discuss details further details.

 

I thought it was a great curtain call to the end of a legendary nightclub great vibes and a totally full house for the final event.

Here's what PSG had to say about his thoughts on the event:

It was great to see so many of my peers, both work colleagues and ravers from back in the day under the same roof.

 

 

 

The vibe from back in the day was truly recreated, the crowd was responding just like they used to.

 

 

 

I personally have a special place in my heart for both TwiceasNice and Colosseum as this was one of the places that allowed me to work consistently, and that enabled me to build the PSG name.

 

 

 

Colosseum may be a memory of the pass but TwiceasNice is here to stay.

 

 

 

PSG

 

 

We also caught up with The God Father MC Creed to touch this piece:

I’ve loved the club for years working there and being a part of some really special moments there.

 

I feel sad to see the club go as it reminds me of some legends who are no longer with us like.. i.e Dj Swing, Charlie Brown, MC Whizzard and Peter Cosa Nostra...

 

TwiceAsNice will continue to blaze a trail through Clubland...

 

Steve Gordon (Owner and Proprietor) told us to watch this space for future London events,  so no doubt people will be seeing some amazing events by this brand in the near future.

 

My final thought is at least now I can put my hat and hooded coat in the cloakroom cos towards the end that door policy was a nightmare lol. Bless.

 

MC 'The Godfather' Creed 


And last but not least, here’s some words by yours truly TwiceAsNice:

What are your thoughts on Colosseum Sunday night?
We thought it was a nice reunion and an iconic event.

 

How do you feel about the end of this Colosseum era?

We think it’s a shame that London is losing its Super Clubs.

 

Where is TwiceasNice going from here?

We’ll be bringing the party on tour.

 

What did you think of the turn out?

Considering we hadn’t done a party in the Colosseum for 14 years, we were overwhelmed by the amount of regulars that made an effort to attend – creating such an excellent vibe.

 

When is the next big old skool Garage event?

We are currently putting one together now.

 

Any last words?

Log onto www.twiceasnice.co.uk to check out when we’ll be hosting a party near you.  

 

Words by Trevor Small, Suzy Smith, DJ Michael Jay, MC Creed & TwiceasNice

Doing Good Promotions Presents "Urbanrush" with Logan Sama, Flirta D, Bushkin, Fire N Squad

We we're invited to a night called "Urbanrush" at The Nest in Dalsdon North London by Blantantly Blunt, put together by a promotions company called Doing Good Promotions. The line up consisted of Logan Sama, Flirta D, Bushkin, Reese Robertson and the Firin Squad. Logan Sama has just completed a massive production competition that was finished last year. Bushkin was invited down to perform his new single "Fire". Flirta D from (Rockstarz Cartel) was headlined to perform and has a new mixtape called "Gash Machine". Reese Robertson performed some his latest material. Just as the night was getting started with a performance from Bushkin, an unfortunate event happened where there was a power cut. Which forced us to exit the venue and call it a night.

 

Apart from that the music was good with the DJ's playing music from Grime to Hip Hop. JME, Meridan Dan and Krept and Konan was some of the tunes that we're pumping out the speakers.

 

Look out for the next event their putting on, which is on the 22nd May 2014 at The Juno in Shorditch. The line up so far is Flirta D, Preditah, Ten Dixon and Jon e Clayface.

Playent XMas Ciroc Party hosted by Cirocboy Bonds and Mr Play Sat 21st Dec 2013 at NWC Club

NBA 2k14 London Launch 2014

With the release of NBA2K14 due, RWDMAG and 2K teamed up to present an invite only exclusive first play at the The Regal in South London. The court was split into two with one half having playable versions of the game on both PS3 and Xbox 360 allowing guests to try out the new game the day before its actual release. The other half of the court however staged a 3on3 tournament featuring some prolific figures in the urban world including Black Butter Records, Choice Fm,
GRM Daily, SBTV and Roll Deep. After some gruelling games the final was set for Roll Deep versus GRM Daily. With both teams looking strong this was guaranteed to be a hard one to judge, however GRM Daily seemed to up there
game in the match and almost dominated an out of sorts Roll Deep team. As well as all the gaming and basketball action DJ Target (Radio1/1xtra/Roll Deep) supplied the tunes whilst cheerleaders provided entertainment during intervals. One key note on this year’s game is that you can now play as some of Europes biggest Euroleague basketball teams and a king Lebron mode allows you to attempt to win yet another championship for the Miami Heat.

 

Words by Mark Johnstone

 

During one of the other intervals the Big Brother house mates were all called on court to give moral support to a relay game.
Posing for a photo it was clear to see that things are different once you leave the environment of the house. We actually do get on and you realise that the programme is also only a game too!

I networked with some great people today and got given loads of free goodies; hats and t-shirts from SnoodyDo and more t-shirts from both Hoop Aid and Wild Cats Energy Drink. I really did feel like a celebrity!

Onto the after party for some mingling...... a couple of wines later myself and wolfy decide to depart. It had been a
long but well worth day, there again we were use to long days in the house we had to get up at 10am and were not allowed to go to sleep till 3am.

As I rolled into bed exhausted I was already thinking about rollingout the red carpet for the next VIP Event and as I drifted off to sleep I know I would definitely be dreaming of men in shorts tonight.....

 

Words by Jemima Slade

Hoopsaid 2013 held at Copper Box Centre Olympic Park

On Sunday 15th September 2013 The UK and Olympic parks Copper Box arena (formerly basketball arena) experienced the first ever Hoopsaid event which is set to take place every other year. The event was put on in aid of Ellis Haggith who was unfortunately diagnosed with Leukaemia which cut his basketball career short, with the help of his dad Lance Haggith who previously won the BBC sports personality of the year award. T

They put together this tremendous event to help raise awareness and money for research. The line up for the day was action packed keeping the crowd entertained from 12 midday all the way through till 6pm.

