Between 26th March and 19th April, the curatorial and creative giants that are Red Bull Music Academy embark on a four-leg tour across the UK. In its own signature hedonistic hybrid style, this month-long marathon of lectures, broadcasts shows and club nights combines colossal, global names with homegrown institutions, sensory experiments with solid hedonistic escapes, each rooted in ‘the city’s cultural heritage’.
Kicking things off in Glasgow, RBMA brings the likes of Danny Brown, Romare and Prins Thomas to their platform while local duo Optimo and Glaswegian institution LuckyMe flaunt the city’s greatest talents with a guest appearance from genre-busting rapper Mykki Blanco. Next, across the Bristol weekend Seth Troxler dominates day and night, chatting both food and thoughts at the Canteen before bringing an intimate yet expansive display of house and techno at The Love Inn. The following evening, RBMA have joined forces with Crack Magazine to bring Danny Brown, Novelist and Mumdance to a 17th Century mansion on the outskirts of the city for Lords of the Manor.
The fourth and final leg of the tour arrives in Manchester from the 16-19 April.
With RBMA radio hosting a pop-up broadcast in each city, the Manchester session takes residence at Soup Kitchen to flaunt a seamless combination of the up-and-coming talent of this Northern heartland with veterans of its music scene. Contributors include Paleman, Swing Ting, Krystal Klear and Chunky, each bringing an arsenal of solid selections to this open house of musical chatter to get stuck into. Also throughout the weekend at Soup Kitchen is DR.ME’s Jacket: An Exhibition which showcases a collection of the studio’s iconic record sleeve artwork. There will also be a sit-down conversation with Skepta at Gorilla’s Studio before he joins his Boy Better Know comrades for a Tropical takeover of The Ritz.
With a wealth of talent descending upon the capital as well as all the above, RBMA’s four week invasion of the UK is not to be missed.
Find out more about all the events and get tickets here.