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The UKʼs premier one day Hip-Hop, Beats and Bass festival returns in January 2020.Upgrading from a London all day festival to 2 weekends across London, Bristol & Manchester in Jan 2020.Gathering the best artists from the underground culture, Beat Horizon offers you a carefully curated blend of some of the world’s finest music including a wide variety of genres such as Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Reggae and Drum ‘n’ Bass and more.The festival features acts like Yasiin Bey (the influential hip-hop star and activist formerly known as Mos Def), legendary Goldie and his muscular Funk and Soulful pulses, inimitable alternative hip-hop group The Pharcyde, South London Dubstep icon Mala as well as Drum ‘n’ Bass pioneers Roni Size and LTJ Bukem.This cultural collision of hip hop, dub and drum ‘n’ bass includes Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon, Sampa The Great, Swindle, and many more.
Yasiin Bey (a.k.a Mos Def) barely needs an introduction. One half of the iconic nineties hiphop outfit Black Star, he was immediately rocketed to the top of his game, and his solo work over the following two decades haven’t disappointed, with albums including 2009’s The Ecstatic leading to him being voted one of the top 15 emcee’s of all time!WEBSITE
A true pioneer of the jungle & DnB scenes, Goldie co-founded the genre-defining label Metalheadz. Unlike some of the more anonymous electronic artists of the time, Goldie has always cultivated a strong personality, combining roots in hiphop and graffiti culture with funk, jazz influences.
After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental.WEBSITE
Sampa the Great (Sampa Tembo) is a poet and singer-songwriter. Expressing herself through music, poetry and visual art, Sampa captures listeners with thought provoking words, while encouraging people to enjoy the simplicity of creativity.
Roni Size’s whole life has been about building something new from whatever was around him. From Bristol youthclub parties, through the white heat of rave and the founding moments of jungle and drum’n’bass, to transforming underground electronic music into something that could be played by a live band on the biggest arena and festival stages, he has at each stage created completely afresh – not just a sound or style but an entire methodology of how music can be made. And each time, that new creation has reflected his heritage, his surroundings and the precise moment in which he’s operating.
Well-known Drum’n’bass producer, DJ, and head of the Good Looking Organisation of labels and artists. Widely acknowledged to be one of the leading figures in the genre of atmospheric or intelligent jungle. Born in London in 1967, he started out playing house in the late 80’s and early 90’s before setting up his Good Looking Records label and releasing seminal jungle tracks like “Demon’s Theme” and “Music”, as well as the popular Logical Progression series of compilations. Still producing and touring the world today.WEBSITE
Mala is a producer, DJ, label owner and visionary best known for his contributions to the scene known as dubstep. But to people who have been touched by his music or moved by his DJing, he holds deeper place in their hearts. Through certain frequencies, his music carries a message that fundamentally connects people.WEBSITE
Their debut “Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde” in 1992 introduced the world to one of the most innovative and original rap groups ever seen. They have gained a reputation as one of the finest live hip-hop groups with their energetic and fiery performances.WEBSITE
Dub Phizix and Strategy shook the UK Bass scene with their breakthrough track Marka a few years ago in collaboration with Skeptical. Since then they’ve endeared themselves to the UK clubbing community in their distinctive style, with Dub Phizix’s FabricLive mix receiving widespread acclaim in 2015.
Most recently, their ‘Well Good Do’ parties have road-blocked clubs across the nation and beyond; their Radio 1 Residency brings this aesthetic to the radio – curating the biggest names, exclusives and laughs in Bass music.WEBSITE
Swindle is a dubstep/grime/UK Funky producer from the UK, he has released on several labels such as Deep Medi Musik and Planet Mu, his most successful song so far has been Do The Jazz.WEBSITE
Kendrick Jeru Davis, known as Jeru the Damaja (born February 14, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rapper best known for his 1994 debut album, The Sun Rises in the East, ranked as one of the 100 greatest hip-hop albums of all time by the editors of About.com.WEBSITE
2 Times World Champion DJ, Lee Woodvine aka Woody is arguably one of the UK’s most influential
turntablists. Known for his innovations, he helped design the Worlds first ever musical turntable instrument (Vestax Controller One) and is famed as a prolific pioneer of new scratch techniques.
Agent J aka Jamie Groovement has warmed up for Ghostface Killah, DJ Format, Lamb, KING, Renegade Brass Band and Nightmare On Wax, played 45 sets ahead of Marlena Shaw, The Excitements, Myron & E, The Souljazz Orchestra, Lee Fields and the MIghty Mocambos, plus opened up at the legendary Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club.
As part of the In The Loop trio, he’s opened for El-P, Talib Kweli, Ultramagnetic MCs, Raekwon, RZA, Pharoahe Monch and been a routine part of the UK’s only official J Dilla tribute night.