In a surprise move, global music behemoth Live Nation have teamed up with local promoters Niche Productions and American Hip-Hop legend Nas, to put together the inaugural 2013 Australian Movement Festival.
Filling the void of credible Hip-Hop events in Australia, the Movement Festival places Grammy award winning Hip Hop heavyweights, with mixtape kings and local heros in what’s destined to takeover as THE Hip Hop and Urban event each and every year in Australia.
Hip Hop tours and festivals have a patchy history in Australia, with Heatwave festival disintegrating before our eyes, and Supafest getting in hot water with their creditors.
Setting a new standard, Movement looks to the future of Hip Hop and Rap whilst still catering to a solid Hip-Hop foundation, thanks to the festival’s co-headliner and co-curator Nas.
With more than 20 years in the business and often called the greatest rapper alive, Nas is an artist who needs little or no introduction. The gifted Queens, NY lyricist has come on board as a partner for the event, hand-picking a lineup of the best local and international artists, from Grammy nominees to up and coming mixtape kings and queens.
In the lead up to this year’s event Nas has also announced he will be recording a collaboration with ARIA Award winners and multi-platinum selling local artist Bliss N Eso (who will also be launching their new album in time for Movement 2013), a significant feat which demonstrates the depth of Nas’ involvement in Movement and his commitment to the territory.
Nas’ authority over the genre makes him the ideal candidate to command Movement’s inaugural event, and his contribution will be ongoing as he will also be involved in an artistic and programming capacity for the 2014 and 2015 events.
Joining Nas is arguably Australia’s biggest Hip Hop group, Bliss N Eso. In 2010 Bliss n Eso released their 4th Album Running On Air to critical acclaim, the album debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts and achieved gold sales within its first week.
Also Joining Nas and Bliss N Eso will be another Def Jam signee 2 Chainz, radio faves Chiddy Bang who return to Australia after tearing up the Parklife circuit in 2012, and mixtape King and Queen Joey Bada$$ and Angel Haze.
Rounding out the lineup are Spit Syndicate (Melb, Bris and Perth) and Thundamentals (Sydney only), two well respected local groups who epitmoise the direction in which Hip Hop is headed in Australia. Opening the day will be a triple j Unearthed Winner judged in each city by host of triple j Hip Hop Show host Hau Latukefu and the team at triple j, plus seamlessly segueing the live sets will be a host of each city’s best DJs.
Taking the Hip Hop scene to exciting new heights Movement hits Australia late April, and promises to give audiences a quality event with this all star line-up of both local and international talent. Do not miss out on the Hip Hop event of 2013!
Movement Festival 2013 Lineup
BLISS N ESO
(* Melb, Bris, Perth) / (^ Sydney Only)
Movement Festival 2013 Dates & Tickets
TICKETS ON SALE 9AM MONDAY FEBRUARY 11
SYDNEY, HORDERN PAVILION
FRIDAY 26TH APRIL
MELBOURNE, SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL
SATURDAY 27TH APRIL
SUNDAY 28TH APRIL