Hip Hop won't stop: The definitive UK/ Ireland Hip Hop Guide
Check out our round-up of the best MCs and DJs heading your way for 2013. All prices exclusive of booking fees.
Busta Rhymes plays gigs in London and Bristol this May, ahead of his new album release, "E.L.E.2 (Extinction Level Event 2)" - out in July. Catch the "Woo Hah!" rapper at the Coronet in South London with Ty on 28th May and Bristol's O2 Academy the following day. Tickets start from £20 for London, £27.50 for Bristol.
Odd Future members, Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians bring their band over to the UK playing Manchester's Band on the Wall on 30th June - just a few weeks before fellow Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator plays in London. Tickets on sale now.
De La Soul
De La Soul - the "Three Feet High and Rising" stars will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album with two tours in May and August in London, Nottingham, Reading, Brighton, Leamington Spa, Manchester, Glasgow, Lowestoft, Bristol. They have also been announced as headliners at Dorset's Camp Bestival and are playing Kendal Calling in the Lake District. Tickets available (but selling fast for London), starting from £22.50.
Tyler, the Creator
Tyler, the Creator - the Odd Future rapper has announced a one-off (so far) date in London, playing The Forum in Kentish Town on 23rd July. Tickets cost £20 and are selling fast!
Public Enemy will play two low-key gigs ahead of their slot at Manchester's The Parklife Weekender in June, playing the unlikely towns of Leamington Spa and Lowestoft. Tickets cost £30 for Leamington Spa, £35 for Lowestoft or £49.50 for Manchester's Parklife all-dayer.
Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper has announced a one-off London gig at the most hip hop of venues in London - The Forum in Kentish Town, promoting his 2013 album "Acid Rap". Limited tickets available.
Snoop Dogg will play Brixton and Glasgow days either side of his Manchester stint at The Parklife Weekender on the Saturday (limited tickets available for that). Tickets for London and Glasgow cost £35 per night.
Grandmaster Flash everybody knows, he leaves a trail of destruction wherever he goes... Yes, the original turntablist is over in the UK and Ireland in May and across the summer. Tickets will be in demand, with a sold-out March tour now behind him. He plays Dublin in May, then Glasgow and London August.
The Music Man - Masta Ace - returns to the capital for a June gig with his eMC crew (with Wordsworth, Punchline and Stricklin) at Camden's Jazz Cafe. Expect to hear songs from recent release "Untitled 2nd Album". Tickets on sale now
Catch the Wu-Tang man in London and Liverpool this July where you can expect to hear tracks from recent album "Twelve Reasons to Die" plus a host of others. Tickets start at £15 (£17.50 for London).
Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
On the back of their sold-out 2013 and Jan/ Feb 2014 tours, the duo have announced spring dates showcasing their new album "Repent Replenish Repeat". The spring gigs feature Itch and Sarah Williams White.
Wiki, Hak and Sporting Life, AKA New York's Ratking will be hitting the UK, promoting their debut album "So It Goes" (out in April) with a few dates in May, starting at Glasgow's Stag and Dagger on 4th, then a London gig at Elektrowerkz on 7th (£9) and finally (so far), Brighton's The Great Escape on 9th.
You have to cast your mind back almost to the Jurassic period for the last proper UK tour from these guys (2006, in fact). But now they're back and you can catch Cut Chemist, Akil, DJ Nu-Mark, Chali 2na and the rest in Nottingham, Manchester, Bristol and Brixton in June. Tickets cost £32.50 for London and £25 elsewhere.
The American rapper will be in the UK to promote new album "Knock Madness" (released in November), with dates in Birmingham, Brighton and London in April. Tickets on sale now, from £13.50 to £15.