Hip Hop won't stop: The definitive UK/ Ireland Hip Hop Guide
Highlights include: AFRO, Slick Rick, Tory Lanez, Black Milk, Danny Brown, Street Sounds UK Fresh, Rahzel, Mos Def, Mick Jenkins, Elhae, Death Grips, Bishop Nehru, Ultramagnetic MCs, Mykki Blanco, KRS-One, Digable Planets, Talib Kweli and more
Check out our round-up of the best MCs, Beat-boxers and DJs heading your way. All prices exclusive of booking fees.
AFRO AKA "All Flows Reach Out" has been lauded by Questlove as "the future of Hip-Hop". Check him on his winter UK tour starting on 29th November in Bristol, covering Leeds, Liverpool and London. Tickets from £7.50 to £10.
Slick Rick has announced a rare UK tour, playing London, Birmingham and Brighton from 26th November, with tickets starting at £25, on sale now.
The Canadian rapper returns to the UK for spring tour, having played a few dates in 2016. Expect to hear tracks from his debut album, "I Told" you when he plays London, Birmingham and Manchester from 4th April. Tickets from £17.50 (£26 for London).
Black Milk returns to the capital in December, playing the Jazz Cafe on 10th December. Tickets cost just £12.50.
Danny Brown has announced a November UK tour, playing London, Bristol, Hove, Leeds, Dublin, Glasgow and Birmingham from 10th November. Expect to hear songs from new album, "Atrocity Exhibition". Tickets available, from £16.50 (£17.50 for London and €26.50 for Dublin).
DMC World DJ Championships
The 2016 World DJ Championships finals take place once again at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town on 24th September, featuring workshops on DJing, beatbox, popping and live performances from the newly-reformed Invisibl Skratch Piklz (DJ Q-Bert, Shortkut and D Styles), Killa Kela and the Spitkingdom Soundsystem, DJ Fly & DJ Netik, DJ Woody and more. Tickets cost £21 for the full day.
Street Sounds UK Fresh
Street Sounds UK Fresh celebrates 30 years since the ground-breaking Street Sounds "UK Fresh" concert at Wembley Arena in 1986. Taking place on 1st October at the Qube in London, the event will feature electro act, Newcleus ("Jam-On It", "Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song)" etc) and other live acts, plus DJs Morgan Khan (Street Sounds founder), Andy Smith, BMXing, Breaking, Graffiti plus a special tribute to the late Capital Radio DJ who helped make it happen: Mike Allen.
The beatboxer, rapper and one-time member of The Roots has announced a September London gig at Brooklyn Bowl with DJ JS-1 on 22nd September. The night will also feature a Breakdance battle between rival London crews Rain Crew and Soul Mavericks. Tickets cost £15.
Yasiin Bey plays classic Mos Def at the O2 Forum in Playing Kentish Town on 14th October. Tickets on sale now, priced from £25.50.
Has a string of winter dates confirmed across the UK including Dublin, Bristol, Manchester and London. Expect learned thoughtful verbeage and tight beats - tickets from £15 upwards.
Mick Jenkins has a UK tour planned, showcasing songs from new album, "[T]he [H]ealing [C]omponent". Tickets on sale now, priced from £13.50
Elhae will play back-to-back LOndon gigs at XOYO on 19th and 20th September. Limited early-bird tickets cost £12, rising to £16 once those have gone.
Death Grips have announced an October UK/ Ireland tour, playing London, Manchester, Brighton, Glasgow and Dublin from 13th October. Limited tickets available.
The American rapper has announced a short UK tour, playing London, Glasgow and Leeds from 1st October. Tickets range from £9 to £12.50.
Ultramagnetic MCs play back-to-back London gigs at the Rah Rah Room in Picadilly on 22nd and 23rd February, with tickets costing £25.
Has announced an October UK tour, showcasing songs from new album, "Mykki", with gigs in London, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester and Sheffield from 4th October. Tickets from £9.
Fresh from his summer UK tour, it's the Return of the Boom Bap once again with the former Boogie Down Productions man playing London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Brighton and more in September. Tickets available, from just £14 for Milton Keynes, £17.50 for others (£25 for London).
Digable Planets reformed in 2015, seeing the return of the American jazz-rap outfit playing Under The Bridge on 23rd November. Tickets cost £25.
Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper has announced a short UK tour for November, playing gigs in Manchester and Brixton on 19th and 20th. Tickets on sale now - and selling fast.
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah have announced a September gig in London at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town on 25th September. Tickets on sale now, from £20.50 (early-birds).
has announced a short UK tour, playing London and Manchester on 3rd and 4th October. Tickets start from £15.
Flatbush Zombies have announced a UK and Ireland tour, playing London, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Glasgow and Bristol in September. Tickets range from £16.50 to £21 (for London, €23.50 for Dublin).
Celebrates ten years since the release of "It's Not a Rumour" with an October UK tour, covering London, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Norwich, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Brighton, Manchester, Liverpool and more from 3rd to 28th October. Tickets on sale now, from £14 (just £9 for Milton Keynes, £18.50 for the KOKO Camden gig).
Plays shows in Manchester (The Warehouse Project) and Dublin in the build-up to the new reissue of his classic Endtroducing album . Tickets cost £25 upwards.
DMC World DJ Championships
DMC World DJ Championships
It's the annual final of the World DJ championships, back for its 31st year with the international heats taking place across the year culminating in the final at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town on 2th September. Tickets cost £20.
Grandmaster Flash has announced a few sporadic dates for 2016, with a set at London's Brooklyn Bowl in March as well as Milton Keynes in the summer. Tickets cost £20 for London, £15 for Milton Keynes.
Plays London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Dublin and Manchester, showcasing new album, "When It's Dark Out" in May. From £16.50 to £18.50 (€21 for Dublin).