Beats & Bars comes to Stoke for its first event at our new home The Basement. For our first event we’ve got a superb line-up of live acts, deejays and beat-boxers for you, as all as an open mic cipher for local artists to get involved. Expect electric performances as well as some of your favourite tracks getting played! Beats & Bars Stoke has arrived… get ready to represent and get you that real Hip-Hop essence… like Afrika Bambaataa said Hip-Hop is ‘Peace, Unity, Love and Having Fun…’
For our first event we have London rapper Novar (formerly known as Supar Novar), who was labelled a ‘UK legend’ by SB.TV and has been an integral member of the UK Hip-Hop scene for over twelve years. As a member of the legendary UK rap group ‘The Mud Family’ with acts like Skinnyman he went to release an album on Kemet Records, the same label that released Klashnekoff’s ‘Murder’. Novar has performed at Glastonbury, as well as sharing stages with Ghostface (Wu-Tang), Bone Thugs N Harmony, M.O.P, The Clipse, DJ Premier and many more, collaborating with super stars such as Dappy from N Dubz and Ashanti, and featuring on classic underground records with Foreign Beggars, Ed Skrien, Wordsmiff, Genesis Elijah, Skinnyman, Doc Brown and many more.
Also on the night we have performances from three Midlands acts that have all recently been signed to Chicago record label Platformz which is run by producer Rediculus. Trademark Blud, Big Ribzy & Alex-is will all give up solo performances which will include forthcoming material from the label as well as some of their more well known anthems. All three rappers this perform at Boom Bap Festival as well as having dates booked this year for Manchester, Canterbury, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Cambridge, Chester, Swindon & Telford, with more dates coming. This will be backed with a string of local talent too, offering a chance for local heads to see their acts show & prove! We’ve got a brilliant selection including co-host and co-promoter of Beats & Bars Stoke Mr5hano, Midlandz Connect’d, Danny M, LFE & Cheppy.
DJ support comes from the legendary Tricksta, a Wolverhampton DJ/Producer who founded Beats & Bars back in 2012. He runs leading PR Company Park Street PR which represents UK & US acts, as well as being behind UK Runnings Mixtapes, the UK’s longest running mixtape series that was founded in 2001. He’s been DJ’ing 26 years this year and has played all over America in Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco & Houston, as well as Sweden, Holland, France, Switzerland, Turkey and more. Tricksta will also be joined by Beats & Bars Wolverhampton resident DJ Twiggy, who is currently working on a production EP, and Beats & Bars Stoke resident DJ’s Lomo & Captain Spock, and Beat-boxers Dubtrix & Dan Lee.
BEATS & BARS Stoke
Friday 15th May : 9PM-4AM
The Basement, 13-15 Marsh Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1JA
Hosted by TRICKSTA & MR5HANO
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NOVAR FLIP | BIG RIBZY
TRADEMARK BLUD | ALEX-IS
MR5HANO | MIDLANDZ CONNECT’D
DANNY M | LFE | CHEPPY
TRICKSTA | TWIGGY | DJ LOMO | CAPTAIN SPOCK
Open Mic Cypher Hosted by MR5HANO
Live Beatbox by DUBTRIX | DAN LEE
Photography by SARA SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY
Admission: £3 before 10.30PM / £4 after
Doors: 9PM – LATE / Over 18’s