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Tokyo World has quickly become a staple of the Bristol and UK festival scene, and never fails to close the season with a bang. The festival takes place in mid-September for 2019 in Bristol's Eastville Park, and headliners such as Action Bronson, Sister Sledge, Wu-Tang Clan, and Wilkinson have topped the festival's in previous years.
Tokyo World has always been known as a festival on the forefront of modern music, with a focus on contemporary artists pushing new sounds. The festival integrates the full scope of both innovative and timeless music, but also of music fans and festival goers: fans of Hip Hop and Grime have been able to enjoy sets by Ace Hood, Lethal Bizzle, Little Simz, Nadia Rose, and Lady Leshurr.
Please visit www.tokyoworld.org/ for more information.
Craig David Presents TS5
TS5 began in the comforts of Craig David’s own home in Miami where he hosted and DJ-ed weekly house parties, which he then chose to share with the world via Soundcloud. This led to Craig being flown across the world to host one off TS5 events and bringing the intimate feel of his DJ sets from his Miami home to clubs in Geneva, Italy, Sardinia and many more including the world renown Billionaire Club in Monaco.
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De La Soul
One of the most artistic and creative hip-hop acts ever, this trio from Long Island have had an unquestionable influence since their debut in 1987. As well as hits from their legendary album '3 Feet High and Rising' including 'The Magic Number', 'Say No Go' and 'Me Myself and I', their recent releases have included a collaboration with Gorillaz, 'Feel Good Inc', which reached no 2 in the UK singles charts.
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Hailing from South London, D-Block Europe are a collective of artists led by Young Adz and Dirtbike LB. Not being constrained to one genre, their music explores different sounds while showcasing their impeccable bars and staying true to their individual style.
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Gorgon City (DJ Set)
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Justin Clarke from East London, better known by his stage name Ghetts (formerly Ghetto) is one of the UK's most highly acclaimed Rap / MC artists with explosive, hard hitting lyrics and fast, intricate rhymes. Ghetts and is regarded as a pioneer of the Grime movement.
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Jungle (DJ Set)
Jungle has a fearsome live reputation and are now gathering the same for their DJ sets with their musical style described as 'midtempo 1970s-style funk' and their music is intermixed with 'tropical percussion, wildlife noises, falsetto yelps, psychedelic washes and badoinking bass'.
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A DJ Collective from Brentford featuring MC Sniper and DJ Beats. They featured in the BBC Three mockumentary People Just Do Nothing following the exploits and lives at a pirate radio station.
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Platinum selling Kojo Funds first made his mark on the UK music scene with his ultimate banger ‘Dun Talking’, catapulting him to the forefront of the UK Afrobeat inspired sound. With his ability to continuously knock out huge records with tracks like ‘Warning’, ‘My 9ine’ and & ‘Fine Wine’. As of 2018 Kojo managed to rack up over 100 million streams and 100 million YouTube views, globally, solely off the merit of his melodic flows and notable harmonious ad-libs. Marrying together his background of Ghanaian and Dominican heritage and his London roots, Kojo has created a perfectly compatible sound and ethos, that he coins Afro Swing.
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Leftfield (DJ Set)
Spinning deep roots, conscious world, and dark drum`n`bass,... fusing organic sounds and music technology to create a unique vibe. (Spitz)
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An Afro pop singer and entrepreneur from Nigeria. He is the pioneer of Banku music, a fusion sound he describes as a mixture of "Ghanaian bounces, Ghanaian highlife, jazzy aspects, multiple guitars with Nigerian chord progressions and patterns."
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Making his official introduction to the game with his Mad About Bars, M Huncho has brought his own sound to the scene. His wavy flow combined with the realness and depth off his lyrics have allowed him to resonate with the fans and supporters of the our industry, and thus build himself a strong, loyal fanbase.
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NAO is a British singer-songwriter from East London. Her sound has been described as soul combined with electronic music, funk and R&B.
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Nafe is known for creating a distinct sound of music and continues to defy genres with his unique vocal style proving him to not only be a credible rap artist but a melodic vocalist too. In early 2016 his talent was getting noticed more than ever, and when he was just 19 years old he was asked to support US superstar Future on his UK tour. Nafe then closed 2016 by being one of the only support acts to open up for one the biggest rappers in England, Skepta, at his headline show in front of 10,000 people at Alexandra Palace. In 2017 Nafe’s promising movements continued during his joint show with Toronto rapper Smoke Dawg - where in an iconic moment for the UK rap scene Drake made a surprise appearance at their gig in XOYO, Shoreditch. The Luton-raised rhymer has been independently mentored by friends and family since launching his career, and remains unsigned despite being inundated with offers. Nafe has continuously received support from some of the hottest DJ’s and fellow musicians, and similarly the likes of highly regarded publications such as BBC 1xtra, OVO sound, Complex, and even the MOBO Awards.
