A Life Of Grime, Kentish Forum

Friday 27th Sept 2019 saw the grime lords come back for a London for a unique performnce to celebrate the early years of Grime and those who created the scene including Jammer, Chip, D Double E, Devlin, So Solid, Newhamgenerals, Treble Clef plus much more. We managed to catch the 2nd part of the show when Jammer set the pace for Chip and D Double E. This night was unforgettable because it just goes to show how far Grime has come today with the likes of Stormzy being the most prolific artists right now who also emerged from the Grime scene.


Words by Drew Jones

51st State 2019, Trent Park

5 Artist to look out for at this year’s 51st State Festival in no particular order.


As always there’s a stellar line up, whether you’re into house, garage, R n B or just like quality music.


My must see are:


Keri Chandler

Mood II Swing

Master Stepz

Plus live performances from Melba Moore, Crystal Waters and Monique Bingham.


Does that total 6? Maths was never mind strong point. If you’re going, enjoy yourself and have a wonderful time. If you’re not

going, why not ??‍♂️


Words by ADB

51st State 2018, Trent Park

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 day)


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 other arenas 


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 1995.


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


Mini Monster Fest Sun 5 Aug 2018 at Nutfield Lodge RH1 4ED

Kix Magazine at London Mela, Croydon, Wandle Park

Kix Magazine had the opportunity to attend this year’s Zee Croydon International Mela @ Wandle Park.


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

Butterfly Effect Festival Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 July at Lloyds Park

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.


Purchase tickets here 

51st State 2018 line up

51st State Festival

August 4th 



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: 




Line up!


Headline Act (Announced in June)


Masters at Work

- Louie Vega 

- Kenny Dope 

Body & Soul 

- Danny Krivit

- Joe Claussell 

- François K

Dimitri from Paris

Soul Clap

Bobby & Steve

Anane Vega

Lady T

Chuck Roberts – Live

Marc Evans - Live

Shaun Escoffery – Live



Barbara Tucker



Derrick May

Lee Foss

Derrick Carter

Todd Terry


Session Victim


Lex Luca

Dominique Danielle 



India - Live

Todd Edwards

Matt Jam Lamont

DJ Luck & MC Neat

Norris Da Boss Windross

Scott Garcia

Jason Kaye 



Jason H

Jerry Rankin

Lonyo - Live

KP – Live

Menzie - Live


Creed / DT




Onyx Stone


Trevor Nelson MBE

Norman Jay MBE

Lillo Thomas - Live

Loose Ends - Live

Ingrid Mansfield Allman - Live

Rose Windross - Live

Steve Sutherland


DJ Bigger

Aitch B Jazzi Q

Sammy Confunktion & Chilli Source

Lloyd Life 

Selly J 

Colin Williams





Mr Vegas - Live

The Heatwave

Stylo G - Live

Dawn Penn - Live

Demolition Man - Live

Fabio & Grooverider with GQ

Robbo Ranx

Firing Squad

DJ Alton



John Morales

Late Nite Tuff Guy

Eli Escobar


Dr Packer

The Reflex

Funkie P

Graeme P & Souldiva

Competiton giveaways coming real soon, watch this space!

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 

Superstar Sundays 4 June 2017 in Queens NY

June 4th it's going down again artist register now (646) 732-7251 24/7 ask 4 Santana enter to win !! $1000 w/ all star media package session at the all new Ruff Ryders power house Studios Yonkers ny and more


Check out Citiseige the winner on the last Superstar Sundays competition on #kixcypher #NYedition below:

Openair Frauenfeld

Frauenfeld, Switzerland, 6 - 8 July 2017


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)




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 <>


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 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 <> 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 <>.





Early bird 3 day ticket: €109

VIP 3 day ticket: €299


Available from the Fresh Island Website <

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 

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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 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 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!/lineup   for the full line up.


For tickets please go to!/tickets


There is also a 51st After Party, of which details will be announced imminently , check out!/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!

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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.



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!


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.



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







Chris Brown IN AYIA NAPA!!!


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





☎ Cyprus: 8000 3060

☎ International: +447528855714






✔ WaterWorld WaterPark 

✔ Club Black N' White - Ayia Napa 

✔ Club Ice - Ayia Napa 

✔ Shuffle Club Ayia Napa 

✔ Ayia Napa Square

✔ Acappela Music Stores






✔ Megaland



✔ Musical Paradise




★ 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

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


Written 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 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.







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 to check out when we’ll be hosting a party near you.  


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

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

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