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AKALA Akala is one of the most important voices in UK rap. His informed, critical engagement with issues of race, place, identity and inequality are musical, lyrical and incisive. Winner of Best Hip Hop Act at the 2006 MOBO Awards, the significance of his writing and observations has proven to extend beyond musical offerings into wider culture with guest lectures at universities around the country, featuring on TV programmes across a wide number of networks and writing articles for a range of new outlets.

AKALA

Akala is one of the most important voices in UK rap. His informed, critical engagement with issues of race, place, identity and inequality are musical, lyrical and incisive. Winner of Best Hip Hop Act at the 2006 MOBO Awards, the significance of his writing and observations has proven to extend beyond musical offerings into wider culture with guest lectures at universities around the country, featuring on TV programmes across a wide number of networks and writing articles for a range of new outlets.

EVA LAZARUS Genre blurring singer, songwriter and emcee, weaving effortlessly between reggae ,DnB, jungle, hip-hop, soul and more, 2016 saw Eva Lazarus tirelessly smash through the festival circuit, including Glastonbury, Soundwaveand an epic show at BoomTown to a crowd of 10,000 + crowd with the incredible Mungos Hifi. Her most recent collaborative release ‘Flash Your Lighter’ features in a new British movie, ‘Brotherhood’ starring and directed by Noel Clarke and grime superstar Stormy. She is nominated for best female MC/Vocalist at the We Love Jungle Awards 2017.

EVA LAZARUS

Genre blurring singer, songwriter and emcee, weaving effortlessly between reggae ,DnB, jungle, hip-hop, soul and more, 2016 saw Eva Lazarus tirelessly smash through the festival circuit, including Glastonbury, Soundwaveand an epic show at BoomTown to a crowd of 10,000 + crowd with the incredible Mungos Hifi. Her most recent collaborative release ‘Flash Your Lighter’ features in a new British movie, ‘Brotherhood’ starring and directed by Noel Clarke and grime superstar Stormy. She is nominated for best female MC/Vocalist at the We Love Jungle Awards 2017.

YOUNG FATHERS Formed in 2008 in Edinburgh, Young Fathers are Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and 'G' Hastings with drummer Steven Morrison. They have won the Mercury Music Prize and Scottish Album of the Year; hit the Top 40 UK Album Charts; toured internationally and released material with Massive Attack; and, most recently, were heralded by Danny Boyle as ‘the heartbeat of the film’ Trainspotting 2. Young Fathers are known for their astounding visceral live shows, provocative performances and sharp engagement with social issues. Their fans range from Kylie Minouge to Irvine Welsh, Paul Weller to Primal Scream

YOUNG FATHERS

Formed in 2008 in Edinburgh, Young Fathers are Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and 'G' Hastings with drummer Steven Morrison. They have won the Mercury Music Prize and Scottish Album of the Year; hit the Top 40 UK Album Charts; toured internationally and released material with Massive Attack; and, most recently, were heralded by Danny Boyle as ‘the heartbeat of the film’ Trainspotting 2. Young Fathers are known for their astounding visceral live shows, provocative performances and sharp engagement with social issues. Their fans range from Kylie Minouge to Irvine Welsh, Paul Weller to Primal Scream

THE FOUR OWLS Supergroup The Four Owls epitomises the multi-skilled dynamic of UK hip-hop: four emcees in their own right, on mighty underground label High Focus Records (a guarantee of calibre and integrity), consisting of label boss Fliptrix, producer extraordinaire Leaf Dog and tried and tested emcees Verb T and BVA. Few groups better encapsulate quality, innovation and the representation of hip-hop culture in the UK.              

THE FOUR OWLS

Supergroup The Four Owls epitomises the multi-skilled dynamic of UK hip-hop: four emcees in their own right, on mighty underground label High Focus Records (a guarantee of calibre and integrity), consisting of label boss Fliptrix, producer extraordinaire Leaf Dog and tried and tested emcees Verb T and BVA. Few groups better encapsulate quality, innovation and the representation of hip-hop culture in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BILL DRUMMOND One of the UK’s premiere artist provocateurs Bill Drummond will take up residence in Hull for the entirety of Neu! Reekie! Where Are We Now? Festival. This public performance come lecture will be the end result of his project ‘Twinned With Your Darkest Thought’. The rest is best left to you imagination… but keep your eyes open, your wits about you and don appropriate footwear – if you know what’s good for you          

