Sage Francis and B Dolan Are: Epic Beard Men

Sage Francis and B Dolan Are: Epic Beard Men

Returning for their third Fringe – after a decade of sharing stages and crafting collaborations in the studio, real-life rap BFFs Sage Francis and B Dolan have finally caved to years of fan pressure to form an official group: Epic Beard Men... 

5 Days of Falling

5 Days of Falling

Sam Amos (TrashDollys) explores solitude and man's inability to articulate emotion in 5 Days of Falling. This one-man show blends breathtaking physicality with words and music to magnify the final stages of a young man's journey through isolation... 

Rock What You Got

Rock What You Got

House of Jack presents Rock What You Got, an event packed full of hip hop and breakin' two v two battles featuring some of the best dancers from around the UK. One of the most exciting and dynamic events to take place during the Fringe, top dancers will battle it our for cash prizes... 

Gecko 3

Gecko 3

Gecko 3 play a dance-friendly mix of funk, latin, hip hop, jazz and reggae. The trio get things moving with double bass, guitar, drums and vocal dexterity. Gecko 3 have supported Nizlopi, the Cuban Brothers, the Quantic Soul Orchestra, Five Corners Quintet, Roy Ayers and Cibelle and have gigged as KT Tunstall’s backing band... 

Who Cares?

Who Cares?

Who Cares? Tracy is a mobile care worker helping people wash, dress and eat. Tracy does her best to give people the care they need but, overloaded with calls, she doesn't have enough time which leads to emotionally charged visits... 

The Brooklyn Scotsman

The Brooklyn Scotsman

A teenage Scottish rapper leaves home to pursue his dreams across the Atlantic in New York City. Venturing into the unknown, Stevie finds himself living in one of the roughest ghettos in Brooklyn, where he will encounter sex, violence, drugs and so much more... 

Love Like 90s R'n'B

Love Like 90s R'n'B

A rump-shaking stand-up comedy hour of phat beats, funky rhythms, ukulele and fun. Larissa grew up in the 90s and, just like any teenager, growing up had its difficulties – but it was OK because "mentors" like TLC helped her deal with the scrubs while Boyz II Men helped her at the end of the road... 

Alex Cofield: Supernova

Alex Cofield: Supernova

No sound, no atmosphere, nobody for miles around. North Piddle is one scary village. But there's a Big Bang coming... A funk-fuelled hip hopera, Supernova is the critically acclaimed comedy that is changing the sound of storytelling, as Melbourne Fringe best comedy award nominee Alex Cofield rhymes his way out of his routine rural life and shoots for intergalactic stardom... 

Fagin's Twist

Fagin's Twist

'High energy, precision crafted choreography creates a dark twist on a classic tale' **** (Stage). 'Daring, dynamic and hugely enjoyable rethink of a much loved Victorian tale' **** (Times)... 

Hip Hop Time Machine

Hip Hop Time Machine

If you don’t know your Grandmaster Flash from Public Enemy, then Hip Hop Time Machine is going to seem less like a nostalgic reminder of your childhood and more like you’ve actually stepped into a time machine... 

Skin

Skin

Last year, 201 Dance Company shattered the stereotypes associated with hip-hop dance with the critically acclaimed Smother. This year, they bring us Skin, which explores one boy’s struggle through gender transition using urban and contemporary dance and a fantastic original score of hip hop and dubsteb beats... 

The Concrete Jungle Book

The Concrete Jungle Book

It is often difficult to adapt such well-known, childhood tales into innovative experiences for an audience. You run the risk of predictability and repackaged morals in the form of youth slang and modern clothes... 

Gecko 3

Gecko 3

Gecko 3 play a dance-friendly mix of funk, latin, hip-hop, jazz and reggae. The trio get things moving with double bass, guitar, drums and vocal dexterity. Gecko 3 have supported Nizlopi, the Cuban Brothers, the Quantic Soul Orchestra, Five Corners Quintet, Roy Ayers and Cibelle and have gigged as KT Tunstall’s backing band... 

What Would Kanye Do?

What Would Kanye Do?

Marcy loves Kanye West. In fact, she would like to be Kanye West. WWKD? follows the fantasies and fears of aspiring rapper Marcy as she struggles to justify her irrational love for a divisive rap star... 

Poets v MCs Brighton v Bristol

Poets v MCs Brighton v Bristol

For 14 years the poets and rappers of Brighton have been locked in an epic struggle. And the first half of this show continues this battle, supported by the poets and rappers of our lively sister city Bristol... 

Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

"A second once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the greatest living comic of every generation. Ben Fogg delivers a technically perfect, pant-wetting, heart-warming, pole-stiffening watermelon of a show... 

Poets v MCs Battle Games

Poets v MCs Battle Games

For 14 years the poets and rappers of Brighton have been locked in an epic struggle. And now they are addicted to battle and will fight over anything. Over four shows they will split and fight over four great battlegrounds: Tories v Lefties, North v South, Spirit v Skeptic and Random v Whatever... 

Sexy Beasts

Sexy Beasts

The untamed and inimitable Jet Black Pearl from the port of Amsterdam sings about macho roosters, ecstatic slugs and other voluptuous creatures, while squeezing one hot accordion. Her smartly wacky songs are like a mad hatter's European gypsy tea party with a punk attitude... 

Spin: A Skatepark Adventure

Spin: A Skatepark Adventure

A new inclusive urban sports show including parkour runners, skateboarders, BMX riders, acrobats and dancers. Featuring Rick Rodgers, the disabled stuntman from the Paralympic 'Yes I can' advert... 

Renegade Brass Band

Renegade Brass Band

8 horns, 2 drummers, scratch-DJ and MC. Renegade are a 12-pce Jazz, Funk & Hip-Hop band from Sheffield. RBB have headlined festivals around Europe, including Secret Garden Party, Black Sea Jazz, Soundwave Croatia and Glasto... 

Once and Future

Once and Future

The land is sick. Our stories will serve us. A round table of poets, rappers, storytellers and musicians invoke the spirit of Arthur. This event is for lovers of song and spoken word, a place for adventurous minds to explore timeless myths of this land through the voices of its people. 

Bang! To the Heart

Bang! To the Heart

I you are looking for a bombastically visual hip hop dance show, and you don’t mind a nonsensical and cliché plot, this is the show for you.In a futuristic dystopia – looking like a vertical oil rig crossed with a shanty town, on the projection, and looking like a concrete jungle according to the set – two gangs, the Angels and the Zombies battle, for unclear reasons, then join together members mixing forming the Brothers, causing a love triangle plot to form... 

The Haggis Horns

The Haggis Horns

The Haggis Horns are a seven-piece live funk extravaganza combining heavy breakbeat funk, soul, hip-hop and afrobeat with the virtuosity of trained jazz musicians. The members of The Haggis Horns have performed and recorded with the likes of Jamiroquai, John Legend and The Roots, Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Take That, Mark Ronson, Martha Reeves, Roots Manuva, Lou Donaldson, Elbow, Nightmares On Wax, Dennis Coffey, Adele, Finley Quaye, Robbie Williams, Morcheeba, Duran Duran, The Cinematic Orchestra, Lisa Stansfield, Kano, Estelle, Lily Allen, KT Tunstall and Snowboy, to name a few! 

Smother

Smother

Hip Hop is a strange medium with which to tackle the homosexual experience. It’s a genre that’s steeped in anti-gay rhetoric and misogyny with ‘gayness’ being viewed as something to be disrespected and even destroyed... 

The Beatbox Collective

The Beatbox Collective

Watching beatboxing is fun for most of us in the same way that watching acrobatics is – it’s the enjoyment that comes from thinking ‘I could never do this in a million years’... 

Lost in Complete

Lost in Complete

Lost in Complete is a poetic, witty show brimming with the collective energy of Sweden’s top all-male, six-strong street dance squad, Complete Dance Crew. Join them on this journey into a world of imagination where dance fuels your adventure... 

Gecko 3

Gecko 3

Fresh grooves based on a mix of funk, hip-hop, Latin, jazz and reggae. Gecko 3 are a quirky trio (vox/guitar, double bass and drums) with songs to get you dancing. Gecko 3 have toured to Europe and America playing the Brussels Jazz Marathon, Koninginnepop 2010, La Fleche D'Or, Ronnie Scott's, the Skye Festival, the Insider and Knockengorroch, in addition to supporting the Quantic Soul Orchestra, Roy Ayers, the Cuban Brothers, Nizlopi, Cibele and the Five Corners Quintet, and gigging as KT Tunstall's backing band... 

360 Allstars

360 Allstars

If you’re looking for cool at this year’s Fringe, look no further. 360 Allstars is every 90s kid’s teenage dream - and anyone else’s, come to that. Take your pick from beatboxing, break-dancing, BMX tricks and more in one action-packed hour of the ultimate award-winning showmanship... 

