Just like last year, our Leeds stage is set to bring some crazy talent to the crowds. Our first night sees a grime take over on the Relentless stage with a mix of up and coming names and established talent. We’ve got the whole spectrum from DJs to MCs, London to the Midlands – we’ve got you covered. Thursday is also our longest day, so from 8pm we’ll be bringing the vibes.
Kicking off the evening are Relentless family members, Heavytrackerz. The Walthamstow producing duo extraordinaires have worked with the likes of Stormzy, Ghetts, Lethal Bizzle and JME over the course of their career.
The pair – Teddy aka Teedot and G. Tank – moved to London from the Ivory Coast when they were young, and quickly became enamoured by the UK’s ever expanding urban music scene.
Their breakout track was with Bloodline founding member, Meridian Dan, on his 2014 banger “German Whip”.
More recently the boys have been releasing a slew of big name featuring tracks like “Wavey” with S Double, Ghetts and J2K and “Rudeboy Flex” with Face, Ghetts and Lethal Bizzle. Relentless were on the scene for the “Wavey” video shoot, check out what went down behind the scenes below.
Also donning the stage will be Tieks, whose track “Sunshine” with Dan Harkna dominated summer 2016. The producer turned songwriter will be coming through to bring a dance vibe to the 140bpm driven line up.
Tieks has been tirelessly working away on new music so head down to his set to maybe get a sneak peek.
Following Tieks is another long term friend of Relentless, Izzie Gibbs.
Gibbs is swiftly carving a name for himself as one of the new big names in grime.
First emerging on the scene back in the tail end of 2014, a then 18-year-old Gibbs quickly made a name for himself thanks to his emotive and rapid bars.
The Northampton MC just dropped his latest EP Yin Yang, a concise yet diverse body of work including features from an eclectic mix of artists like Donae’o, Young T & Bugsey, Tremz and Big Narstie.
Gibbs will be bringing the vibe with tunes from the Yin Yang project and more to the Relentless stage.
Next up is our guy, Rude Kid. Fresh off the drop of his Monsters project, Rude brings his 140 grime beats to the Relentless stage.
Since recording his powerful #SixFiveThree EP with Ghetts in our No. 5 studios, Rude Kid has been a close member of the Relentless family and we can’t wait for him to shut down our stage for the second year in a row.
Rude has continued to work with Ghetts and in our studios ever since, including their recent collaboration “Banger After Banger”. Are you ready?
Headlining the night is BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ MistaJam. The Nottingham native has been spinning since the age of 14 and has built a reputation as the go-to tastemaker in the urban scene.
As well as bringing his chat and new music to the Radio 1 audience, MistaJam also takes on the live music scene. Spinning the decks at the likes of Creamfields, Exit Festival and of course Leeds, MistaJam brings his extensive music knowledge to the crowds headlining the first night of the Relentless stage.
The DJ’s #SixtyMinutesLive series is just a snippet of the sway and influence that MistaJam has within the scene.
Because the line-up is extra hard, we thought we’d pull one more special surprise for you. Also joining us on the night will be a very special guest – Devlin.
The Dagenham rapper is one of the originators of the grime scene, coming up as part of the Movement crew alongside Ghetts, Wretch 32, Mercston and Scorcher.
Known for his lyrical wizardry and deep bars, Devlin has been on the scene for more than a decade and will be making a very special appearance on the Relentless stage on Thursday evening.
So that’s our Thursday night grime take over, what you saying? Stay tuned for the rest of our Leeds line-up dropping this week.