They will hit four cities across four weekends for 36 shows with 192 artists.
Responsible for selling out London’s Earls Court for Culture Clash in the second half of last year, RBMA will return to the UK for a nationwide tour starting next month. Kicking off in Glasgow from Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th March, the first leg will be highlighted by events such as an immersive audiovisual take-over of the Gallery of Modern Art from Numbers, a Danny Brown headlined warehouse event with local party starters Astral Black and Mumdance, and a Sub Culture session at Sub Club with Derrick May.
The following week finds the tour moving on to Bristol from Thursday 2nd – Monnday 6th April. There Danny Brown and Mumdance will play again, with Novelist and his Square crew joining them as they take over a 17th Century Manor House with Crack Magazine on the Friday. The following day will see respected record store Idle Hands host free performances from the likes of Appleblim, Krust, Hodge and Shanti Celeste as part of an RBMA Radio broadcast. The Sunday of that bank holiday weekend meanwhile brings DJ Koze to the Arnolfini Gallery for an exploration of his mind bending Amygdala concept.
From Wednesday 8th – Sunday 12th April, the tour hits London. Highlights include a roller disco edition of Boy Better Know‘s Tropical concept at East London’s York Hall on Thursday. The Saturday meanwhile sees the Anish Kapoor designed Arcelor Mittal Orbit in the Olympic Park taken over by the likes of Fabio, Grooverider, Terror Danjah and DJ Hype to turn the monument into a digital pirate station for the day. That take over will be followed up later in the day by ‘0800=R1NG 2 R4V3’, a free event for which, “location and line-up will be revealed in true old-school form on the day.”
The final stop in the tour is Manchester, with RBMA heading to the North West from Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th April. The Friday of that week brings Derrick May, Surgeon, Tin Man, Happa and Acre to Sankeys for ‘Industrial City Sounds’, whilst across town at South Nightclub Omar-S and Doc Daneeka play. Local talent is out in effect the following night at Antwerp Mansion, with Zed Bias curating a line up that includes Akkord, Illum Sphere, Chimpo, Biome, Jonny Dub, Metrodom and Rich Reason amongst others. DJ Premier and Royce da 5’9″s PRhyme project will run a production workshop at NQ2022 on the Sunday, before the final event of the tour that evening sees them joined by Jazzy Jeff, Todd Terry, Krystal Klear and Josey Rebelle at the Beat Street warehouse.
Watch the Novelist narrated trailer below.
Red Bull Music Academy’s UK Tour will hit Glasgow, Bristol, London and Manchester from 26th March to 19th April. Buy tickets and find out more about all the shows here.