BILL DRUMMOND

One of the UK’s premiere artist provocateurs Bill Drummond will take up residence in Hull for the entirety of Neu! Reekie! Where Are We Now? Festival. This public performance come lecture will be the end result of his project ‘Twinned With Your Darkest Thought’. The rest is best left to you imagination… but keep your eyes open, your wits about you and don appropriate footwear – if you know what’s good for you

 

 

 

 

 

                     image - John Marchant JAMIE REID Jamie Reid’s wall collages are seemingly random but carefully balanced barrages of visual images and ideas, created in situ from a pre-ordained pile of visual 2D materials. These are foraged from Reid’s forty-five year career as one of the most innovative, thrilling and inspiring artists of our time or any other. World renowned for his visual manifestations of the very essence of PUNK with his work with the Sex Pistols, Reid had already spent some years at the agit-ptop edge having left Croydon College (where he met and conspired with co-student Malcolm McLaren) to found Suburban Press Reid’s collage for Hull will be site-specific, nominally unplanned, exciting and done with flintlocks cocked and an eye on the exit.      

                     image - John Marchant

JAMIE REID

Jamie Reid’s wall collages are seemingly random but carefully balanced barrages of visual images and ideas, created in situ from a pre-ordained pile of visual 2D materials. These are foraged from Reid’s forty-five year career as one of the most innovative, thrilling and inspiring artists of our time or any other. World renowned for his visual manifestations of the very essence of PUNK with his work with the Sex Pistols, Reid had already spent some years at the agit-ptop edge having left Croydon College (where he met and conspired with co-student Malcolm McLaren) to found Suburban Press

Reid’s collage for Hull will be site-specific, nominally unplanned, exciting and done with flintlocks cocked and an eye on the exit.

 

 

 

MARK COUSINS Northern Irish filmmaker, savant and pioneer, Mark Cousins has screened all over the world; is a former Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival; was recently awarded The Stanley Kubrick Award for The Story of Film: An Odyssey; and had Mogwai write and record an album / live score for his piece Atomic Cousins presents and discusses his stunning movie 'I am Belfast' – an Official Selection at SXSW, Glasgow, Belfast, London, Adelaide and many more. The film portrays 'a dreamlike evocation of Belfast, beautifully shot by Christopher Doyle and accompanied by a powerful soundtrack from DJ and film composer David Holmes'.      

MARK COUSINS

Northern Irish filmmaker, savant and pioneer, Mark Cousins has screened all over the world; is a former Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival; was recently awarded The Stanley Kubrick Award for The Story of Film: An Odyssey; and had Mogwai write and record an album / live score for his piece Atomic

Cousins presents and discusses his stunning movie 'I am Belfast' – an Official Selection at SXSW, Glasgow, Belfast, London, Adelaide and many more. The film portrays 'a dreamlike evocation of Belfast, beautifully shot by Christopher Doyle and accompanied by a powerful soundtrack from DJ and film composer David Holmes'.

 

 

 

AMY TRUE Amy True is fast becoming one of the most influential and talked about personalities in the UK Hip-hop scene, delivering a positive message, while packing a lyrical punch with a wide appeal. A former member of the group Caxton Press, Amy was featured on Akala’s latest album ‘Knowledge is Power 2’ and won the Reader’s Choice award for best UK female rapper in ‘Wordplay’ Magazine. For Where Are We Now? Amy will be performing with a drummer, horn player and bass player.           

AMY TRUE

Amy True is fast becoming one of the most influential and talked about personalities in the UK Hip-hop scene, delivering a positive message, while packing a lyrical punch with a wide appeal. A former member of the group Caxton Press, Amy was featured on Akala’s latest album ‘Knowledge is Power 2’ and won the Reader’s Choice award for best UK female rapper in ‘Wordplay’ Magazine.

For Where Are We Now? Amy will be performing with a drummer, horn player and bass player. 

 

 

 

 

 

                     image: Jannica Honey STANLEY ODD Champions of oddness and outsiderdom, Stanley Odd are a 6-piece live hip-hop band with members from Germany, Norway and across Scotland. You’d be hard pushed to find a festival or stage they haven’t appeared on and demolished over the last few of years, performing extensively throughout the UK and around the globe. Their 2016 release, ‘It’s All Gone To F*ck’ became something of an anthem for the year that was, wandering through a world of high rises, cyberspace hovercrafts, blame culture, revolution, Beyoncé and reality TV, filtered through cider-soaked irises.  

                     image: Jannica Honey

STANLEY ODD

Champions of oddness and outsiderdom, Stanley Odd are a 6-piece live hip-hop band with members from Germany, Norway and across Scotland. You’d be hard pushed to find a festival or stage they haven’t appeared on and demolished over the last few of years, performing extensively throughout the UK and around the globe. Their 2016 release, ‘It’s All Gone To F*ck’ became something of an anthem for the year that was, wandering through a world of high rises, cyberspace hovercrafts, blame culture, revolution, Beyoncé and reality TV, filtered through cider-soaked irises.

