[Brighton] Hammer & Tongue in assoc. with Rising Styles Hip Hop Festival 2010 – Thurs 7th October

Hammer & Tongue in assoc. with Rising Styles Hip Hop Festival 2010 – Thurs 7th October

Doors: 7.30pm – 11pm
Komedia Studio
44 Gardner Street
Brighton, United Kingdom
Entry £5

Facebook Event Click HERE

Welcome to National Poetry Day with Hammer and Tongue, in celebration of which we wil be partially disowning poetry-proper in favour of hip hop, as we once again collaborate with the annual Rising Styles International Hip Hop Festival for a spectacular line-up of rap and spoken word artists, featuring:

BEN MELLOR

…As the 2009 BBC Radio 4 National Poetry Slam Champion, Ben Mellor is simply one of the UK’s most charismatic spoken word artists. Mellor’s poems pack an entertaining but thought provoking punch that transfixes audiences around the country.
Hailed by Latitude Festival as “one of the country’s biggest emerging talents”, Mellor is an award winning slam poet as well as a founder member of spoken word/hip hop collective Pen-ultimate.

“Presence and poise combined with linguistic and intellectual agility” – Patrick Neate, Book Slam

BARCODE

Stalwarts of the Brighton Hip Hop scene, Mad Hatter and Shrapnel – aka BarCode – have both been performing since their early teens. Individually their CV’s are as packed as rappers’ ten years their senior; between them their work has been featured on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, as well as live in Brighton and as part of previous Rising Styles festival events.

Widely respected for his beats, MAD HATTER has already won a Loopclash battle, and has impressed as one of Don’t Flop’s youngest rap battle winners as well as taking first place in the Hammer and Tongue Rap Slam 2009.

SHRAPNEL is a regular at the Slipjam B events and has raised energy levels at Poets Vs MCs and Hammer and Tongue, as well as being one of the most creative freestyle MCs you could ever hope to have in a cypher. In addition to this, he raps, plays keys and produces with his band Amandla Together they combine quality hip hop with an energy that puts most UK rap groups to shame.

Plus “Local” Poet LEO GLAISTER

Leo is a writer and performer, currently studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. He took second prize at the Scottish National poetry slam championship at Glasgow’s Aye Write! Festival and won the Words and Music annual poetry contest in 2010 with his eclectic mix of fantastical Gothic imagery and high-octane stream-of-consciousness poetry.

And of course, the OPEN SLAM:

Open to both rappers and poets [beats optional!] – 8 places, 3 minutes: 1 winner. Sign up at the door from 7.30pm for your chance to win a place in the H&T 2010 slam final this December.

Verbosely hosted by ROSY CARRICK and MIKE PARKER, with special guest DJ SEB TYNI JOLIN.

Entry is £5/4.

ARTIST LINKS

BEN MELLOR – http://www.benmellor.net
BARCODE – http://www.myspace.com/madhatterwonderland and http://www.myspace.com/shrapnelmc
LEO GLAISTER – http://www.myspace.com/118917802
DJ SEB TYNI JOLIN – http://www.myspace.com/thetynione
ROSY CARRICK – http://www.rosycarrick.co.uk

ABOUT HAMMER & TONGUE

Hammer And Tongue promotes the best in live literature from the UK and the rest of the world, and gives new artists a stage on which to flourish.
One of the UK’s biggest slam and performance poetry organizations, it maintains its strong links with the hip hop community with such collaborations as its events in association with Rising Styles and the now-legendary annual live Poets vs. MCs battle – the only place you can crowd surf at a poetry gig!

‘’Hammer & Tongue has reinvented the medium for the hip-hop generation’’ – The Guardian

‘‘The best live poetry is to be found at the Hammer and Tongue slams’’ – The Sunday Times

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ABOUT RISING STYLES

This festival is developed and delivered by KALA PHOOL, one of the UK’s leading arts development agencies. With particular focus on providing positive experiences for artists, audiences, funders, partners across all projects, Kala Phool’s work is highly respected. Kala Phool’s work has reached many territories including, Australia, USA, Singapore, India and across the UK.
RISING STYLES is the UK’s longest running Hip Hop Festival, its not for profit and run entirely by dedicated volunteers. It fundraises each year to meet the needs of the various events it delivers under the festival banner and attracts artists from across the UK and internationally.
Rising Styles achievements have only been made possible with the support of the artists who take part, the volunteers who work tirelessly to make it happen, the venues and sites who work with us, the funders who support us and to the audiences who come out each year to experience the positive side of hip hop and in particular, hip hop from the UK.

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