Hip-hop is big in Bristol in 2022, but it’s never really gone away. Acts like the High Breed bring meaning back to hip-hop in the Bristol underground scene, which some Bristol rap artists have cited as limiting on their chance of success (as compared to their London hip-hop rivals). The shadow of Bristol trip-hop still looms large, with Massive Attack and Tricky being the defining moment for some (and anything else that doesn’t conform to this is swept aside). Hip-hop nights in Bristol set to redefine this, nights booking international hip-hop artists like Next Up and Raise the Bar (who combine hip-hop and spoken word).
It is often said that graffiti is the written expression of hiphop and a key element in hiphop cuture, however the huge quantity of graffiti and comparatively small amount of hiphop in Bristol suggests otherwise... While Bristol is certainly a key stopover for big rap and hiphop tours with artists like De La Soul and Wu Tang Clan playing Bristol's big venues, smaller hiphop events are less prominent.
Although not exclusively hiphop venues it's worth checking the listings for The LAB club, Mr Wolfs and The Croft. Metropolis has emerged as reliable hiphop venue with past guests including Ugly Duckling, Peanut Butter Wolf and Arrested Development. The Contraband Sessions held at The Golden Lion on Gloucester Road every Wednesday can be a good place to find free, Bristolian hiphop gigs.
The pandemic robbed Bristol of a Quelle Chris live show, now the introspective life-affirming Lazarus of underground/overground rap rides into town on a pillow of lyrical aptness and blissful dusty boom-baps. Hiphop for chemtrail cloud-watching.
QUELLE CHRIS // WITHDRAWN × BIRTHMARK at Dareshack.
K-pop meets hip-hop and then some. After multiple reschedules due to you-know-what, South Korean collective Balming Tiger are finally coming to Bristol!
Balming Tiger + Cold Light Collective at Crofters Rights.
DJ Marcelle's a triple deck, dubpate-heavy, industrial DJ troubadour - weaving multi-layered percussive rhythms from scraps of songs in an avant-garde sampledelica dance style. She's supported by spectral distorted noise-rock of No Home and Jabu’s dub-fuelled bliss.
BNM: DJ MARCELLE / NO HOME / JABU at Strange Brew.