In an article for I have written for SR News, I spoke to Sandy Duff one of the organisers behind The Bridge; the UK Hip Hop Festival coming to The Sage in Gateshead.
The North East has become a hotbed for music festivals in 2017. Hit The North in Newcastle and Festival On The Wall in Northumberland are amongst recent additions to the festival calendar alongside regular events such as Evolution Emerging and Sunniside Live. One more festival has been announced for fans of UK Hip Hop.
The Bridge is taking place on the 6th May 2017 at The Sage in Gateshead. Tickets cost £14.20 and will include a CD with some of the performers involved with the festival. The full line-up boasts some big names within UK Hip Hop including Blade, Paigey Cakey and Genesis Elijah. There’s also a number of local names involved including North East legend Rick Fury, Sunderland up-and-comers New North East and Kema Kay following his role in the award winning I Daniel Blake.
Sandy Duff is one of the organisers of The Bridge says “the idea came about in 2015 from conversations between myself, Ken Masters, John Dyer and King Fred. We all loved hip hop and had all been involved in working with young people as Grime broke and were impressed to see how strong that scene was and felt there was a lot of benefit to the UK Hip Hop scene as a whole in bringing the old skool and new skool together for a big event so we could educate both sides.”