Saturday 4thAugust 2018, I had waited for this day with eager anticipation, since the
summer festival season had started. I have attended many festivals in my time, and this was to be my second visit to the 51stState festival, and if the one I attended in 2016 was anything
to go by I couldn’t wait to get to Cricklewood, in the London borough of Brent (I don’t say that very often).
It was another lovely hot sunny day, in this wonderful summer we are having this year. Ideal weather
for a festival (maybe a little breeze would actually make it perfect weather). Boarding the Northern Line at Balham, before finally arriving at Green Park, to embark on the Piccadilly line, for the
journey to Cricklewood. It was around Midday and I wanted to arrive to catch some of Trevor Nelson’s set in the We Love Soul (WLS) arena. Surprisingly, he was on between 1.00 and 2.30, very early
into the festival. Usually big name DJ’s would be on later on in the day, maybe he had a prior arrangement later that day.
The tube had although not packed, had a number of other passengers, obviously attending the festival,
and in very high spirits. Finally I arrived at Cricklewood station, here I really started to appreciate there was a huge number of attendees, from teenagers to middle aged like myself who were going
to be making the short walk to Trent Park.
Making my way to collect my press pass, I envied those in a way who had purchased their tickets, as
they had far less distance to walk than myself. I soon put that aside though as I realized I was lucky enough to not only be getting free entry, but would be getting up close and personal to some of
those artists and DJ’s that would be performing.
Finally, after accreditation, security checks I’m in. This huge area with it’s many different tents
and the main stage. Those low, mid and high frequencies began to sink into my ears. I’m making my way to the WLS arena, only to spot Louie Vega, chilling with his wife Anane in the VVIP (very very
important person) area. I have specifically travelled with his new CD NYC Disco, and I’m determined to get him to sign it. I’ve met Louie before on a few occasions, and he’s very accommodating. Wish
I could say the same about the lady who I guess was hosting the area. Who was adamant that I couldn’t go over and get them signed, as he was chilling with his family and didn’t want to be disturbed!
(I knew this wasn’t the case, anyway, like I said Louie is very accommodating, and I got them signed later, and he was so happy to do so and have a chat behind the main stage later in the
Anyway, the hold up meant I missed Trevor Nelson (well his set anyway), I did see him as he walked
past me after he had finished his set! I had now missed one of my listed “must sees” I wasn’t intending to miss anymore.
As I was in the area I decided to stay in the WLS tent and catch some of the set of Steve Sutherland.
With Not Just (Knee Deep) by Funkadelic mixed into Me Myself and I by De La Soul, the appreciate crowd were getting down, and enjoying the music by this very accomplished DJ. I went back stage, and
caught up with Aitch B and Jazzi Que, two friends who I have known since we were all presenting shows on Colourful radio together, always great to see these guys.
Checking the schedule and I’m glad I did, on my skates I headed to the Found arena, and took in the
always wonderful selection of DJ Karizma. Such a cool and unassuming individual, he’s brand of Broken and Afro beats were going down a storm, and I didn’t really want to leave, but I had to check out
Always the most popular and I think this is mainly due to the age demographic of the attendants, I was
off to catch MASTERSTEPZ set in the Back to 95 arena. As he played UK Garage classics like Industry Standard and Shanks and Bigfoot, this highly appreciated crowd, were certainly partying like it’s
I then briefly visited the HOT WUK stage, to get my fix of reggae , along with the rest of the reggae
and Bashment lovers. Some of the gyrating ladies, dressed accordingly in their batty riders, was certainly a scene worth surveying.
It was then back to the WLS arena to catch Norman Jay. I have known Norman and have done for many
years, as we both not only share a love of music, but a love of Tottenham Hotspur. In his usual style and usual eclectic mix, he was mixing up the beats, with tracks you knew, and some if you did
know, you haven’t heard them played in a while.
After grabbing a quick beer (my first of the day), I headed backstage to the Groove Odyssey stage,
rubbing shoulders with other press and music dignitaries (and Dereck Chisora), I met up with Louie, a little later on Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez, took some photos, chilled with some peeps and generally
had an amazing time.
The next few hours was spent listening to some of NY City top DJ’s, first we had, Joe Classeau, Danny
Krivit and Francois K otherwise known as BODY and SOUL, wooing the crowd for just over 1.5 Hrs., then whilst they exited the stage, the wonderful vocals of Barbara Tucker, and Sean Escoffrey kept the
good vibes going, until my personal highlight of the day, MASTERS at WORK, Louis Vega and Kenny “Dope’ Gonzales, gave the big main stage crowd, what they wanted, and what they came for, it was an
honour to be in attendance.