The Gayest Thing You've Ever Seen

The Gayest Thing You've Ever Seen

Claiming to be the gayest thing in a room full of LGBT people in a gay bar (although straights are welcome too) is quite the boast. In the case of Martin J Dixon it is also entirely untrue... 

Spring Break Live at the Merchant's Hall

Spring Break Live at the Merchant's Hall

A vaguely outrageous, psychedelic three-piece hip-hop folk funk outfit, hand-crafting screwball anthems deep in the Scottish Highlands. Amalgamating a wealth of experience in vocal performance and musicianship while fusing the hip-hop languages of scratching, beatboxing and lucid lyricism with the foibles of apathy and the implied abuse of aquatic life. 

Joe Jacobs: Orthodox Joe

Joe Jacobs: Orthodox Joe

“Orthodox”, according to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, is an adjective that suggests “following or conforming to the traditional or generally accepted rules or beliefs of a religion, philosophy, or practice”; when specifically applied to people, it implies they are “not independent-minded; conventional and unoriginal”, “of the ordinary or usual type; normal”... 

The Upper-Class Rapper

The Upper-Class Rapper

I’m the Upper-Class Rapper. Well, how do you do? I'm terribly amusing, and musical too. Tally ho, I’ll see you at the show. ‘Great comedy talent’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Very witty’ (Times)... 

Feel-Link

Feel-Link

Airida Gudaite and Laurynas Žakevicius represent a new generation of Lithuanian dancers and choreographers. In this piece they bring a fresh approach to a timeless topic: a pair of dancers explore the feelings and insights evoked by a couple’s experience of love past, present and future... 

SKAL and Silent Space

SKAL and Silent Space

Silent Space crosses the boundaries between classical and contemporary Indian dance and between sound and silence. Dance Ihayami present a new powerful dance experience of voice, evocative rhythms, technical precision and striking geometry, featuring live music by flautist Marion Kenny... 

End Times Steampunk Festival

End Times Steampunk Festival

A Steampunk fandazzle eruption. The Iron Boot Scrapers, birdeatsbaby, Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer and The Filthy Spectacula. So gather up your tip top clobber and come razzle-dazzle on the dance floor with all the other pippins, poodle-fakers and buffers... 

BODIED

BODIED

Forget everything you think you know about battle rap. A peek into the lives and stories of the members of a diverse, thriving sub culture. Featuring live rap battles and starring different emcees each night, BODIED is a new play drawn from interviews with the UK’s top battlers. 

Shlomo: #NewRules

Shlomo: #NewRules

Award-winning beatboxer, live looper and serial collaborator Shlomo returns with a brand new one-man show #NewRules, exploring his unique relationship with technology and pushing the concept of voice vs machine to new limits. 

Funk The Format Festival 2016

Funk The Format Festival 2016

Hot on the heels of their sell-out Club Tropicana events and Funk The Family festivals, Funk The Format curates a magical, musical shindig. Hove Park plays host to funk, soul, Latin and related grooves... 

Pop Up Cinema: Music & Rap ft Mrisi (18+)

Pop Up Cinema: Music & Rap ft Mrisi (18+)

Pianist, rapper and producer Mrisi has performed his unique mix of hip hop, jazz, African, reggae and other genres as part of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and all over the UK, supporting the likes of Omar, Prince Fatty and Rizzle Kicks... 

Pop Up Cinema: Music & Rap ft Mrisi

Pop Up Cinema: Music & Rap ft Mrisi

Pianist, rapper and producer Mrisi has performed at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and all over the UK, supporting the likes of Omar, Prince Fatty and Rizzle Kicks. He will be performing his unique mix of hip hop, jazz, African, reggae and other genres, followed by the Caribbean family feature film 'Sally's Way'. 

Brighton v Edinburgh Poets v MCs

Brighton v Edinburgh Poets v MCs

Two battles in one: first the poets from the two great festival cities join to take on a united team of rappers. Then each city is represented by their poets and rapper comrades standing side by side... 

Off The Rails

Off The Rails

A unique 1:1 scale replica of a Jubilee Line tube carriage, with the interior and exterior covered in a printed vinyl wrap, featuring the graphic artwork of Andy Seize, who experiments with his life-long love of tube trains and the London Underground network... 

'Who Sampled Who' presents 'Fallen Hip Hop Legends'

'Who Sampled Who' presents 'Fallen Hip Hop Legends'

An interactive, musical, play experience by Exploring Senses and One Brighton FM. Visit the exhibition at Jubilee Library. Participate in workshops at Brighton Youth Centre. Find out more at our website: www... 

