Entries in Wretch 32 (3)

Friday
Jan312014

Jacob Banks @ XOYO, London (28th January 2014)

On January 28th 2014 Jacob Banks returned to XOYO, London to play his second ever headline gig. The Shoreditch based venue is one Banks has played at once before, as part of an open mic night almost a year ago and his new headline line status reflects just how far the 22 year-old has come in such a short space of time. Support for the headliner came in the form of Dionne Reade and Lizbett Sempa. 

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Monday
Aug152011

Wretch 32 - Black & White

Although many people believe that UK Hip-Hop is a dying genre, with Grime taking over the scene, I have to disagree. Granted there aren't many UK Hip-Hop artists in the mainstream, but there never has been, and with artists such as Wretch, Tinie, Mystro, Ty, Jehst, Loudmouth Melvin & (even) Chipmunk all doing their thing, the genre is as strong as ever. Wretch in particular has brought a refreshing sound to the UK music scene, with an incredibly unique laid back flow, easily relatable lyrics, fresh beat selections and a real ear for catchy hooks/choruses. After the success of the first two singles there was a chance that his sophmore album could become Americanised in the way that Chip's music has over the past few years, but the Tottenham born MC has stayed true to his roots and provided an album that epitomises everything that is positive with music in this country right now. The sampler was sent to me two months ago and it was clear then that it was going to be one of those albums that you have to listen to from start to finish - I was right. Black And White is a life story, so a six track sampler with three singles on it was never going to do it justice...

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Sunday
Jul172011

Wakestock Festival 2011

Last weekend me and Dave Macnamara from andeveryonesadj had a trip down to Wakestock Festival in North Wales courtesy of Cadbury, who are currently doing the rounds to promote their new TV show, Minute To Win It (more on that later). We were supposed to be down on the Friday, however Dave missed his plane back from Ireland and it took me 8 trains, 1 very long bus and 10 hours to reach our hotel, which meant we unfortunately missed Yasmin, Rizzle Kicks, Chase & Status and interview opportunities with Iwan Thomas and Huw Stephens. However, we were both up early on Saturday and made our way up to the venue at 4pm, only to find that the music started at 6 (par). During the two hours we had to kill, we started drinking (well I did, and Dave had his sixth beer of the day) and ventured over the Cadbury stand to find out more about the TV show, which will be starting on ITV2 in the next few months. The idea of the show is to get people active during the lead up to the Olympic Games in London, whether it be running, swimming or doing small fun games that were available for all to sample at the Festival. There was everything from bouncing ping pong balls into fish bowls, slingshotting Cream Eggs through holes and balancing on Wispa bars (as you can see below, Dave wasn't so good at that one after the amount alcohol that had been consumed) - we played six games, and I won 4-2, of course. But yeah, the whole idea was really cool - it was nice to see something like this at a festival, working in harmony with the music side of the event, encouraging competition and just generally promoting physical activity. As someone who has just finished a Sport Development degree and runs a Music Blog, it was brilliant to have the chance to see my two favourite things on a site like this together. You can read more about the Minute To Win It campaign, HERE.

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