Hip Hop won't stop: The definitive UK/ Ireland Hip Hop Guide
Highlights include: Ab-Soul, London Posse, Eminem, Jehst, J. Cole, Big Daddy Kane, The Sugarhill Gang, Masta Ace, KRS-One, Run the Jewels, DJ Format & Abdominal, Waka Flocka Flame, Tory Lanez and more
Check out our round-up of the best MCs, Beat-boxers and DJs heading your way in 2017/18. All prices exclusive of booking fees.
Ab-Soul, the Black Hippy founder has announced a summer London gig at the O2 Academy in Islington on 7th June with special guests. Limited tickets available.
London Posse are back, featuring Rodney P and Bionic - and it's just what the Doctor ordered! You can thank the guys at The Doctor's Orders for helping this tour to happen. In their words: "Hands down the most influential British rap group of all time. Without London Posse there would be no Grime or UK Hip-Hop as it is today." They play London, Bristol and Manchester from 21st May, with tickets costing £20 for London, £15 elsewhere.
Jehst has announced a 44th Floor tour, playing London, Leeds, Manchester, Tunbridge Wells, Bristol, Kings Heath and Plymouth from 20th April. Limited early-bird tickets from £10, rising to £12.50.
Anderson .Paak has announced a London gig at the Forum in Kentish Town on 16th April, prior to his Bruno Mars support slots. Tickets cost £29.50.
J Hus has announced a spring UK tour, playing Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Norwich, Glasgow, Nottingham, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Hatfield and Oxford from 1st May.
J. Cole has announced a massive "4 Your Eyez Only" UK arena tour, showcasing songs from his latest album. He plays London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham from 12th October and tickets are selling fast, with a second O2 Arena gig announced on the on-sale day.
Big Daddy Kane
There won't be No Half Steppin' when Smooth Operator Big Daddy Kane hits the UK in May, playing Bristol and Leicester (so far) from 5th May, with other dates expected. Tickets from £15 (early-birds), rising to £22 depending on venue.
The Sugarhill Gang
The Sugarhill Gang plus Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio's Furious 5 to tour the UK in the summer, covering London, Leicester, Inverness, Liverpool, Norwich, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Preston 1st June. Tickets on sale now, from £17.50.
The Juice Crew rapper plays the Jazz Cafe in Camden on 8th April, showcasing songs from recent album, "The Falling Season". Tickets cost £15.
Woop, woop! That's the sound of KRS-One and a spring UK tour, playing towns that maybe haven't had much KRS action before, including Whitstable, Exeter, Swansea and Sheffield from 27th April. Tickets cost from £20 (£25 for Whitstable).
Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels are rappers El P and Killer Mike and they have announced a short UK and Ireland tour for the spring, playing London, Manchester, Belfast and Dublin from 29th March. Limited tickets available.
DJ Format and Abdominal pair-up once again for a May UK tour, kicking-off in Leeds on the 3rd, with gigs in London, Brighton, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Bristol and more, priced from £14 (£17.50 for London). Prior to the tour, DJ Format has a Brixton gig at The Blues Kitchen with The Invisible Orchestra on Friday 31st March. Tickets cost just £5 for that gig.
Waka Flocka Flame
Ludacris has announced a London gig for the spring, playing the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on 25th March. Tickets 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).