Mr B's Guide to Modern Life

Mr B's Guide to Modern Life

Chap-hop, the hottest trend since hipster beard balm that makes your beard smell like woodsmoke and whisky, hits the Fringe this year in the form of Mr B’s Guide to Modern Life. The songs were what I was most looking forward to in this hour of zany cabaret and they did not disappoint; slick, hilarious and with a catchy toe-tapping beat the audience were bopping along all night... 

360 ALLSTARS

360 ALLSTARS

This show has the kind of title that gets you feeling excited right away. 360 ALLSTARS promises a full spectrum of stunts and tricks from various street-based performing methods. Involving a ton of urban styles - breakin', basketball skills, MCing, BMXing, beat boxing and Roue Cyr to name a few - this show definitely promises to bring something totally new to the field of circus entertainment... 

Booking Dance Festival

Booking Dance Festival

This is the seventh year that producer and curator of dance Jodi Kaplan has brought the variety of American dance to the Fringe with this "festival within a festival". Deciding this time to only focus on three companies, Jeanette Stoner and Dancers, Metamorphosis Dance Company and Versa-Style Dance Company, this was definitely an attempt to concentrate the quality of the dance pieces involved... 

Rowan James: Easy for You to Say

Rowan James: Easy for You to Say

Rowan is a hip hop and punk-inspired poet diagnosed with a specific learning difficulty and speech impediment, often disabled by other people’s perceptions. Marv Radio is a beatboxer with dexterous lips and an arsenal of sounds... 

Jarred Christmas and Hobbit: The Great Comedy Beat Box Party

Jarred Christmas and Hobbit: The Great Comedy Beat Box Party

A stand-up comedy and beat box collaboration. Hobbit is an award winning beat boxer, Jarred Christmas is an award winning comic. When their powers combine, they create a very fun and daft show... 

Qyeen sweeTs: NorthernXposure

Qyeen sweeTs: NorthernXposure

Fresh off a USA tour with comedy legend Michael Winslow (Police Academy, Half Baked), BAFTA nominated NorthernXposure's sweeTs is the ultimate in modern cultural and ethnic dichotomies; born and raised in Scotland, hailing from Africa and nearly born in Japan! The show is filled with heart-warming hilarious storytelling, complete with a meticulous analysis of social anthropology covering what's really going on in the world today... 

Blake Remixed

Blake Remixed

"In hip hop, we create our own mythology".In an innovative blend of 18th century poetry, hip hop, and biography, the World-Record holding beatboxer and rapper Testament (AKA Andy Brooks) offers his theatrical debut... 

Gecko 3

Gecko 3

Fresh grooves based on a mix of funk, hip hop, latin, jazz and reggae. Gecko 3 are a quirky trio (vox/guitar, double-bass and drums) with songs to get you dancing. Gecko 3 have toured to Europe and America playing the Brussels Jazz Marathon, Koninginnepop 2010, La Fleche D'Or, Ronnie Scott's, the Skye Festival, the Insider and Knockengorroch, in addition to supporting the Quantic Soul Orchestra, Roy Ayers, the Cuban Brothers, Nizlopi, Cibele and the Five Corners Quintet, and gigging as KT Tunstall's backing band... 

Smother

Smother

201 Dance Company's Smother sets out to do something very exciting. Choreographer Andrea Walker's mission objective is to tackle real issues of the LGBTQ community through the medium of dance - in this instance a mix of contemporary and hip-hop styles... 

Charlie and the Philosorappers

Charlie and the Philosorappers

If someone had told me months ago that, not only was I going to see a man perform rap battles, beat poetry and strange silent skits based on philosophy, but that I was actually going to absolutely love it - I think I would only have laughed half as hard as I did during the performance of Charlie and the Philosorappers... 

Danielle Ward: Dani Frankenstein

Danielle Ward: Dani Frankenstein

Nottingham's third best lady female hip hop MC (from the Bestwood Park/Top Valley area) Dani Frankenstein brings her unique mix of sexy ballads and high energy beats to Edinburgh. A new show from Danielle Ward, Time Out award-winning comedian, writer and musician and brains behind Fringe hits Gutted, Karaoke Circus and Do The Right Thing... 

Jacobs and von Jones: Best of the Fest!

Jacobs and von Jones: Best of the Fest!

The freshest bad boys of the East London comedy scene present to you an array of superlative comedy talent and show snippets for your pleasure. This year's line ups will include household names such as Trevor Lock, Russel Hicks, UK pun champion Darren Walsh and HBO's Darius Davies...