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Scotland’s First Hip Hop and Grime Conference HANG Puts Out Call for Live Showcase Artists

Scotland’s first hip hop and grime conference – Hip-Hop Aimed Networking with Grime (HANG) – unveils its full programme for Saturday 31 July, and opens a call for artists to perform at its live showcase.

Published: 17 June 2021 | 3:52 PM
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HANG aims to empower members of Scotland's hip hop and grime communities. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The full programme has now been unveiled for HANG (Hip-Hop Aimed Networking with Grime), Scotland's first ever hip hop and grime conference.

Taking place online (11:00 am - 8:00 pm) and live (8:00 pm - 10:00 pm) at Glasgow's SWG3 on Saturday 31 July, HANG aims to empower members of Scotland's hip hop and grime communities and celebrate the diversity of voices reflecting the country in the 21st-century.

Programme for the day

The all-day educational and cultural programme will see key speakers Tiffany Calver, host of BBC Radio 1Xtra's Rap Show, Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) winner Nova, Aberdeen MC Ransom FA and Orwell Prize winner Darren McGarvey joined by experts from the industry, community organisations and artists from across Scotland.

New names revealed for HANG include Jill Brown, founder of Scotland's first label for ex-offenders, broadcaster, musician and champion of new Scottish music Vic Galloway; Henca Maduro, founder of Europe's largest urban music conference New Skool Rules; Khaleda Noon, the award-winning director of Intercultural Youth Scotland and Zander Whitehead (aka acclaimed emcee Fliptrix), the founder of stalwart UK hip hop label High Focus Records.

Open to all ages and abilities, from fan to established artist, HANG's free programme of workshops gives insight into the core elements of hip hop culture such as breakdancing with Tesko and Shelltoe Mel of Glasgow dance group TheDimeStop; spoken word with Empress, Dave Hook, Becci Wallace and Washington, and DJ-ing with Steg G and DIJA.

Throughout the day, participants can watch the premiere of graffiti artist Rogue One re-creating the HANG logo in the iconic setting of Glasgow's SWG3 where the event will culminate with a live showcase from Nova (the Edinburgh artist behind Re-Up, the first grime record to win the SAY Award) rising Dundee artist and SAMA winner India Ros3, Ayrshire rapper Bemz, Mistah Bohze of Glasgow's label Southside Deluxe, and two artists invited to perform exclusively for the event.

Making an application for HANG’s showcase

Two artists are invited to perform sets at HANG at Glasgow's SWG3 on Saturday 31 July 2021. Artists are asked to submit a link to two tracks plus a short biography to events@officialsama.com before 5:00 pm on Friday 18 June. Selected artists will be paid a showcase fee of £250.

Find out more about HANG and attend on the day

Partnered by Creative Scotland, HANG is presented by the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA), which is a signatory of the PRS's Keychange commitment to include 50% of women and underrepresented genders by 2022 in programming, staffing and beyond.

You can read more about the planned programme on SAMA’s website.

Tickets are available ahead of the event through HANG’s Eventbrite listing. Online activities are free, and the socially-distanced evening showcase is £5 plus booking fee.

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