Party, pills and piff: Boom Bap delivers the best in Uk Hip-Hop one more time.
I was pretty worried about the Boom Bap write up, I was predicting that most of us wouldn’t be able to remember a thing after 3 days in a field together. But I’m pleased to announce I’ve got a bank of amazing memories and plenty of videos to help me along the way once my brain gets a little fuzzy…
Boom Bap 2016. Everyone says the festival they went to was the best, and I’m sure it was, but Boom Bap was definitely better. I never expected such a small community of people to feel so welcoming, but it blew me away. Also, the 5 minute walk from campsite to main stage was a serious game changer, nothing worse than sliding through mud and the security check-point just to buy a pint in the main arena then mooch all the way back. Long.
Once we got past the jobsworth security and their dogs (all whilst PCKRNG and Barron slided right through the press and artists entrance with little to no problems) we pitched the tents and everyone was raring to go. I was expecting a slump around the campsite until the stages got interesting, but that’s where Boom Bap differs; they have real, raw talent performing all day, there’s no excuse to be sat around waiting. We spent the Friday around the grounds of the festival checking out the stages, once it hit 6 pm we grouped together at the stage made out of a half pipe to watch rapper (and fellow camper) Rye Shabby.
He performed alongside Sloth and Whispy – together the three make ‘Indigo Frequency,’ a young, crazy as fuck trio that are about to teach the rap game something new. Their persona on stage was infectious and had the whole crowd moving like a human wave, Shabby has a charisma that you’re either born with or you’re not, and he seriously uses it to his advantage. Even people just strolling past became captivated by his flow, we said it here first – the boy is gonna go far as fuck.
We crowded round the main stage on Saturday night for Sleazy F’s performance and it was sick to see some of our own magazine crew up on the stage wearing press passes for their photography. Sleazy was absolutely nuts up there, it was definitely one of our highlights from the festival. The shots taken from his set are absolutely nuts, you’ll have to get your hands on Mellow Pages to see the rest of that though! Once the crew had finished up getting photos for the night we were all left to our own devices and it’s honestly a bit of a blur, we watched a friend drink a bottle of cocoa butter moisturiser and a bottle of hand sanitiser though, that’s pretty ingrained in our memories…
The rest of the weekend was spent in a similar fashion, I distinctly remember spending a good part of Saturday watching a guy who’d ingested his body weight in ket and bars of Xanax wander aimlessly around the campsite shouting that he’d lost his tent. After 8 hours of searching, two security guards started to follow him around and search for his infamous tent – we never found out if he actually found it or not, poor lad.“I distinctly remember spending a good part of Saturday watching a guy who’d ingested his body weight in ket and bars of Xanax wander aimlessly around the campsite shouting that he’d lost his tent. After 8 hours of searching, two security guards started to follow him around and search for his infamous tent”
We’d like to give a shout out to the organisers of the festival though and everyone who made that weekend happen, it’s mad to see a small event like that just grow and grow, it gives us a lot of inspiration. We’ll definitely be back next year armed with more cameras, beer and bud, and we’ll leave with even more content. We aren’t giving too much away in this mini write up, you can catch all the photos, articles, interviews in more in our next issue – Mellow Pages, coming sooner than you think.
Another performance that really impressed us were The North Haze, yet again they’re a duo who don’t have to fake it, their talent is impressive and you could see they’d been booked at Boom Bap for a reason. It was sick to see them and other artists like @AdventuresOfJohnnyStrange just wandering around the festival and mingling with everyone, the atmosphere from it was fucking unreal.