BASS festival kicks off today in Birmingham featuring legendary Hip Hop artists past and present who have shaped the sound of a generation.
The festival’s theme; Hip Hop 360, celebrates every aspect of street level Black Music culture with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rodney P, Slick Rick, Robert Glasper, Diamond D, Large Professor, DJ Bobbito & Stretch Armstrong, DJ Semtex and Ty all performing on stages throughout the city over the next two weeks.
Organised by music development agency Punch Records, BASS, now in its 11th year, has established itself as one of the UK’s most innovative boutique festivals with an annual theme running throughout the events.
Hip Hop pioneer and multi award winning producer and DJ Jazzy Jeff (pictured above) will be showing off his flawless turntable skills and musical versatility tonight at Lab 11, whilst Slick Rick (pictured top) – arguably one of the most successful British-American rappers in history, will be bring his inimitable flows to the Birmingham crowds at the 02 Institute in Digbeth on the 28th November.
Riding high off the success of his critically acclaimed book Hip Hop Raised Me, DJ Semtex will be hosting a free live Q&A (26th November at Six Eight Cafe) while UK Hop Hop stalwarts Rodney P (pictured above) and Ty (Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath on 24 November) will be flying the flag high for the UK scene.
US Hip Hop Radio legends DJ Bobbito and Stretch Armstrong will be premiering their film biopic Stretch And Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, directed by Bobbito himself, at Millennium Point’s IMAX on Tuesday 22nd November.
Special events will happening over the course of the two weeks at the UK’s only Black Arts festival, running from 10th to the 28th November. Tickets for each event available at www.bass2016.co.uk.