Think Ahead Tuesdays: Hip Hop Kemp Preview
By Anton Constantinou
Forget Reading, screw Outlook- the only festival rap heads need to bother with this summer is Hip Hop Kemp. In just under two weeks, the Czech Republic will play host to some of the dopest cats in the game, past and present, as thousands gather for 3 action packed days of emceeing, deejaying, beatboxing, breakdancing and grafitting. Taking place each year in old communist era airfield, turned campsite, it’s a distant call to hip hop’s gritty beginnings: where rusty hangars blare loud music and cocksure teenagers with buzz cuts bop about in baggy jeans with ghettoblasters on their shoulders.
First starting in 2002, it’s come to incorporate just about all aspects of hip hop culture, and now sees an annual turnout of roughly 20,000 visitors. Connecting with an international audience, its acts include big time US and UK stars as well as regional talent from around Europe. Notable artists down the years have ranged, Big Daddy Kane, KRS One, Dilated Peoples, De La Soul, Mos Def, Wu Tang Clan and Foreign Beggars.
This year’s offering is quite possibly one of the best yet. Leading from the front are Mobb Deep, Raekwon and Ghostface, Joey Badass and Hopsin. Strong UK support arrives in the form of P Money and Verb T group, The Four Owls. Local band, Prago Union continue to feature, as proof that the Czech’s are just as passionate about hip hop as the rest of us. Poland’s big contribution is Wlodi and DJ B: a mainstream duo akin to Premier and Royce Da 5″ 9″ (who, incidentally, will also appearing). Dope D.O.D make a stand for the Netherlands, with their brand of horrorcore. Those in search of something a little different, should check out spoken word poet and performer, Akua Naru- her live sessions have so far proved something of a youtube sensation among intellectuals and spiritual types.
Kemp literally has it all: 8 packed stages, 96 hours of live hip hop, 499+ world artists. What more could you ask for? Similar festivals include Splash (Germany), Rock the Bells (USA) and Boom Bap (UK)- none coming close in affordability nor variety. Tickets prices are dirt cheap – for as little as £60 you can go V.I.P and access all areas. If you’re feeling like even more of scrooge, then a standard ticket will only cost you £34 – sure, you’ll have to go without shower facilities for 3 days, but isn’t that what festivals are all about? It’s a non brainer really!
Purchase your ticket now at eventim.co.uk. This isn’t one to miss!
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