The Orator

Boston Williams-Jackson, known as “The Orator,” is a British-born African poet, author, and activist with a reputation for powerful performances and the ability to convey complex ideas through his art. He has received accolades such as a Royal Television Society Award for his short VR film, “When Something Happens.”

The Orator is a working-class voice that cuts through political noise, blending local influences with cutting-edge creativity. He has embraced new technologies, such as accepting Bitcoin for his album “Vernacular” and collaborating with VR production company Boom Clap Play. His performances have taken him to international stages, including the North Sea Jazz Club in Thailand and the Vernacular Book Launch in the Netherlands.

With two full collections of poetry, “Vernacular” (2019) and “Florilegium” (2021), The Orator has established himself as a respected writer. He has also contributed essays, including one on the Black Lives Matter Movement for the magazine Black Ink. Additionally, he was a frequent contributor to the local Leicester newsletter, Temperature On The Street, during the pandemic.

Known for his hosting abilities, The Orator has a reputation for creating engaging atmospheres and championing emerging artists. He has hosted events for renowned performers such as Akala, KRS 1, and Onyx, showcasing his talent for connecting with diverse audiences and creating memorable experiences.

Ray Keith

Ray Keith is one of the UK’s most respected names in jungle and drum and bass, often regarded as one of the Godfathers of Jungle and DnB. Renowned for his bass-heavy yet soulful sounds and seamless skills both in production and performance, this iconic DJ, producer and record label boss has remained at the pinnacle of the scene, since helping to pioneer the genre three decades ago.

With his roots tending vinyl at the historic Black Market Records London, Ray burst onto the scene in the early 90s as a DJ on the UK rave circuit. When his remix of Orbital’s ‘Chime’ dropped in 1992, he was immediately propelled into the limelight as one of the UK’s most celebrated producers. With an abundance of remixes hitting the streets throughout jungle’s mid-90s “Golden Era,”  Ray soon became known as the don of the “rerub”—with well over 100 jungle and drum and bass remixes released—including reworks of Moby’s “Yes Yes,” Congo Natty’s “Police in Helicopter,” and Baby D’s “Let Me Be Your Fantasy.”

Witnessing a musical revolution with the emergence of jungle/drum and bass, dubstep and grime, Ray Keith built his sound from the ground up; along with one of the most important labels in the industry: Dread Recordings, which turns 30 this year.

Ray Keith’s mixes have been featured on countless shows including BBC Radio1, Blueprint, and most recently Thames Delta Radio—which was nominated in the top 6 DNBAwards Best Radio Show. His shows reach audiences of 25k a week, with guests having included the likes of Roni Size, Heartless Crew, and Dizzee Rascal. He also releases a monthly Dread Radio Podcast of upfront cutting edge jungle and drum and bass, which is revered as one of the best DnB streams in the world—as well as running a regular Blueprint night in London.

With Ray’s productions weaving together a canvas of past, present and future jungle, his 8 studio albums are mere chapters of a greater body of work in drum and bass culture. The story of his experience is best encapsulated with his recent biography “Dark Soldier” which shares his unique perspective on the growth of the jungle movement. Always a trailblazer, you can find him of late crushing it at festivals like Boomtown, We Out Here, Leeds Fest and Bang Face Weekender, and smashing up dance floors with his band Renegade Live and Dread label DJ tours all over Europe.

A true visionary in the genre with his unique twist of soulful heavy-edged jungle, Ray Keith remains at the forefront of drum and bass culture….Catch this legend all over North America in 2024!

Illmatika

Illmatika also aptly known as the ‘DnbSoulbrother’ is an accomplished host, recording artist and an overall well-rounded MC. A student of the Jungle pirate radio era, Illmatika developed his craft on stations such as Kool fm and Rinse fm, performing at such events as Boomtown Festival, V Recordings, Virus Recordings, One Nation, Jungle Fever, Renegade Hardware, Jungle Splash, Telepathy to name a few and has fast become a main feature in the legendary V Recordings camp.
Illmatika has been performing for years all over Europe and the UK reaching as far wide as Malaysia and a resident for Austrian promotion Morphed where he has hosted for the likes of Storm, Dbridge, Skeptical, Ed Rush and Optical.

