CONGO NATTY, FEATURING CONGO DUBS & IRON DREAD
Some people make a living from music but Rebel MC has dedicated a whole lifetime to his craft.
The Londoner first announced himself to the world as part of 80s hip hop/dance act Double Trouble alongside friends Karl 'Tuff Enuff' Brown, Leigh Guest and Michael Menson. That catapulted the name Rebel MC into homes up and down the country thanks to the releases of ‘Just Keep Rockin’ in 1989, which peaked in the UK top 20, before really hit the big time with ‘Street Tuff’, which reached number three in the charts. Tracks such as ‘The Wickedest Sound’ and ‘Tribal Bass’ gave notice of a completely new style of music production and led to the formation of his Tribal Bass label the following year.
Not only is this legend playing at Grinagog, but Congo Dubs & Iron Dread will be featuring throughout his set. It's going to be a belter!
In 2016 Flava D is at the meeting point of House, UK Garage and Grime with salutations for her versatile productions coming from veterans like DJ EZ and frequent collaborator Wiley.
As a core member of the Butterz record label she has toured extensively internationally across the UK, Europe, Australia and Asia winning over ravers with her energetic club sets.
She is a prolific producer and remixer and in the last 12 months her remixes for Craig David and Diplo have amassed hundreds of thousands of plays. Her part as 1/3 of Garage super group 't q d' alongside Royal-T & DJ Q have seen even more productions hit the airwaves.
In January she joined Kiss Fresh for a weekly show on Thursday nights from 11pm playing an upfront mix of House, Bass and UK Garage.
Expect to see and hear Flava D in basement clubs, on the radio right up to main stage of festivals this year, she is taking over!
Serial Killaz first caught the attention of the Drum & Bass and Jungle world when they remixed Tribe Of Issachar’s Junglist back in 2005 for Rebel MC’s Congo Natty label, not long after they began to establish themselves as one of the most sought after production duos in the industry.
Serial Killaz have spent the past decade earning the reputation as the genre’s remix producers of choice reworking some of the most beloved tracks and giving them that signature Serial Killaz sound which has seen tracks released on heavyweight labels such as Congo Natty, Playaz, Philly Blunt and Urban Takeover.
The duo have also featured heavily on the worldwide festival circuit headlinging stages at Glade Festival, Outlook Festival, Boomtown Fair, Bristfest, One Love Festival and have taken their own brand of Jungle to countries as far and wide as Canada, Croatia, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Spain and the U.S.A. to name but a few, and this year will be performing at Grinagog!
STEVE DAVIS AND KAVUS TORABI
Legendary snooker player Steve Davis and his co-host Kavus Torabi (who is also the lead singer in the band Knifeworld) have exploded onto on the techno scene following their Glastonbury performance.
Despite known for being robotic, Davis has exceptional taste in techno music and has a vast personal collection of vinyl, which he once described it as a "Vinyl problem."
Kavus Torabi's career speaks for itself as he pushed the boundaries of psychedelic progressive rock through the 90s and early part of the 2000s.
Taking Davis' ironic snooker name literally, it'll be 'Interesting' to see how the Grinagog crowd will warm to the duo.
RINSE:IT is the little bro/small sister of drum 'n' bass powerhouses RINSEOUT. It started 5 years ago as an experiment with new ideas on a smaller, more intimate scale. In recent times, RINSE:IT's growth has accelerated to epic proportions and dont do things by halves. If you have been before then you know, if you dont then check it out!
Many of the most influential and significant acts that have shaped electronic music over the past 30 years have Mixmaster Morris to thank for playing a significant role in their early careers. He has consistently championed artists who have gone on to achieve greatness, long before anyone else had heard of them.
His musical career began at 15 years old with The Ripchords way back in the 1970s. He went on to become The Shamen’s tour DJ, write for The NME, record for labels such as Ninja Tune, Rising High, and Positiva. He was part of the team that was Kiss FM when it was still a pirate station. Morris has produced remixes for The Shamen, Lloyd Cole, Higher Intelligence Agency, INXS and Sven Vath and many more and his remix of Autumn Leaves for Coldcut has become an all time classic.
“My natural successor.” – John Peel
Mr Nice is a legend in the South West's Drum 'n' Bass scene. Known mainly for founding RINSEOUT and RINSE:IT, Mr Nice has generated a large following while paying shows up and down the country as well as having a few international shows under his belt too.
DJ ALDO VANUCCI
Having DJ’d for 25 years and collected music for slightly longer, it’s no surprise that this guy’s knowledge is deep. He ran a decade long drum and bass night in his hometown of Plymouth where he is affectionately known as Plymouths 14th best DJ. He produces funky breaks for Jalapeno records and in the past has recorded for Catskills, Tru Thoughts, AV8 and his own Good Living records. He helps other artists with samples, most notably Fatboy Slim and was responsible for the Rizzle Kicks “Mama do the hump”. He has a deep knowledge of music but a love for pop and is never afraid to drop cold classic bangers when it’s needed.
Over the years he has DJ’d in Japan, Australia, most of Europe and the States. He has also graced many of the big festivals Glastonbury, Bestival and Glade as well as Space in Ibiza. Mainly working around the South West with the odd gig elsewhere.
His day job is finding music for adverts and looks after Finders Keepers, Jazzman, Atic, Freshly Squeezed and Sunday Best amongst others. He eats all his vegetables and rings his parents regularly.