 

DJ RASP DJ Rasp is 6 x British Turntablist Champion (2X DMC & 4X IDA Champion). As well as being recognised as a technical master, his musical talents are in demand internationally, from Hong Kong to New York, Taiwan to Macau. y day he’s the DJ of choice for major product launches for companies such as Numark, Vestax, Denon, Djay & DJ Tech. By night he’s resident at some of the UK’s finest club spots.      

DJ RASP

DJ Rasp is 6 x British Turntablist Champion (2X DMC & 4X IDA Champion). As well as being recognised as a technical master, his musical talents are in demand internationally, from Hong Kong to New York, Taiwan to Macau. y day he’s the DJ of choice for major product launches for companies such as Numark, Vestax, Denon, Djay & DJ Tech. By night he’s resident at some of the UK’s finest club spots.

 

 

 

PHYSIKS Rapper, producer and graffiti artist Physiks has an incredible live stage performance, characterised by thought provoking lyrics and a raw and furious double-time flow. His first album, The Lying The rich and the War Globe, released with producer Konchis, featured Leaf Dog and Defenders of Style, gaining high praise from Wordplay and Broken Culture magazines.      

PHYSIKS

Rapper, producer and graffiti artist Physiks has an incredible live stage performance, characterised by thought provoking lyrics and a raw and furious double-time flow. His first album, The Lying The rich and the War Globe, released with producer Konchis, featured Leaf Dog and Defenders of Style, gaining high praise from Wordplay and Broken Culture magazines.

 

 

 

SMASH PROOF Trik9 and Kisk are both part of the Smash Proof movement based in Sheffield where they transform spaces overnight in high footfall locations with pieces of art which create a wow factor.  Their Smash Proof events are taking the UK having started in Sheffield and now popping up on the South Coast, Manchester, Leeds, Doncaster and Nottingham. The events feature numerous writers coming together to paint and workshops with young people.      

SMASH PROOF

Trik9 and Kisk are both part of the Smash Proof movement based in Sheffield where they transform spaces overnight in high footfall locations with pieces of art which create a wow factor.  Their Smash Proof events are taking the UK having started in Sheffield and now popping up on the South Coast, Manchester, Leeds, Doncaster and Nottingham. The events feature numerous writers coming together to paint and workshops with young people.

 

 

 

ADELE STRIPE Author Adelle was born in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster. She’ll be reading from her debut novel, Black Teeth And A Brilliant Smile - due to be published in June 2017, and for which she was awarded the 2016 K Blundell Award For Fiction. This slice of kitchen-sink noir takes in the life of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar, who went from a council estate to writing the 1980s theatre and film smash Rita, Sue And Bob Too              

ADELE STRIPE

Author Adelle was born in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster. She’ll be reading from her debut novel, Black Teeth And A Brilliant Smile - due to be published in June 2017, and for which she was awarded the 2016 K Blundell Award For Fiction. This slice of kitchen-sink noir takes in the life of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar, who went from a council estate to writing the 1980s theatre and film smash Rita, Sue And Bob Too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN ANDREWS Gentleman, angler, writer and supplier of armoured fighting vehicles to Super Furry Animals, John is also a dealer in what he calls “vintage fishing tackle for the soul”. A long-time contributor to the site, he’ll start proceedings with a reading of his essay ‘A Brief History of Caught by the River’.    

JOHN ANDREWS

Gentleman, angler, writer and supplier of armoured fighting vehicles to Super Furry Animals, John is also a dealer in what he calls “vintage fishing tackle for the soul”. A long-time contributor to the site, he’ll start proceedings with a reading of his essay ‘A Brief History of Caught by the River’.

 

 

YOU'VE BEEN TRUMPED TOO This timely and explosive film explores the deeply troubling confrontation between a feisty 92-year-old Scottish widow and her family, and a billionaire attempting to become the most powerful man in the world. As thousands of journalists hang on every Trump utterance, wondering what he might say next, film-maker Anthony Baxter explores the consequences his actions.  