Whilst I let my heart rate settle, Carl Cox came on and kept the crowd dancing in a frenzy. For me I
was all danced out, time to make the long journey back to South London, and have a nice shower, and crash out in my bed, and start my mind thinking of 51stState the 5thedition
in 2019, can’t wait.
Adrian Burrowes aka ADB, Kix Magazine
Kix Magazine had the opportunity to attend this year’s Zee Croydon International Mela @ Wandle
Celebrating the culture of Croydon’s Asian communities and showcasing a combination of musical
legends, International artists, local talent, extraordinary dance and spectacular street theatre.
This event was free to attend.
Headline acts that performed included British singer-songwriter Arjun performing with London Mozart
Players, Youtube hit sensation Zack Knight, as well as rising star EZU from South London.
Behind the scenes we had the opportunity to catch up with a lot of new and current talent. Such as
Kasiika who is a British singer, songwriter and musician. Performing her debut EP 'Better Now' includes solo tracks and collaborations with UK artists and producer Ayo Beatz and DJ Ironik. Where she
gets her Kix! From music creation to performing it live on stage for the fans.
We bumped into another act named Shayal world renowned music producer who has worked with an array of
artists from across the globe. With his team, Nash singer-songwriter who burst onto the music scene with his single 'Drop It Down' and reaching the number one spot on the BBC Asian Network.
Singer-songwriter Riya who is only 15 years of age, performed her debut single ‘No Time’ representing all the youth in today’s generation and Rish Rai who has gained a mass following online under the
guidance of Shayal.
We got to hear for the first time on stage Amar Koomz. Youtuber turned music star – who has over
150,000 subscribers, check out his single ‘Be Mine’ that has received over 1 Million Views and current single ‘Mariah’.
We we're honoured with a shout out from Ezu. Upcoming South London based artist, singer, songwriter
and producer. Who is currently making waves right now. Who covers famous Hollywood to Bollywood Music. Some one to keep an eye on, as a Local South London artist.
Also in attendance of the event we bumped into Artist / Producer AyoBeatz. No introductions needed
really. Check out his latest music online currently performing ‘One Time’ – So get googling and start sharing.
An action packed day, with a lot more acts. Check
out our Social Media and Website for more information.
Word by Shaziya Ramji
Catch DJ Luck & MC Neat on the Garage Salvation Stage,
Charlie Sloth on Mixtape Madness and on The Producers House
Croydon has always been at the heart of the UK music industry
and we feel it is now time to truly celebrate and pay homage to one of music's most influential places. The city is home to The Brits School, which has honed and trained artists like Amy Whinehouse
and Adele, including emerging talent such as Stormzy, Krept & Konan and Big Shaq, who have managed to cultivate an international following, right on the streets of Thornton Heath.
We called the festival ' The Butterfly Effect' because we believe small
causes truly do have larger effects. Through the festival, we aim to inspire and create opportunities to grow with many music generations to come.
Do not miss: Warriors vs Do Not Sleep for the first time in the UK looking
for something else? Find other festivals in July or try our
new Festival Finder.
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51st State Festival
51st State Festival Announce Masters At Work, Body & Soul, Todd
Edwards, Derrick May, Soul Clap, Derrick Carter, Mr Vegas & Many More.
The fourth edition of 51st State Festival will be the biggest and best yet
as the tasteful event once again promises to be an all encompassing celebration of every style of house music that joins the dots between Chicago, New York, London and beyond. This year the party
takes place on Saturday August 4th at the beautiful and sprawling Trent Country Park with the likes of Masters at Work, Body & Soul, Soul Clap, Dimitri From Paris, Derrick May, Derrick Carter,
Todd Terry, Todd Edwards, Trevor Nelson, Mr Vegas, Norman Jay, John Morales and many more all set to headline.
The blissful Trent Country Park is situated in 413 acres of rolling
meadows, enchanting brooks and lakes, ancient woodland and imposing historical sites. It is a rare bit of natural green belt beauty in London which offers a place to relax and chill right on the
outskirts of the city, so is a perfect place for this one day celebration of house music. 2018 will see the team continue to develop the site further with more attractions, improved facilities and
ever lager selections of mouthwatering street foods.
On top of that, the six different stages will all boast world class
production including immersive themed stages, bigger arenas and structures, sharper sound systems and state of the art visuals as well as even better VIP and VVIP areas which will offer you and even
more enhanced and high-end experience. All this will help ensure that no other festival comes close to offering as complete a snapshot of the global house music scene than 51st State Festival which
explores the past, present and future of classic house, tech, afro, garage, soulful, dancehall, dub and disco.