A respected ‘MC’ on the scene known for his rap driven style that knows how to compliment the music with a methodical grace, thought provoking lyrics to with a skilful art of adapting across every style of drum n bass.

In recent years Illmatika has been making big waves on the soulful, musical side of Drum n Bass with releases on V Recordings, where he has delivered modern day quality classics in delivering the tunes ‘Her Name Is’ and ‘Already Know You ‘that currently has over a millions streams gaining commercial radio play creating his own lane with his soulful prowess and highly imaginative conceptual videos.
For the last two years, Illmatika has been working on a Live Project performing with a live 7 piece band that brings to life his drum n bass releases in an exciting show, 2023 saw this performed at Boomtown and Hootananny.
His ability to host, bring a soulful vibe to a set and whip up the crowd has seen Jungle, Liquid and neurofunk promotors on the circuit pencil him in on their line ups. Ascending and creating his own lane, illmatika is an ‘MC’ with substance and one to watch going forward.

Currently reaping the rewards of his hard work and earning his rep as one of the most respected & versatile artists in the scene, this was recently co-signed by the Godfathers of Jungle Drum n Bass when they invited him to work alongside them for their Christmas Radio Show.

mddiction

Lorenzo Giuliano, also known as mddiction, is a Sicilian-born DJ and music producer based in the UK. With over a decade of experience as a professional DJ under various aliases, mddiction has toured Europe and performed at some of the biggest and most renowned venues in the capital, with iconic locations such as Ministry of Sound, Electric Brixton, Studio 338, XOYO and Fabric having borne witness to his electrifying performances.

Known for his eclectic taste and unparalleled ability to read and feel a crowd, Lorenzo is widely respected for his talent as a music selector. He prides himself on creating memorable and immersive experiences for his audiences, drawing from a vast knowledge of music and an intuitive understanding of what moves people.

In addition to his acclaim as a DJ, mddiction continues to produce his own music and carve out his own space in the industry. His breakout release “Riding High”, a dance track that sampled “Pushing On” by the Quantic Soul Orchestra, garnered widespread attention in the electronic music scene and was followed with the much anticipated release of “SK”, a pop-house record featuring evocative lyrics layered over catchy melodies and striking piano chords.

With his unique style, undeniable talent, and unwavering passion for the art form, mddiction is a rising star in the electronic music community and is poised to be a name to watch on the global stage for years to come.

Tippa Irie

Tippa Irie embarked on his musical journey in South London, performing on his father’s Sound System called Musical Messiah. Recognizing his talent, family members encouraged him to participate in local talent competitions. Not only did the local Sound Systems in the area acknowledge his abilities, but they also invited him to perform on their own systems.

At the age of 17, Tippa had his first recording experience with Sir Lloyd on the LGR record label, where he released his debut record titled “The Opposite.” Shortly after, he had a breakthrough opportunity when he joined King Tubby’s Sound. After spending a few years there, Dennis Rowe and Lloyd Francis from Saxon Sound System discovered Tippa’s exceptional talent and invited him to join Saxon Sound in South London.

Saxon Sound System became a prominent figure in the UK Reggae and Dancehall scene, playing a significant role in launching the careers of various artists such as Maxi Priest, Papa Levi, Smiley Culture, Tippa’s sister Miss Irie, Daddy Colonel, Daddy Rusty, Roger Robin, and Peter King, who introduced the fast talking style that Saxon MC’s became famous for.

The sessions held by Saxon Sound were recorded on cassette tapes and gained popularity as they circulated. Tippa and Saxon Sound gained fame across the UK, USA, Europe, and Jamaica. Record labels like Virgin, Greensleeves, Island, Ariwa, and Fashion became interested in the artists associated with the Sound.

Tippa accepted a recording contract from Greensleeves and released “Jus a Speak” with Daddy Colonel. He followed it up with a series of successful singles, including “Good to have the feeling you’re the best,” “Complain Neighbour,” and “Hello Darling,” which topped the British Reggae charts. “Hello Darling” also reached number 22 on the British National charts and achieved success in Europe and the Caribbean.

