what a summer. what a relentless summer of gig after gig after gig. it was time to return home to the big smoke for a special event at the one and only passing clouds in dalston.
with a great line up including the gentle mystics headlining and then dj’s harky, al falfa and emmet wino this was going to be an emsp smashdown. in true form the passing clouds massive came out ready to party in droves.
the mystics were on top form and played a blinder to a really hungry home crowd. big up all the gm fans in attendance! we see you! and also a huge thanks to passing clouds for being great hosts as always. see you all again soon..
here’s a few pics courtesy of harky
so the first uk hip hop festival was here, boombap
big up those involved in the setting up of the event, no easy feat. although the festival had its teething problems (this was the first one after all) it was a great vibe. saw loads of people, the highlight of which was when they shut the main tent down on friday night. reeps 1, stig of the dump, inja and leafdog but to name a few all had a freestyle session for about 20 mins or so. to quote reeps “this is what it’s all about people!” true indeed mate.
ddf’s set was somewhat plagued with audio problems out of our hands, however the boys, being the true pro’s they are.. held it down dropping accapellas and freestyles before then smashing half their set. shouts to drummer tiffer who was tettering on the edge of his stool at the back of the stage, that was a bit hairy!
here’s a few flicks..
2 SETS IN ONE DAY FROM THE GENTLE MYSTICS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT?!! THIS ONE WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE A MONSTER.
A MISSION TO the island PROVED DIFFICULT. BUT WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS WE MADE IT. EXTRA LOVE GOES OUT TO DORIAN FOR HELPING US WITH OUR EQUIPMENT TROUBLES. MANY THANKS BROTHER. AND big love TO bex for driving!
BESTIVAL WAS ALSO SPECIAL AS IT SAW THE RETURN OF ORIGINAL MYSTIC COSMO ARRIVE JUST IN TIME FOR THE FIRST SET ON FRIDAY AT 12:30. IN BLAZING SUN AND WITH tons of rays BLEACHING THEM ON STAGE, THE GM’S CRUSHED THERE WAY THROUGH A FULL SET. ESPECIALLY AMAZING WHEN THE CROWD CREATED SOME KIND OF TYPHOON AND WENT CRAZY. very strange but brilliant.
The evening set was equally nuts as the Mystics took the roof off the Polka tent. Big love to everyone in attendance, we love you lot. We proceeded to smash the rest of the festival, standard. Here’s a few pics..
Big shout to Nem and Ferg for the photo’s. Check our facebook here for more..
See ya next year bestival. we’re coming for your main stage!
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DEFDFIRES AND NOEMIE BOTH PLAYED IN THE ‘COMPASS OF LUNACY’ TENT FRI, THEN DID IMPROMPTU SETS ON SATURDAY IN/ON THE RADIO STAGE/RADIO AIRWAVES. ALL GREAT SETS FULL OF JOKES AND ACE NEW TRACKS FROM ALL. BIG SHOUTS TO UNCLE JAZZA (AKA ELECTRO NEWT) WHO GAVE US JOKES GALORE. AND OUR EMMET WINO WHO DID A BRLLIANTLY FUNNY RADIO INTERVIEW. BIG UP THE COMPASS OF LUNACY CREW AND SHAMBALA FM!
SUNDAY NIGHT, EMMET, WILL AND SEEDS SMASHED UP SOME LATE NIGHT SETS. JUNGLIST VIBES MATE. ITS ALL A BIT HAZY. BIG UP EVERYONE IN ATTENDANCE. SOME BRILL PHOTOS COMING FROM NEM X (DDF) BUT IN THE MEANTIME HERE’S ONE OF nOEMIE WE GRABBED AT THE COMPASS OF LUNCAY ON FRIDAY NIGHT.. IN A BIT!
NOEMIE IN FLIGHT
We had a blinder of a time at the fantastic Hamswell festival recently. A micro festival on a beautiful farm near Bath. With a spectacular site and great set up it was apparent from the outset this one was going to be THE (smaller) festival of the summer. And it didn’t fail..