Bizarre Rituals are a party crew and label, we live and operate mainly in Devon. We’re ten years behind and we’re ten years down the line but we don’t mind as we’re out on our own arm of the spiral galaxy. Together we throw parties, make records, soundtrack films, DJ, VJ and all that other stuff that people do when there is sufficient peer pressure and they can’t afford to go on holiday. We all were – are – or will be in each other’s bands. We do radio shows, and go on other people’s radio shows on the local FM arts and community radio station, Soundart Radio, who transmit out of an oak tree. Over the past three years, we’ve released a bunch of singles, EPs, albums, mixtapes, original film soundtracks and even a DJ tools EP, and we’re all sitting on almost-complete albums to be released over the coming year. All of our parties have more-or-less obscure themes that express our current concerns about geopolitics and philosophy or whatever type of hats we’re into! We’re all DJs. We don’t stick to genres but we do like dancing. A number of the crew have mastered the hat wobble.
DJ Dave Moore
Dave Moore, the creator of Recharged, has always been seen on dance floors across the SW and beyond. Bouncing about, with a real passion for underground dance music, from as far back as 1995.
Since becoming a DJ, Dave has been hooked and has played at world renowned clubs such as Ministry Of Sound, London, Ibiza, Borneo, Full Moon Party Thailand, Volksfest Plymouth, House Nation and Love Summer Festival, to name a few.
Daves favourite style of music is all things House, Progressive House, Electro House, Tech House you get the picture; anything that makes you move on the dance floor.
DJing Electronic/Dance Music for over 20 years, Creature Craig started playing underground music in the emerging house club. Now playing upbeat bassline driven house and tech, Creature can be found playing at the South West's finest underground venues and festivals, including recently, Sat in a Field, Love Summer, Hidden Retreats Weekender, Field of Dreamz, and for promotions such as Recharged, Shuffle, GBU, House Nation, Inpulse, Social Services, House Trap and Dark Knights.
German DJ, Jost music discovered his passion for music at the young age of 13 years. At 14 he played his first gigs in Hannover and at 15 he released his first track which made it into the German iTunes charts. Now, Jost is ready to take his career to a new level and sees Grinagog as a great place to start.
DJ Gavin Quiet
Gavin Quiet is formidable talent playing amongst some of the biggest names in the game, serving up jaw-dropping party house and techno destined to make shaking your booty the law. He is an appointed knight and resident DJ for Dark Knights, based out of Exeter which reviewed in the Guardian newspaper was given a UK fine night out stamp of approval.
"Gavin's energetic accurate tune drops ensure absolute, dance floor mayhem. So if anything, the future looks bright for himself and dance music in general." - Terry Church (DJ Mag)
Described by DJ Mag this Year as "an unsung hero in the development of underground beats over the past decade", Cakeboy, AKA Paul Croley, began making noise at the tender age of 15.
Touring thrash metal Drummer turned studio sound engineer, he moved to Brighton from Sheffield in '96 and inspired by Brighton's emerging Big Beat scene, began creating sample heavy dance music with a rock sensibility and with tongue planted firmly in cheek. What followed was a stream of self-made mini albums, brimming with ideas and fearlessly straddling genres, which he pretty much gave away, but more importantly used as a calling card in order to get back onto the stage. Not content with just becoming a DJ, Cakeboy wanted to perform his own creations, live, with all his hardware around him. Club residencies led to festival dates both here and in Europe and his reputation for adrenaline-fueled live sets & kooky on-stage antics began to precede him. Over time the show grew into a cleverly crafted multi-media experience with the help of his best mate and talented VJ 'Doublethink'. Getting a recording deal was never really a priority for Cakeboy but in the last few Years, inevitably, small offers were made and gratefully accepted. A single here, a remix there.. and ultimately a new found home with Big Beat legend Cut La Roc's label, Rocstar recordings. After a life changing move to Cornwall, Cakeboy has become just as enthusiastic about the Cornish party scene and plays out regularly, but still choosing Ableton Live & midi controllers over turntables, keeping it live.. and fun.. and spontanious as ever.
MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer, poet and educator ‘Akala’ is a label owner and social entrepreneur who fuses his unique rap/rock/electro-punk sound with fierce lyrical storytelling. Inspired by the likes of Gil Scot-Heron and Saul Williams, over the years Akala has developed a stellar live show with his renowned drummer/award-winning music producer Cassell ‘TheBeatmaker’ (Plan B, The Streets and Keziah Jones) headlining 6 UK tours as well as touring with the likes of Jay-Z, Nas & Damian Marley, M.I.A. and Christina Aguilera to Siouxsie Sue, Damon Albarn’s ‘Africa Express’ and Richard Ashcroft, appearing at numerous UK / European and US festivals (Glastonbury, Big Chill, Wireless, V, Hove and SXSW) as well as collaborations with the British Council arts/music projects in The Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and across several countries in Africa and South-east Asia.
AGK is a new artist that the BBC and many other radio stations are starting to highlight. Alongside his international fanbase, AGK is known for his “Travis Scott” approach to music, while still working on grime, R&B, and club sounds. His recent track '10/10' is fueled with a Grime instrumental and a fire flow that was premiered at the beginning of the year on HTF Magazine.
Louis J Walker
Described by BBC Introducing as "The most prolific and phenomenal Hip-Hop artist in Devon," Louis J Walker will be bringing his conscious-styled rap to Grinagog Festival.
What started as an event has turned into a collective of musicians from different genres that stretches across the spectrum. FRiGHDAYS serves as a unique platform for DJs, acoustic artists, and creatives to perform at events around the South West.
This homegrown collective will be performing in different areas around the festival with members and friends of the FRiGHDAYS crew. Here's who you can expect to see on their urban and electronic line-up...
Myk Beats, Illexir, MJK, OK Penrice, High Daniels, Nasty Habbitz B2B Shaymlus, Elka, Theo Brown B2B Pie Thon, Zabba, Danny G, Hollie Adams, Morytdia & Mc Redda.