List of hip hop festivals

List of hip hop festivals
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Related genres Hip hop music, funk, disco, dub, rhythm and blues, reggae, dancehall, toasting, performance poetry, neo soul, big beat, trap
Location Worldwide
Related events Concert tour, music festival, jazz festivals, electronic music festivals, reggae festivals, blues festivals, block party

The following is an incomplete list of hip hop festivals, which encapsulates music festivals focused on hip hop music or other elements of hip hop culture. Hip hop music, also called hip-hop,[1][2] rap music,[2][3][4] or hip-hop music,[2][5] is a music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.[2] It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching, break dancing, and graffiti writing.[6][7][8] Other elements include sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing. While often used to refer to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture.[9][10]

Festivals [ edit ]

The following is an incomplete list of both ongoing and defunct festivals.
Festival name Country Location Attendance Years Description
Essence Music Festival United States New Orleans, Louisiana 550000 1994–present Soul, R&B, and hip hop music
Urban Beach Week United States Miami, Florida 400000 1990–present Hip hop cultural events held throughout city
Outside Lands Festival United States San Francisco, California 200000 2008–present
Pemberton Festival Canada Pemberton, British Columbia 180000 2008–present
Openair Frauenfeld Switzerland Frauenfeld, Thurgau 170000 1985–present Largest Hip Hop Openair in Europe
Governors Ball Festival United States New York City, New York 150000 2011–present
Made in America United States Philadelphia, Philadelphia 140000 2012–present
Bonnaroo Music Festival United States Manchester, Tennessee 80000 2002–present
Couleur Café Belgium City of Brussels, Brussels 72000 1990–present
Afropunk Festival United States Brooklyn, New York 70000 2005–present
Blockfest Helsinki, Finland 10000 2005–present
Parklife United Kingdom Prestwich, Manchester 70000 2010–present
2x2 Hip Hop Festival United States Columbus, Ohio 2015–present Hip hop music festival
Summer Jam United States East Rutherford, New Jersey 50000 1994–present Hip hop music festival
Lovebox United Kingdom London, London 50000 2002–present
#Plugfest South Africa Silverton, Pretoria 45000 2018–present
Southside Germany Tuttlingen, Baden-Württemberg 40000 1999–present
Big Day Out Australia Australia 31000 1992-2014 Pop festival with hip hop focus
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival United States Brooklyn, New York 30000 2005–present
Soundset Music Festival United States Minnesota 30000 2008–present
Soundset Music Festival United States Minnesota 30000 2008–present
Hip Hop Kemp Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic 20000 2002-present
Rock the Bells United States United States 17000 2004-2013 Hip hop music
Outlook Festival Croatia Pula, Istria 15000 2008–present
Lyricist Lounge United States New York City, New York /

Miami, Florida

8000 1991–present Showcase of music and graffiti artists
Scribble Jam United States Cincinnati, Ohio 7000 1996-2008
Paid Dues United States United States 5000 2006–present
Freaknik United States Atlanta, Georgia 1982-2010 Unofficial cultural event banned in 2010
DMC World DJ Championships Greece Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia 1985–present Ongoing DJ contest
Waga Hip Hop Festival Burkina Faso Ouagadougou, Kadiogo 1997–present
Hiphopplaya Festival Korea Seoul 25000 2016–present
Coast 2 Coast Music Conference United States Miami, FL 1000 2008 - present The Coast 2 Coast Music Conference is an annual networking event bringing together top industry DJs, producers, A&Rs and more to speak on panels and give practical advice to artists.
B-Boy Park Japan Tokyo, Kantō 1999–present Culture festival with dance, etc.
Thessaloniki Hip Hop Festival Greece Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia 2003–present
Jingle Jam United States Hartford, Connecticut 2004-2008
Breakin' Convention United Kingdom London, London 2004–present
Hip Hop goes Theatre Austria Salzburg, Salzburg 2004–present An international hip hop theater festival
Trinity International Hip Hop Festival United States Hartford, Connecticut 2006–present
Young London into Music United Kingdom London, London 2009–present
Urban Street Jam United States California 2010–present
No Major, No Problem [11] United States Los Angeles, California 2015
Supafest Australia 2010-2012
Fresh Island Festival Croatia Novalja, Lika-Senj 2011–present
Northern Touch Music Festival Canada Winnipeg, Manitoba 2017–present Showcase festival & conference for hip hop, R&B, and soul.
A3C United States Atlanta, GA 2005 - present A3C educates and empowers the artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives that shape hip-hop culture.
WooHah   Netherlands Hilvarenbeek 32500 2014 - present Hip-Hop festival in the Netherlands solely focussed on international & local rappers. Famous rappers like Travis Scott, J. Cole, A$ap Rocky & many more have been in the line up.

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References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Merriam-Webster Dictionary entry on hip-hop, retrieved from A subculture especially of inner-city youths who are typically devotees of rap music; the stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rap; also rap together with this music.
  2. ^ a b c d Encyclopædia Britannica article on rap, retrieved from Rap, musical style in which rhythmic and/or rhyming speech is chanted (“rapped”) to musical accompaniment. This backing music, which can include digital sampling (music and sounds extracted from other recordings), is also called hip-hop, the name used to refer to a broader cultural movement that includes rap, deejaying (turntable manipulation), graffiti painting, and break dancing.
  3. ^ AllMusic article for rap, retrieved from
  4. ^ Harvard Dictionary of Music article for rap, retrieved from CredoReference
  5. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica article on hip-hop, retrieved from Hip-hop, cultural movement that attained widespread popularity in the 1980s and ’90s; also, the backing music for rap, the musical style incorporating rhythmic and/or rhyming speech that became the movement’s most lasting and influential art form.
  6. ^ Kugelberg, Johan (2007). Born in the Bronx. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-7893-1540-3.
  7. ^ Brown, Lauren (February 18, 2009). "Hip to the Game – Dance World vs. Music Industry, The Battle for Hip Hop's Legacy". Movmnt Magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  8. ^ Chang, Jeff (2005). Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 90. ISBN 0-312-30143-X.
  9. ^ Harvard Dictionary of Music article for hip hop, retrieved from Google Books: While often used to refer to rap music, hip hop more properly denotes the practice of entire subculture
  10. ^ AllMusic article for Hip-hop/Urban, retrieved from Hip-Hop is the catch-all term for rap and the culture it spawned. Archived March 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Sherriffe, Mariah. ""No Major, No Problem" gathers musicians to showcase work in Hollywood". Sundial.

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