Tokyo World returns to Eastville Park this year with double the amount of fun, running over two days instead of one. With five main stages, spaced further apart to maximise the size and sound, this year’s roster is riddled with headline worthy acts.
To help you digest this mega lineup we’ve put together a list of ones to watch, featuring a selection of up and coming artists or those with a new release to showcase.
Bristol’s very own dubwise MC Gardna is well known throughout the UK soundsystem scene for his dynamic live performance and infectious dub reggae sounds. He also heads up Bristol’s Boom Sound label and has seen his way onto a fair few festival lineups this year, including Boomtown, Outlook and Balter.
Expect to hear tracks from his new Gardna x Kreed EP, released April this year, featuring Eva Lazarus, J Man and Parly B – including his breakthrough track Sunday, which took the scene by storm last year. We can also cross our fingers for some brand new material, with some exciting collaborations underway with the likes of Gentleman’s Dub Club and Nextmen.
The mysterious UK grime/rap artist has been relatively quiet since the release of his first solo album The Number 23, which was well received within the scene and elevated him into the limelight above his former alias, Castro. This year, however, after some ominous plugging, the Tottenham man has release a new single The Grid, which hopefully will be the first of many.
The founder of Zoo Music is well known for her eclectic style and championing of new electronic talent, hosting many upcoming underground artists on her Radio 1 show. Catch her and her newly evolved house and techno sound following the release of her 5th EP Monki & Friends, featuring tracks from the likes of Denis Sulta, Melé, Hammer, Lauren Lo Sung and more.
This UK grime artist found fame on YouTube, with the self-produced video for Queens Speech Episode 4 going viral before the release of her breakthrough EP Queens Speech in 2015. Last year, she scooped the prestigious and career-changing Best Female Act at the MOBO Awards.
Her new release Mode promises to have the same unique take on British life, littered with social commentary and put-downs. She Tells WIRED, ‘It’s fun, it’s got a summer vibe to it, and it’s bringing back the old-school vibes as well.’
Gentleman’s Dub Club
Now a consistent name across most festival rosters, but justifiably. You can guarantee an engaging live performance from the Yorkshire boys, with their take on dub and reggae, which always proves to be a great knees up. Their latest album Dubtopia, released this April, features Bristol’s own soul-queen-come-fierce-MC Eva Lazarus.
Ghostface Killah and Killah Priest
Critically acclaimed American rapper and Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah recently teamed up with longtime Wu-Associate Killah Priest on a mixtape to promote their new hash oil Wu Goo, which is all a bit American for us. Nonetheless, we can’t pass up a chance to see these two perform together live on stage. We’re hoping to hear some Ghostface classics like Mighty Healthy and Sour Soul, and he’s also been known to drop the occasional Wu-Tang cover like C.R.E.A.M or Protect Ya Neck…
Tokyo World will be held in Bristol’s Eastville Park on Saturday 23 September 12pm – 11pm & Sunday 24 September 12pm – 10pm. For full lineup info and tickets, head over to their website: tokyoworld.org