Performances from girl group Alfee, London’s own Ecksell and New Yorks own D Jukes featuring Sophia May kept the crowd entertained with exceptional performances between games whilst the jaw dropping Dunk Contest had the crowd glued to their seats with their phones at the ready.

If you have never seen a wheelchair basketball game before then please make sure you get to one, the battle back soldiers took to the court, players literally charging at each other to get possession of the ball in a closely contested low scoring game with the winners being presented there awards by British heavyweight Boxer David Haye.

With the warm up games out the way it was time for the main event the Hoopsaid All Stars vs Sports Traider All Stars, the initial introduction of the teams included a presentation of a pair of Nike shoes from Mr David Haye to Ellis Haggith before the all star cast featuring bbl players, GB players and celebs including Dane Bowers, Leo The Lion, Shane from Boyzone and D Jukes to name a few took to the court. T

he game was intense, very close from the get go and helped that the teams where a mixture of talent from players who play regularly to players who didn't have a clue and just wanted to have a great time, the inclusion of the
dunk contest winner meant that the game was not short of memorable moments with alley oops and ball skills. The closely contested game ended with only 4 points difference and marked a momentous occasion for the Haggith family.

The day as a whole was unbelievable and with many celebrities in attendance including the 2013 Big Brother cast including Jemima Slade, Gina, Daley, Wolfy, (Winner) Sam to name a few and British heavyweight boxer David Haye it shows the level of support for a great cause. If you missed the event there are still many ways to donate, head over to the Sports Traider website for more information.

Words by Mark Johnstone

Liverpool International Music Festival

August Bank holiday weekend

With a budget of only a quarter of the usual Mathew Street Festival, the inaugural International Music Festival had a humongous task of making this the best it could be.

I never was a huge fan of the Mathew street festival as it was mostly Beatles tribute bands, so the idea of a new festival which focuses on the past, present and the future was a relief.

This weekender literally had something for everybody, starting on the opening night with a classical music spectacular in Sefton park which included the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, taking the crowd into the night with a spectacular fireworks display to end the proceedings.

The Saturday festivities featured a special Beatles themed day created by the Mathew street festival director, which took place in Sefton park. T

he attention was mostly on the pier head were chart toppers JLS, Little Mix, Stooshe and more took to the stage with the river Mersey providing a beautiful picturesque backdrop taking you through the afternoon. Sunday became one of the most talked about days with people travelled up and down the country to see the legendary Damian Marley with Robbo Ranx in which he showcased his new collective featuring the legendary Wayne Marshall.

If it wasn't enough that Damian Marley headlined the Sunday the idea of soul2soul headlining on the Monday afternoon with support from BBCs own Dev and local soul legends The Christians had put this festival in the history books as a monumentous and successful occasion. With festivities running for well over a month it meant that local
promoters, radio stations and artists could get involved by putting on their own events and have it under the LIMF banner. All this in its inaugural year with next to no funding compared to Mathew street festival, one thing can be
said about this successful event and that is “WOW”.

Words by Mark Johnstone

Hoopsaid Sunday 15th September @ Olympic Park Copper Box London. Live PA's by D Jukes & Sophia May

The first ever Hoops Aid will take place on Sunday 15th September 2013 at the Copper Box on the recently re-developed Olympic Park in London.  It will be a highly entertaining and greatly interactive fundraising event featuring basketball as the key sport.
 
Hoops Aid is proposed to take place every 2 years, on the alternate year to Soccer Aid and Sport Relief.  Hoops Aid differs to Soccer Aid in that it will feature disability sport by means of an exhibition wheelchair game involving Battle Back soldiers, truly inspirational people, facing the Hoops Aid challenge.
 
The event will see celebrities; sporting personalities and professional basketball players past and present from Team GB, the GB Paralympics team, Battle Back soldiers, BBL  and the NBA  coming together to play basketball to raise money for the charity Sports Traider.
 

Hoops Aid will be a wonderful celebration of sport.  Our aim of the day is to ensure everyone goes home smiling, having had a great day and enjoyed themselves immensely and being inspired by what they have seen.
 
 "Sports Traider launched the idea because....
 
We want to keep the momentum going generated by the Olympics and where a nation was united.  Many opinions were changed about sport and disabilities and barriers broken down at the Paralympics where we watched sport not disability.
 
Hoops Aid as well as being great entertainment, it will demonstrate how sport is accessible whether you are able-bodied or disabled.
 
Hoops Aid will be a perfect example of the Olympic Legacy and it is fitting that it is taking place on the Olympic Park itself.
 
Hoops Aid doors will open at midday, with the action right from the start.  In addition to the all stars basketball game, an exciting programme  will include a live performance from rapper EckSell, a slam dunk competition, a fantastic display of basketball tricks and skills plus much more.
 
Supporting the event are The Battle Back Soldiers, Canterbury, Spalding, Adidas, NBA, BBL and EB.
 
Sports Traider is a national sports charity www.sportstraider.org.uk with retail outlets whose aim is to create a level playing field by helping disadvantaged and disabled kids to have access to sports kit, equipment, and sporting opportunities in order to help them to get into sport regardless of ability, disability or background.
 
Sports Traider does this by running a number of retail sports stores with able and disabled volunteers selling affordable donated sports kit and equipment. All the money raised in the stores goes towards providing sport opportunities and coaching for disadvantaged and disabled young people in the community local to that store.
 
Tickets are available now from Ticketmaster:
 
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Hoops-Aid-tickets/artist/1882015

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