We helped organise and orchestrate this little beauty after the Hamswell gang got in touch and asked if we could bring our superteam of artists. We gladly agreed. A full squadron played across the weekend with Himbad kicking things off nicely with his power 8bit mega dubs. Friday night saw allsorts of bands + djs following.. including massive sets from Lucid Mover + Mister Frendo and then the mighty DefDFires. Big shouts to all the people who rocked out that night, amazing vibes.. Vibes which peaked with rev wright and seeds smashing their way through a big set on the second stage. Friday was amazing.
A great set from Lauren Ray (one of the many great acts booked by the hamswell crew) set off Saturday nicely and our man Greg Blackman soothed the afternoon crowd with his blend of soul and funk to a much appreciative crowd. The next few hours saw Death sound blues, Al falfa, Emmet wino and then the gentle mystics smash it for 4 or 5 hours to then be followed by the hempoholics and maxi jazz. big night.
we proceeded to have a giant rave up in our secret tent. much fun. shouts to barbara from windsor and all those that know.. here’s a tiny snippet of Elian gray and seeds late saturday night. Mash up!
There is loads of photo’s on our facebook here: facebook.com/emergingspecies
But here are a few of our favourites..
Massive thank you’s out to the Hamswell crew and everyone who came out. What a spectacular weekend, roll on next year.
More video and audio of our festival antics soon.
This was going to be a big one. The infamous Boomtown.. and of course this year it was wielding added Arcadia in the form of the giant fire spider. And the Gentle Mystics were set to play Saturday night in the Invisible Circus. Game on..
Boomtown is a little unique in its design (in a good way) in that it has a town centre.. With allsorts of venues, big and small, in its streets. Organisers did a great job of the site with loads of attention to detail, well done guys. The Invisible Circus is one of the venues in the street (formerly known as the Old Theatre) and she’s a beauty. The Mystics standardly tore the roof off and we proceeded to party till Monday. It was a blinder.
Big shouts to the many heads we chilled with including Dub Phizix, BRIX and the gang from Estate recordings. The Beatbox collective (in particular Reeps, Hobbit and Zani who we drank with into the wee hours of Sunday morning) Molotov Jukebox, Bumblehog, Ed Scissortongue + Jam Baxter and everyone who came with us.
Here’s some flicks!
Orlando ‘King of Swag’ (Gentle Mystics) – Photo by Lady Lucie Latex
BJ aka Legohead! – Photo by Seeds
See ya next year Boomtown – EMSP
Eye eye campers
The Gentle Mystics, continuing on their summer rampage played a gorgeous micro festival called Firefly this weekend, great fun and a beautiful location. You can read a nice little review of Firefly here by Sarah Sinead Dodd. Big thanks to the organisers, we had a great time with you lot!
The same weekend HIMBAD, Rev Wright + Seeds and Lucid Mover + Frendo rinsed out SKANK SABBATH in Essex. Another banger of an evening in the can. Shouts to all in attendance..
Lucid Mover and Himbad catch jokes pre Essex show.. the calm before the storm.
Summer 2012 rolls on! – EMSP
So, Secret Garden Party eh?!! We landed late Friday night with the Gentle Mystics and we were all raring to go. It was truly wet but in we went for an instant rave up.. no messin. This was the first big festival of the summer and we came to conquer, and conquer we did..
Gentle Mysticsplayed Saturday night / Sunday morning. 5am to be exact, although nothing was exact by then. The GM’s were housed in the fantastic Badger Stage deep in the woods. The place is a trip. The sun came up as they played a blinder of a set.. massive crowd, full of faces at the front. People stretched deep in the surrounding woods. One hell of a gig.. Some audio and video of it soon.
THANK YOU ALL – YOU WERE GORGEOUS GARDENERS X
Here’s a few flicks from the proceedings.. (many thanks Lady Lucie Latex for all these)
Unfortunately we don’t have any photos of the GM’s actually playing at this point due to loss of a camera.
Amazing festival, amazing time.. Big up everyone who came out. Extra special shouts to ED, BEX, LADY LUCE, EMMET, NOMPI, SEEDS, ALL THE MYSTICS, BROOKES, RICHARD + LAUREN, SHAUN, JAM BAXTER, AARON AUDIO, YANNIK, DOUG, THE SMELL OF LIFE SINGALONG CREW, THE IPOD TREE CREW and anyone we forgot…
See ya next year X EMSP