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Join us for a journey deep into Manchester’s hip hop underground – with a packed line-up taking in everything from urban pioneers to emerging grassroots talent.

Manchester’s very own DJ Semtex, one of the UK’s true hip hop legends, will be live and direct on the night. There’ll be sets from SVMI, Culps, Lady Ice, Rago Loco and Victoria Jane, among the city’s most dynamic emerging acts – together with DJ sets from DJ G-A-Z, Best DJ at the Urban Music Awards 2020, and Unity’s DJ Basha.

We’re presenting this packed one-night festival in partnership with Manchester station Unity Radio and the Manchester Hip Hop Archive – which will be launching with a special free exhibition at Central Library in July celebrating 40 years of Manchester hip hop heritage, from Ruthless Rap Assassins to Aitch and beyond. Stay tuned for more details…

Produced by Manchester International Festival in partnership with Unity Radio and the Manchester Hip Hop Archive.


Curated by Jon Green & Dean McLoughlin of Unity Radio

Image credits: Courtesy of Artist

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COVID-19 safety

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This event takes place in the Central Hall at Manchester Central.

This is a seated event, and there will be dedicated spaces available for wheelchair users throughout the Hall.

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