Nas to curate new Australian hip-hop festival
In hindsight it makes sense that Niche Productions would pull something like this.
Responsible for ahead of the curve tours like Danny Brown, El-P, The Bamboos, Dam Funk, Kendrick Lamar and the reunion tour of A Tribe Called Quest, the Sydney-based agency has building up a head of steam for a while now.Today they've announced their own hip-hop festival, Movement.
Hip-hop acts haven't had the best strike locally in recent times. Peace Music were left with a bloodied nose early in 2011 after a series of Mos Def no-shows, while Flo Rida landed himself in legal strife later that same year when the Florida rapper failed to make his headline slot at Newcastle’s Fat As Butter Festival. Worse still was the news of Heatwave’s insolvency at the start of 2012 following a nightmare set of dates, and Supafest scored an own goal in April when it became apparent headliners Missy Elliott and P.Diddy had never been confirmed for the festival. But if one's going to get up, then Niche could be the ones to pull it off.
In league with Live Nation, Niche have birthed a hip-hop festival that promises to fill "the void of credible Hip-Hop events in Australia. The Movement Festival places Grammy award winning Hip Hop heavyweights, with mixtape kings and local heroes in what’s destined to takeover as THE Hip Hop and Urban event each and every year in Australia."
To that end, organisers have teamed up with Nas to curate the inaugural event, and who will co-headline, alongside Australia's Bliss n Eso. Surprisingly—before the first festival has even occured—Niche are saying Nas will also be involved in "an artistic and programming capacity" for the 2014 and 2015 events.
Movement will debut in April. Tickets go on sale Monday Feb 11.
MOVEMENT - 2013
BLISS N ESO
SPIT SYNDICATE (Melb, Bris, Perth only)
THUNDAMENTALS (Sydney Only)
BLISS N ESO
SPIT SYNDICATE (Melb, Bris, Perth)
THUNDAMENTALS (Sydney only)
SYDNEY - HORDERN PAVILION - FRIDAY 26TH APRIL
MELBOURNE - SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL - SATURDAY 27TH APRIL
BRISBANE - RIVERSTAGE - SUNDAY 28TH APRIL
PERTH - RED HILL AUDITORIUM - TUESDAY 30TH APRIL