Hip Hop won't stop: The definitive UK/ Ireland Hip Hop Guide
Highlights include: The Pharcyde, Rick Ross, Gang Starr Foundation, Young Thug, Masta Ace, Grandmaster Flash, J-Dilla Changed My Life, Smif-n-Wessun, Faith Child, Game, Dead Prez, Roots Manuva, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Akala and more
Check out our round-up of the best MCs, Beat-boxers and DJs heading your way. All prices exclusive of booking fees.
Rick Ross has announced an April UK tour with French Montana, playing the O2 Academy in Birmingham on 2nd April and London's Wembley SSE Arena on the 3rd. Tickets range from £30 to £40. Rick will be promoting recent album, "Black Market".
The Pharcyde have announced a special "Labcabincalifornia" 20th anniversary gig at the Electric Ballroom in Camden on 1st April. Released in 1996, Labcabincalifornia featured the hits "Runnin'" and "Drop". Tickets cost £20.
Gang Starr Foundation
Play rare UK and Ireland dates this spring, with Dublin (17th March) and Glasgow (15th April) announced so far and more expected. Tickets cost £15 for Glasgow, €20.40 for Dublin.
The American rapper makes his UK debut, playing London and Manchester in February and March, with tickets priced from £27.50. Expect tracks from recent album, "Barter6".
The Juice Crew man plays a London gig in May promoting forthcoming album, "The Falling Season" at Camden's Jazz Cafe. Tickets cost £15.
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.
J-Dilla Changed My Life
The annual event hosted by The Doctor's Orders pays tribute to the "life and work of a true Hip-Hop genius", marking 10 years since the passing of the producer and rapper. Guests on the night include DJ Maseo (De La Soul), Phat Kat (Cold Steel), Illa J (J-Dilla's Brother), DJ LoK (Dilla breaks set), Kidkanevil, plus Doctor's Orders regulars DJ Spin Doctor, Shortee Blitz and Mr Thing. It takes place at Scala in Kings Cross on 7th February, with tickets ranging from £10 (rising to £15 once they're gone) or £30 for VIP tickets, with funds going to the J-Dilla Foundation.
Smif-n-Wessun have announced rare UK dates, playing London, Manchester and Birmingham in March from 24th at Band on the Wall, then The Oobleck and finally Camden's Jazz Cafe on 29th March, priced from £12 to £16.
The 2015 MOBO nominee plays London and Manchester in February, with tickets priced from £10.
Game has announced a "Documentary 2" UK tour, playing London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Oxford and Manchester in February. Tickets on sale now, from £28.
The duo return to the UK in March, playing London, Newcastle, Sheffield, Bristol, Brighton and Manchester, priced from £12 (Bristol) to £21 (London).
Plays London, Manchester and Birmingham in April, playing songs from new album, "The Incredible True Story" with tickets priced from £14.
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).
Roots Manuva launched new album, "Bleeds" in November with a one-off London gig which will be backed-up by a spring UK tour, covering London, Brighton, Cambridge and Manchester in February and March. Tickets cost £18.50 to £20.
Slum Village have announced a short February UK tour, playing London and Newcastle, showcasing songs from recebt album, "Yes!". Tickets available, from £16 to £17.
Anderson .Paak plays London and Manchester in February, playing songs from recent album, "Malibu". Tickets on sale now, from £12.50 to £15.50.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have announced a UK/ Ireland tour, promoting their second (as yet untitled) album in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Dublin and Belfast from 12th to 27th April. Tickets on sale now.
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).
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.
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.