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Russ is an Atlanta rapper / singer / producer creating a lot of buzz lately. His area of expertise is almost the complete opposite of most Atlanta trap rappers, yet his production and melodic songs remain catchy and upbeat. As part of the DIEMON crew, Russ has released 11 albums with critical acclaim. While he may not be exactly a 'backpack' rapper, what Russ lacks in lyricism and wordplay is made up in production skills and fantastic story-telling ability.
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Soul II Soul
Soul II Soul have been producing memorable quality music since the late eighties. They've sold over 6.8 million albums in 35 territories across the globe and appeared on over 100 compilation albums. Their Club Classics Vol. 1 album was named one of the top 50 British Albums Ever by Q Magazine. They began as a sound system in the early 80s, playing at various house blues parties, street parties and local youth clubs, adopting a unique style which became known as 'Funki Dred'. Soul II Soul signed to Virgin Records, and the rest is history. Tracks such as 'Keep On Movin' and 'Back To Life' have stood the test of time.
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Having gained millions of views on YouTube from his songs such as 'Can't Go Broke' and 'Bae', the North London artist Tion Wayne has supported Rock Ross and Sarkodie in his career so far.
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Hailing from the leafy suburbs of South West London is Ram Records’ Wilkinson, hotly tipped to do big things across drum & bass and electronica. He has topped the D&B charts and received numerous daytime Radio 1 plays. He continues to tour worldwide from Sydney to Berlin, Barcelona to Brighton, with his dynamic and energetic DJ sets.
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Upcoming British rapper from East London, Yxng Bane gained fame for his smooth and passionate flow mixed with harmonious and hearty singing that he credits Chris Brown and Future for serving as an inspiration since they have consistently remaining at the top despite the things they’ve been through. Gaining attention from the release of Lone Wolf, Yxng Bane has been quite consistent and dropped his first EP/mixtape Full Moon quite quickly which included soon to be hits like Doubted Me and Villain. Before rap, he wasn’t known as Yxng Bane, it was just G Mula. When he started doing the rap thing, he didn’t want to show his face, and just wanted to do it for the music, as he quotes, 'because I got love for music and I got stories to tell and things that are happening in my life.” So he decided to let just “put Yxng Bane out there, with the Bane mask.'
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Hailing from South London comes fresh faced, exciting rapper Yungen. Currently heralded as one of the most exciting and talented young rappers from the underground, Yungen embarks on his journey to keep wowing listeners with his catchy punchlines, real lyrical ability, and his hunger to push his music to all shores of the UK.
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Danny Howard currently presents Radio 1's Dance Anthems and was the winner of their 'Superstar DJ' competition in 2011. Danny has already notched up a list of enviable gigs, including playing at Space Ibiza, Ushuaia, a bi-weekly resident at Judgement Sundays as well as Judgement in Majorca.
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Dax J is a London born, Berlin based artist, known as a powerful DJ, producer and label boss.
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Emerging from the shadows of Bristol’s fabled drum and bass scene, Eli Brown is now moving forward in the house world with his dark high-energy productions. Unconstrained by musical boundaries but still channelling his sonic roots, Brown is merging weighty Bristol bass lines with classic vocal hooks and caustic synth melodies. He’s crafting a twisted take on club music that will undoubtedly become a dancefloor staple.
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Miss Wants, notorious for her hard-hitting bass house style, is a self taught DJ from Birmingham. Over the past few years a new genre of house music has quickly risen to the forefront of the scene with Hannah securely taking the reigns as its leading lady. “Hannah Wants (aka Hannah Alicia Smith) is a star rapidly rising through the ranks not just in Birmingham but throughout the UK and beyond.” - Music Blog.
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Berlin-based DJ and producer who is partly responsible for exporting the now famous 'Berghain-sound' worldwide. Whilst still heavily affiliated with Berghain's own Ostgut Ton imprint, he also nurtures up-and-coming talent through his very own 'MDR' imprint.
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Experimental techno producer Robert Hood, whose music is heavily influenced by the Detroit sound and his desire to push back the boundaries of contemporary electronic music.
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