BASS Festival is returning to Birmingham with a celebration of Hip Hop – the UK’s only Black Arts commissioning festival.
BASS festival returns to Birmingham for its 11th year this November, with a theme dedicated to Hip Hop 360. Featuring legendary artists past and present who have shaped the sound of a generation in some of the city’s most iconic venues. Hip Hop 360 is Birmingham’s Celebration and Exploration of Hip Hop from every angle.
BASS Festival is the brainchild of Punch Records, the UK’s leading music development agency, Punch Records started life in 1997 as a Birmingham based record store sourcing hard-to-find vinyl for the black music scene and now delivers ground breaking public programmes, events and special one off shows locally, nationally and internationally. Now in its 11th year BASS has established itself as one of the UK’s most innovative boutique festivals with an annual theme running throughout the events, this year being Hip Hop 360 – celebrating Black music culture. BASS Festival will run across a two week period at venues throughout the city.
BASS Festival have gone all out for 2016, booking legendary artists to celebrate the Hip Hop 360 theme. Hip Hop pioneer and multi award winning producer and DJ Jazzy Jeff will be showing off his flawless turntable skills and musical versatility, whilst Slick Rick – arguably one of the most successful British-American rappers in history will be bring his inimitable flows to the Birmingham crowds.
Riding high off the success of his critically acclaimed book ‘Hip Hop Raised Me’, DJ Semtex will be hosting a live Q & A with UK Hip Hop stalwarts Rodney P and Ty also 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, plus many more special events happening over the course of the two weeks.
PUNCH’s CEO AMMO TALWAR said;
HIP HOP is a beautifully complex culture of music and language, art and fashion which is in every way the voice of the youth & accessible to ordinary people. HIP HOP 360 will allow people to explore this culture from every angle.
BASS Festival is the UK’s only Black Arts festival, running from 10th to the 28th November. Tickets for each event available here – www.bass2016.co.uk.