Line-up /Grandmaster Flash
Tbreaks and 10Tonn
DJ Pnutz (DMC)
Naroe & Megamouth (Dont Talk to Strangers)
Saturday May 12th will be the date for something completely different at Leeds’ 33-year-old Warehouse venue. In honor of the fact that the headline act is hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash, the whole three rooms of the place will be converted into almost festival like spaces with tons of extras and interactive treats taking place aside from the music.
As well as a host of DJs and scratchmasters, there will be a huge selection of local Leeds talent in the form of live rappers, beat boxers, break-dancers and graffiti artists, all of whom will help to capture that 80s and 90-s hip hop street vibe culture which has been so enduring in the ensuing years. All of whom will blast out their hip-hop and electro wares through the club’s peerless Funktion one sound system.
The night is brought to you in association with Afro Coalition a Leeds and Huddersfield based collective of promoters, DJs and producers who spin cultured deep house and sexy soul music. Founded in 2011 they have so far brought Peven Everett, Omar, Atjazz and Greg Wilson (with ItIsWhatItIs) to capacity events in Leeds, breathing new life into Leeds electronic soul scene. The Collective also includes Fresh Jive – a night which started at the Elbow rooms and has now gone on to host parties at Sedgewick avenue, bringing their own unique blend of b-boy jams and hip hop culture to Leeds.
And so to the headliner, Grandmaster Flash, who is making one of his rare UK appearances. Immortalized by Blondie, feted by the hip-hop cognoscenti, Grandmaster Flash is the man who turned the humble record deck into an instrument as potent as the piano or guitar. He was the first DJ to put out a rap record and in “Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel,” he created an aural template that let the world at large into the secrets of the New York ghettos. If Afrika Bambaataa provided the ingredients and Kool Herc a rough method, more than any other, it was Grandmaster Flash who refined the recipe and turned hip-hop from a boroughs novelty into a worldwide phenomenon. He’s the decknician with magic in his fingers. The DJ who put the hip in hop. Flash is fast. Flash is cool. And then some.
Aside from all this, don’t forget the swathes of local DJing, rapping and live performance talents who will back up the main man across all three finely decorated rooms spinning house, funk, soul and more. This sort of extravaganza doesn’t come along often so make sure you get out your best hip-hop tracksuit and come on down!