Areal shot of the crowd at Binks Yard looking on at the stage


TO CELEBRATE 50 years since hip hop was born on the streets of the Bronx, Nottingham canalside entertainment venue Binks Yard is paying homage to the important part Nottingham played in bringing the popular cultural movement to the UK, with a weekend-long celebration.

Hosted in partnership with renowned local hip hop DJ Jeremy Prince, the event will take place over three days from Friday 11 August to Sunday 13 August on the venue’s outdoor terrace.

Nottingham’s love affair with hip hop first began in the eighties with weekly events in Rock City that featured break beats, b-boys and legends such as DJ Goldie. And, over the course of the next two decades, the era birthed a whole range of Nottingham talent including hip hop dance collective the Assassinators and musicians MC’s Logik, Mr 45, DJ Fever, Big Trev and the late KID to name a few.

During the upcoming event at Binks Yard, hip hop lovers can expect a free weekend of exciting music from a range of true hip hop veterans, barbeque street food and diverse cultural events.

Ben Hicklin, head of events at Binks Yard, said:

“We’re honoured to be hosting our HipHop 50 event in partnership with Jeremy Prince, to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the genre. The event will not only pay homage to the legends who shaped hip hop, but also shine a spotlight on new talent that carries its legacy forward into the modern era.

“Our outdoor terrace will see a huge range of fantastic events happening over the weekend – all of which will be free of charge to ensure the celebration is as inclusive as possible. It’s set to be a great event that celebrates a genre which has played such an important part in the lives of so many around the world.”

The event promises a journey through the history of the genre, starting with the 50th anniversary itself on Friday 11 August. The first night will see a focus on 1970s-style summer block party music from 7-10pm, with dancers and DJs taking guests back to where hip hop began in 1973, in an unforgettable evening celebrating the genre’s profound impact on music, culture and society.

The second day of HipHop 50 on Saturday 12 August will focus on visual arts starting from 12pm with a graffiti artist workshop, which is set to inspire guests to get creative with artwork traditionally inspired by the musical genre. The day will also see a beatboxing masterclass, fashion show, film screening and breakdancing showcase on the terrace to round out the evening.

On the final day of the event, guests can expect a live Q&A panel session with a star-studded line-up of some of Nottingham’s finest hip hop experts, including one of the original members of the famed breakdancing squad, the Rock City Crew, to discuss the last five decades of the exciting music genre that has transcended generations.

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Posted on 09 August 2023

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