Hip Hop won't stop: The definitive UK/ Ireland Hip Hop Guide
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Run DMC will play their first UK dates this century(!), with a Hammersmith Eventim Apollo gig announced for 5th July. Expect to hear the classics: "It's Like That", "My Adidas", "It's Tricky", "Run's House", "Walk this Way" etc. Tickets on sale now, from £38.50.
Pharoahe Monch with DJ Boogie Blind in March, covering Jamm in Brixton, plus: Bristol, Nottingham, Leicester, Leeds, Tunbridge Wells and Dublin from 23rd March. Ticket prices vary venue-to-venue, with prices starting at £14 for Bristol rising to £20, with the London gig coming in at £17.50.
Yasiin Bey [Mos Def]
The Game tours the UK, playing London, Manchester and Middlesbrough from 21st March, priced from £20 to £29.50 (London).
Masta Ace returns to London after his November gigs with the Juice Crew. You can catch him at the Jazz Cafe on 18th May, with tickets priced from £15.
Waka Flocka Flame
Waka Flocka Flame plays the UK and Ireland in March after what will have been almost a two year absence. Expect to hear songs from new (and delayed) album, "Flockaveli 2" as he plays the Sugar Club in Dublin on 12th March and XOYO in London on the 14th - joined by DJ WhooKid for both gigs. Tickets cost £17.50 for London and 22 Euros for Dublin.
Desiigner has a one-off (so far) UK gig announced for 25th March, when he plays KOKO in Camden. Tickets cost £20 to see the New York rapper.
Kendrick Lamar heads-out on "The DAMN. Tour" with James Blake in tow hitting arenas in the UK and Ireland this February. Tickets are now in limited supply, with a second London O2 Arena gig now added (13th Feb).
The Underachievers return to the UK and Ireland in February, with gigs in London and Dublin (so far) announced for 20th and 24th, showcasing songs from recent album, "Renaissance". Tickets cost £20 for London, 19.50 Euros for Dublin.
AFRO has announced a one-off London gig at the Jazz Cafe on 22nd November. Tickets cost £17.50 to see the American "All Flows Reach Out" MC.
It's Like A Jungle Sometimes
Perhaps our favourite name for a Hip Hop club night, It's Like a Jungle Sometimes takes place weekly at Cargo in Shoreditch every Thursday night. Tickets cost just £2 if you get "The Message".
Bryson Tiller has added a third London gig to his "Set it Off" UK tour with SZA, playing the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on 27th, 28th November and now 3rd December. The pair also play Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and Dublin from 20th November. Tickets from £27.50 (£36.50 for London) and selling fast.
DJ Format and Abdominal pair-up once again for an autumn UK and Ireland tour, covering London, Birmingham, Lincoln, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, Dublin and more from 31st October. Tickets from £12.50 rising to £14/ £15 (£19.50 for London), with very limited early-bird tickets for Blackpool costing just £10! Tickets for Lincoln cost just £7.50, so expect those to fly. As a bonus DJ Format plays a special Manchester gig at the Albert Hall, "La Rolla-Discotheque", featuring Will Tramp!, Krysko and Sam Redmore.
The Doomtree man has announced a short December UK tour, covering London, Manchester and Glasgow from 14th December. Expect to hear songs from recent album, "Chill, dummy". Tickets from £12 (£15 for London).
Akala has announced an autumn UK tour, playing London, Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Brighton, Leeds, Cardiff and Manchester from 28th October.
J Hus has announced a spring UK tour, playing Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Norwich, Glasgow, Nottingham, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Hatfield and Oxford from 1st May.