Red Bull Music Academy presents Culture Clash
Roundhouse is the setting for London’s biggest soundclash. Going head to head will be Goldie, Skream & Benga,
Mikey Dread & more..
For the second time, the Red Bull Music Academy brings Culture Clash to Roundhouse. Four contending soundsystems, representing four branches of London bass music. Five rounds of the very best cross-genre explorations. One champion. Who wins? You, the crowd, decide.
Ever since Carnival first came to Notting Hill half a century ago, soundsystems have carved their reputations into the capital’s musical tapestries. To celebrate this tradition, some of the city’s biggest soundmen enter the ring under the watchful eye of the mighty Don Letts – to thrash out tunes and battle for sub-bass supremacy.
The line up on the night welcomes some of the most pioneering names in the evolution of bass music, from roots reggae to jungle to dubstep, and everything in between.
Goldie’s Metalheadz feat Andy C, Shy FX, Storm, MC GQ & MC Justyce
Skream & Benga presents Joker & MC Nomad & Artwork
Channel One Soundsystem feat Mikey Dread, Ras Kayleb & full crew
Soul Jazz Records Sound System presents 100% Dynamite
Hosted By: Don Letts
In the red corner, we have the Soul Jazz Records Sound System. Part of the empire that is Soul Jazz Records (who count artists as diverse as ESG, Four Tet, Ragga Twins, Subway, Tetine, Kalbata, and the late Steve Reid as part of their growing family), SJRSS’s strategy looks to be whipping the crowd into a frenzy with a mash-up of vintage funk, deep soul, rocksteady, dancehall and future bass cuts.
In the black corner, it’s none other than the legendary Channel One who’ve been spreading the gospel of Jah Rastafari worldwide for the best part of 30 years. Founded by brothers Jah T and Mikey Dread, Channel One has blown up Carnival since back in the day and at Culture Clash they will be serving original roots reggae sounds by the pound.
In the green corner, Skream & Benga will be throwing down heavy wobble to a baying crowd. With gravity-defying beats buoyed on a tsunami of sub-bass, the ruling kings of dubstep will be joined by young pretenders Joker & MC Nomad and the third piece of supergroup Magnetic Man, Artwork.
And, last but not least, in the final corner, we bow to the reigning Culture Clash champion Goldie himself: a man whose Metalheadz label and weekly residency at London’s legendary Blue Note propelled the junglist movement to the forefront of public consciousness. Add to this the release of ‘Timeless’, the twisted hymn to urban Britain that remains one of the key albums of the last 20 years, and you have a king who will not be taken down quietly. Goldie will welcome Andy C, Shy FX, Storm and MC GQ into the ring with himself. But will he be able to keep those infamous teeth in his crown with such a blistering line-up of talent ready to snatch it away?
So join us as the Four Soundmen of the Apocalypse darken North London’s door and shake the foundations of all that has gone before them, to fight it out at the second instalment of the Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash.
To get an idea of what to expect, watch the highlight clip of the first Culture Clash that went down on February 17th, while the Red Bull Music Academy was in session in London, below.
For the full audio of the first Culture Clash tune in at www.rbmaradio.com, and find out more about the Red Bull Music Academy at www.redbullmusicacademy.com.
Tickets: Limited early bird tickets £15, £18 advance, more on the door
Age restrictions: Over 18s only