“Hello Darling” was featured on Tippa’s debut album, “Is it really happening to me,” released in 1986. Since then, he has released 15 studio albums, featuring several number one hits such as “Ragamuffin girl” ft. Peter Hunnigale and “Superwoman” ft. Winsome in 1989, as well as “Stress” ft. Lloyd Brown in the 90s.

During the 90s, Tippa experienced great success. He collaborated with Mad Professor in 1994 to create the critically acclaimed album “Rebel on the roots corner.” In the same decade, he recorded “Shouting for the gunners” for the Arsenal Football Team, which reached the top 30 in the British pop charts. Another notable hit from the 90s was “It’s a love thing” ft. Lloyd Brown.

Tippa has showcased his talent on every continent, performing at renowned events like Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica and touring 12 cities in China, all 50 states in America, almost every country in Europe, and various locations in Asia, Australia, and Africa.

His talent has attracted artists from all over the world, leading to collaborations in various music genres. He has worked with the Black Eyed Peas, being nominated for a Grammy in 2004 for the hit single “Hey Mama.” He also contributed to their album “Monkey Business” on the track “Dum Diddley.” Additionally, he has collaborated with Maxi Priest, Peter Spence, Pato Banton, and many others.

In 2016, Tippa achieved success once again with his album “Living the Dream,” which features a mix of Reggae Dancehall, Soca, Hip Hop, Pop, and Afro Beat. The album includes collaborations with Peter Hunnigale, General Levy, Safiyah, Sun-I-Tafari, and more. Tippa received positive feedback and response from this album.

In 2018, Tippa embarked on a tour with UK reggae legend David “RamJam” Rodigan, performing with the 25-piece Outlook orchestra to sold-out crowds, celebrating 40 years in the reggae business.

In 2022, Tippa released his 18th career album titled “I’m An African,” featuring 16 tracks that delve into socio-political issues and celebrate life at the dancehall. The album was well-received, and Tippa toured Europe, performing at various festivals and events.

In 2023, Tippa expanded his horizons by becoming a published author. His autobiography, “Stick To My Roots,” was released to critical acclaim and reached number one on two separate Amazon UK bestseller lists.

Aside from his successful career as a performer, Tippa has established himself as an author, a top radio DJ, a record producer, and the owner of his own studio. He continuously reinvents himself and explores different genres to keep his music fresh and appealing to audiences of all ages. Tippa remains one of the most accomplished entertainers from the UK and proudly represents the UK scene wherever he goes. He splits his time between London and Jamaica.

DJ Krome & Mr Time

DJ Krome & Mr Time started their journey in 1985 as a DJ MC hip hop duo. Going to the same school in hackney, they were influenced by Soundsystem, hip hop and soul music. When in 1987 they discovered acid house music, everything changed. Taken in by this new sound, they followed some of the older guys in the neighbourhood to Camden palace on a Friday night and discovered a revolution called rave, and they have been raving ever since. Soon after, a life in music production started. After releasing the first track on suburban base ( boogie times ) they went on to produce some of the biggest tunes of the rave era, including the slammer, sounds of the underground, ganja man and the licence amongst many others. with a transition to starting their own label, Tearin Vinyl. This led them to the stage where DJ Krome and Mr Time became DJ/MC Act performing across the country and abroad. Today they both only DJ, playing a mix of new and old jungle and hardcore.

GTA – Girls Take Action

GTA – Girls Take Action is one of the UK’s pioneering all-female Drum’n’Bass crews, dedicated to showcasing female talent in a predominantly male-dominated scene. Led by V Dubz, the crew consists of V Dubz herself, Enamie, and Iffy.

V Dubz’s journey to turn her dream into reality began in 2009, when she and Lady Blazer were among the few all-female acts in the Drum’n’Bass industry. Recognizing the uniqueness of their collaboration, V Dubz and Lady Blazer continued to perform together on the renowned radio station Rough Tempo. Their show, “Feminine Takeover,” became a platform to promote female talent in a scene that had long disregarded women’s voices.

