Hip Hop won't stop: The definitive UK/ Ireland Hip Hop Guide
Highlights include: Grandmaster Flash, Xzibit, Akala, Roots Manuva, The Doctor's Orders, The Internet, DJ Format, Big Daddy Kane, Joey Badass, 50 Cent, Yelawolf, A$AP Rocky, Krept & Konan, Blackalicious, KiD iNk and more
Check out our round-up of the best MCs, Beat-boxers and DJs heading your way. All prices exclusive of booking fees.
Grandmaster Flash must be on track to becoming an honorary Brit, with the number of UK dates he's played over the last few years (he's already played spring and summer UK stints). He returns in the autumn and winter, playing Newcastle, Glasgow, Suffolk and Wakefield and then a set at the Jazz cafe's 25th Birthday party with Damage, Mica Paris etc (all in October). Added to that is a December gig at Brooklyn Bowl - tickets on sale now.
Xzibit has announced an October UK tour, playing London, Manchester and Bristol from 5th to 6th October. Tickets range from £16 (Bristol) to £25 (London).
Akala has announced a winter UK tour, promoting recent album "Knowledge is Power - Vol II" with gigs in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Nottingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow and more. Tickets cost £12 for most dates, £15 for London (just £10.50 for Edinburgh/ £11 for Glasgow).
Roots Manuva launches new album, "Bleeds" with a rare London gig at the Islington Town Hall on 5th November. Produced in collaboration with Fred, Four Tet, Adrian Sherwood and With You, the album sees the light of day via Ninja Tune this November. Gig tickets cost £20.
The Doctor's Orders
The Doctor's Orders celebrate ten years with a special party at Scala in King's Cross on 23rd October with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kutmah, The Nextmen, Tall Black Guy, Shortee Blitz and residents Mr Thing, DJ Spin Doctor, Mo Fingaz and DJ Russ Ryan. Tickets on sale now, from £17.50.
The Internet celebrate the release of new album "Ego Death" with a November UK tour, playing London, Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow, with the added bonus of Thundercat for the London and Manchester gigs! Tickets range from £15 to £20.
DJ Format reunites with long-term collaborator Abdominal this November, playing London, Brighton, Manchester, Lincoln, Southampton and more. Tickets start at just £4.50(!!!) in Lincoln, and £12/ £12.50 elsewhere except London (£15).
Big Daddy Kane
It's a Big Daddy Thing when Big Daddy Kane plays the UK and there'll be No Half Steppin' as the former Juice Crew man plays the Jazz Cafe in Camden this November. Tickets cost £23.50.
Atmosphere have a short UK tour scheduled for autumn, showcasing recent album "Southsiders". You can catch them in London, Brighton, Manchester and Bristol, with tickets costing £15 to £18.50.
Joey Badass has announced a November UK/ Ireland tour, following his stint at Wireless with Drake, playing London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol, Dublin, Norwich and more. Tickets on sale now, from £17.50 (Glasgow) to £22 (London) and more in-between.
50 Cent returns to UK arenas this November, having played his first UK gig in almost five years at the O2 Arena in July. He's playing Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle in November, with tickets on sale now from £35.50 to £40.
Yelawolf has announced a short November UK tour - his first since 2012, playing London, Glasgow and Birmingham. Tickets on sale now, from £16.50.
A$AP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa share the bill during their October UK arena tour, playing London, Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham from 13th October. Tickets start from £36.
Krept & Konan
Krept & Konan celebrate the release of their debut album "The Long Way Home" with an autumn UK tour, covering London, Bristol, Sheffield, Brighton, Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham. Tickets from £13 to £17.
Blackalicious return with their second UK tour for 2015, playing London, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow, Bristol, Reading and more this autumn. Tickets from £15.
KiD iNk celebrates new album "Full Speed" with an October UK/ Ireland tour including dates in Southampton, Bristol, Manchester, Dublin and more expected. Tickets on sale now, starting from £22.50.
Fuse ODG follows his short sold out October UK tour with a spring tour covering London, Glasgow, Liverpool, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester. Tickets are priced around the £10 mark.
DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJ Jazzy Jeff will play London this May, with other UK dates expected to be announced (fingers crossed). Catch the turntable supremo at Camden's Jazz Cafe on 3rd May. Tickets cost £25.
Beardyman brings his beat-box-of-tricks on tour this winter, playing London, Norwich, Brighton, Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol, Oxford, Birmingham, Gloucester, Leicester and Nottingham in November and December. Tickets cost £15 for London, £12.50 elsewhere.