YOU'VE BEEN TRUMPED TOO

This timely and explosive film explores the deeply troubling confrontation between a feisty 92-year-old Scottish widow and her family, and a billionaire attempting to become the most powerful man in the world. As thousands of journalists hang on every Trump utterance, wondering what he might say next, film-maker Anthony Baxter explores the consequences his actions.

 

CHARLOTTE CHURCH'S LATE NIGHT POP DUNGEON Charlotte Church has sold over 12 million records world-wide with number one hits in the UK, the US and further afield. She’s sung with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Fergie, Nelly Furtardo and Tom Jones yet fantastically rejected the opportunity to sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony. Charlotte has performed everywhere from Glastonbury to The White House and now it’s time for Hull. The Pop Dungeon is a formidably fun, 10 person strong, covers band like you’ve never seen before: Nine Inch Nails to Basement Jaxx, Neutral Milk Hotel to Sugababes, En Vogue to Welsh Traditional songs – no-one is safe      

CHARLOTTE CHURCH'S LATE NIGHT POP DUNGEON

Charlotte Church has sold over 12 million records world-wide with number one hits in the UK, the US and further afield. She’s sung with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Fergie, Nelly Furtardo and Tom Jones yet fantastically rejected the opportunity to sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony. Charlotte has performed everywhere from Glastonbury to The White House and now it’s time for Hull.

The Pop Dungeon is a formidably fun, 10 person strong, covers band like you’ve never seen before: Nine Inch Nails to Basement Jaxx, Neutral Milk Hotel to Sugababes, En Vogue to Welsh Traditional songs – no-one is safe

 

 

 

                 image - Ailsa Fineron gal-dem gal-dem is a magazine and creative collective exclusively made up of women of colour which aims to diversify the media and creative landscape in an era where black, brown and other ethnic minorities are still locked out of positions of power and influence. With over 70 contributors, we've spent the past year and a half amplifying the voices of the marginalised through our website, our annual print publication, and too many events to count.      

                 image - Ailsa Fineron

gal-dem

gal-dem is a magazine and creative collective exclusively made up of women of colour which aims to diversify the media and creative landscape in an era where black, brown and other ethnic minorities are still locked out of positions of power and influence. With over 70 contributors, we've spent the past year and a half amplifying the voices of the marginalised through our website, our annual print publication, and too many events to count.

 

 

 

A LOVE FROM OUTER SPACE ‘A Love From Outer Space’ is a club night that breaks boundaries and sells out internationally. ALFOS is run by Hull born Sean Johnston (Acid-House Veteran, Techno Survivor, Alpinist, Hardway Bros, Freelance Disco Consultant) and legendary DJs Andrew Weatherall (Bjork, Primal Scream, Happy Mondays, Beth Orton, My Bloody Valentine).                        

A LOVE FROM OUTER SPACE

‘A Love From Outer Space’ is a club night that breaks boundaries and sells out internationally. ALFOS is run by Hull born Sean Johnston (Acid-House Veteran, Techno Survivor, Alpinist, Hardway Bros, Freelance Disco Consultant) and legendary DJs Andrew Weatherall (Bjork, Primal Scream, Happy Mondays, Beth Orton, My Bloody Valentine).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MICHAEL BARNES WYNTERS Bristol born of Jamaican parentage, Michael is a multi-disciplined graphic artist and producer whose creative practice is driven by long-term artist collaborations which broadcast at the intersections of immersive experiential installations and provocative durational actions/ performances. Black Chav and White Coon is an ongoing performance collaboration since 2006 with Michael and the artist, Michael Mayhew. Whilst, another of his ongoing projects, originally commissioned by Tate Modern for its Cultural Olympiad programme, Dutty Lingo is a multi-platformed oral histories project which explores the influence of Jamaican culture upon UK culture      

MICHAEL BARNES WYNTERS

Bristol born of Jamaican parentage, Michael is a multi-disciplined graphic artist and producer whose creative practice is driven by long-term artist collaborations which broadcast at the intersections of immersive experiential installations and provocative durational actions/ performances.