However, their efforts were not without resistance. While not explicitly stated, it was clear to V Dubz that the male-dominated world of Drum’n’Bass viewed “Feminine Takeover” as a threat to their flourishing scene. Despite this, V Dubz patiently waited for the right moment to make her mark while also building her own successful career.

In 2014, V Dubz returned with renewed determination, this time joined by MC Enamie. Together with Lady Blazer, they once again took to the airwaves of Rough Tempo. This time, they made history by showcasing over 15 talented women from across the country, a world-exclusive in the Drum’n’Bass realm.

Not content with their achievements, V Dubz sought to give even more female artists a platform. In 2015, she invited several hidden talents from the drum and bass scene to participate in another all-female show on Rough Tempo. This idea gained popularity among ravers and supporters of the GTA brand, solidifying its position as a choice destination for discovering and supporting female talent.

The final addition to the crew was Iffy, the youngest and most promising MC of the group. With her inclusion, GTA – Girls Take Action underwent a rebranding and evolved into the esteemed Drum’n’Bass crew it is today, cherished by fans and enthusiasts alike.

Raved in the 90’s

Raved In The 90’s started life as a Facebook Group and very quickly grew into one of the Worlds largest online communities! With 550,000 like minded members all dedicated to 1990’s rave culture, we have made it our mission to provide the rave community with everything they need to listen to, look good & rave!

Voice MC

Voice MC, aka Tom Robertson, is a highly-respected, consistent, and influential MC in the jungle & drum and bass scene, known for his distinctive flow, exciting performances, and clever lyricism – so much so, that he’s been Fabio’s preferred MC for over eight years running, and loved by both industry figureheads and fans alike for his ability to improvise, have fun, and hype up crowds.

Tom’s career started back in 1996, where he was a regular & coveted MC on Origin FM for 17 years and also played sets on all major underground stations and is now an approved MC on Kool FM.

Over the past twenty seven years, he has honed his craft, collaborated and worked with the best of the best including: Grooverider, Mampi Swift, Bryan Gee, Jumping Jack Frost, Nicky Blackmarket, Brockie, Dj Ink, Klute, Zero T, Loxy, Artificial Intelligence, Flight, Ron, Storm, Doc Scott +more with MCs GQ, Moose, Fun, Foxy, Shockin, Fokus, Fearless, and more, at festivals and events all over the UK and Europe.

Voice MC held residencies at many London D&B events including Tribe, Launch, Informal, Champion Sounds, UCOJ, London Something, and Technicality +others and had releases on Formation Records, Deception Recordings and his own imprint Voice of Venakula, proving his ability as a versatile, and seasoned artist & performer.

With many collaborations with top DnB artists underway, he is set to truly cement his legacy within Jungle Drum and Bass music.

DJ Lara Fraser

Meet DJ Lara Fraser, a talented and well-known DJ, producer, and radio host with a global fan base. Lara’s sets are known for their unique blend of dance, hip hop, and a touch of house music. She has performed at prestigious events such as the Monaco Grand Prix, The Fashion Awards, Royal Ascot, Cannes Film Fest, NYE on Sydney Harbour, and Fashion Weeks around the world.

Lara has built strong relationships with various residencies, brands, and venues. Some of the notable names she has worked with include The Aubrey, Sanderson, Soho Houses, Amano Group Berlin, Home House, The Four Seasons, Patron, Playboy, Lulu Guinness, Whyte Studio, Kadies, Malone Souliers, West Contemporary Gallery, Pink Ribbon Foundation, and Fashion For Conservation, among many others.

In addition to her live performances, Lara co-hosts a weekly radio show called ‘Around The With The Lallas’ on Resonance FM 104.4. She also runs a successful podcast called ‘DJ Diaries’, where she shares her experiences and insights from her career.

Lara recently released her single ‘Taxi Man’ featuring Vybz Kartel, Camidoh, and Miss LaFamilia in September 2023. Fans can look forward to her debut self-titled EP, which will be released soon.

Join DJ Lara Fraser on her incredible musical journey and experience her infectious energy and talent firsthand.