Mersey Joys

Red Bull Music Academy UK Tour makes its return for another year, stopping in four cities curating a calendar of club nights, studio sessions, AV shows, art installations, radio broadcasts and, ever at the center of the Academy experience, intimate live lectures with some of today’s most important artists. We headed up North for the first leg in Liverpool…

First stop was within the beautiful Palm House at Sefton Park, for a showcase of the UK’s digital soul scene featuring SJ Lewis and Suedebrown with special guest and Academy alumni Jamie Woon joining the bill. Next up, following in ASAP Rocky and Skepta’s footsteps, Krept and Konan took a seat on the Red Bull Music Academy sofa, with Sian Anderson, for an insight into how they’ve been a driving force to the UK’s rap scene.

Rejjie Snow, Loyle Carner, Suicideyear and Siobhan Bell all held it down at 24 Kitchen street at “Future Sounds” for an exploration of everything new wave hip hop, with Kenny Dope and Kidkanevil presenting an education in the genre’s immortal sounds later on that evening.

Saturday saw a trip to the Cosmos via Detroit with Moodymann headlining the “Club Cosmos” show at the brand new Invisible Wind Factory, alongside Sassy J, and Hunch Music label boss Hunee b2b with Dutch disco fave, Young Marco.

Sunday’s events came from Newham General’s boss D Double E who helped put together “Rhymeantics” a collaboration of grime and spoken word with fellow General Footsie and some of the scene’s newest and exciting additions AJ Tracey, Dave, Jammz and Big Zuu. Next stop, Glasgow.

Images: James North

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