Black Chav and White Coon is an ongoing performance collaboration since 2006 with Michael and the artist, Michael Mayhew. Whilst, another of his ongoing projects, originally commissioned by Tate Modern for its Cultural Olympiad programme, Dutty Lingo is a multi-platformed oral histories project which explores the influence of Jamaican culture upon UK culture

 

 

 

SABRINA MAHFOUZ Prize-winning, British Egyptian, poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz explores poetry and the sex industry through her new collection ‘How You Might Know Me’. The collection is a poetic exploration of four women’s lives, connected through their experience in different areas of the UK’s growing sex industry Sabrina Mahfouz was raised in London and Cairo. Her work includes the plays ‘Chef’, ‘With a Little Bit of Luck’, ‘Clean’, ‘Battleface’ and ‘the love i feel is red’; the literary anthology ‘The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write’ and the BBC shows ‘Breaking the Code’, ‘Railway Nation: A Journey In Verse’ and ‘We Are Here’. She received a Fringe First Award for Chef and won a Sky Arts Academy Poetry Award    

SABRINA MAHFOUZ

Prize-winning, British Egyptian, poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz explores poetry and the sex industry through her new collection ‘How You Might Know Me’. The collection is a poetic exploration of four women’s lives, connected through their experience in different areas of the UK’s growing sex industry

Sabrina Mahfouz was raised in London and Cairo. Her work includes the plays ‘Chef’, ‘With a Little Bit of Luck’, ‘Clean’, ‘Battleface’ and ‘the love i feel is red’; the literary anthology ‘The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write’ and the BBC shows ‘Breaking the Code’, ‘Railway Nation: A Journey In Verse’ and ‘We Are Here’. She received a Fringe First Award for Chef and won a Sky Arts Academy Poetry Award

 

 

RODNEY P Rodney P is a legend in UK hip-hop. As part of London Posse he inspired a whole generation of youths, releasing one of the most important UK hip hop albums of all time: Gangster Chronicle. Since then he has proven himself one of the genre’s most significant and resilient artists in a career spanning three decades. For WHERE ARE WE NOW he presents his film, The Hip-Hop World News, embarking on an immersive authored journey viewing reality through a hip-hop lens.        

RODNEY P

Rodney P is a legend in UK hip-hop. As part of London Posse he inspired a whole generation of youths, releasing one of the most important UK hip hop albums of all time: Gangster Chronicle. Since then he has proven himself one of the genre’s most significant and resilient artists in a career spanning three decades. For WHERE ARE WE NOW he presents his film, The Hip-Hop World News, embarking on an immersive authored journey viewing reality through a hip-hop lens.

 

 

 

 

CHIEDU ORAKA AND DEEZKID Flying the flag in Hull’s vanguard for Hull Hop and Grime is Lock Down which is a crew made up of emerging artist Cheidu Oraka and Producer/Rapper Deezkid. Lock Down blend the voice of Grime with 90’s Boom Bap Hip-hop creating something which speaks to eras past and present but which conveys a relevant and current narrative for the listener.        

CHIEDU ORAKA AND DEEZKID

Flying the flag in Hull’s vanguard for Hull Hop and Grime is Lock Down which is a crew made up of emerging artist Cheidu Oraka and Producer/Rapper Deezkid. Lock Down blend the voice of Grime with 90’s Boom Bap Hip-hop creating something which speaks to eras past and present but which conveys a relevant and current narrative for the listener.

 

 

 

 

BOOTH BOXERS BoothBoxers hail from Boogie Down Burnley deep in prime pie-munching territory. Lyricists Morgz and Seek the Northerner are backed by DJ Trauma and together have been smashing shows up and down the UK for the last 4 years.            

BOOTH BOXERS

BoothBoxers hail from Boogie Down Burnley deep in prime pie-munching territory. Lyricists Morgz and Seek the Northerner are backed by DJ Trauma and together have been smashing shows up and down the UK for the last 4 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGENT M Agent M is one of the UK’s freshest new producers and has been featured on BBC Radio numerous times, recently playing selections from his ‘Uncanny EP’.   Agent M is also an educator and delivers workshops where participants can get familiar with music production software and helps them to create music in a live environment. Agent M will be delivering a music production workshop.      

AGENT M

Agent M is one of the UK’s freshest new producers and has been featured on BBC Radio numerous times, recently playing selections from his ‘Uncanny EP’.   Agent M is also an educator and delivers workshops where participants can get familiar with music production software and helps them to create music in a live environment. Agent M will be delivering a music production workshop.

 

 

 

KING MONK King Monk is an experienced practitioner in community arts and works full-time delivering workshops in illustration, pottery, sculpture and history related to hip-hop culture. He has designed album artwork for ‘Nightmares On Wax’, ‘Finer’, ‘Smokers delight’ and ‘Carboot Soul’. In addition to this King Monk is also an accomplished emcee from his groups Junkyard Tactics and Invisible Circle. King Monk will teach the basics of constructing characters within the graffiti form.            

KING MONK