Kanzi – The Green Door Store – 25th September 2016

Sunday night is an odd one for a gig. If you’ve had a busy weekend all you really want to do is stay in and watch Marseille vs. FC Nantes on TV. But when the line-up is strong, you don’t mind missing a game, that on paper, will be one way traffic for Marseille, so with a happy heart at making the right decision, and a warm jacket on, I embarked for the Green Door Store for Kanzi’s new Sketches, Early Summer EP launch night.

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Lollapalooza Festival – Berlin – Germany – 2016

The world famous Lollapalooza began life as a modest farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction frontman, Perry Farrel. The band had split-up at the time, stating differences in lifestyle, but reformed multiple times in the future. What Farrel had begun, without realising, was a long-standing legacy that revived itself in the form of the two day festival repeatedly, up until 1999. In 2006, it was officially revived permanently in Chicago before branching out internationally.

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Pete Rock & CL Smooth / Slum Village – Concorde 2 – 4th September 2016

DJ Pete Rock and CL Smooth from Mount Vernon, New York, graced the seafront of Brighton with their 25th anniversary tour of All Souled Out, their début album from 1991. As with many musical duos, the pair were confronted with creative issues in 1995 and for 15 years it seemed as if the obscure, jazz-filled beats would be no more. The controversy ran deep between the two with disapproving comments made by each member up until 2010 when the death of iconic Gang starr member Guru bought them back together with a newfound objective to reignite true hip-hop.

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