Always championing true greats of the scene, the transatlantic 51st State
Festival celebrates the roots of dance music with pioneers and players from all the key cities in the world. Stages are hosted by soulful champs Groove Odyssey as well as esteemed promoters Found,
Backto95, We Love Soul, Hot Wuk and Studio 51.
Heading each of these stages are the biggest names from their respective
genres such as New York house innovators Masters at Work aka Louie Vega and Kenny Dope, acclaimed and long running party crew Body & Soul aka Danny Krivit, Joe Claussell and François K and long
time hit maker Todd Terry. Then there is also the likes of French disco icon Dimitri From Paris and creamy Boston selectors Soul Clap, techno offerings from Detroit’s one and only Derrick May and
boompty house from Chicago original Derrick Carter, contemporary sounds from Hot Creations man Lee Foss, extraordinary deck technician Karizma, deep house duo Session Victim plus garage great Todd
Edwards, throwback stars DJ Luck & MC Neat, as well as r&b pin-up Trevor Nelson, the honourable Norman Jay, Jamaican dancehall star Mr Vegas and key disco figures John Morales, Late Nite Tuff
Guy and Defected artist Eli Escobar with many more also lining up.
For lovers of all styles of house music, there is no other place to be this
summer than 51st State Festival.
Web & Tickets: https://www.51ststatefestival.com
GROOVE ODYSSEY MAIN STAGE
Headline Act (Announced in June)
Masters at Work
- Louie Vega
- Kenny Dope
Body & Soul
- Danny Krivit
- Joe Claussell
- François K
Dimitri from Paris
Bobby & Steve
Chuck Roberts – Live
Marc Evans - Live
Shaun Escoffery – Live
India - Live
Matt Jam Lamont
DJ Luck & MC Neat
Norris Da Boss Windross
Lonyo - Live
KP – Live
Menzie - Live
Creed / DT
PSG / CKP
WE LOVE SOUL
Trevor Nelson MBE
Norman Jay MBE
Lillo Thomas - Live
Loose Ends - Live
Ingrid Mansfield Allman - Live
Rose Windross - Live
Aitch B Jazzi Q
Sammy Confunktion & Chilli Source
Mr Vegas - Live
Stylo G - Live
Dawn Penn - Live
Demolition Man - Live
Fabio & Grooverider with GQ
Late Nite Tuff Guy
Graeme P & Souldiva
Competiton giveaways coming real soon, watch this space!
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
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
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
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."
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
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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)
Jas Crew (12:45-13:30)
Flatbush Zombies (19:20-20:25)
Rae Sremmurd (22:00-23:00)
Krept & Konan (17:45-18:35)
Lil Yachty (19:05-19:55)
Maitre Gims (18:05-19:10)
The Weeknd (23:25-00:40)
S.O.S (Dawill & Nativ) (14:00-14:45)
Bonez MC & Raf Camora (16:55-17:55)
Pusha T (19:20-20:30)
ACE TEE & Kwam.e (15:25-17:15)
Hilltop Hoods (19:05-19:55)
Lady Leshurr (20:25-21:15)
KMN Gang (13:30-14:25)
Talib Kweli and the Soul Rebels (15:45-16:45)
Gucci Mane (18:05-19:10)
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)
Yung Hurn (17:45-18:35)
Lil Dicky (20:25-21:15)
Joining previously announced French Montana, Lady Leshurr and more for the ultimate urban music paradise
11th - 13th July 2017
Zrce Beach, Croatia
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
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
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/>.
Early bird 3 day ticket: €109
VIP 3 day ticket: €299
Available from the Fresh Island Website <http://fresh-island.org/tickets-packages
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!
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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.
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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.”
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
For tickets please go
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
Breezy is ready to run it at Fresh Island festival!
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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
Single day tickets for July 14th and 3 day festival tickets are on sale! Reserve
your spot at #FreshIsland2016 NOW!
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
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.
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).
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IT'S REALLY HAPPENING!!!
Brown IN AYIA NAPA!!!
This year "Napa Rocks" has the honor to present the international
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✔ Acappela Music Stores
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✔ Musical Paradise
★ CHRIS BROWN : has to date astronomical
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
★ 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
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
Written by: Trevor Small
Legendary Hip Hop Rulers Mobb Deep are coming to the UK. See dates below:
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
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
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
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
The vibe from back in the day was truly recreated, the crowd was responding just like they used
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.
We also caught up with The God Father MC Creed to touch this
I’ve loved the club for years working there and being a part of some really special moments
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
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 &
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