Brass Against 9 times out of 10 Facebook’s suggested posts are just wallpaper that get unceremoniously scrolled passed, but seeing one for a brass band playing Cochise as a tribute to Chris Cornell caught my eye – as a massive fan of his – and it blew me away. That was my introduction to Brass Against and I was instantly hooked. So getting the chance to see them live was something I wasn’t going to miss.


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Gods of Rap Gods of Rap brought together three of the most iconic names in hip-hop for an incredible celebration of music along with the legendary DJ Premier of Gang Starr steering the ship throughout the show. De La Soul, Public Enemy and Wu-Tang Clan joined forces in Manchester and took the roof of with a combination of feel-good vibes, political power and camaraderie.


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Noname The sassy student crowd filled the Institute, waiting eagerly for one of the most promising rappers to come out of Chicago for a long time as Noname brought her sell out Room 25 tour to Birmingham.


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Drake Flying Ferraris, phenomenal pyrotechnics and a half time show that saw an audience member attempt to win £20,000. This could only mean one thing as music royalty Drake tore down Birmingham for the opening night of three dates in the city for the 'Assassination Vacation' tour.


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Jay Rock In my opinion Jay Rock is the most underrated member of famed rap label TDE. He produces consistently good albums, but gets easily overlooked against bigger names like Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. His current tour is titled ‘Redemption', could this be his moment to truly shine on his own merits?


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Neneh Cherry Like fine wine, some people seem to improve as they get older, having witnessed Neneh Cherry at the Stylus in Leeds, I can safely say that in this case this analogy seems rather apt.


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Fun Lovin' Criminals The crowd went wild as Fun Lovin' Criminals appeared on stage. Frontman Huey looking a little worse for wear perching on a red leather chair with his leg strapped up as he hobbled on bravely.


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Azealia Banks Azealia Banks is the queen. For me, she’s the modern-day version of Betty Davis, the free spirit that inspired Miles Davis. Young and wild, nasty (in a nice way), playful and sultry - and more than anything, she’s absolutely unbeatable on stage. Whether she’s spitting fire over the nastiest of beats, singing over massive club bangers or playfully crooning over a trippy jazz beat she sounds incredible.


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Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers Just mere months ago we were at the smaller Village Underground in Shoreditch. It’s been precisely 5 months and 15 days and the crowds now wind their way around the entirety of the venue, waiting for doors at the sold out Camden KOKO, such is their ever-growing popularity.


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Young Fathers As 2018 draws to a close, I usually create a list of the best gigs, albums and songs of the year. This was one of the toughest decisions to make, but a night at Brixton with Young Fathers made that decision a whole lot easier.


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50 Cent Coming into a half filled Arena, the usual buzz seemed to be lacking, a fight broke out with disgruntled fans but rap megastar 50 Cent saved the day, whether intentional or not by putting back the headline for 30 minutes he allowed the Birmingham venue to fill up and all in attendance managed to beat the gruelling queue beforehand to see their idol.


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Damian Marley In the middle of a glorious summer heatwave, Leeds welcomed Damian Marley to the O2 on the Stony Hill Tour, his fourth album released in summer 2017.


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Charli 2na and Krafty Kuts If old school hip hop and breakbeats are your thing, then you were in luck tonight with former Jurassic 5 member Charli 2na (Charles Stewart) and multi award winning DJ Krafty Kuts (Martin Reeves) onstage at the Brudenell Social club in Leeds.


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Anderson .Paak For one night only Anderson .Paak played a free show at London's O2 Brixton Academy for Apple Music. What can only be described as a ‘legendary night’ fans were treated to a surprise appearance from the one and only Dr. Dre! Watch a clip of the incredible moment here. Together Dre and his protégé Paak performed tracks 'Still D.R.E.' and 'The Next Episode', sending the 5,000 strong venue into a wild frenzy.


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